Yoga: The Gentle Way

02 Jan 2014

Vinyasa and gentle yoga expert Camilla Way shows us that rehabilitating your body can be a process that offers numerous physical and psychological benefits

If you are considering going to a yoga class but are hesitant as you think you are not flexible or fit enough to feel at ease in a class, then why not try Gentle yoga. Accessible to all and a great place to start if you are new to yoga or are fit but lack the flexibility to be able to do some of the more intense yoga poses, Gentle yoga is also suitable for those recovering from injury. As a less strenuous form than other types of yoga, it works by using modifications of the traditional hatha yoga poses and you may not go as deep into a specific posture as you might do in a more dynamic style of yoga (like vinyasa flow or power yoga).

In a class, the instructor will often offer the use of props and supports such as yoga straps, bolsters, blankets or yoga blocks and will also give you modifications to help you feel at ease and as comfortable as possible in the postures, allowing for deep relaxation and full breaths. Gentle yoga will energise you and also promote relaxation and calm through sitting or lying down meditation of 5-10mins (usually at the beginning and end of the class). During meditation it is important that any areas of stiffness or pain are supported by props to enable the body to feel completely comfortable so you will gain the deepest sense of physical and mental relaxation.

It is never too late to start a regular yoga practice; it is a great way to slow down the ageing process by alleviating various aches and pains and giving you the mental ability to cope with any stress and anxiety that you might be experiencing.  There are now so many styles of yoga to suit all bodies, ages and mind sets. The most important thing is to do your research to find the right qualified yoga instructor that you trust and like and find the right yoga style to suit you and your body.