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Beginners Yoga WGC. Everything that you need to know

Are you thinking of trying out yoga? Perhaps your Doctor has suggested it, or you’ve heard about the benefits of yoga and want to give it a go. Some people come to yoga because they want to get fitter, manage chronic body pain or are looking for a more balanced way of life. Whatever your reason, these general yoga classes in WGC at Woodhall Community Centre are a great place to start.

You are in good company, many of the people that come to the yoga classes in WGC at Woodhall Community Centre are there for the same reason as you. This class is new so you will be practising yoga with people who are also just starting out. The benefit of this to you is that you won’t have that sinking feeling that you’re not as ‘good’ as everyone else. Or that they all know each other and you’re the odd one out. 

It’s natural to feel apprehensive about trying out something new. In this post, I’ll do my best to give you the information you need to feel more comfortable.

Yoga classes ideal for beginners

Yoga is a body work, so let’s clear up some of the more obvious stuff. 

You’ll be moving, stretching, balancing, getting stronger. All this means you’ll sweat, that’s part of it. Expect to draw on your energy reserves but the pay-off is that the chemicals your brain will release shall boost your mood, metabolism and even memory – along with a ton of other good things.

During the class the Yoga Teacher, me (Sunil) will give you instructions on how to move and also where to place your attention. Many beginners often make the mistake of thinking yoga is just about moving their body into fancy stretches. Nothing could be farther from the truth, the quality of your attention, how present you are is as important as the body work.

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What do beginners have to ‘get’ at yoga classes 

Move safely

During your first few classes I’ll be looking to establish the basics. Primarily I seek to make sure that you are moving in a way that is in harmony with your body mechanics. In simple terms this means making sure that you are forward folding with your knees bent and are using the muscles in your back to prevent overloading the vertebrae in your lower back and neck. It may sound like a simple thing, and it is; but you’ll be surprised how easily this gets overlooked when in the midst of a sequence of flowing yoga poses. 

Discover your breath

If I could tell you the secret of postural yoga, it would be this. Focus on your breath. As it is something that we always do one can easily miss this. Whilst you wrestle with your body, the physical challenge and thoughts your breath is an allay and aid that is invaluable. By focussing on your breath you will open up the deeper aspects of yoga. 

Getting stronger

We are all different and our bodies get conditioned at different speeds. The more you practice the more your body will learn what is required of it. The amazing thing about yoga is that it is a complete body workout. The movements will get connected chains of muscles to work in concert. This means that you gain true functional strength. That’s the kind of strength that you need to pick things up, improve your balance and lighten the load on any ‘problem areas’ of your body.

Not getting it right and managing that sinking feeling

Wobbles and getting tired or stepping out of a balancing pose are all part of the process. You won’t be the first nor the last person to step out of tree pose! More important than falling out is the way that you get back in. What I mean is; to not simply jump back into a shape but that we take a breath, ground and go back in using the same steps taken when we first attempted it. Once you do this you will no longer be a beginner because you’ll have cultivated enough presence to approach the pose in the correct way. Falling out has nothing to do with how ‘advanced’ you are. 

Time for another secret. There is no such thing as advanced yoga! Yoga is that moment when you find your flow state, when time stops and you are entirely present with yourself – you’ll still hear sounds about you, be able to see other things but your mind has become still. This is yoga. It has no gradients where one state is higher than another. Either you are in yoga or you are not.

What about that sinking feeling?

We all experience ‘failure’ when trying something, this is part of the process and not the destination. We go again and when we do this with a smile then we have learnt another valuable lesson that yoga brings. Everything changes, but through it all the awareness is constant and as long as you have that you will be a life long yogi. You can also take this resilience with you away from the mat. It is the art of pausing to take a breath, it has immense power.

What to expect at your first yoga class

Once you’ve settled on to your mat we always take some minutes to arrive and acknowledge the space that we are in. In this way one creates a space around themselves, a boundary between what came before and the present moment. This ancient custom has been practised by the human family for countless thousands of years and we honour this with the Om. The chant can be vocal or an inward intention. It is a way of connecting with the others in the room and feeling one’s own vibration which is in itself a step inward.

After a warm up we begin the class proper. Expect to bend, twist and balance. Expect to call on your strength. Expect to notice the little things and let them go. Expect challenge, support and the trust in your body to grow. At the end of the class we take our final and most important pose. Shivasana. The final relaxation is one final opportunity to integrate what you have experienced, to let go, relax and let the benefits of your practice sink in.

Do’s and Don’ts at a yoga class

Do…

  • Bring/buy your own yoga mat
  • Pay before the class starts
  • Take off your shoes before you enter the hall
  • Ask questions if something isn’t clear
  • Rest if you need to
  • A quick warm up at home if you have time
  • Let me know if you have an injury/ailment 

Do not…

  • Look around or talk to others once the class starts
  • Push beyond pain. If you feel pain stop!
  • Book if you are not sure you can come
  • Have your phone or smart watch by your mat
  • Judge others

Yoga with Sunil has been in Hertfordshire since 2016, although I have been teaching yoga since 2010. I tailor each of the classes depending on whomever is present and always seek to bring in something specific to you. It takes a little time for me to learn how you move and what works for you – this is why maintaining a regular practice will be beneficial. In time you will surprise yourself, I have seen this many times and yoga still regularly surprises me.

If you would like to come to a class or book a place please email me. You’ll have to pay in advance of your first class. I look forward to welcoming you to a yoga class in Welwyn Garden City soon.

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11 Reasons To Do Yoga In the Morning & How

From decreasing anxiety and depression to improving heart health and feelings of social connection, the effects are well-studied. Whether you are a busy parent or a commuter you’ll know that mornings can be a window for productivity – learn more about online yoga classes.

1. Setting your intention at the beginning of the day can help you keep your focus throughout the day. It might be to drink enough water, to stop negative thoughts before they start, to practice self love.

2. Get rid of ‘fuzz’. Whilst sleeping our bodies are moving a lot less than during the day. Getting your body warmed up and stretched out is an excellent way to maintain optimal good health.

3. Don’t start stressed. A clear and calm start to the day will help you notice when you start to let things get the better of you so you can stop and re-connect and stop the slide.

4. Activate your white blood cells. Waking up and getting moving gets your natural defence mechanism up and running. Yoga activates all your body’s systems.

5.Get happy. As well as activating your circulation and immune systems yoga in the morning helps you to get a mood boost too. Research shows that it actually helps your sleep too!

6. Me time. Get your day off to a flyer by having some me time. Your practice of yoga is something you do alone but helps those around you too.

7. Boost your digestive fire. Getting moving will help your body to process the nutritional benefits of the food that you take in. By strengthening the deeper muscles around your organs your body will get more efficient at extracting vitamins from the food you take in.

8. The inner creates the outer. Getting your inner world right will influence how you see the world around you. Yoga is all about perfecting this.

9. Quiet mornings are the best time to get your dose of peace, just before the world starts to wake up, enjoy the quiet and merge with it during your yoga practice.

10. Boost your brain power. Focussing early in the day helps you increase productivity and alertness throughout the day. 

11. Experience the flow. Connecting with your deep self is part of being here now. Being present with your breath in yoga opens up a doorway into a flow state. 

Still not sure?

When it comes to online yoga a live Zoom yoga class is the better option. Check out my post about Zoom Vs. YouTube Yoga to discover why you’ll get a more authentic experience.

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5 reasons why yoga with Sunil is different

Outdoor yoga classes starting May 2021

Spring is an ideal time for a fresh start,  with the gradually longer days and warmer climes it is natural to be want to spend more times outdoors. I invite you this Spring on an exploration of authentic, traditional yoga . 

Yoga is a structured means by which one can systematically come to the gateway of profound inner knowledge, for some it is transformational for others it is a confirmation of deep murmurings. 

My mission

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I want to share the ancient authentic wisdom traditions of yoga and well-being with you. I reach out to all serious people; of all body shapes, levels of experience and ages to extend your knowledge through activity and self enquiry.

I believe that the post c-19 world should be one of integrated communities, this means getting out there and saying ‘hi’ to the people we share our space with.

Yoga is a brilliant way to do this because yoga is for all people, regardless of gender, body type, age or ability.

Reason 1: You’ll learn to control your emotions, not suppress them.

As the felt response to a given situation, emotions play a key part in your reactions. When you’re in tune with them, you have access to important knowledge that helps with decision making and relationships. I have written about yoga for mental health else where on my blog.

Accept your emotions — all of them

Accepting emotions as they come helps you gain self understanding. Increasing your comfort around intense emotions allows you to fully feel them without reacting in unhelpful ways.

So… Take a deep breath

There’s much to be said for the power of a deep breath, whether you’re ridiculously happy or so angry you can’t speak. Slowing down and paying attention to your breath won’t make the emotions go away (that’s not the goal).

Nevertheless, deep breathing exercises can help you ground yourself and take a step back from the first intense flash of emotion and any extreme reaction you want to avoid.

Reason 2: Understand your body rather than forcing it to fit a modern template

Yoga knowledge reaches back into the human story over 6000 years. There is a reason you have the body that you do. Cherish it, it will always change. By borrowing from the traditions of yoga we will begin understanding the nature of change and how it is integral to our growth.

Reason 3: Develop your power of intuition

Yoga teaches us to move beyond a simple reductionist view of reality. We are engaged in something more meaningful than simply our sense perceptions. 

Knowledge: Empirical understanding combined with theory

Each one of my yoga classes incorporates meditation. The principals of yogic meditation have been borrowed by many modern approaches, experience first hand the original form of these modern approaches.

  • Arrive
  • Acknowledge
  • Observe

When you still the (surface level) internal dialogue intuition comes to you. You will learn to interpret the amazing things that your body is communicating.

Reason 4: If your cup is already full how can you add anything new? 

We have to be willing to let go of one thing so that something new can enter.

Entering a wider knowledge base and also the community is opening yourself up so that you can wisely take on board that which will help you cross a barrier. On the other side? That which lays dormant within you.

Surrendering the ego so that the real you can win. The beginner mindset is the ideal starting point of entry into the profoundly deep.

Reason 5: By the end of summer, you will not be your best self. You will simply (and magnificently) be yourself. 

The difference will be that you will have a clear understanding of the process of stilling the mind. What is more, you will have it with you to use whenever you need it.

In fact, the fundamentals of Yoga with Sunil are such that you will be able to explain them with precision to your friends and family members. The information will have been assimilated into a wider body of knowledge that is contained within you. There’s a good chance that you will continue to practice yoga, develop and look on the group as a community.

So join us…

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Book Online Yoga Classes

When are online yoga classes?

How does it work?

Daily live yoga classes are held via Zoom, you can download the app to your phone, tablet or laptop. I send you an invitation to the class to your email address, all you have to do is click the link and the class starts.

You can buy a single class, a week of morning classes or evening classes. week of classes

Will everyone be able to see me doing yoga?

No. Nobody can see into your space, I turn off video functionality on your side as you sign in. You can turn off your video sharing to further prevent this from happening.

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To book for the week

Evening Yoga Classes

Book 3 evening online yoga classes.

£12.00

Morning Yoga Classes

Book 3 morning online yoga classes.

£12.00

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What if I don’t have PayPal?

That’s ok, you can also use the links above to pay via your card.

Can I pay for more than 1 week?

Yes. You can select the number of weeks when completing your purchase using the buttons above.

Can anyone in my household join in?

Yes. And this is no extra charge for this. If they have any concerns they can email me or read the information here.

It will be a new learning experience for all involved, however; I will still tailor each online yoga class depending on whom is present. Whether you have been practicing with me for years or just a few classes, I have a good understanding about your physiology as well as where in you development you are. Each class can be adapted to suit the needs of those present.

How do I join?

You can pay right now using the options above.

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My Yoga Story

A guest post by Yogini Jill

“You have cancer”. The 3 words no one ever wants to hear. It took my breath away. Literally. I stopped breathing and almost passed out. Once I gained composure, I knew I had to be strong. Strong in my mind. I knew I was going to lose control of what was going to happen to my physical body but I still had control of my mental state. And that’s where Yoga came in.

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