Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that promotes strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The practice originated in India thousands of years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Although popular as a system of physical exercise, in Indian traditions yoga has a meditative and spiritual core.
At State of Liberty, our approach to yoga is gentle. This doesn’t mean it’s not strong, but that we focus on finding ease, slowing down and learning how to practise with kindness and mindfulness.
It’s not about pushing, stretching and bending just to make an impressive shape. We want you to move with awareness, connect with your body and feel open and playful, all the while enjoying and trusting the journey.
Our bodies are beautiful and diverse. What works for me may not work for you. It’s important to take time to listen to your body’s natural intelligence and translate its unique needs.
We plan to give you the tools to accept and honour where you are physically, mentally and emotionally. This changes daily and the simple act of showing up on your mat, connecting with yourself and creating some time and space is very valuable.
Whether you choose to lie down for five minutes and simply tune into your breath or sweat it out to a high energy vinyasa flow, both can be equally beneficial. What’s right for you will depend on your unique energy levels and needs that day.
Practising Yoga at Home
We believe making small, sustainable adjustments to your daily habits ultimately empowers you to create a happy, healthy, beautiful life.
Regularly practising yoga in your own home and on your own terms can be very beneficial for your wellbeing. Through the SOL blog and our online retreats, we’ll be sharing top tips and expert insights designed to show you how to achieve this.
Our team will be on hand to encourage, inspire and support you. Together we’ll transform negative habits and resistance into an enjoyable home practice.
Introducing Clem Balfour
We’re thrilled to have the lovely Clem Balfour joining us as part of the SOL team. Clem, an experienced yoga instructor and passionate foodie, is founder of the Yoga Brunch Club, monthly events that bring people together to enjoy a morning or afternoon of yoga followed by a delicious, nourishing meal.
Clem’s approach to yoga shifts and moves with her daily mood and how her body is feeling.
‘I’ve learnt to mould my practice to fit my day-to-day needs. Sometimes I focus on a dynamic vinyasa flow style, but if I feel I need to slow down and be a little softer in my practice, I’ll start with something more restorative. Yoga offers a space for me to reconnect each morning. I roll out my mat and often have no idea how I’m going to move that day. I start by taking a breath, sitting, waiting and then allowing the movements to flow.’
Later today, we’ll share a simple yoga sequence designed to help you through the Winter months. We’ll also be revealing more about Clem and her unique wellbeing story in Friday’s long read.
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Do you practise yoga at home? if so, any particular style? Please share in the comments below.
Love Lizzie xx