Pilates is a 'mind-body' form of exercise designed to re-balance the body. Pilates focuses on starting all exercises from a central core of stability. From this central core pilates works by adjusting the intensity of the exercise and the resistance.
Abnormal patterns of movement can be altered by focusing on breath control and precision of movement.
The pilates technique is taught either through mat exercises or the use of simple equipment. Mat work exercises are designed to promote core stability, flexibility, endurance, postural and body awareness
Yoga is a holistic approach to health and you will soon begin to feel the benefits of improved health, and more importantly a relaxed state of mind.
The Asanas, or postures, work through every part of the body both externally and internally. Yoga stretches and tones muscles, joints and the spine whilst working on the internal organs, glands and nerves. Learn the art of yogic breathing by really using the lungs to increase oxygen uptake.
Releasing physical tension liberates vast sources of energy. Releasing tension in the muscles rests the whole system leaving you as refreshed as after a good night's sleep.
This is a seated or standing class aimed at people aged 65+, people who do not generally exercise, who may be recovering from illness, injury or surgery, or people who have lost confidence in exercising. It is also suitable for people who have other co-existing health problems.
The aims of the class are to help improve and / or maintain: mobility & flexibility, strength & stamina, balance, confidence with movement & exercise, posture, relaxation, breathing control, promote physical activity in older people, and falls prevention.
Research has shown that yoga can slow down your heartrate, reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Breath is central to yoga.
Yoga teacher Lesley Muir has got together with Marianne Bennison, osteopath at The Faringdon Clinic, to run workshops on how to use yoga to improve the quality of your breathing.
Each workshop consists of a short introduction to the anatomy and physiology of effective breathing and a longer practical yoga session.