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Yoga lessons throughout Midhurst, Petworth and West Sussex

Yoga is a natural, holistic approach to health and fitness. People of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities can practice and adapt it to suit their individual tastes and needs.

True Yoga is not about the shape of your body, it’s about the shape of your life.

How Does yoga work?

If you ask a thousand people what Yoga means to them, you will receive a thousand different answers. For some it is simply a way of keeping healthy and supple, for some a way of shedding a few extra pounds, for others it offers time to relax and unwind and for yet more it becomes a way of life. There is no right or wrong - you can take what you wish when you step onto your mat and you can apply what you learn however works for you.

Why do Yoga? The short answer is that Yoga makes you feel better.

Whatever your reason for choosing to find a Yoga class or a private teacher, you are likely to find practicing Yoga not only relieves stress and sculpts muscles making you more flexible, but along with training your body, regular practice can also train your mind. At Bodhi we believe that such a personal journey deserves personal attention, so our classes are never any larger than six.

The technical bit

Yoga uses the weight of your own body to gently develop muscle and build strength. You practice at your own level increasing strength steadily from head to toe. Always remember - the best asanas (physical postures) aren’t the ones where you push yourself to pretzel shape till you can hardly breathe – they are the ones where you work with your breath, mind and body to the best of your own ability – we are all different and our Yoga practice can be as gentle or as dynamic as we are.

Whilst it is perfectly possible to get a challenging physical work out from a series of Yoga asanas there are additional physical benefits in terms of switching on the body’s healing mechanisms. The automatic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic system which is identified with what’s been called the relaxation response. When you do Yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the release of muscle tension and the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the flight-or-flight system off and the relaxation response on which has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases & blood pressure decreases. The body seizes the chance to turn on the healing mechanism.

"The Yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough"
Amy Weintraub

The Bhagavad Gita says ‘Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself’ and it’s a nice way of looking at what Yoga practice can offer. Whatever your level of ability, Yoga is a perfect way to get healthier, happier and have some fun along the way.

Om Shanti Namaste!

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