Vinyasa Yoga with Megan Louise Preston
We're still in the first month of 2013 and perhaps you have decided to make positive changes in your life? That this year is going to be 'The Year' where you're chosing to have more people and experiences in your life that can support you in living a happier and healthier life.
I have myself made this decision and thought I'd create this regular event to bring more people together that feel the same. We can then help support each other in this quest!
Exercise is so important and that's why I'm inviting you to come with me to practise Yoga. Yoga has many health benefits for Mind, Body & Soul.
Physical Benefits of Yoga
Flexibility: Stretching your tight body in new ways will help it to become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to muscles and joints.
Strength: Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways, including balancing on one leg or supporting yourself with your arms. Some exercises require you to move slowly in and out of poses, which also increases strength.
Muscle tone: As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles.
Pain Prevention: Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Many people who suffer from back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car. That can cause tightness and spinal compression, which you can begin to address with yoga . Yoga also improves your alignment, both in and out of class, which helps prevent many other types of pain.
Better Breathing: Most of us breathe very shallowly into the lungs and don't give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama , focuses the attention on the breath and teaches us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.
Mental Calmness: Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as watching how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which helps calm the mind.
Stress Reduction: Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are doing yoga. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping put things into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the moment can also help relieve stress, as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.
Body Awareness: Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.
Yoga Teacher – Megan Louise Preston
Megan started yoga after she got a back injury because of the intensity of her training at dance school and her lack of knowledge about the body and general health awareness. The obvious physical benefits led her to continue practicing yoga and then along came the mental benefits, making her feel more confident, self-aware and at one with herself. She trained at the Three Sisters Yoga School in New York and since then have been teaching yoga to private clients and groups.
* Yoga Alliance certified 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
* Three Sisters Yoga School
Where & When?
We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.40am at I.C. Movement Academy in Hackney Wick, London. If it's your first time you will have to sign up when you arrive so it's even more important that you are on time.
If you have any questions please send me a message.
Looking forwar to train with you!