Although there are many styles of yoga, the differences are usually about emphasis, such as focusing on strict alignment of the body, coordination of breath and movement, holding the postures, or the flow from one posture to another. All of the styles share a common lineage. In fact, the founder of three styles – Astanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga were all students of Krishnamacharya, a famous teacher at the Yoga Institute at the Mysore Palace in India. Two other styles; Integral and Sivananda were created by disciples of the famous guru Sivananda. No style is better than another; it’s simply a matter of personal preference. More important than style is student teacher relationship.

Physical benefits

  • Improved posture
  • Pulse & respiratory rate decreases
  • Better sleep
  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Increased energy levels
  • Cardiovascular efficiency increases
  • Greater flexibility, strength & stamina
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Better balance
  • Cholesterol decreases
  • Stronger immune systems
  • Cleaning & regulating all of the body’s systems

Mental benefits

  • Calm & clarity
  • Increased awareness of body and movement
  • Greater confidence and generally more positive
  • Counter depression and anxiety
  • Sense of inner well-being
  • Improved concentration

Do not push yourself to do anything that feels dangerous or wrong. Tell your teacher before the class if you are pregnant or have an injury or any serious medical condition.

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Satya Yoga was established in London in 2003 by Zena Kidd-May, who taught yoga to private individuals at her London studio for several years.

In this hectic life we all lead, it is easy to live entirely in our heads, but attending Zena's classes over the last couple of years has enabled me to reconnect mind and body. Zena beautifully demonstrates how to move through the poses, whilst keeping an expert eye on us, to maximise what her students receive in each pose. I feel as strong and fit and as connected with my body and its possibilities as I have ever done in my life, and have always felt in such capable and knowledgable hands at Satya Yoga. The guided relaxation at the end of each class is wonderfully restorative, as are Zena's homemade nutritional treats, allowing us to leave class feeling thoroughly nurtured both inside and out! I enjoy Zena's classes so much I have gone from attending one to two a week.

Claire Henman

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