Natasha Harding, The Village Yoga

Yoga Musings; the life changing power of yoga

Yoga can be practiced by everybody and no matter what age, shape or size you are, you’ll get something out of it, once you’ve found the right class – it really is life changing.

One of the best things about being a yoga teacher is knowing that I make a difference to people’s lives.

Over the years, I’ve realised that people do yoga for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it is just to ‘stretch’ and become more flexible, which is perfectly valid. Some people have a particular physical ailment and hope that yoga might be the thing to help. Others need it for stress or anxiety and know that yoga has been proven to help with both of these issues.

Then there are the people that need’ to have yoga in their lives, the people who discovered it, perhaps by chance and were so shocked by the changes that they never miss a class.

I’ve had the honour of teaching many people over the years and when somebody tells me that it’s helped them through a hard part of their life, or made a difference when they gave birth or inspired them to become more healthy in other ways it makes my heart sing.

I’m teaching somebody on a one to one basis and in just two months she looks like a different person and claims to feel more confident and content.

The one piece of advice I’d give is to try lots of different classes, if you go to a class and think yoga isn’t for you, it’s most likely that particular class isn’t right, rather than yoga itself. There are so many forms and interpretations which is why there really is a class for everybody.

Give it a go and you might be one of the few people, whose life is changed by the most wonderful ancient art form.

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