Lunchtime yoga goes online!

The lunchtime classes have become a fixture at Perseverance Works, so why let a little social distancing stop us? To help us maintain our zen through these odd times, we have moved the classes online, hosted through Zoom.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays, 12:45 till 1:30pm. And the beauty of digital yoga is you can set up your personal practice space any way you like: outdoors in the sun, in a cosy room with incense and candles, or wherever the yoga mat will fit…

Email Kate at kate.carpenter@atelierten.com to join the yoga mailing list and each week we will send out an email with a link to join via Zoom and a PayPal link.Classes are still priced at £5, but as they say, take what you need and give what you can. This is a tough time for some of us, so if your income has been wiped out by the virus but you still need some yoga, please join us regardless, no questions asked.

Beginners are welcome to attend, if you have any questions please get in touch with Kate before the class starts. Sadly, for these classes, you will have to provide your own mat!

Curious about the ways in which yoga might be good for you? Kate has written a short piece about the many benefits of yoga,

 

Yoga is good for our mental health

Scientific studies have shown that practicing yoga can decrease stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep quality and may even help fight depression. Even if you don’t feel you are affected by any of these, yoga will help you maintain your mental health.

Yoga is good for flexibility – and for strength

We’ve all seen the bendy-yogi-pretzels. That is not the goal of this class. However, if you practice sports or other fitness modalities where you are continuously contracting your muscles, yoga will help lengthen and stretch them. This can improve your performance, help prevent injuries, and increase range of motion.

The strength you can build from yoga is often overlooked. Supporting your weight on your hands (whether in downward facing dog or a handstand) requires strength. I also include a particular focus on strengthening the back of the body, which helps counteract the oh-so-common “desk-worker hunch”.

Yoga improves posture

The head is heavy – if you are often letting it lean forward (while reading your phone, say), this will fatigue the muscles in your neck and back. Practicing yoga will help you be more aware of your posture, find good posture more quickly, and relieve tension from poor posture.

Breathing is so good for you

We know that we can’t live without our breath. But how often do you really think about your breathing? Try this simple exercise wherever you are right now:

Feel your feet on the floor.

Slowly inhale for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of four. Slowly exhale for a count of four. Hold your breath out for a count of four.

Repeat this pattern 3 more times.

Do you feel calmer? Imagine breathing like that for 45 minutes. Breathing deeply calms your nervous system and encourages your body to relax. Over time, your lung capacity will increase.