I first came across ‘At One Space’ when they advertised for their Yoga workshop. From the moment I walked in, I instantly felt happy and safe. I felt filled up with positive vibes and energy from everyone ‘At One Space’. Due to past experiences, being in a place where I feel safe is so important for me. It means I can be. It means I can grow.
When Mumtaz and Yasmin offered me the opportunity to teach ‘At One Space’, I was so honoured and blown away that they’d even considered me. Normally, I would’ve instantly been filled up with anxiety at the the thought of being judged as a Yoga practitioner and teacher but I didn’t. Not one part of me wanted to say no. I feel safe and supported by them both. I think that has something to say about their positive love and energy.
Becoming a part of ‘At One Space’ is about being part of a community. And within that community - we support, we love, we care, we grow. It’s a place for Yoga practitioners and Yoga teachers to further their yoga journey - educating, empowering and inspiring their own practice, in return to support others in their journey - on and off the yoga mat. We’re constantly evolving, constantly changing - so it’s important to surround ourselves around people who fill and light us up.
Mumtaz spoke to me about being me. That people will come to my classes to see me. Just like they will come to practice with other teachers. I won’t be for everyone. And that’s okay. But it’s important to be authentic. To be wholeheartedly myself. And already, I felt empowered just by hearing that.
I hope you can come to ‘At One Space’ to find that for yourself. A place where you feel safe. A place where you can be unapologetically you. A place to grow. A place to learn. A place to surrender.
Gentle and kind to the joints and muscles, the physical aspects of yoga are safe and beneficial for arthritis sufferers. Regular yoga practice (3-4 times a week) can significantly alleviate joint pain, improve the flexibility of joints and help to release muscular tension. Lyengar yoga in particular contains gentle, flowing movements that can also incorporate blocks or chairs for added support. Beginner yoga workouts should be relatively easy for you to perform and, with the added expertise of a yoga instructor, they will help you modify certain poses to protect your body.
Improve in just 8 weeks!
Even 8-weeks of regular yoga sessions will reward you with health benefits to alleviate join pain and improve physical function. A study conducted by Dr. Kolasinski, a rheumatologist in Philadelphia, studied the effects of Lyengar yoga on people with Knee osteoarthritis (OA). She found Lyengar yoga significantly contributed to her patient’s improvements, particularly regarding joint stiffness. She also discovered patients were able to carry out day-to-day activities more effectively and that their energy levels and mood improved.
Yoga also improves muscle strength, an important aspect of arthritis care. Yoga can also enhance pain management, improve joint function, increase muscular ability and improve the mood of chronic sufferers (but do be wary of joints that are flaring and be careful not to overwork them). An instructor will help you modify certain movements to cater to your needs too, so no matter your ability or severity of the condition, you have several options to significantly improve your day-to-day life!
Here at at1.SPACE we cater for everyone. Promoting a healthy, positive, inclusive environment our yoga suit those from all ages, all walks of life and abilities. Injuries and conditions should not deter you, just speak to one of our experts who can help advise and modify your workout.
Yoga for beginners
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As a yoga teacher, the world of social media can be a daunting one. There are many varying challenges you will face and questions you will have to ask yourself, some of which include:
Whilst social media is an exceptional way of capturing an audience, how do you make sure you capture the correct audience? All of the above challenges arise during this process, and speaking from personal experience, it’s all bit of a learning curve.
If you're new to this world, perhaps start by checking out other yoga teachers and seeing who inspires you, then you can follow them and like and comment on their content, to build an online community. Think about how you feel when standing in front of your yoga students, what it is that your trying to teach, and how you want them to feel. I know when I’m standing in front of my class, I want to welcome them and make them feel safe and secure.This is automatically achieved as I soon as I greet them with a genuine smile... There may be the yogis who are dedicated to your classes and will attend like clockwork and have their designated space in the room, there may be those who drop in intermittently or those who go through a phase of coming and then time lapses between the sessions, and then there are those who have never tried yoga and now you are solely responsible to deliver a class that will do the practice of yoga justice. Inspire each one of them, without intimidating them !
I would say my take on yoga and the way I wish to deliver this beautiful ancient discipline is by making it inclusive ... this means it is not exclusive for the young, beautiful, physically strong and acrobatic yogis ... yoga is for real people with real issues and everyday challenges. It’s not about the perfect bodies and perfect poses, it’s about the individual and where they are at on this journey we call life. Yoga is therefore a very unique practice (if we say it’s an individual practice), no two people are on the same journey, and whilst we may cross paths ... our journey is our own.
What I want students to ask themselves is that if this journey is unique, how can it then make sense to compete with others ? Or to compare ourselves? These are the very things which can make us feel inadequate and then deter us from embracing this beautiful journey that we are on. Yoga has no prerequisite, so why are we asking people to be physically fit or mentally strong before we arrive into a class ?
Now, the challenge is how do I relay all of this onto my social media platform? Being a British Muslim teacher, the first thing you will notice is my appearance is unique. Being a woman who likes to take care of my appearance and look after myself may also send out a message which some may perceive as taking away from the message of what I actually do. I guess the question is: can you post images that are visually attractive and at the same time send the message from the soul of what yoga is, and what the experience of yoga is with you when they join you in class. As a yoga teacher you have to ask yourself how to build trust with complete strangers, and how to make them feel safe and secure without feeling judged, criticised and inadequate..
I guess the reason why I’m writing this, is to really share with you what I’m facing each time I post. Social media has become a place of portraying perfection, the image with filters and capturing the pose at just the right point. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with pretty pictures, we all like looking at pretty pictures, but what's most important is showing the process we are all going through, and did you know that the physical practice of yoga is only 1/8 of what yoga really is about? I want to be able to share the 7 other parts of yoga, to get people to understand that it’s about the mind, body and soul connection.
I’m interested in what followers would like to hear about, learn more about, and what the real challenges are that people face when thinking of coming to a yoga class. I want you be able to inspire, educate and welcome everybody into this wonderful ancient art known as yoga ..
Yoga has been a valuable tool which has aided me through ill health, emotional difficulties, grieve, loss, post pregnancy blues and accepting the changes my body goes through ... its aided me to find my self, my voice and my calling to life !
I feel blessed to have the privilege to share that I am not perfect, and that’s the true beauty of it all. We are all perfectly imperfect and it’s all about finding acceptance in that and bringing out the best in ourselves and others through positivity. This doesn’t mean life is going to be a bed of roses, we will all be challenged, but having the tool kit to help you deal with those difficult times is what my objective is ...
Love and peace.
How to take care of yourself so you can avoid burn-out and keep your spark as a yoga teacher ( students may benefit from this too )
There’s no doubt that, amongst other things, teaching yoga is an act of service, and as the Bhagavad Gita tells us, it’s not about the ‘fruits’ of our actions, but the intention and action itself that matters. Offering a yoga practice means being there for a whole group of people, sharing knowledge, guiding them, helping them, gaining their trust, and ultimately helping them help themselves. Teaching yoga can be hugely rewarding – teachers often make strong connections with their students, and we have the opportunity to really help people and make a difference.
With such a huge amount of responsibility of caring for others, it comes as no surprise that yoga teachers can often feel drained, burned out and empty after giving so much. If you’ve taken on a whole lot of classes and 1-to-1's, are constantly travelling to different studios and gyms, offering workshops and retreats, and maybe even your own teacher training course, it really is common to feel a little lost, lonely, sore and somewhat ‘empty’ at times.
This is why the Yoga Teacher Self Care checklist is so important:. In order to be able to give fully, teachers must be full themselves. Caring for others means caring for yourself first, showing up for yourself first, in order to then show up fully for others.
So, take a look at the list below. Are you checking off each of these points regularly?
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hot yoga - why is it great?
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No doubt that the healthiest juices are the ones that contain 'greens' - green leafy vegetables contain the most vitamins and nutrients, and you’ll feel almost instantly better after drinking a green juice.
Drinking 2 to 3 litres of water throughout the day is standard - but you will undoubtedly sweat more during these types of classes than in most other forms of exercise, so it’s very easy to become dehydrated. It is extremely important that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your practice.
Everyone is encouraged to drink at least eight glasses of fluids per day in general, so of course, when you exercise, this amount should increase by two to three cups. As you raise your core temperature or partake in a hot yoga class, its' recommended to include a small dose of salt prior to the class, or have a natural ‘sports drink’ that will replenish the sodium you lose when sweating.
The Rules For Eating Before Hot Yoga - it is important to avoid eating too much or too little before participating in a hot yoga class, which can be a tricky task to master. Avoid heavy foods, and stick to light snacks before yoga classes to properly fuel your body.
Fruit, particularly those that have a high water content such as watermelon, or sodium content like bananas are great to eat before class. Dried fruit is good, too (figs, raisins, apricots, etc.), as well as seeds and nuts also being great.
This article was originally published on SheKnows.com — the #1 women’s lifestyle digital media company, with a mission of women inspiring women — as “The Benefits Of Hot Yoga Are Not To Be Ignored,” and is reposted with permission from the author.
Anyone who’s tried yoga before will tell you that striking and holding a pose is far from easy. So what kind of sense does it make to crank the heat up to 100 degrees? Those sweaty yoga addicts are doing it for a reason — hot yoga, when practiced correctly, has a long list of health and wellness benefits.
The Difference Between Hot Yoga And Bikram Yoga...As a certified yoga instructor and self-proclaimed “hot yogi,”, I can assure you that there are many benefits to practising Bikram and hot yoga.
Bikram yoga, which is the practice of 26 postures selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury and derived from hatha yoga, takes place in studios with temperatures set around 105 degrees F with 40 percent humidity. Hot yoga, like Bikram, is also practiced in a heated room, usually maintained at a temperature of around 95 to 100 degrees F.
Unlike Bikram however, hot yoga isn’t based on of the same 26-posture series. Instead, it tends to be more of a flowing vinyasa style practice, similar to a dance, linking one pose to the next. In both Bikram and hot yoga, the heated rooms help promote sweating and warm up the body to increase flexibility with less risk of injury.
One of the benefits to many hot yoga classes is that the routine is repetitive. ''When you are doing the same poses repeatedly, you can begin to see where you are today in relation to yesterday,” said Mandy Ingber, fitness expert and author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover.
As we get closer to the opening, we wanted to share with you a bit more about our story, how we got here, and where we want to go...
Here are a couple of facts and benefits that may give you a clue, and a little insight about why we wanted to create this space...
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