Real Yoga: Real People
Updated: Sep 20
Who is yoga for?
I've been a teacher for most of my adult life, and I really feel like feedback from students is the best, and possibly only, way to be sure that what you're doing is on the right track. You could know Patanjali's Sutras inside out, be able to hold some incredible pose like an Indian Sadhu for 30 minutes without breathing, or more in-line with modern culture, have thousands of followers liking your one armed handstand Instas, but until you hear real comments from real people, how do you know what classes actually mean for the people taking part?
Who comes to our yoga classes?
Student experience drives being a teacher. Recently, I reached out to our students to find out a little more about their experiences with yoga. Yoga is such an individual experience for everybody who takes part. And even day to day, or hour to hour, your experience of a session or a pose will be different. Taking part in a yoga practice requires you to be connected to your body, through your breath, and ultimately quietening your mind.
Two of our live online yoga students share with you their experiences and real-life impacts that yoga has had on their lives.
"I have been feeling much more relaxed and present since starting the classes. It is definite 'me time' and I love that I can take it at my own pace with no pressure to keep up or go faster or further than my body feels capable of doing. I have more energy and can walk at a faster pace, and uphill, with less impact on my breathing. Perhaps my breathing has been the biggest change. Being asthmatic, I have struggled in the past to walk at a decent pace, or indeed uphill, without struggling or feeling pain in my chest. However, since embarking on my yoga journey and focusing more on my breathing during poses, my breathing has improved considerably and I haven't used an inhaler for quite some time and I no longer feel chest pain. I know in terms of flexibility I still have a long way to go, but I am now able to give my knees a hug and reach forward to touch the floor, which doesn't sound much, but when I think I couldn't do either of those things before I started classes, I think my flexibility is improving slowly. I really enjoy the online yoga classes, which enable me to relax in my own home with the option to share or not to share my camera as I wish." Laureen
"Yoga soothes me. It soothes my mind. It soothes my body. My joints haven’t aged well but after an hour of stretching and relaxing I can feel the difference in flexibility from my toes to my neck and all the joints in between. I have learnt techniques for relaxation that I use outside of the classes and practice poses that I have discovered are so good for my particular body. I treat myself to some of my favourite ones when I get the chance, cat cow and downward dog, and I know that some poses are not within my reach but accept my body, and do my best version of it. And my all time favourite pose? Child’s pose! It feels so good for my knees and shoulders, in fact my whole body. I can see why children do it! It reminds me of my mother telling us that that’s how my twin sister and I used to sleep in the cot we shared, with our bums up in the air!" Christine.
Working with classical yoga, we explore traditional postures aimed at creating stillness in the body and mind, building strength and balance, letting go and cultivating confidence. If you'd like to come and explore yoga and see if it is something that might slot nicely into your life, then we welcome you to join us. Whatever your experience, whatever your age, shape, race, culture, job, you are more than welcome. We look forward to welcoming you to a class soon.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.