Grow Yoga classes 10am
with Elisha Collier
What is the format of the yoga class?
My yoga classes will consist of a micro-meditation to begin to bring focus and concentration into the room, we will move onto light warm-up exercises to lubricate the joints and glands, circulate blood all over the body and connect body movement to breath. To cultivate more heat and energy, and to explore the range of movement in our body we will move through sun salutations.
Sun salutations are a flow of simple poses and for the warm-up each pose will generally be held for one breath. We will then move into Asana practice which will typically consist of standing, kneeling and sitting poses, backbends, forward bends, twists and an inversion. Typically, we will hold poses for 3-5 breaths and work on relaxing our body even in a challenging posture. There will be a large focus on the breath during the classes, and I will direct and draw attention to your breath throughout. The class will end with a final relaxation in a laying down position.
What happens in the yoga class?
The classes are for anyone who wants to work on their mental or physical health. Yoga increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, stimulates the movement of lymph, improves flexibility, immunity, strength, balance and digestion. We will bring awareness into muscles and joints that we have forgotten about and exercise parts of the body that you may not pay attention to, this will help you to break bad posture habits.
My classes will encourage people to explore their body and mind, during practice we will stop regularly and bring our attention inwards to check in with how our body and mind feel, we will also use this time to reconnect with the breath. Practising in this way will support class members to stay mentally present for the duration of the class and will support class members to regularly turn inwards and be curious about how they feel.
What will you gain from the class?
Classes will provide some uninterrupted you time, students are encouraged with gentle guidance to put worries, stresses and even positive emotions to one side for the duration. This is a great way to give yourself some emotional space so that when you leave the class your thoughts will be clearer and your mind will be calmer.
During class we will focus on diaphragmatic breathing which triggers relaxation responses in the body such as lowering heart rate and blood pressure. As well as this, Yoga poses increase the production of serotonin, dopamine and melatonin whilst decreasing the production of the stress hormone cortisol so your body will relax on a chemical and hormonal level.