Tue Evening: Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation in Whittle with Debbie

Tue Evening: Therapeutic Yoga & Meditation in Whittle with Debbie

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8 Week Therapeutic Yoga Course  

Tuesdays 7.30-9pm @ Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall, Union Street, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 7LN.

DATES: Dates: 05 Sept, 12 Sept, 19 Sept, 26 Sept, 03 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct 2017

MISSED THE COURSE START DATE?  You can drop into any of the above classes for £7 per session.  Choose the drop in selection from the options when you book on-line or pay cash on the day.  Next 8 week course starts on 5th September 2017.

Course description: Now with added meditation! Suitable for beginners and for anyone with joint issues or muscular aches and pains.  This class is designed to benefit people who need or choose to adopt a more therapeutic approach to yoga to counteract the stresses of modern life.  

Therapeutic Yoga does not emphasise adopting and perfecting a particular shape with your body, so you do not have to be fit or flexible to do this class.  Indeed, recent research is showing that most joint issues are being caused by over flexibility rather than tight or strong muscles.   

Debbie trained in therapeutic yoga with Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy in 2013.  She also works with Peter Blackaby, author of Intelligent Yoga, who teaches on the Feel Now Yoga Teacher Training Course.  

Suitable for beginners, beneficial for all; especially those with joint issues, muscular imbalances, sleep issues and stress.

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The science bit: 

Therapeutic Yoga addresses sensory motor amnesia.  Most people have some muscles in their bodies that have forgotten how to fire up, and some muscles that have forgotten how to relax.  Therapeutic Yoga is a somatic enquiry; inviting you to notice the sensations that you are feeling in your body whilst doing small movements with great attention.  If it is appropriate to the people in the room, these movements are often built up into recognisable yoga postures or more complex movement patterns.

By noticing which muscles are firing up enthusiastically, and which muscles are less inclined to engage, we can strengthen what needs to be strengthened, so that the over enthusiastic muscles feel supported in their desire to relax; bringing the body back to a healthy balance.

By figuring out how to optimise the ability of our muscles to hold space for our joints, we can balance muscular tensions & increase our body's ability to circulate nutrients & wastes; improving the body-mind's homeostatic ability, so we can find our natural state of balance & heal ourselves.

On a physical level, attention will be given to guiding the body out of fight & flight patterns which release adrenaline & other stress chemicals into the bloodstream, by improving our core & joint support structures, the slow twitch, stabilising muscles that, when activated, release relaxing chemicals into the bloodstream, bringing us into rest & digest mode, which is where the body needs to be to heal.

To this aim we will explore simple but effective postures & gentle repetitive movements, using them to balance muscular tensions by strengthening weak muscles & releasing tight ones.  

Each session starts with a meditation on the breath & concludes with a guided relaxation to release deeply held tensions from your body & mind.

Beneficial everyone, including suffers of muscular back, neck & shoulder problems, hypermobility, mild injury rehabilitation, stress or sleep issues.

Suitable for all levels of experience, fitness & flexibility.

Why the additional meditation?

Have you heard of telomeres? Telomeres are DNA end caps. The length of your telomeres are the most studied indicators of biological ageing. The longer your telomeres, the longer you are likely to live. Apparently, the best thing for improving the length & robustness of your telomeres is meditation, according to Jeff Grimm. There are so many studies out there about meditation & telomeres now that 2 meta analyses of that data is available. In summary, 20 mins of meditation a day for 4 months has been found to improve telomere length. You don't have to believe me or Jeff! You can look up the evidence for this yourself.