‘It helps me feel good in my own skin’
‘It really relaxes me and calms me when I am feeling stressed or anxious’
‘Yoga is amazing!’
‘It helps with stress and is a great exercise’
Current 6th form group, John Masefield High School
Here’s what to expect…
It’s a lovely room – warm in winter, cool in summer. It’s peaceful. No one can see in!
Some come with a friend, some come alone. No more than 12 in a class. There isn’t time to feel awkward because we just get started …
To begin, everyone gets a mat and blanket off the shelf and starts by lying down comfortably. Alison talks through a short relaxation. Just lying down for a few minutes, not having to do anything feels good!
The first movements we make are slow, steady and in time with our breath whilst we are lying down. Alison describes them and demonstrates. Gradually we move more. Sitting, standing, lying on our fronts, our sides …
But there are always different ways of doing things because we are all different. We’re never expected to be able to do the same thing the same way.
Whilst working on these yoga poses we pay more attention to our breath, maybe balancing at the same time. We remain fully involved in what we’re doing. You literally can’t remain in some of these yoga poses without full attention! Yoga is mindfulness in action. Yoga practice gives time and space away from distractions … you’d be surprised how refreshing it is not to be thinking about all the usual stuff … and surprised about how you really do switch off from all that. It gives greater focus, strengthens concentration.
We stretch, strengthen, bend forwards, backwards, sideways, twist, turn, balance and go upside down! Literally seeing life a different way – it helps!
Everyone’s favourite part last … We finish lying down, covered up with a blanket for AT LEAST 10 MINUTES, SOMETIMES 20!!! Alison talks us through a relaxation or concentration practice. Sometimes it’s one we know, sometimes it’s new.
We stretch gently, put our mats and blankets away … feeling calmer, walking taller.
No judgement. No time to say much. Safe. Comfortable. So relaxed!
Alison teaches us how to use stress busting Yoga for whenever we need it