The ancient art of Yoga goes back over two thousand years, standing the test of time as a system to find health and well-being.  Not only are there the physical benefits of practicing yoga, such as improved flexibility and posture, but also mental; Studies show improvements in coordination, memory and even IQ scores. Yoga also encourages mindfulness which can ease stress and help prevent depression.

One of the fantastic things about yoga is that it can be done anywhere and can be incorporated easily in your day to day life. A simple one to try (and you can even do this whilst seated at your desk!) is the ‘Seated Crescent Moon’; Sit with your legs hip width apart, lift your arms over your head and clasp your hands together. Lean to the right and take 2-3 breaths and repeat on the left – it’s that simple!

The root of all Yoga is one, and in the ancient texts it says “Yogas-citta-vritti-nirodha” which translates to “Yoga is the stilling and clearing of the mind”. However, with its ever-growing popularity, there seem to be so many different styles on offer; So what are the differences and which one should you go for?

Below is an introduction to a few of the types of yoga you might find here at The Fold:

Vinyasa Yoga (sometimes referred to as ‘flow yoga’) is a style that incorporates moving seamlessly from one posture to another. It is to focus on connecting with the breath and being present in the moment to energise the body and quieten the mind. The postures practiced in class work with the body to build core and full body strength.

6.30 – 7.30pm – Mondays: Taught by Jess Morris

10am-11am – Mondays / 9.30am-10.30am – Wednesdays / 5.30pm–6.30pm + 6.45pm-7.45pm – Fridays: Taught by Melissa Porter melissaporteryoga@gmail.com 07876144371

Iyengar Yoga is a very structured method of learning Yoga, based on Hatha (meaning Sun/Moon energy) Yoga.  Instead of flowing from one continual posture to another, the focus is on precision and learning what each posture looks like for the individual. This more disciplined approach creates stability and alignment in the body, nervous system and whole being.

6pm-7.10pm- Beginners Class – Tuesdays  Taught by Tessa Rowberry : yoga@anniebeatty.com 07743928784

Vayu Aerial Yoga is a practice that was developed to create space mentally and physically, by opening-up the body through various postures, using a custom-designed yoga hammock. Not only does it look unique, the hammock helps the body practice at a much deeper level.

6pm-7.20pm – Wednesdays: Taught by Rachel Freeman rfvayu@gmx.com 07870429528

Yin Yoga focuses on the deep connective tissues of the body, such as ligaments, joints and bones. It mostly consists of seated or low to the ground, poses that work the lower parts of the body. It is a relaxing class with low impact, flowing sequences, meandering towards stillness… something that is often missing in our busy lives.

7.30pm – 8.30pm – Yoga Chill, Yin Inspired class – Wednesdays: Taught by Melissa Porter melissaporteryoga@gmail.com 07876144371