When most people think about yoga, they perhaps imagine a group of young, flexible women turning themselves into pretzels, or a bunch of old ladies sitting around breathing and gazing at their navels. We think it’s too slow, or too boring or even too hard. We get it, we used to think that too!
But things have moved on A LOT since the days of community centre classes. Here’s some things you perhaps didn’t know:
- There are 36.7m yoga practitioners in the US and it’s rising (up from 20.4m in 2012). The UK has been following this upward trend for the past 10 years.
- Practitioners are significantly more involved in many other forms of exercise, such as running, cycling and weightlifting, than non-practitioners
- 86 percent of practitioner’s self-report having a strong sense of mental clarity, 73 percent report being physically strong, and 79 percent give back to their communities – all significantly higher rates than among non-practitioners
- Over 25% of yoga practitioners are men, and the figure is rising year-on-year
- There are many different styles of yoga to meet different needs – from the dynamic & athletic styles to the slow meditative styles
Yoga truly is for everyone – men, women, young and old, from athletes to couch surfers.
Yoga is now the fastest growing wellbeing choice and here’s why:
- It Increases strength
Yoga poses use all the muscles in your body, helping you to increase your strength level from head to toe. The benefits of yoga and daily exercises will help you strengthen your muscles close to the bones, which increase the support of your skeletal system as well.
- It Increases Flexibility
Practicing yoga will help with your range of motion by lengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your body, increasing your flexibility.
- It Relieves Stress
Yoga reduces the effects of stress on your body as the practice encourages relaxation and can lower the amount of cortisol in your body.
- It Prevents injuries
Every yoga class includes a technique of scanning your body and paying attention to your limits. This type of practice, along with strengthening your muscles in class will help reduce injuries.
- It Clams Your Mind and Improves Sleep
Yoga will help to hone your mental focus through breathing exercises which allows your mind to slow down helping to aid a good night’s sleep.
You’ll find our dedicated wellbeing studio nestled in the heart of Stony Stratford. The studio is flooded with natural light, creating an exquisite space for our experienced teachers to teach…and guess what? You’ll find everyone from footballers, cricketers and triathletes, to young, bendy chicks to those who are a little older; all attending classes to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, find their balance or simply restore their bodies and mind after a busy day.
Our studio has over 50 classes each week with additional speciality workshops so there’s plenty to choose from for all abilities – including complete beginners or those wanting to learn to do a headstand.
We believe that when you walk in to a Yoga studio there should be a heartbeat, a personality and a vibe. So we created a place that feels welcoming and like a second home. Come and visit us soon! Not sure if it’s for you? If you’re brand new to Whitespace Studio, try out our brilliant beginner’s special.
You can also come along to our Al-Fresco Yoga Fundraiser at the Peace Pagoda, Willen Lake on Sunday 13 August where we’ll be running an outdoor yoga class and raising money for Willen Hopsice. The festival themed class starts at 1.30pm and is suitable for complete beginners. Find out more.