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Newcastle University Yoga

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The west has adopted Yoga as a physical exercise to improve ones health, by achieveing calmness and relaxtion. It has also given benefits of flexibility and strength. But while it does all the above, what people don’t know is the long history of Yoga and its origins. There are eight limbs of Yoga; the Indian sage Patanjali in the “Yoga Sutras” wrote them 2000 years ago. The idea behind Yoga is to unify the mind and body through exploration of the eight limbs and refine our behaviour until we reach the final limb, Samadhi, otherwise known as enlightenment.

Forrest with Conrad – Monday 17.15 – 18.20 p.m. (£4) @History Room, SU

This system of Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and an internally focused practice. It is one of the more challenging systems but comes with higher rewards such as: flexibility, intelligence and core strength. The practice aids inner intuition, which becomes applicable in daily life off the mat.   Sessions finish with a short 15-minute meditation.

Ashtanga with Nicole – Wednesday 19.00 – 20.30 p.m. (£4) @History Room, SU

Nicole O’Driscoll is certified by senior teacher John Scott to teach Ashtanga Yoga in the lineage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and has ten years of practice in the Ashtanga tradition. However, during these ten years, Nicole used yoga to recover from a serious illness, and explored ways of using movement and posture in a more free-form way to manage pain and energy levels. Her non-Ashtanga classes at Newcastle University address a number of issues that typically affect Western bodies: tight hips and hamstrings, a weak core, and neck and shoulder issues, to name just a few. The class is breath-led, meaning that every movement is combined with focused inhalation and exhalation: this deepens the meditative aspect of the yoga practice and helps to soothe the emotional stresses and strains of daily life — particularly anxiety and depression.

Free Style with Phil – Saturday 14.30 – 15.30 p.m. (£2.50) @Jesmond Pool Gym