Yoga News

15th Feb 2014
Girl Guides Yoga

Last week, at the request of the girl guide leader at Kendal Rd, in Pakefield, I went along to a girl guide session and we did a yoga workshop.
35, or thereabouts, (i didn’t count) Girl Guides in a relatively small space – made for a slightly noisier yoga class than most people expect yoga to be!

There weren’t enough yoga mats to go around – so – not to be deterred – the girls brought blankets and towels and camping mats. They picked up the postures really quickly, and our games of “Swami Says” went down really well – with everyone remembering the names of the postures and how to do them.

We did a bit of partner work which they did brilliantly well. Surprisingly, they all became quiet little dormice (aka childs pose) when asked to curl up in a small ball and take some deep sow breaths. We did a really short relaxation at the end and they were all quiet and calm and wonderfully relaxed …..for a few short minutes!!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the guides – and as a consequence am planning a childrens yoga group. So watch this space!!

Thanks to the guides of Kendal Rd – who with limited resources – show resourcefulness and determination to explore the world around them, and to the guide leaders who create a safe and fun environment in which they can do just that.

I recommend the book Yoga Pretzels as a fun way to teach yoga to young people, and an audio book called The Enchanted Garden as a great resource for introducing young people to meditation. Both can be bought from this website.

Monday 10th February 2014

Pure Energy Yoga will be running a yoga workshop for the girlguides at Durban Rd in Pakefield.

Yoga is great for young people, not only does it help to tone muscle and to keep (and improve) their flexibility, it also teaches young people ways of coping with stressful situations.

This first class is all about having fun whilst enjoying some of the basic principles and movements in yoga. We will be warming up in a fun and innovative way – making the shapes of nature with our bodies. We will learn several yoga postures to stretch different parts of the body, and then will play a game called ‘Swami says’ (like Simon says – but with yoga postures). We will go on to learn some different styles and ways to do the classic yoga pose – the tree. Finishing with a calming bee breath and ten breath exercise to calm and relax.

Should be great fun…..

 

Our FREE yoga workshops in Lowestoft at the start of january were a great success with 62 people enjoying a free yoga session, many of whom had never tried yoga before.

Keep your eye on Pure Energy Yoga so you don’t miss the next free event.

Take a look at out timetable if you fancy joining a regular class, or check out our retreat page if you would like some relaxing down time in the sun…..

and have a read of the article attached for some interesting research into the biological benefits of yoga:   Yoga can ward off stress and disease

Yoga can ward off stress and disease

25/11/2013

NEW DEHLI: Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease.
A psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, John Denninger, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function.
While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring.
“There is a true biological effect,” said Denninger, director of research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The government-funded study may persuade more doctors to try an alternative route for tackling the source of a myriad of modern ailments.
In a study published last year, scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that 12 minutes of daily yoga meditation for eight weeks increased telomerase activity by 43 percent, suggesting an improvement in stress-induced aging

– See more at: http://www.bwy.org.uk/yoga-can-ward-off-stress-and-disease/#sthash.Lr7sKSX5.dpuf

Yoga can ward off stress and disease

25/11/2013

NEW DEHLI: Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease.
A psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, John Denninger, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function.
While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring.
“There is a true biological effect,” said Denninger, director of research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The government-funded study may persuade more doctors to try an alternative route for tackling the source of a myriad of modern ailments.
In a study published last year, scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that 12 minutes of daily yoga meditation for eight weeks increased telomerase activity by 43 percent, suggesting an improvement in stress-induced aging

– See more at: http://www.bwy.org.uk/yoga-can-ward-off-stress-and-disease/#sthash.Lr7sKSX5.dpuf

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