Why Yoga?

mixed ability yoga classes

We have all felt that there are not enough hours in the day when we’re trying to juggle so many tasks that we can feel overwhelmed and out of control. Whenever you feel that life is running away with you it is important to step back, take a deep breath, make time for yourself and relax. People sometimes feel guilty about spending even just an hour or so for themselves but taking time out to be in the present moment is so important for mental health and wellbeing. Remember that whatever happened in the past is the past and can’t be changed, there is no point worrying about the future, just try to focus on the present. This can be difficult but maintaining a regular yoga practice will help to achieve a sense of peace and harmony, being at one with yourself and the environment.

Do I have to be flexible to do Yoga?

Not at all. There is a common misconception that Yoga is all about twisting the body into impossible positions and is therefore unattainable to most people. We have all seen pictures of people contorting their bodies into unimaginable shapes, but these are very advanced poses done by yogis who have been practicing for many years. To begin your Yoga journey, you just need to come to a class with your mat and start with gentle stretching. Over time and with a regular Yoga practice you will achieve greater flexibility and increase body strength. By combining the breath with movement, you will become calmer and learn to relax body and mind. Yoga is also a fantastic way to meet like-minded people of all ages, make friends and even have fun.

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates have many things in common. They are both low impact exercises with an emphasis on using bodyweight in order to increase strength and improve flexibility. Yoga is based on a series of postures which flow in sequence while focusing on the breath. The movements are fluid, flowing from one to another while the concentration on the breath helps to stay present and calms the body. Pilates emphasis is on developing core strength, using small precise movements that target the hips, glutes and lower back.

What are the health benefits of Yoga?

  • Yoga improves body strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Yoga can help reduce back pain
  • Yoga may help with sleeplessness
  • Yoga can help improve posture
  • Whether you’re trying yoga for the first time or coming back to it after a break, you’ll find that gentle, regular practice will improve mind, body and spirit.

Where can I find a Kamakosha yoga class?

I currently teach mixed-ability yoga classes at Hormead Village Hall near Buntingford. All equipment is provided and I welcome both new and experienced pupils. Discount is available for block bookings and, most importantly, our classes are fun!

Contact me for more information on yoga and how yoga can help you:

Tel: 07947 653380 
Email: josie@kamakosha.co.uk