Yoga

Staff have access to free yoga classes which are held twice a week.

These lunch time sessions are a great way to incorporate wellbeing into the working day. Due to the current circumstances, yoga classes are held via Zoom to ensure that they are accessible whether working on or off campus.

Join Grace, our qualified yoga instructor and move the body, stretch and release tension and clear and steady the mind. The classes are suitable for all levels and no experience necessary.

Time

Tuesday 12.15pm – 12.45pm
Friday 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Password

Password: CWyoga2020

Who should do yoga and why

Yoga is for everyone! Size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for everyone, using props where needed. The idea is to explore your limits and gradually move through them. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self. Yoga can be anything you want it to be; dynamic, restorative, rejuvenating, strengthening and/or relaxing.

Physical Benefits

Some of the physical benefits could include increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, maintaining a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance, protection from injury, longevity, protection from disease. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.

Mental Benefits

One of the key benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug/alcohol abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in providing coping skills and reaching a positive outlook on life.

Breathing and Meditation can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice relaxes the mind, creates mental clarity and calmness, centres attention, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns and sharpens concentration.

Meet the trainer

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 20 years beginning with my own personal journey to supporting a long term health condition to now running a yoga and wellbeing centre in the heart of Lincoln. I am a Senior Yoga Alliance Teacher and therapeutic massage therapist with over 15 years teaching experience, running, classes, workshops and retreats.

Yoga has had an incredible positive impact on all areas of my life and it is through this I share my teaching style combining an intelligent, breath focused, flowing movement practice, combined with relaxation and meditation techniques.

Yoga gives us the opportunity to better understand how we are within our self using self observations tools beginning which learnt which then follow us off the mat and impact other aspects of our lives. This tool box of self awareness and self soothing techniques brings a more compassionate, happier and connected approach to ourselves and the world around us.

I am currently studying Positive Psychology which is the modern science based Psychology and infuse these concepts and practices into my classes, developing a growth mindset and strength based attitude.

Combining both the ancient art and philosophy of Yoga and the modern science of Positive Psychology my aim is to shift from functioning to flourishing in all aspect of daily life.

Grace Bowker