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.

I was worried about joining a yoga class as I see myself as a tight, stiff person. I had had bad experiences of classes before that were too fast and not well explained and they had left me feeling I’d ‘failed’. Zena’s classes are completely different – they are calm and mindful and each new pose is well explained. We are given the space to work at our own pace and the time to take something personal from each pose. My body is still pretty tight, but I love the yoga classes and at each lesson appreciate what I am able to do with the right encouragement. Zena creates a very productive and calm atmosphere, where I feel I am free to do what works for me without having to be in competition with others.

Catherine Allen

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