What got me into Yoga
I first started going to yoga around ten years ago when I was at University in Brighton, I’d had some health problems which started just prior to this which led to fatigue, weakness with feelings of brain fog, which made it difficult to concentrate. I was diagnosed with ME (/Chronic fatigue syndrome) and recommended yoga to help ease these symptoms. After I finished University and came back to Sheffield I got more into yoga and decided to train as a teacher. I did this in an Ashram (Hindu monastery) just outside Dehli, which felt like the right thing to do with yoga originating in India. I spent six weeks over there and completed Hatha yoga teacher training. I now take part in yoga classes on a regular basis and feel much stronger physically and mentally through doing yoga. Some of the benefits of yoga include improved posture, flexibility, toning, relaxation and detoxifying the body. I mostly go to hatha classes but also enjoy or have tried Iyengar, Dru, Ashatanga and Kundalini. All classes I’ve been to have included some posture (asana) work as well as some breath work (pranayama).
In a Hatha yoga class a series of postures (asanas) will be carried out to help improve flexibility and balance. It also uses breath work throughout and generally has a relaxation at the end. I go to Sophia’s beginner’s yoga class every Monday and, even though I’m not a beginner, the level which it is taught as is perfect for me. I’ve also enjoyed going to to Eric’s (Sunmoon) and Leonie’s classes.
Yoga in the Adalucia Mountains Spain! (Dancer’s pose – Natarajasana)
Iyengar uses props such as belts, blocks and bolsters which aid with correct alignment in the postures. The Iyengar School in Walkley has lots of classes aimed at different groups, such as therapeutic yoga for people with health problems or serious injuries. I’ve also enjoyed going to Monica’s classes (Zagyoga), who has a new studio at Harland works, on John Street.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured” – B.K.S Iyengar
Dru classes usually start with the energy block release system which involves moving different parts of the body to release tension and also includes positive affirmations and flowing sequences. I’ve really enjoyed going to Kellys Classes at Hagglers corner.
- Facebook – Dru Yoga & Wellness with Kelly Dadd
Ashatanga yoga, sometimes referred to as Ashatanga Vinyasa is more dynamic and involves synchronising the movement and the breath, it is named after the eight limbs of yoga which is covered in the yoga sutras of Patanjali. I’ve been to Ashatanga classes at various gyms across Sheffield and I’ve been to Reach for other yoga classes and also yoga in Encliffe park for summer solstice and International Yoga day.
Yoga at encliffe park by Yoga at Reach (Warrior pose – Virabhadrasana)
Kundalini focuses on breath and movement with the aim of releasing the energy stored at the base of the spine. I first tried it at Peace in the Park last summer with Nina, who teaches at Breathe Pilates in Broomhill and have since enjoyed going to Emma’s classes a few times.
Kundalini yoga teacher Emma (Tree pose – Vriksasana)
Classes vary from around £5 to £9 drop in and some places offer a reduced rate for booking a block of classes. There are plenty more amazing teachers and classes and also types of yoga around Sheffield at various gyms. There also seems to be more and more yoga studios in and around Sheffield, I’m still looking to try classes at Amys Ashram (Dore), Hot Yoga Sheffield (Crookesmoor) , Instinctive health (Kehlam Island) and Yoga Hut (Meersbrook). Finally, there is also a group on Facebook where people can post about new classes and workshops etc; called ‘Yoga Sheffield’.
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Sun Salutation sequence – Surya Namaska