Welcome to Simon Tolsons' Yoga Studio in Petts Wood
Welcome and congratulations on finding yoga classes in Petts Wood. Yoga is the best self-help treatment you can give yourself. You are beginning a very exciting journey. Yoga is an ancient health-art developed and perfected over the centuries by the gurus and wise men of ancient India. The schools of Yoga are numerous - each student is generally attracted to that particular form of it which best answers his own particular needs.
In Yoga - Never accept that something is impossible.
Within a class we aim to relax both the body and the mind; it's essential to find positions in which it's possible to "let go" as many muscles as possible and as many thoughts as possible. This relieves both mind and body of all conscious tension and contraction. Conscious stretching, together with conscious relaxation are both possible preliminaries to the practice of asanas. Indian legend claims that the God Shiva originally demonstrated 84,000 postures and exercises for maintaining health and attaining self-discipline. Patanjali, the father of yoga, in his Yoga Sutras reduced the number to 84 asanas. More commonly today we only use 20-30. Patajali's definition of yoga is the achievement of absolute mastery over the mind and the emotions.
Who can do Yoga? The answer is very simple - YOU.
Yoga is effective on deeper levels because it gives you a new awareness of your body. It brings breath and consciousness to all your muscles and tissues and you allow a connection between your conscious mind and body. Yoga breath is the key to unlocking your body's potential. Maintaining steady, rhythmic breathing is the single most important element of yoga practice. Your breath is what links your mind to your body and you to the present moment in practice. Your breath carries prana, or life force, to every molecule in your being. Through matching and mirroring your movements with your breath, you peel away the layers of resistance. Your breath can sustain you at your edge and also allow you to move through it at times.
Yoga is about excavating the amazing, radiant self already inside you.
Don't worry about doing yoga wrong at first. Initially, keep in mind that yoga is not competitive. You don't even play against yourself. Your focus is inwards to what your mind and body are telling you. While you can appreciate the grace and pose of the person next to you, you don't need to try to achieve the same state. We all progress at different rates and levels. It is human to be competitive and make comparisons, but yoga will teach you to release judgements and become more holistic in your approach to health. In the "science" of yoga, it is said that it takes 40 days to change a habit, 90 days to confirm the new habit, 120 days for the new habit to become part of you, and 1,000 days for you to have mastered the habit. So give yourself time and room to grow with yoga, and be kind to yourself through the process of transformation. While you can appreciate the grace and pose of the person next to you, you don't need to try to achieve the same state. We all progress at different rates and levels. It is human to be competitive and make comparisons, but yoga will teach you to release judgements and become more holistic in your approach to health.
It all starts in your body on your mat.
Tailoring yoga to suit an individual's need makes our lessons very client centred.
Yoga classes in Petts Wood (Bromley) here are gentle and relaxing although at times we also have some invigorating postures too. Classes are for an hour with a maximum of four students per class for maximum instruction and feedback. Mats, blocks, straps and other aids are provided but you may of course bring your own. You need to wear loose fitting clothing - socks are removed, so please have clean feet. It is advised not to eat for 2 hours prior to a class and to have emptied the bowls too.
Yin and Hatha Yoga Classes in Petts Wood
Here at Petts Wood Osteopathic Clinic there are two styles of yoga taught - Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga. Classes usually start with some relaxation, easy poses leading to move developed asanas and some balancing postures, finally finishing with some relaxation. During the class you will be encouraged to learn breathing techniques (pranayama) some relaxation of the mind and sometimes some meditation.