The proliferation of yoga classes and yoga centres throughout the Western world is a tribute to yoga’s indisputable power to enliven physical wellbeing. Many athletic programmes from gymnastics to many sporting activities now incorporate yoga for its systematic approach to stretching muscles, tendons and joints. Fitness enthusiasts are often pleasantly surprised by how quickly the addition of yoga postures to a workout routine can improve tone and posture. Yoga postures strengthen muscles, increase your flexibility, stimulate and enhance your circulation and improves your posture, balance and co-ordination.
If the practice of yoga provided only these physical benefits, it would fully justify its place in our lives. Yoga is much more than a system of physical fitness. It is an ancient science of balanced living, a path for realising full human potential. In these tumultuous times of stress, enxiety and overwork, yoga provides an anchor to a quieter domain of life, enabling people living in a modern technological world to stay connected to their natural humanity. Yoga offers the promise of remaining centred in the midst of turbulence.
The essential purpose of yoga is the integration of all layers of life – environmental, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to unite”. At its core, yoga means union, the union of body, mind and spirit.
“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
Therapeutic Yoga is an effective way of working to improve general well being or help to resolve specific aches and pains using the ancient wisdom of structural body-mind integration that is yoga. It can help to address a whole spectrum of ailments, reduce pain, aid recovery and injury, increase vitality and enhance overall health as part of a maintenance programme for health and wellbeing. These courses involve the gentle and intelligent use of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques to help to develop strength and flexibility, ease aches and pains and calm and relax the mind and body. Classes are small to ensure optimum learning and safe practice.
Please call me for a free telephone consultation or for further information on 01793 637500 or 07929 564 265
Yogi’s Speak………Testimonials and Inspirations
“I started Yoga with Raziya in July 2013. I had a horse for 9 years and had not had time or energy to do any exercise classes – I had previously done a erobics and Ashtanga Yoga. Losing my horse was distressing and I was completely lost without him.
When I started Raziya’s yoga class I wndered if it was going to be enough for me physically as I am always pushing myself. Raziya has always said that yoga is not a competition and that it is a work-in and not a work-out!!
I have learnt to relax physically and mentally. Raziya is a very calming influence and a lovely person. Her classes are ideal for people who have never done yoga before. I have also attended her Cyclic Meditation workshops and classes. CM is more of a physical meditation for me but doing the class with your eyes closed brings you more into yourself.
I have had an ongoing back problem and both my chiropractor and masseur have noticed that I am better aligned since doing my regular yoga classes with Raziya. I now have little or no back pain.”
“I came to yoga after struggling for a year with a painful back and a yearning to do something positive. Raziya’s class works all the core parts of the body with lots of poses and stretches that work the spine. Initially I was unable to do all the moves but, with Raziya’s help and some cushions we have found the positions that work best for me and, as a result, my spine has become stronger and more flexible. My whole body feels relaxed at the end of our class and I find I can, as Raziya says “take that feeling into the rest of my week”
“I love Raziya’s calm approach to the classes.
In the two years I have been attending my blood pressure previously on the high side has reduced. Perhaps more remarkable is that the osteoarthritis in my thumb joint has disappeared much to the surprise of my physiotherapist. Thank you Raziya.”
“Even though I have only attended a few of your classes as yet, it has been enough for me to realize what an excellent teacher you are. There are many yoga classes available at all levels, and now so many different ‘types’ of class that few of them remain what I would really call yoga. To me, a good yoga class embodies ‘mind, body and spirit’ and is, in itself a ‘meditation’. Your classes embrace all that I could hope for and go way beyond anything that I have found for many years. I feel blessed to have found you and will continue to come as and when I am able to.”
“Raziya, I can’t wait for Friday morning to come around again for the next yoga session. The huge benefit I felt and continue to feel after my first ever session is fantastic. I wish I had taken your advice and taken it up sooner. Not bad for an old ‘wrinkly’ eh!”
“My mum and I tried yoga for the first time today in one of Raziya’s classes and couldn’t have been more pleased. She was so friendly and made us feel really comfortable. Your class has made us want to do yoga again and we will….. thank you! 🙂 ”
“Raziya, I enjoy your yoga sessions so much and I feel so energized and relaxed afterwards. I am also learning your techniques to help my self at home. Thank you.”
“I really enjoyed your class on Sunday, I felt so relaxed afterwards…..the universe gives you what you need!”
“I’ve come from loving the fast pace of zumba to Raziya’s yoga class and I have to say it’s quite simply AWESOME!!! I feel so great afterwards and can’t believe that in the few short weeks I’ve been going, I can see I’m already getting more flexible and slowly having more balance! Would not only recommend yoga but would highly recommend Raziya, she made me feel relaxed and welcome! Thanks” 🙂
“What a lush Yoga workshop! Thank you to our amazing yoga teacher – Raziya”
“Raziya’s yoga classes are excellent. They are very relaxing, but they do produce noticeable results. After just 8 weeks my posture has improved significantly. I can thoroughly recommend them.”
“I am completely new to yoga, and have only been going for 8 weeks, I FEEL AMAZING!!! I suffer from arthritis and have reduced my medication and can feel the difference in my joints, and despite the cold weather I’m getting very little pain, where as this time last year could barely walk.”
“Raziya teaches at a pace where you can do as much or as little as you want and it is tailored to everyone in the session which is brilliant.”