Yoga is a traditional Indian form of meditative exercise that’s been changing lives for more than 5000 years. It uses controlled breathing whilst building strength and flexibility to boost our physical and mental wellbeing.
A typical yoga practice lasts a minimum of 30 minutes and is made up of a series of postures which are flowing movement routines or balanced poses during which breathing is controlled and the mind is stilled. Regular practice builds core strength and an increased awareness of our bodies and how we position and control them. This means our posture and gait is automatically improved, the benefits of a healthy weight are appreciated and flexibility and balance are increased.
There are many different schools of yoga ranging from the gentler Hatha end of the spectrum through Dru yoga (a recent off-shoot blending affirmations and mantras) to the more energetic Ashtanga and even Hot Yoga hosted in saunas and designed for sweat!
Yoga is clinically proven to be a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. Scientific studies show that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – especially lower back pain – and effectively tackling depression and stress.
All forms of yoga will help, but because exact positioning of limbs and specific control of the breath is important you can imagine that learning generic routines at the back of a large class is not beneficial. That’s why Zen Ten Spa offers it’s introductory programme of life-enhancing Yoga Re-boots. These are held in small groups ( 4 or less) or 1-1 designed especially round your needs with the exclusive tutoring which ensures you are getting the very best from your yoga.