I can share some personal experiences of Yoga and some things to take into considerations when exploring your own practice and the right studio for you. When it comes to Yoga Geelong has many and varied yoga studios to choose from.
Which Yoga Studio ?
When considering a Yoga Studio there are many things to take into account. Size, Style, warm environment, welcoming staff etc. The right place for you should feel right and continue to feel right and provide your ongoing Yoga journey. There are many different studio’s with different styles out there in Geelong. Yoga has many different faces. Some studio’s I’ve been to feel more like a gym, they’re the Instagram champs. Some studio’s are hot and sweaty (Bikram yoga), personally I look for a studio that’s warm and welcoming. When considering Yoga Geelong has so many options, there is a studio to suit everybody.
Elements Yoga Studio is a good example of a studio with a warm and welcoming feel to it. Of course I could be biased. I’m the owner of Elements and made it my highest priority to create a studio where everybody feels welcome. There’s a well balanced timetable with different styles and classes to suit everybody at a time that suits (before hours, during hours and after hours). With several stronger classes such as Vinyasa as well as traditional Hatha yoga and classes like Yin and Restore, we also provide Foundation (beginners) classes.
Yoga in Geelong is growing. My advice is to go and try several studio’s for yourself to find the right environment and atmosphere that suits you and where you’re at in life. At Elements we believe Yoga is for anybody, at any age, fitness or flexibility level, all you need is an interest in improving your health, wellness and vitality. Students and Pensioners are most welcome at Elements with many discount options available.
Healing through Yoga
My own story highlights the value of a regular yoga practice in staying healthy and healing all sorts of imbalances and blockages (whether they be psychological, emotional and physical). It’s a story of how Yoga succeeded when the medical profession failed.
In 2009 a doctor sat opposite me and said “you have degeneration in the disc”. I asked how I could relieve the pain without using medication. He looked at me as if I hadn’t heard what he’d said and repeated “you have disc degeneration”, then added “you’re getting older, it’s only going to get worse, best you can do is manage it from here”. I wasn’t going to take that for an answer. I asked him what I could do to overcome it rather than ‘manage it’. He looked at me as if I had rocks in my head. After that meeting with the doctor I decided to increase my yoga practice to a regular 2 to 3 times a week, and made some adjustments to my diet. Within a few weeks the pain in my neck reduced dramatically and I regained almost full range of movement. So much for doctors prognosis.
In 2014 I began having serious problems in my lower back. My yoga practice had slackened by that stage (was just catching a class here and there). My back became more painful so I sought help through myotherapy, osteopathy, had x-rays, reiki, massage, acupuncture and even sound healing. These therapy sessions provided temporary relief but nothing permanent.
Then I remembered how Yoga had helped with my neck all those years earlier so once again I turned to yoga. I began attending 3 classes per week and within 3 weeks my back was improving dramatically. Soon I could bend and almost touch my toes without excruciating pain. The yoga classes along with some Osteopathy sessions had bought me back to health again.
The benefits of Yoga Geelong are so many that it’s no wonder more and more people are incorporating yoga into their lives.
The Benefits of Yoga
Yoga not only Improves flexibility it also increases core strength, improves blood flow, boosts immunity to all sorts of physical issues, it lowers blood sugar levels, and clears up many physical aches and pains as well.
It’s not only physical benefits that Yoga offers. Yoga is also a practice for personal and spiritual growth. And can facilitate serious personal empowerment.
Who is Yoga for ?
Yoga is for AnyBody, and EveryBody. Male, female, old, young it really doesn’t matter, if you have a body and mind, and would like that body and mind to function better (and who wouldn’t want that) yoga is for you.
Elements Yoga studio gets a whole range of people coming in for classes. I love the diversity of people who attend classes. It’s where a 20 year old can be chatting to a 50 year old and that’s great, we love that. It’s a community where the connection and warmth from the teachers and others emanates into the room. That’s why I love yoga geelong so much. The space at elements is light, warm and welcoming, with rich wooden floors and plants to bring greenery and life.
Elements studio has a great balance. For me there’s a balance of male (Yang) and female (Yin) that I’m seeking in my practice, found in the teacher and the studio. I’m so joyful to say Elements has achieved a great Yin / Yang balance.
Yoga is sweeping the planet and there are good reasons for that. It is such a balanced, holistic series of postures (asana’s) which open up energy channels that other forms of exercise simply can’t do. (I used to go to the gym and pump iron, each week rocking up and sweating it out, on the treadmills, on the bikes, lifting weights etc. looking in the mirror, feeling good about how I looked). Then when I reached 40 years old I just knew there was another way to attain high levels of wellness, and realized I’d been doing it more for physical looks than overall inner and outter wellness. Yoga just opened me up and I felt a deep wellness that had never been there in all those years of gym work.
You can do a home yoga practice, that’s a great idea, but there is something more, something you can’t get at home when attending a class at the studio. A good studio has a certain energy that allows you to connect with the practice through the teacher and others in the room. That’s something you just can’t emulate at home.
For me I try to attend a few classes at the studio each week.
The difference of incorporating Yoga into your life will soon be noticeable in your body, mind, and emotions. So many people have experienced a remarkable difference in their lives after incorporating yoga classes into their routine.
How often should I practice Yoga ?
One class a week is good, 2 is better and will help you maintain a certain wellness level. For ongoing wellness and development 3 classes per week seems to be an ideal or minimum. I know people who attend up to 5 classes per week and they are shining out a level of personal wellness that can’t be denied.
3 classes per week seems like a great foundation for ongoing wellness. I haven’t had a cold or flu for the past 5 years. I put that down to a strong immune system through my practices). Yoga mixed with some clean eating is a recipe for feeling an inner glow that others will notice.
Obviously my favourite studio is Elements, at 161B High st. Belmont. I’m a huge fan of the teachers and the space in general If you’d like to connect and find out more you can call 0414 586 910 or visit the elements website www.elementsyoga.com.au to book a class and start (or re-start) your yoga journey today.