“My body has changed in ways I wouldn’t have believed possible, as has my mental state…As someone who has been an MD for over twenty years, I can tell you yoga is quite simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being I have ever seen.”
What is yoga?
Yoga is a complete healing system that originated in India several thousand years ago. It combines physical postures (asanas) and the use of breath (pranayama) in a mindful practice to enhance, energize and nourish the functions of the body and mind.
Yoga offers a wealth of benefits physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga can:
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Aid weight loss
- Strengthen and tone
- Improve flexibility and suppleness
- Improve posture
- Improve joint mobility and bone health
- Enhance the metabolism
- Reduce cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
- Strengthen the nervous system, reducing long-term stress levels
- Increase serotonin and dopamine
- Reduce blood pressure
- Lower the pulse rate
- Massage internal glands and organs of the body, to help prevent disease
- Improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping the body to flush out toxins from the system
Through doing yoga I have found inner peace, emotional strength, physical stability and stamina, mental equilibrium and confidence. I believe yoga can help combat the effects of our modern lifestyles which result in stress and disease. It can create a state of balance, strengthen the immune system and help develop energy, enthusiasm and happiness to help discover the wonder of your life’s journey and help you onto the path to fulfilling your life’s full potential.
“Yoga is a remarkably effective ‘unlearning’ process. We have to unlearn our negative thought systems, our emotional patterns of moving, breathing & eating so we can come back to our own naturalness.”
Alice’s adventures in yoga
Hi I’m Alice Bell, I first got into yoga because I wanted to improve my flexibility but I soon learnt that yoga was about more. I realised that on a physical level yoga was about finding harmony in the body – you don’t want flexibility without strength (or vice versa) – and that by using the postures (asanas) to discipline my physical body, I noticed I also created balance energetically and mentally. I discovered that when breath (pranayama) is used in conjunction with the asanas I could calm my mind (much needed) whilst opening energy channels in my body. As my yoga journey developed I realised the physical practice also works on the internal body by massaging, stretching and stimulating the internal organs, keeping the cardiovascular system oxygenated and stimulating the endocrine and nervous system too. Amazing, right?
As a yogini I have discovered that yoga is beyond the physical , it’s what we learn about ourselves on the mat that we can bring into the other areas of our lives.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s what you learn on the way down.”
I completed Sivananda Yoga and Yoga Bugs teacher training courses in 2006 and a Yoga London teacher training course and fertility, pregnancy and mum and baby training with Yoga Gro in 2015. In between I taught some adult and children classes but was mainly a full-time primary school (Nursery) teacher. Now I have listened to my heart and decided to spread my love of yoga to all ages and stages of life full-time. Come and join me on the mat soon and begin your adventure.
The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS and are shown below in this excerpt from Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), 2012.
Mini Bells and Littler Tinker classes and Creative Learning workshops aim to empower children with a creative way of developing in these areas and give parents an understanding of what effective learning looks like.