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Relax. It’s just Yoga…

When I was a teenager, I thought I hated all exercise. I was uncoordinated and PE lessons just put me off using my body. Then when I was 20, I signed up for my first yoga class in a draughty village hall and discovered that I did like to move, bend, and stretch! Finding a form of workout that was completely non-competitive and had a spiritual element was a game changer for me. Almost 30 years later, I still practice yoga regularly, and I’d like to share with you Renaissance Self Betterment’s course, Introduction to Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient tradition which continues to have great contemporary relevance. We’ll take a dip into the philosophy of yoga before moving on to look at the spiritual side of practice. By the end of the first section, you’ll have a better grasp of what yoga actually is, and you’ll be ready to move on to the practical section of the course.

After exploring the physical and mental benefits of yoga, we’ll talk you through the essentials of yoga poses, breathing and meditation. We’ll be with you every step of the way to teach you how to undertake individual poses and sequences of poses such as sun salutations. All you need to do is listen and follow along.

There are a lot of myths surrounding yoga practice, but rest assured that yoga is for you! You don’t have to have any pre-existing level of fitness, and you definitely don’t need to be super skinny! Many people worry that they are not flexible enough, but yoga is all about starting where you are at and gradually developing your flexibility and muscle strength through practicing the poses and breathing. It can help with so many self-betterment goals, including reaching a better relationship with your body, becoming fitter and stronger, and learning how to relax physically and mentally. It’s suitable for all ages, genders, and fitness levels, so why not give it a go?


Charlotte Walker

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