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What/Who is Emily Warrior Yoga?Emily Warrior is my name & Yoga is what I do! However, I am not limited to solely teaching yoga as of June 2023 I have also qualified as a Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor. (P.S. Yes, my surname really is Warrior - it has nothing to do with the style of yoga I teach, it is simply the surname I was born and raised with). You can learn more about Emily, here.
What is Yoga?Yoga is an ancient practice originating from India thousands of years ago. The word 'Yoga' comes from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to yoke' or 'to unite' - the mind body and spirit/soul through the practice of set physical and mental exercises. YOGA IS NOT A PHILOSOPHY - Yoga is not a theoretical concept to think about. Instead it is something you need to do and be. It is 99% practice, 1% theory. YOGA IS NOT A RELIGION - Although born out of Hindu tradition, there is no requirement to believe in any deity. Follow the yogic path and experience the outcomes for yourself. YOGA IS A SCIENCE - Osho said of yoga, "Just like science says experiment, Yoga says experience. Experiment and experience are the same. Just their directions are different. Experiment is something you can do outside; experience is something you can do inside. Experience is an inside experiment." YOGA IS A METHOD FOR BEING HERE, NOW - The practice is a way to encounter the reality of the present moment just as it is. If you want to learn more about Yoga, Emily Warrior Yoga offers Private 1-1 mentoring programmes that includes an in-depth study of the deeper layers to Yoga.
Is Yoga for me?In short, Yes. Yoga is for every body and every one, from all walks of life. Whether you are physically able or not, yoga isn't just a physical practice, it is also mental. Yoga Asanas (poses) keep an overall mobility in the body that would otherwise stiffen with age. Maintaining a daily Asana practice will give you supple joints, long muscles and prevent degenerative conditions which in the long term increases flexibility of the whole body and significantly reduces body aches and pains. The most common reason I hear for why people don't/won't practice yoga is because they are 'not flexible enough' or they just 'don't have the time'. *face palm*. Saying your not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying "I'm not dirty enough to take a bath". Look, I get it, you may work full time, you may have other commitments like taking care of your children or your work requires you to travel a lot, the reasons are endless but ultimately it all boils down to YOU. You have to make the time. You have to calve a portion out of your day that is specifically for you only and not for anyone or anything else, whether it be 5 minutes or an hour, every minute to yourself counts. You have to get out of your own way and let go of the old stories you keep telling yourself, about yourself. (that you 'can't do it', 'not good enough' or 'you're not flexible enough' etc etc). You can achieve anything you set your mind to if you are willing and committed to putting in the work. There are no magic tricks here. Just some time, hard work and dedication to overcoming the mental and physical barriers you have put up for yourself. If you are completely knew to yoga, I 100% understand how daunting it can feel attending your first group class, which is why I offer online classes, to help you become familiar and comfortable with your yoga practice in the comfort of your home, before stepping in to your local studio or gym class. If you wan't to talk more about yoga and how it may benefit you, get in touch and let's chat it out!❤️
What is Pilates?You can find all you need to know about Pilates, right here.
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