Stretch and Breathe Yoga
Last night I went to yoga for the first time this year. I hadn’t been to yoga since about November but I used to go on a regular basis. It was good to get back into it attending the stretch and breathe yoga class.
I always had the same teacher – Tara. She is very knowledgeable in what she does. She teaches various classes of yoga. Some for the elderly or those living with Parkinson’s Disease. Some classes are on paddle boards (SUP yoga) and she holds acro-yoga classes for children and families. All of these are as well as her evening stretch and breathe classes. Pretty varied!
I met her when Eva was 6 weeks old and we went along to her ‘Yoga Babes’ class.
That class was a mix of yoga for us Mummies focusing on getting us strong again, and playing with our babies doing ‘yoga’ to nursery rhymes. It’s all about bonding in many ways. However, in the early days Eva did scream the place down at some point without fail during the class. I put it down to tiredness. Tara however noticed her head had a tendency to lean to one side and recommended a cranial osteopath. It made sense as it was a bit of a traumatic birth, and she was aided out with a kiwi (a bit of a suction cap to help get her out). So she had a series of treatments and we saw a huge improvement.
Eva at 6 Weeks old!
Then at 5 months old
As Eva got bigger, Tara kept on some of the babies from the Yoga Babes class. She created a new class called ‘Yoga Tots’. This was a mixture of playing with the children or encouraging them to do the odd Downward Dog. Plus a mix of us doing yoga while the kids went off to play. Basically doing yoga in a creche – not very relaxing but getting a workout without worrying about childcare is a bonus!
The Yoga Tots class went on for quite a few months. But as the classes got smaller and smaller (and Eva was going to be in nursery full time) it all came to an end before Christmas sadly. Tara had seen Eva grow up from 6 weeks to the age of 3, so that was lovely.
Evening class – strictly for grown-ups
Last night, I went to one of her evening classes. A bit weird without all the children running around but it was all very familiar. Plus no interruptions from toddler meltdowns – so very relaxing indeed.
As much as I love my Insanity classes and HIIT training, I know that yoga has got so many benefits. I might not get the same feeling as I do from my usual gym sessions, but I certainly need this wind down time. Stretching and focusing on breathing really helps to rejuvenate. It gives me energy. Plus all the muscles are stretched out – even the ones not touched by my big workouts. It’s great for all my aches and pains in my back and shoulders.
What we will try next..
When Tara was doing her training to teach ‘Acro-Yoga’, she would practise on our toddlers during some of the Yoga Tot classes. Although Eva was only two at the time and a little young to get the hang of it, she loved doing all the climbing and balancing. As she gets older and more Acro-Yoga sessions become available, we will take her.
I’m also looking forward to the summer and trying out yoga and paddle boarding on the river here in Maidenhead. A post with hilarious photo’s will follow I’m sure!