As a countdown to the International Day of Yoga 2023, the Nehru Centre in London – the cultural wing of the High Commission of India in London – is hosting free Yoga Classes every Tuesday evening until May 30.
The sessions are being held in collaboration with three major UK-based organisation and next week’s session will focus on ‘Yoga for the Spine’.
The class will centre around standing poses, with a focus on spinal extension. This practice will create length and space in the body, undoing some of the compression which is often the cause of back pain. Creating strength in the legs to support the spine is a key element for stability and steadiness and an important foundation in a Yoga practice.
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The session will be conducted by Samantha Shaikh, who has been practising Yoga since 1997. Her interest in Yoga began whilst travelling through Asia and Australia and it is since her three children are older that she has begun to teach. Her areas of interest are restorative yoga and yoga for women's health. There is much that can be achieved with Yoga to balance the nervous system and counteract the effects of stress which we are all subject to in modern life.
In association with Iyengar Yoga
The Iyengar Yoga method was developed by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar with a strong focus on alignment whilst working in the postures. The poses are held for longer with the use of props so all the poses can be achieved by all types of people with all types of bodies. The support of props allows the attention to move from the outer body and bring greater interoceptive – awareness of the inner organic body.
“Iyengar Yoga teachers are committed to sharing the method taught by the late B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world’s most influential Yoga masters, whose teaching was firmly rooted in the Yoga philosophy of India,” Iyengar Yoga UK said in a statement.
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The variety of movements in each group of poses develop the body in different ways – strengthening, energising, calming, and grounding.
International Day of Yoga, designated by the United Nations on the initiative of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is marked annually the world over on June 21.
*Info: Nehru Centre