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Yoga classes in Worcester for people all ages
Concern yourself with what other students are doing – everyone is different
Expect to learn everything at once– just take your time
Force yourself into any unfamiliar postures
Every class starts with the short mental exercise, unique to Pranayama Yoga – The Slip Second. This is a great way to let go, clear the mind and focus only on the Yoga practice to come. During the slip second you detach from everything, try to slip a second of time and think about - nothing!
Then we move onto the Breathing exercises - unlike many other kinds of Yoga we perform our breathing practice at the beginning of the class. This part of the class can last up to 20 minutes. We try to breath through the nose, making the in and the out breaths as equal as possible. During the breathing exercises we focus on the stomach muscles and diaphragm. We practice control of the abdominal muscles drawing them in and out and dividing these muscle contractions into small sections, progressively increasing them slowly but surely. This all helps to calm and relax the whole system. We work through various breathing exercises in each session, usually leading to the very calming, head-clearing, ‘Alternate Nostril Breath’.
So then, we move onto about 45 minutes of Yoga movements. The wonderful thing about this Yoga is the way we work through a similar pattern of postures in each class. Rather than introducing new and complicated postures each session, twisting and forcing the body all the time into ever more challenging moves, we repeat and develop the same gentle, powerful routine of movements, gradually perfecting them.
These movements gently stretch and stimulate every part of the body. They work through the body taking in all 7 chakra energy centres, energising the body inside and out from the top of the head to the tips of the toes.
In the class we practice the ‘First movements’. Once they are perfected you may want to move on and learn the ‘Second movements.’
At the end, each class finishes with a long relaxation. A chance to lie down on your mat, in your own space and let go. Focus on what you have achieved during the class and then let the stimulated circulation work its magic, healing and repairing the body. We usually practice relaxation with the lights turned down.
Enjoy doing the yoga, in your own space
Let go of the outside world
Focus on yourself, without guilt
Come out of any postures that feels uncomfortable
Listen carefully and follow the teacher’s guidance
What should I bring to a class?
Yourself - with an open mind ready to learn something new and relax at the same time.
A Yoga mat - if you have one. If not a large towel or sheet to practice the Yoga on. Yoga mats aren’t essential but they do
support and allow the body to move (slide) more easily.
If you can, try to get a mat that isn’t too ‘sticky’. Sticky mats are more useful for other styles of yoga where you don’t want to slide around. We do a lot of our movements on the floor and we want to be able to slide our feet and legs across the mat.
A blanket - or anything to put over you if you feel you may get cold during the final relaxation. We lay down for around 15 minutes.
What should I wear?
Any clothing that you feel comfortable in. It is best to avoid very baggy clothing that may get wrapped uncomfortably
around you when trying to move. Or anything that gapes when you try to move; fitted clothes are preferable.
Yoga is best practiced with bare feet.
Who can benefit from Pranayama Yoga?
Everyone - but particularly those who are:
Nervous and tense
Feeling scattered and pulled in many directions
People with very stiff backs/knees/shoulders
Sportsmen and women who need a different element to their training. Something non-competitive that actually
requires you to think in a totally different way.
Yoga can be for anyone!
Why not dip your toes in the water and join a class?