Using a combination of both physical and mental health activities, the aim of our yoga and mindfulness sessions is to make a positive impact on both the mind and body. Recommended by the NHS, yoga and mindfulness are proven psychological and physical therapies.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a physical exercise but it focuses on positive mental health as well as physical outcomes. As well as aiding strength and flexibility, it has a strong focus on breathing and relaxation.
Recommended by the National Health Service, yoga has been practiced for over 5000 years around the world so there is a huge volume of evidence to demonstrate it’s effectiveness. Yoga is proven to be a safe and effective way of improving your mental health alongside balance, co-ordination, muscle strength and flexibility.
Yoga teaching is ideally done on a one-to-one basis, as this ensures that the participant gets the most specific treatment tailored to their own body, however yoga is now commonly practiced in groups and classes.
Is yoga and mindfulness right for me?
Yoga and mindfulness is recommended for any age group, fitness level or gender and can help with a huge range of medical conditions. Our practioner is trained to tailor your yoga and mindfulness sessions to your individual needs. You may be suffering with physical symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or fatigue for example, or you may be struggling to deal with mental health symptoms such as anxiety or depression. Please speak to Kelly, our yoga and mindfulness teacher for specific advice on how she can help you.
So what is “mindfulness”?
Mindfulness is all about developing an awareness of ourselves and our position in the world. By taking more notice of our thoughts and feelings, it can help us to develop a better understanding of ourselves and improving our mental health and enjoyment of life.
Mindfulness meditation involves sitting or lying in silence and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.
An NHS approved therapy, mindfulness has been approved by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as an effective treatment for anxiety and depression amongst other mental health conditions.
The aim is to help you be more self-aware and objective about your feelings to understand why you make the decisions you do. This should enable you identify potential “triggers” that may have a negative effect on you. This pro-active approach can also reduce the likelihood of future incidents of anxiety and/or depression.
This type of meditation works perfectly alongside yoga as both exercises have a strong focus on breathing therefore our practioner combines these two activities. Our therapist is there to provide guidance in both disciplines and to provide a calm and comfortable environment to help promote health and happiness.
Mindfulness can be taught on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting, giving you the skills to practice as an individual at home and helping you to manage your own mental health in the long-term.