Is Yoga For Me?

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A common misconception about yoga classes is that you need to be an amateur contortionist to be able to attend. Well, we’re here to tell you that this is a total falsity. Different forms of yoga can be suited to all abilities. It’s a practice enjoyed by the young and the elderly alike. Today’s post will dispel any fears that you have about yoga and help you to choose a class that is right for your needs.

Who are Yogis?

A yogi is a person who practices yoga, but there isn’t just one type of yogi. People become interested in yoga for a broad array of reasons. Some yogis want a workout that will build strength and flexibility. Some want an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And others strike a balance between these two and want a body and mind workout.

Likewise, yogis are drawn from all different paths of life. Teenagers can enjoy yoga because it is in sync with their growing self-awareness. Pregnant ladies often join yoga classes because they want to exercise and to take time to reflect on their bodies. Busy parents and business people appreciate yoga for the opportunity to leave their stress at the door of the studio and focus on themselves for an hour. Even the elderly and those recovering from traumatic physical injuries are drawn to the practice. They often take up yoga as a means of promoting flexibility and movement.

Is all Yoga the Same?

Considering the broad profile of yogis, it should come as no surprise that there are a multitude of yoga classes on offer at The Thames Club. These are as much tailored to the flexibility of class participants as they are to their reasons for joining the class; they all incorporate different positions and breathing techniques. For example, Hatha Yoga is focused on building power and flexibility. As such, it is a more physically demanding class. Hot Yoga is also a results-driven class that uses high temperatures to maximise the benefits of the practice.

Flow Yoga is a vinyasa yoga class. Its focus is on moving seamlessly from one position to the next whilst practising breathing techniques. The yoga instructor will call out positions whilst demonstrating them at the top of the studio, then walk around to refine and aid the yogis; because of this instructive presence, you don’t need to be familiar with yoga positions before joining this class. At the Hot Yoga Club, we also offer Dynamic Flow Vinyassa Yoga, which is a similar concept.

For those of you who want to reap the mental benefits of yoga, we offer a Warm Candle Lit Yoga session that is a great way to unwind and let go of stress. It promotes tranquillity and peace.

And finally, if you want a bit of everything, Hatha/Yin Yoga begins with the more demanding Hatha style before switching pace to become a relaxing focus on wellness.

Still not sure?

If you’re unsure about which yoga class would suit you (and, believe us, there’s a perfect class for everyone), call into The Thames Club and have a chat with one of the instructors.

The full timetable of classes can be found here.