Life Balance Yoga
Classes in Egerton, near Ashford, and also at the Maidstone Yoga Centre
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More about Yoga

In the western world, despite our advanced medical systems, we are facing a health crisis. More people than ever are overweight or even obese, and stress levels, backache, joint problems and mental-health issues such as anxiety and depression are causing major absentee issues for employers and for the economy.

We all know that being fat is not healthy and that, in order to increase our strength and improve our health, most of us should eat less and move more. It doesn't sound so difficult; but why, if the solution is that easy, are the gyms full of people in January but eerily quiet by June? It is becoming recognised that a more holistic approach to health and well-being is called for; and yoga is part of that solution.

Yoga often slips into people's awareness through articles about the more extreme versions such as Bikram or "hot" yoga, where slim, beautiful people are seen to bend their muscular bodies into difficult positions like the lotus pose.

Others become aware of yoga through celebrities such as Madonna or Cheryl Cole; but the benefits of yoga lessons are not just for the very fit or famous.
In our busy working lives, even normal people become anxious, stressed out and tired. Our breath can become habitually erratic, which can lead to both mental and physical illness. Yoga lessons can help us to relearn breathing patterns, relieve stress levels, and re-energize mind and body in a natural way, enabling us to breathe more easily, relax and reduce fatigue. The prana - the energy that lies untapped within us all - can be released through yoga exercises. The poses can also assist in increasing levels of fitness, lengthening muscles and addressing injury sites, which in turn can help ease problems with bad backs, shoulders and other joints. Utilising respiration, yoga can help to calm anxiety, and eventually most people will be able to achieve the benefits of relaxation; some may even achieve meditation.

There are a bewildering number of different types of yoga to choose from, not to mention numerous varieties of mind/body exercise classes like pilates. In addition one can be overwhelmed by the quantity of books and magazines anxious to impart information about how to improve your health through exercise, some of which are of a very good quality, others less so. So what makes IYENGAR® yoga the leading type of yoga taught internationally? All types of yoga are based on the original Indian philosophy, but IYENGAR® yoga is distinctive in that, over a period of many years, practitioners have developed techniques with props such as blocks, belts and foam pads to assist the student's muscles to attain the correct alignment. This precision can enable you to open your body to the breath that helps dispel fatigue and restore health and well-being.

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