Relaxation Techniques – relieve stress and anxiety with these tips

Relaxation techniques - AMALAwellness Teesside

Using Yoga and Meditation to learn how to relax.

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax”

Mark Black

Relaxation techniques are a great way of helping the body and mind to rest and recover.

Sometimes we can find it difficult to switch off. Especially as we have many day-to-day demands, work stresses and are constantly switched on due to notifications from phones.

This leads to increased stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

– Why is it important to learn to relax? –

Symptoms of stress, anxiety and other mental health ailments can affect both our physical and mental wellbeing; as well as motivation, relationships, sleep just to name a few things. It can negatively effect the way we behave and react to certain situations.

Relaxation is not only about finding peace or doing a relaxing hobby. It has a very positive effect on both physical and mental health. These techniques help with maintaining wellbeing. They can help alleviate and regress long term health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of pain.

– How Yoga and Meditation can help –

Yoga is a mind body practice, that helps with not only physical wellbeing, but mental too. It combines gentle breathwork with physical postures, gentle, controlled movement, meditation and relaxation. There are a range of practices from the very gentle and accessible Chair yoga, to Hatha Yoga (most suited for beginners), to the very physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

When you find a practice suitable for you, it can help us become more flexible, mobile and active as well as reducing stress and anxiety within the mind and body. This in turn leads to a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.

The Best thing is, Yoga and Meditation is suitable for anyone. All you need to do is practice.

– Aimee, AMALAwellness

Meditation helps with becoming present, slowing the heart & mind down and feeling at peace. When practiced regularly, meditation can have a wonderful effect on mental wellbeing. However, like working our physical body, the mind must be trained to see the benefits.

– Relaxation techniques you can take anywhere with you –

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Consideration of Environment…

Take time to create a peaceful environment where ever you are, whether it is your desk at work, or your bedroom or living room. Make time to create a peaceful and calm environment.

Set time aside for peace, calm and relaxation…

Whether its an hour to read a book in the bath, taking the dog for a long walk or attending a local yoga class. Taking this time is crucial for our wellbeing.

Gentle Yoga

Gently moving the body, stretching and having a focus on the breath can really help to calm the mind in a positive way. It helps to soothe the nerves and the nervous system, takes our mind to the present and gentle movement and stretching helps the body to produce hormones and chemicals which invoke a sense of relaxation and recovery within the body.

Autogenic Relaxation

Autogenic = coming from within…

Autogenic Relaxation uses visualisation and body/mind awareness to invoke relaxation within. It includes guiding muscles to gently let go and relax to take the mind and body into a place of deep calm. Usually, this is practiced lying down and to feel the benefits, 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted practice is needed.

Gentle Breathwork

Gentle breathwork is a process where we use or breath to change out physical and mental state for the better. It helps to soothe the nervous system. Slowing the breath and taking a one point focus to the breath helps us to calm the mind and body, slow down our heart rate and allow the mind and body to relax. Click here for a short practice to take with you anywhere.

Meditation

By just pausing, inhaling deeply, exhaling fully and gently closing the eyes, we can practice meditating anywhere we find ourselves. By just relaxing the shoulders, face, removing the tongue from the roof of the mouth and taking an awareness to the breath, it can being us back to the present moment.

– Guided meditations to practice at home –

Warm Autogenic Relaxation
7 Chakra Guided Sleep Meditation (Practice before sleep)
Guided spoken meditation for beginners
Meditation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Connecting to Loving Kindness)

Local AMALAwellness’ classes.

We run classes across Teesside.

Yoga & Meditation – Tuesday Evenings, Ragworth Community Centre, Norton, Stockton on Tees.

Gentle Yoga – Tuesday Afternoons // Meditation and Relaxation – Thursday Afternoons, My Core Wellbeing , Guisborough.

Yoga and Meditation – Friday Mornings, St Mary’s Chuch Hall, Nunthorpe.

See our Yoga & Meditation classes for days, times, pricing and location here.

What Relaxation techniques do you use? We would love to hear from you!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Community Yoga in Middlesbrough & Stockton (Teesside) – AMALAwellness

Update -19th July and beyond…

– Community Hatha Yoga & Meditation –
– Move it or Lose it! / Chair Yoga –

Hi all! Hope you are well and enjoying the Sunshine. As things start to change and restrictions are lifted, I just thought I would update you on our plans moving forward.

Follow us on Facebook for up-to date class information!

– Protocol for classes –

Although restrictions will be easing on the 19th of July, I have decided it is in the best interests of both myself and students to keep class numbers to 14 (16 in St Mary’s Church Hall) so that people can feel safe attending classes and still socially distance. Luckily our community classes are in quite spacious halls.

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– Optional –

This is optional, but preferred to keep people safe and able to enjoy classes for the foreseeable future.

For all classes, wearing a mask will be recommended for entering and leaving the building.
You can remove the mask when seated on your mat/chair and practicing.
When leaving, a mask will need to be worn.

2M + must still be adhered to, so please respect others spaces when setting up and practicing.

Please sanitize hands before class and bring your own mat.
If equipment is used, Aimee will sanitize these before and after class.
Please keep your personal belongings by your ‘space’ to avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces around the hall.

– Update to schedule – Online classes –

We will be running the online Move it or Lose it class till the end of July, then we will be moving to in-person classes only. If you would like to attend an in person class, please see our class schedule and let us know.

– Looking after ourselves as we transition out of lockdown –

As we start to exit restrictions, many of us may be feeling stressed, anxious or exhausted. Even with the worst hopefully behind us, the effects can still be felt. If this is you, you’re not alone.
As things start to lift, getting used to the new normal will be challenging for us all. Make sure to look after yourself as we start to transition.

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Yoga, meditation, Gentle exercise, relaxation and creating a stress-free home environment is so important, now more so than ever. At AMALAwellness we have a regular class timetable designed to help deal with the lockdown blues, maintain good mental health and keep active.

– New classes coming soon! –

We will be running a beginners Yoga and Meditation class in Linthorpe on a Monday morning, as well as setting up another Move it or Lose it! and Gentle Chair Yoga class soon…. so watch out for more information.

– Need to contact us? –

If you have any questions, please contact us on:

www.facebook.com/amalateesside

or email us on amala.teesside@gmail.com or aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

Hatha Yoga – Middlesbrough & Stockton

What is  Hatha Yoga?

Combining Asana (Postures) with Pranayama (Breathing techniques)…

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Hatha is the root of all yoga.   Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga and other forms of Yoga all stem from Hatha yoga. 

A ‘Hatha’ yoga class will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced slowly and with standing, seated and sometimes inverted static posture holds.

Hatha means ‘force’ in Sanskrit हठ and attains that through the physical practice of Yoga, we receive the benefits. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body to still the mind, including: 

  • asana – yoga postures (practised in any style of ‘yoga’)
  • pranayama – breathing techniques
  • mudra – hand gestures
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques

Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body and mind. This practice is often modified and can be as challenging as you wish it to be, with modified poses for beginners. More challenging options are included for more experienced practitioners, making it accessible to all. Your practice deepens and grows with you as you progress.

It is recommended that you abstain from eating or drinking anything but water 2 hours before practice.

It has actually been proven that those who attend regular Hatha classes have reduced stress and anxiety levels, also their flexibility, core strength and cardio endurance improved. It also helped to improve balance, posture and mobility.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga.


When practising, asana (postures) are important, but there are 8 limbs to yoga and asana is only 1 of these limbs. When practising the other elements of Hatha yoga, such as chanting, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, kriyas (cleansing), and philosophy, plus eating a vegetarian diet, we can begin to link the benefits of healthy mind and healthy body.
 

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What is Hatha Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” , where in Hatha, we tend to hold asana postures for longer, in Hatha Vinyasa we flow through asana, linking postures and movement with breath. Without practising the other limbs of hatha/ hatha vinyasa yoga, you are only doing a gym class. It is really important to develop  a fully rounded practice to learn and get the benefits from Hatha properly. This is an integral part which is sadly getting lost and diluted in the west. 

Who is the practice suitable for?

The practice is suitable for anyone who is looking to begin or deepen their practice. It is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Postures include lying down, kneeling, lying on the front, beginners/improvers inversions and standing.

– Schedule –

Aimee teaches a Gentle Hatha class in Guisborough on a Tuesday Afternoon, an evening class on Tuesdays in Stockton, as well as a morning class on a Friday in Nunthorpe. Please see our timetable for more information.

What other classes are available with AMALAwellness?

If kneeling, or coming from seated to standing is too much of a challenge, we offer Gentle Chair Yoga, Movement and Move it or Lose it! Classes.

See our timetable for more information.

To summarize…

The benefits of this practice are well known. In the west it is mainly used to bring strength and flexibility to the body. However, if you take the time to learn about other aspects of Yoga; you can really begin to develop a deeper practice. Not only for your body but for your mind.

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com Like6

Yoga Norton- Chair Yoga and Gentle Exercise

Yoga Classes in Stockton-on -Tees
Gentle Exercise Classes in Norton

**Main Picture of Norton Duck Pond sourced from Stephen Hornsey, a talented local photographer***

I’m really excited to be offering ‘Move it or Lose it!’ Gentle Exercise Classes
and Yoga and Meditation and Chair Yoga Classes in Norton and Stockton-on-Tees.

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Classes Aimee will run are designed to help look after your physical and mental well-being coming out of lockdown…

As we approach the transition period of lockdown restrictions easing, the end is hopefully in sight. Preparing to look after physical and mental wellbeing in this transition period is as important as ever.
Our gentle movement and exercise classes and Hatha Yoga classes help to improve:


  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Strength
  • Mental Wellbeing


We practice in in a safe, inclusive, non-judgemental environment. Everybody is welcome! We also combine postures and movements with the breath. This makes the practice a work-in as much as a work-out. Simple meditation techniques and homework mean you can incorporate what you learn in class into your life.


– Where are classes available? –

Mondays

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Community classes Yoga Move it or Lose it Teesside Middlesbrough Stockton

Move it or Lose it – 3:15-4:15pm Norton Glebe Community Centre, 6 Hanover Parade, Norton, TS20 1RF Stockton-On-Tees

Tuesdays

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Yoga & Meditation – 7:00-8:30pm Ragworth Community Centre, St Johns Way, Stockton-On-Tees TS19 0FB .

Ragworth Community Centre is on the cusp of Norton and Stockton, easily accessible from both areas of Stockton-on-Tees.

Prices

£6.50 for a drop in or a block of 4 lessons for £20 (£5.00 per class) .

For information and bookings….

For more information and bookings, please contact us using the following:

Email: Amala.teesside@gmail.com / aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk
Facebook: AmalaTeesside / Move it or Lose it Teesside

Or you can use our contact form here.

About The author:

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Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK. Aimee teaches in Norton, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Redcar and Cleveland, as well as offering online classes.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Bereavement: Positive ways Yoga and Meditation can help.

Yoga Middlesbrough – How Yoga and Meditation can help with bereavement and grief….

Losing a loved one is never easy. My father recently passed away after a long fight with cancer. The emotions, shock and myriad of other emotions stirred up within us and family/friends are difficult to process. As well as having our own emotions to process and work through, we support others through this period of mourning too.

My much loved father and his adoring fans!


My Dad is, was and always will be very loved. He was a true family man and was a pillar of the local community, as well as a loved colleague by those he worked with. My brother, sister, mum and I were at his side when he passed.
I have never experienced heartbreak like it, seeing my family go through that same anguish is also heart-breaking.

I have found a lot of peace and solace in my practice, especially focusing on the breath and being still. It brings a lot of peace and clarity to the mind.

– Grief is natural –

Unfortunately, grief is something we all have to experience some time in life. Grief can be physical as well as emotional. Especially a really strong sense of tiredness and fatigue. This is how I have felt since my father passed.

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Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no right or wrong way to process grief.

Symptoms of grief…

A few common symptoms people experience when processing a bereavement are:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Longing and pining
  • Headaches
  • Appetite changes – loss or comfort eating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty doing day-to-day things
  • Aches and pains
  • Lack of focus

Although this list does not describe everyone’s experience and some may experience other symptoms when grieving.

People can also worry that they are becoming mentally unwell, or that they are starting to overcome the grief. However, often ‘grief intrusion’ can occur, where someone or something triggers a memory, where they feel like they have returned back to the beginning stages of grief. This is normal, as grief is not a linear process.

Grief intrusion can happen when shopping, or when practicing. Basically at anytime of the day. It can catch us off-guard, but this is a part of the grieving process.

How Yoga and Meditation can help us process grief and bereavements.

Grief can become very overwhelming. A regular Yoga and Meditation practice can help us work through and explore feelings that arise when grieving. From gentle movement and stretching in Asana practice, a focus on the breath and practicing stillness and a sense of community within the Yoga and Meditation world, we can start to work through our grief.

– Choosing to look after ourselves –

By practicing even for 15 minutes a day, you can free up some of your physical and emotional energy. This helps the body and mind relax and recuperate. Giving ourselves time to process grief is really important and the time we get in Yoga and Meditation sessions really has a positive impact. Also, when we dedicate time to our practice, we naturally start to slow down and this starts to reflect off the mat too.

– Creating space in our lives –

As well as time, we need space. I found that I needed to give myself space daily to process things and reflect. When I had too much planned, or had too much work on, I felt overwhelmed very easily. One of the main signs of grief that isn’t talked about much is exhaustion of the body and mind. Its something that can take months to pass, so it is so important to give ourselves this time. Even if it is doing something we enjoy, like a gentle walk with music, or reading a book. This time is essential.

– Gentle exercise and movement is good for the body and soul –

– More resilience –

Research shows that asana (posture) and gentle breathwork can improve our mood and soothe our nervous system. It helps us operate in the parasympathetic nervous system (a state of relaxation) , rather than the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight mode) . When we practice this regularly, it helps us happier and calmer, and therefore more resilient during a bereavement. It also helps us look after our physical well-being.
Sometimes, the gym or strenuous exercise can seem daunting at this time, but gentle yoga can help us stay mobile, active and help us improve our flexibility, whilst soothing the mind.

– Meditation helps us process grief –

It can be difficult to accept that a person has gone, but they wouldn’t want us to remain sad and upset and continue to suffer. They would want us to continue living life to the fullest and remember good times, happy memories and celebrate their life.

There can be a period where it seems we cannot move on, or find a resolution. Meditation allows us to sit with our feeling and emotions and process them. It allows us to practice forgiveness, send loving kindness to ourselves and others and to find peace and clarity with the situation. it gives us space and time to process grief.

Some good meditations to try…

I am a massive fan of Burgs and his work. He does a series of free meditations on his YouTube channel.

This meditation is wonderful to do in bed or lying down, when feeling exhausted.

Cruse Bereavement are a wonderful charity to contact to seek support if you are having challenges processing grief.

https://www.cruse.org.uk/


I hope some of the advice here helps you to process grief and bereavement.

Do you have any advice for people? I’d love to hear from you.

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

The importance of Meditation in Yoga – Guided Meditations for beginners to practice at home.

I often practice guided meditations at home. They are a wonderful way of practicing meditation in smaller sessions. Meditating in this way helps the mind stay on track. The mind focuses on the voice leading the meditation, known as a one-point focus. This really helps to focus and train the mind.

Yoga and the importance of Meditation

Yoga Chitta Vrtti Nirodha – Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind

Patanjali – Yoga Sutras, Sutra 1.2.

As this sutra states, Yoga is the stilling of the mind. Everything we do from postural practice, to meditation and breathwork is to help fulfil this Sutra.

What are the benefits of guided meditation?

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  1. Helps reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Helps internalize thoughts and emotions
  3. Declutters the mind of thoughts
  4. Increases mental wellbeing
  5. Lowers blood pressure
  6. Invokes relaxation at a deep level
  7. Rewires neurons in the mind – changing the way we think and behave

Sometimes, it can be tricky to know where to begin with meditation. Here are some of my favorites to kickstart you on your meditation journey!

– Two of my favorite Youtube Meditations –

Beginners Spoken Guided Meditation – By Jason Stephenson.
This meditation takes you through a guided tour of the Chakra System. It is designed to help you feel balanced before you fall asleep.

Stillness with loving kindness Guided Meditation – By Burgs.
This meditation takes you through a Buddhist Loving Kindness Meditation.
Burgs is a Buddhist Meditation teacher, he is wonderful to listen to.

Do you use guided meditations in your practice? Is it something you wish to incorporate? I would love to hear from you!
Warm regards, Aimee

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com


Blogging – A new opportunity to work with us!

Blogging can be challenging to break into. Let us help.

We offer guest posts with a backlink to your site, as well as opportunities to backlink phrases to well-written content in our blogs.

If this interests you, please get intouch.

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Calling all Yoga, Meditation and Wellness bloggers!

If you would like to guest blog for us, or collaborate in different ways, please contact us on

Amalateesside@gmail.com

As Lockdown Eases – What does it mean for Yoga & Meditation practice?

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside
Easing lockdown – Yoga & Meditation

-Continuing online and transitioning back to in person classes –

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside will be staying online during the easing of lockdown. Until the Government announces we can return, we will keep Zoom classes running. This is looking like May 17th.

– What classes are still available online? –

Our classes will still run as normal till we can return to in-person classes. See our timetable below.

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– Looking after yourself as lockdown lifts –

As lockdown lingers on, many of us may be feeling stressed, anxious or exhausted right now. Even with light at the end of the tunnel and the hope that the worst of the pandemic was behind us. If this is you, you’re not alone. The premise of staying at home should be easy, all this free time! No commuting! – However the reality is not as simple as that. Too much alone time can feel overwhelming, or underwhelming. Whether you live with your partner, family, housenates, dog, cat or by yourself. The first lockdown demonstrated to us that we all face different challenges. As things start to lift, getting used to the new normal will be challenging for us all. Make sure to look after yourself as we start to transition.

Combatting lockdown blues
Yoga and Meditation Classes Online 
Teesside / Middlesbrough / Stockton

Yoga, meditation, Gentle exercise, relaxation and creating a stress-free home environment is so important, now more so than ever. At AMALAwellness we have a regular class timetable designed to help deal with the lockdown blues, maintain good mental health and keep active.

– Transitioning back to classes in person –

There will be some changes to our schedule in person coming out of lockdown and moving out of lockdown. Our schedule is updated on an as-know basis and can be found here.

– Need to contact us? –

If you have any questions, please contact us on:

www.facebook.com/amalateesside

or email us on amala.teesside@gmail.com or aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

Satya – Being Truthful (Yoga Philosophy)

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside

Yoga Spotlight – Satya (Truthfulness)

Today we bring a spotlight to Satya and how it can affect our practice. Both on and off the mat.

– What is Satya? –

Satya is a Sanskrit word, translating to truth or essence in English. It is the second Yama which comes from the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Sanskrit for Satya - Truthfulness, Sanskrit definition.
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We should be truthful in thought, action and in speech. Our expressions and actions should be true, whilst causing the least harm and influencing positivity. What we say, both internally and externally has an effect on our mind and consciousness.


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– How often are we truthful in daily life? –

This is a really difficult thing to practice, if we pause and reflect most would be surprised how often we revert to telling white lies, or falsehoods. Whether it is in our mind internally or externally speaking to others. Exaggerating a situation, belittling ourselves, telling stories, etc. I am sure we can all think of an example when this has occurred in daily life.

Small, white lies can also have just as much effect as big lies too. Or avoidance of speaking the truth. Sometimes, its better to be honest and word things in a way to avoid causing pain if possible. Sometimes, its just better to stay quiet also, rather than cause hurt. However, this is all a fine balancing act, which is why practicing Satya is very challenging.

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On the mat, off the mat and Ahimsa…


We practice Satya on the mat, being truthful with our abilities in Asana. Realising our limitations and not pushing too hard, or not beating ourselves up about progress (practicing Ahimsa).
When we start to open up and progress, we realize a lot about ourselves and our behaviours on the mat. Rushing through certain postures, avoiding things that may be challenging.

It starts to transfer to off the mat too and when we pause an reflect we notice truths we maybe avoid, maybe we should speak up about, or we are aware of and should not speak up due to the pain it may cause. It’s like balancing Satya with Ahimsa (non-violence in thoughts, actions and speech).

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Do you resonate with this post? Do you incorporate Satya in your life?
I’d Love to hear from you!

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Teesside and online.

Yoga journey – What you need to start yours …

– Start your Yoga Journey …. Beginners Yoga and Meditation –

Congratulations on starting a new wonderful chapter in your life!

People decide to come to Yoga & Meditation classes for a vast array of different reasons.

From weight loss, to improving flexibility, strength, feeling a sense of community to alleviating the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Everyone’s Yoga Journey is unique to them.

There are many benefits to engaging in a regular Yoga and Meditation practice, but where to start? Start your Yoga Journey here!

Whether you choose to start at home due to lockdown, or to start at a studio, these tips and pointers will help you in the right direction.

1. Finding the right teacher and style for you.

Having a daily practice and devoting your time to learning meditation and philosophy will facilitate positive changes in your life. Find a teacher who doesn’t have a gym focus with body aesthetics in mind. Find one that is focused on philosophy and meditation as well as asana practice. This will help to guide you in your yoga journey and aid in developing a regular yoga practice.

There are many different styles, some much more physical and stronger (such as Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga). Some styles of yoga are some are more gentle (Dru Yoga / Yin Yoga / Gentle Yoga).

Dependent on what style you are looking for, the elements of Asana (posture practice) , meditation and philosophy should be intertwined within a class.

There are many teachers and classes out there, teaching various styles. A quick google search can help you to find teachers in your area. Chat with them 1st, to see if their teachings and style is what appeals to your Yoga Journey.

I currently teach online VIA zoom (Hatha Yoga and Meditation) as well as Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Move It or Lose It! classes. I also teach across Teesside in person, as well as being available for personal tuition.

My Teacher and Friend (Maria Dowson) (www.yogateesside.com) offers Ashtanga and Sun Power Yoga, which are a bit more physical but still wonderful modalities of Yoga.

We both teach at My Core wellbeing in Guisborough which offers an array of different classes and styles to suit all needs.

2. Finding a good quality Yoga mat.

There are many good yoga mats out there, but also many ones that aren’t really suitable for the job. The key is to look for non-slip ones TPE ones.

When looking for mats, check reviews and make sure they are non-slip, especially when you practice Ashtanga or Vinyasa type classes.

I personally love Liforme mats, but I know they are expensive. If this is something you wish to keep up and devote a lot of time to, its worth buying a trust-worthy mat. However, when beginning, a non-slip mat will suffice.

3. Bring a hoodie, blanket and pillow to practice.

Usually, the body cools down when we meditate and come into final relaxation. The mind will not settle if we are cold, so its beneficial to bring some things to keep us warm during this time. Also, its nice to have a pillow to rest the sit-bones on, if your not used to sitting for extended periods. Its also handy for poses when we balance on our knees.

You will be grateful for bringing these things when it comes to final relaxation, meditation and savasana.

4. Making your environment ready for practice , both mentally and physically.

Whether you’re coming to class in person at a studio, gym or community centre, or perhaps logging in VIA zoom, prepare your space both mentally and physically before practice.

Take time to arrive 5-10 minutes early, so you can settle down into the environment before practice (Both online and in person!)

Sometimes we cannot help being late, however being late for in-person and online classes can cause disruption for students and the teacher. Showing up early is not only good for our mind, allowing us to settle in and prepare for our practice (setting out our mat, placing our blanket or warmer clothes near us, say hello to our teacher, for example) it is good practice to respect our fellow students and teacher.

If at home, it is nice to have enough space, perhaps light candles, have blankets at hand. Making our yoga space into a spiritual haven for practice.

5. Come to class with an open heart and an open mind…

Trying something new can be scary, daunting and a little weird if its something we haven’t participated in before. However, with an open mind and heart, placing trust in your teacher to guide you… you will see how wonderful the world of Yoga is for mental and physical well-being.

Are you looking to start your Yoga journey, but don’t know where to begin? We would love to hear from you and help you find your way!

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Teesside and online.