Sports Yoga at Body Soul Yoga is suitable for all; from athletes to absolute beginners and for men and women too. Whether you are training for a marathon, or your annual ski trip, or whether you want to lose weight or tone, gain flexibility and stretch out those tired muscles, Sports Yoga could be for you.
Here are 4 reasons why you should try Sports Yoga here at Body Soul Yoga:
- Our Sports Yoga is designed to be challenging, strengthening and fun
- Yoga will make you better at everything you do! If you are an athlete, runner, footballer, or workaholic, yoga will make you stronger and more flexible and more confident about your body. It helps to stabilize your core muscles, strengthen and tones the whole body and strengthens joints, (which in turn helps to prevent injury)
- Yoga will fine tune your focus and improve your concentration.
- Yoga alleviates stress. Yoga can create a moving meditation, which clears the mind. It allows you to be present in the moment as you move through postures and stops the constant chattering of the mind. There is also a short relaxation at the end of the class, to recharge your batteries after a hard day in and out of the office. Yoga can be a perfect way to begin an exercise programme. Even if you are a beginner you will quickly pick up the postures and breathing techniques and will avoid getting discouraged or feeling ashamed about your lack of knowledge or ability when beginning to tackle your fitness goals.
Before Your Class
Yoga is practised on an empty stomach, so try not to eat for 2-3 hours before a class. this will make your practice more comfortable.
It is best to practice yoga in bare feet, so please take off your shoes and socks when you arrive. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom, so we can feel the earth beneath us. Practising in bare feet also helps our balance and provides a natural grip. Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing, so that there are no restrictions around the limbs, joints, or waist and try not to wear a hood. A top with an elastic waistband is also a good idea so clothing doesn’t ride up, when you are upside down. Before commencing your practice please remove spectacles, watches or any jewellery.
The only things you will need to bring with you to class are a bottle of water and a yoga mat; but we do have mats you can use, blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows. In the more flowing and tougher classes and workshops you may also like to bring a towel. In the gentle classes you may like to bring an extra blanket for warmth and comfort.
Tell the teacher if it’s your first class—you probably won’t be the only one. And please complete the confidential health questionnaire as fully as you are able, so your teacher knows as much about you as possible. The questionnaire will be given to you when you arrive. If you do have a pre-existing problem or condition, there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you.
Early arrivals are fine
Please try to come to class a few minutes early. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you arrive and running up the road to be on time. It also ensures that your teacher and the rest of the class are not disturbed by your late arrival. Unfortunately if the class has started, you will be unable to join the class.
Turn off your phone
When you arrive please turn off your phone to silent and the vibrate should also be off; so as not to disturb the rest of the class or your own practice.
During Your Yoga Class
Feel free to look around and follow what other students are doing, especially if the teacher does not demonstrate every pose. However, keep in mind that you may be looking at more advanced students, so do not compare yourself to them. Everyone learns at their own pace. And we are all made differently so some people are naturally more flexible, supple or stronger than others. Do your best, but let go of a competitive mindset.
Always remember to breathe in and out of your nose unless asked to do otherwise; but do let your teacher know if you have trouble doing this. Some classes will include different types of breathing/ pranayama techniques, so give them a go and please ask your teacher if you need more guidance.
Throughout your yoga practice try and be aware of what you are doing. Try to concentrate on the sensations you feel in the body and on your breath.
Don’t pull or strain
Never force or strain. Relax briefly between each posture if you need to. If you feel pain or strain, stop and tell your teacher. Listen to your body. As you do yoga more regularly, you may notice that you become increasingly supple and stronger.
Injury or Illness
If you have an injury / illness / medical condition, you should advise your teacher in the confidential health questionnaire. If your medical condition changes then it is for you to let the teacher know of any changes or deterioration in your condition. If in doubt please also consult you GP / medical advisor.
Some people advise that you don’t do inversions, for example: handstands, shoulder stands, headstands; and alternative positions will be provided in class.
Please tell your teacher if you suspect that, or if you are, pregnant. If you find out you are pregnant then we strongly recommend that you rest until your first scan. Your body may naturally tell you to rest in any event! From around 13/14 weeks you can rejoin the class, which can be adjusted to suit you. However, it is important to check with your doctor or midwife that yoga is suitable for you, at each stage of your pregnancy.
During the class your teacher may adjust you into a more suitable position or apply pressure so you are pushed deeper into position. If you would prefer not to be adjusted please let your teacher know before the class starts.
The class will end with a relaxation session. This is an important part of the class and students are encouraged to stay for the duration of the lesson. Relaxation gives the body an opportunity to assimilate all of the benefits of the postures you have just done; and also counteracts stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enjoy and try again
We hope you enjoy our classes and hope to see you again. Do tell us if there is something that you particularly enjoyed or disliked!