Yoga

IMG_0131The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to yoke” or “to join”. Yoga is the joining of the mind, body, spirit together, and breath is the bridge between them. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.

Nichola is a YA 400 hr Yoga Siromani Teacher of Yoga, originally trained in Sun Power Yoga, furthering her training as an Advanced Ashtanga teacher of Rocket Yoga, a high energy yang practise. After going on to add the more gentle Aqua Yoga and SUP Yoga to her certifications she then studied and qualified as a Yin yoga teacher. Nichola practises and teaches both Yin & Yang styles of yoga and feels it is the best way to create holistic balance.

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Yoga is a popular activity suitable to everyone. Yoga can be modified to suit all levels of fitness. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure and increases strength and flexibility. Yoga energizes our bodies and calms our minds.

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Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the practice can do more than help you twist your body into pretzel shapes and find inner peace. These hidden benefits will help you in the kitchen, office and bedroom

A recent Norwegian study found that yoga practice results in changes in gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. And it doesn’t take long: The changes occurred while participants were still on the mat, and they were significantly greater than a control group who went on a nature hike while listening to soothing music. Yoga also helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health. “As you breathe better, move better and circulate better, all the other organs function better.”

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Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. And another study found that twice-weekly yoga sessions helped cancer survivors sleep better and feel less fatigued. This can be attributed to yoga’s ability to help people deal with stress. Sleep issues are like anxiety. Your head can’t stop spinning, you don’t know how to relax,”  “Breathing and mental exercises allow the mind to slow down, aiding a restful sleep.

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