I have been practising yoga since I was 19 and teach both Iyengar style from my training in Iyengar yoga and Vinyasa flow style form my training in Ashtanga yoga.
I have also recently started a Chair yoga class that draws on both my training as well as specific chair yoga exercises so that older and disabled people can also benefit.
People come to my classes for many reasons. The majority are slightly older people who are relatively fit but beginning to get injuries, stiff muscles and joints. They begin their journey in yoga as a balance to more strenuous physical activity. Focused stretching to counterbalance the tight muscles and stiff joints from sports injuries, regular use or just lifestyle. Others come for peace of mind, they find seated meditation too challenging and enjoy the calmness afforded by the focused attention of mind, breath and body that comes with yoga practice. Yoga focuses your mind on your physical body and breathing. As you go into your yoga asanas (poses) you think and feel how they affect your body. This is both internal and through the teacher coming round, hands on correcting, talking through where to focus and helping the student keep in touch with the breath. This level of focus stops the “chattering monkeys” of the mind and brings the “moving meditation ” into yoga, where the student is entirely focused on the now, no past or future, just where the body is and how it feels, now. This is where yoga differs from simple stretching, at the end of a yoga session, not only will all the muscles and joints be supple, stretched and mobile, but the mind will be still and the breathing settled. A morning yoga session leads to a calm productive day, an evening session to a deep nourishing sleep.