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.

Coming to Zena’s class is my special time, my little retreat of the week. I have always looked for something to keep my body fit, limber and engaged as well as for a way to help put my mind at ease. Yoga is just that for me because it helps to calm my mind down and offers a chance to leave my worries outside, while giving my bodies a chance to stretch and work on areas previously unknown to me. Zena’s teaching in her lovely studio offers just that to me. It provides for me that perfect serene atmosphere that challenges me to try something new in an environment where I feel completely supported and cared for. I wish I could go every day—and not only because of her delicious goodies which will always make me come back for more.

Elizabeth Bond

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