2020 brings a lot of possibilities… A new year is a new start, a new chapter, a new story even. That’s why many choose to set New Year’s resolutions every January – to fill them with motivation to make the new year the best one yet.
Popular resolutions are often based around new lifestyle choices. Whether it’s fitness, weight loss or mental health, many people choose to use this new beginning as a chance to improve their wellbeing. That’s why this year is the perfect time to start, or develop a yoga practice in our picturesque studio, situated in the heart of Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes.
The benefits of yoga are endless, and it improves your health in so many ways. But how do you choose where to start as a beginner?
There are so many different types of yoga that may just sound like jargon to someone new to the practice. It may be that in order to reach your goals, you need to practice more than one type of yoga, but it’s important to get the basics right before diving right into a strong class and balance class styles to meet your needs.
It’s like yoga but not quite the same. Pilates is a series of movements that focuses on core strength, posture, balance and flexibility. It has gained popularity in more recent years, and not many realise that Pilates has been around for almost a century. Many are still unsure about what it really is.
There are a lot of benefits to practicing Pilates including improved alignment, strength, flexibility and even mental health. While the movements impact your muscles and joints, the breathing techniques can help reduce feelings of stress. Use our Beginner’s Special package to try out Pilates at Whitespace and learn the basics.
Our Yoga Basics classes are part of the weekly schedule at Whitespace and are a great choice for developing your knowledge of yoga, or as the next step after your first few classes. You will work and learn at this level, as these classes continue to emphasise the fundamentals while presenting the poses and sequencing the class in a more challenging way. Level 1 teachers are experts at ensuring more difficult positions are practiced safely and effectively.
Also part of the weekly schedule, Yoga Flow classes introduce the basics of a ‘flow’ practice. This entails practicing the skill of linking breath while moving more dynamically. These upbeat, mid-tempo-paced classes are perfect if you’ve completed a Beginners Course, spent some time on the Basics or want to try a more energising practice.
Ashtanga is a more athletic form of yoga, focusing on a series of poses practiced in a set sequence. As a more physically demanding practice, Ashtanga will challenge your strength and stamina. We offer a weekly advanced session for this yoga style, but for new students – or students looking to try Ashtanga for the first time, there is an Introduction to Ashtanga Course too.
Another form of calming yoga, Restorative yoga practice promotes relaxation and deep rest. Poses are held for longer periods to prompt you to relax, which heals your nervous system. Restorative yoga is great for lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, fertility and the immune function and restoring energy.
It’s recommended for anyone in recovery but is open to all levels including complete beginners.
Possibly the best option for focusing on mental health, mindfulness is a tried-and-tested method of reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that regularly practicing mindfulness meditation is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more.
Mindfulness can improve your overall wellbeing in many ways, and can lead to peace of mind, greater focus and creativity and better relationships.
Our Mindful Meditation session is great for beginners wanting to try it out. But for those wanting to start right away, or following their taster session, our 4wk Introduction to Mindfulness course is perfect for you.
If you’re expecting a baby this year, Pregnancy Yoga is a perfect exercise for promoting a healthy pregnancy and labour. It can alleviate discomforts such as backaches, helping you enjoy your pregnancy, and improves circulation and sleep. The poses are low impact so to be safe and gentle for you and the baby but will still provide a form of exercise to keep yourself fit and healthy.
It’s even said to promote speedy postpartum recovery. We invite beginners to start pregnancy yoga from their second trimester.
Practice yoga at our light, inviting studio based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, using our Beginners Special Package. This package will give you access to an introductory course and 14 days of unlimited classes, plus perks.