Less physically challenging than Fitness and Flow Yoga, the Hatha Yoga class also include more breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques. However—whilst breathing deeply—we still spend the majority of the class doing physical postures, which increase balance, flexibility and strength, but in a more gentle way.
I do not teach any of the traditional philosophy of yoga, nor do I teach meditation as a spiritual thing, if I did I would be being inauthentic. I see relaxation/meditation techniques as psychologically and physiologically beneficial, as shown by the scientific method.
Benefits include: reduced stress and anxiety, normalized blood pressure, increased clarity of mind, feelings of relaxation, improved flexibility, balance and posture, reduced joint and muscular pain, increased energy levels.
Last updated Nov. 12, 2017, 10:18 p.m. UTC
I started working in the fitness industry in October 2007, after completing a Health and Fitness Diploma at Kidderminster College. I managed to get a job in the gym as a fitness instructor at The Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre in Kidderminster. Whilst working at the Glades I completed various fitness courses and started teaching group classes and having one-on-one Personal Training clients.
I gained my Yoga qualification in 2011. At this time I was still working at the Glades, but not full time, because I'd set up several classes on a self employed basis. Towards the end of 2011 I went self employed full time, working as a group exercise instructor, and I still am now; I'm still loving it!
I teach 7 different class types: Hatha Yoga, Fitness and Flow Yoga, Tai Chi for Beginners, Yang 24 Forms Tai Chi, Core Strength for Beginners, Core Fit and Active Seniors. I am scheduled to finish my level 3 Pilates training by May 2018; the core strength classes will then change their names to Pilates.