MOST people think that yoga is about contorting yourself into weird shapes and learning to relax, says Blandford-based yoga teacher Sarah Ryan, who is offering an introduction to non-practioneers via her website.
“You definitely do learn how to relax (and most people in our culture really need that), but it really isn’t about weird shapes – if it were, the best yogis would be circus performers,” she says.”Yoga evolved as a theory and practice, as an answer to the perennial questions, ‘Why do we suffer?’ and ‘What can we do about it?’
“It recognises that we have many different aspects – body, breath, mind, emotions, habits, attitudes, principles, beliefs – and that they are all interconnected, affecting each other. It offers many different ways in which we can make life better for ourselves…. that is one of its keys: you do it for yourself, you don’t have to rely on anyone else… in fact, you HAVE to do it for yourself. As such, it is very self-empowering.”
When people go to see Sarah as a yoga teacher or therapist, the conversation begins with a discussion of their life and what they feel they want to change, and agree a programme, which may initially be anything from five to 25 minutes.
For more information on discovering yoga during lockdown, visit Sarah’s website