Jasmine St Cliere is the Resident Yoga Teacher at our Bamford Wellness Spa in Brompton Cross, London. She began her holistic healing journey and trained as a Yoga teacher in India, and later furthered her training to include Reiki and has taught workshops and classes across the globe.
With the season of spring starting to reveal itself, we are excited to get more of our lives back and return to the studios where much of our personal care and healing takes place. It is important to remember that we have all been in a hibernation of sorts and to keep in mind change of any degree can be stressful.
Considering most of us will have been more sedentary for the past few months, these tips are intended to ensure you have the tools you need to gradually ease your body back into regular mindful movement; encouraging a smooth transition until it can once again become part of your daily or weekly routine.
Accept the change
Treat your body with compassion and kindness when returning to classes by considering a lower point of entry. Try not to expect your yoga practice to be at the same level it was before lockdown: unless you have been participating in a lot of virtual classes with attentive practitioners, it is safest to assume your body may have changed as your pattern of movement has changed too.
A benefit of accepting this is that you are more likely to stick to practising regularly if it is gentler, by avoiding burn out and fatigue. You can also feel a sense of achievement as you build your strength again gradually without jumping in at the deep end. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or brand new, child’s pose (Balasana) is a nurturing and gentle asana that you can always move into if you need to rest, knowing you can remain there for as long as necessary without any pressure to keep up with the offerings of the class.
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