Recommended Classes for New Students at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)

 

If you are new to yoga or Pilates then please see below for a list of classes which we recommend for your first time on the mat with us. You may also wish to read our FAQ on yoga and Pilates at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool).

 

Monday 6.30pm: Gentle Hot Yoga with Jess


What to expect…

 


A relaxed and stretchy class, starting off on the mat and building up gradually to Sun Salutations followed by postures such as the Virabhadrasana asanas. Jess likes to start and end practice with some chanting which encourages the yoga students to feel peaceful, calm and tranquil. Also, d
uring class relaxation, Jessica often uses holistic therapy techniques such as aromotherapy, reiki and sound healing in Savasana so that students leave her class feeling re-aligned, re-balanced and re-newed. Accordingly, this class is recommended for beginners and also those who are currently experiencing stress, depression and/or anxiety. 

 

Tuesday 10.00am: Yin Yoga with Carli

 

What to expect…

 

Carli
Yin yoga, a Taoist tradition, allows us to access deeper layers of the physical body where connective tissue repairs itself, improving a free flow of energy inherent in us all. The pace of Yin yoga is quite slow and postures are held for 3-5 minutes. This class is mostly mat based with very few, if any, standing postures. Yin classes are much more meditative than classes such as Ashtanga yoga and so this class is also recommended for people seeking to manage day to day stress. 

 

Wednesday 10.00am: Traditional Pilates with Paula

 


What to expect.
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Paula  in Side Plank (Vasisthasana): Strengthens the arms and core,  stretches and strengthens the wrists and improves balance.Our Wednesday and Sunday classes are all held in a non-hot room. Hot Pilates is great for really stretching out and challenging the body but it is also good to practise Pilates in a room temperature environment. In Pilates there is a strong focus on developing strength through core engagement. Students must learn how to breathe and when to breathe in a Pilates class. In a hot room, it can be difficult for a new student to concentrate on technique because they are trying to adapt to the temperature of the room and so their mind is more easily distracted.

 

This is not an easy class  – you will be worked hard! However, because Paula gives three levels to work at (beginners, intermediate and advanced) this class is suitable for new students. 

 

Wednesday 6.00pm: Traditional Yoga with Camilla

 


What to expect.
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Our Wednesday and Sunday classes are all held in a non-hot room. Hot yoga is great for really stretching out the body but it is also good to perform the asana practice (the postures) in a room temperature environment. Connection with the breath is fundamental to yoga practice. In a hot room, it can be difficult for a new student to concentrate on making this connection because they are trying to adapt to the temperature of the room and so their mind is more easily distracted.

 

Camilla believes that yoga is not about physical strength or acrobatics but about spending time on your mat, sitting still, listening and ultimately experiencing the power of the present. Her classes accommodate all levels of abilities and include elements of basic breathing, pranayama, meditation and mantra.  

 

Thursday 7.30pm: Gentle Hot Yoga with Ryan

 


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Ryan will take you through about four rounds of slow paced sun salutations and then move onto perform some gentle yoga postures. This class is a litte more fast paced than the Monday 6.30pm but is still fine for a beginner to attend. Ryan’s classes have a strong focus on alignment and he will adjust you in a posture in order to assist you in achieving the correct performance of a pose if needed. After you have tried a few gentle classes, try Ryan’s more challenging 6.15pm “Funky Beats” class. 

 

Friday 6.00pm: Candlelit Yoga with Carli

 


What to expect.
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This is a Yin based class held in candlelight in order to promote a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace. The pace of Yin yoga is quite slow and postures are held for 3-5 minutes. This class is very gentle with few, if any, standing postures. This class is with Carli who believes that experiencing a deep sense of peace and well-being is the ultimate aim of yoga. The class runs on Fridays at  6.00pm and is a great way to unwind after a busy and stressful week.

 

 

Saturday 9.00am: Hot Yoga with Jo

 


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Jo’s class is available to all levels and is perfect for beginners.  Jo’s style of yoga is formed on the basis of Hatha yoga, intertwined with some flow and a little hint of Yin.  In addition to asana (posture) practice, Jo’s classes include simple pranayama (breath work) meditation and relaxation.  Her aim is to accommodate all levels of abilities, wants and needs through the staging of postures, variation and ultimately making you feel welcome and wanting more from your yoga practice. Another great class for stress relief.

 

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Updating Your Relationship to Food

Rose Long is a Liverpool based Health Coach and Absolute Yoga practitioner. Rose has very kindly agreed to write a few guest articles for our studio in the area of health, well being and nutrition. Research suggests that the food you eat is approximately 85% responsible for factors such as body weight and overall health. Accordingly, read on: what Rose has to say is very interesting…

Our relationship to food is as complex as any relationship that lasts a lifetime and, just like any healthy relationship, it’s good to update every once in a while.

 

What we eat and why we eat can be based on past conditioning and habits; we’re often unconscious as to why we reach for that slice of toast, crave a morning coffee or dive into a plate of pasta.  Even with our best intentions, food in today’s world is a complicated business.  I had a wake up call when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  I considered myself a healthy eater, but I’d never updated my relationship to food and when I took a closer look, I was still acting out patterns deep rooted in my childhood.  Even though I knew that sugar feeds cancer, there were times when nothing else would do – birthday celebrations didn’t seem complete without a slice of cake, a holiday in the sun demanded an ice-cream and there were some days when I wanted a treat or felt like rewarding myself with indulgent sweet yumminess and nothing else would satisfy me.   I was shocked and surprised – just how much did I know about what I was putting in my body and why?  One thing became clear, I would eat for many reasons – flavour, convenience, boredom, to avoid, to comfort, to reward, to rebel, to fit in, to indulge, to energise – and although I made fairly healthy choices, my primary intention was not to nourish my body when it’s hungry – moods, lifestyle and convenience all came first.

 

The first step to updating your relationship to food is to bring awareness to what you eat.  You will begin to see patterns – I’d eat well at home, not so well when I was out, and damn right appalling when visiting my Gran!  Travel seems to give many of us permission to eat junk, as do celebrations like birthdays, Christmas and parties.  You may have certain friends you share a love of healthy food with, certain friends you indulge your love of unhealthy food.  As your awareness grows, you’ll be able to make new choices and break with some of the habits and patterns that no longer serve you.  For me and for people I’ve worked with it’s often a case of two steps forward one step back, but the small changes begin to build over time and you will reach a point when you know it’s doing you good – you’ll no longer crave sugar, carbs and coffee and you’ll most likely see a difference in energy, moods, skin, sleep and weight.

 

Because each of us is unique, there’s no one approach to food that is going to achieve results for all of us – hence the number of diet books on the market.  Our bodies know what we need, but most of us have forgotten how to listen to them.  Once we get over unhealthy cravings and habits we can learn to listen to our bodies and find what food works for us and update.  With renewed awareness and sensitivity we discover what energises us and what doesn’t, what leaves us feeling bloated or farting like a trooper and what food sits comfortably and digests well. 

 

Giving our attention to what we eat transforms the experience, not just because we really enjoy the tastes and textures of the food, but because of what it does for our bodies.  When I reach for my morning smoothie these days, it’s almost like my tail is wagging.  My body knows the goodness of what I put into my morning smoothie, and I take time to savour it.  But it took practice to give attention to my food, I was so used to eating at my desk, enjoying a TV dinner or eating on the go.  But when we are distracted we’re less likely to chew well and hear the body’s signal that we are full.  Research shows that most of us eat more when our attention is on something other than our food.  This is bad news for our digestive systems which become overloaded and unable to work efficiently.  This has consequences for our immune systems, and so our overall health.  How so?  Well 70% of our immune system is located in the gut, so slowing down, chewing and savouring the subtle flavours means we absorb all the goodness from the food we’re eating, and we avoid lumps of food getting stuck in our gut and festering.  The Indian Ayurvedic tradition suggests eating until we’re 75% full – that’s not going to happen if you’re watching someone cook up a storm on Masterchef while stuffing in a stir-fry!  In the practice of yoga, eating is another form of meditation and as Geneen Roth says, ‘Meditation is a tool to shake yourself awake.  A way to discover what you love.’.  What do you need to update in your relationship to food to deepen your love and appreciation of what you eat?

 

To find our more about my training please visit my website: www.roselong-lifechanges.com.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me: rose@roselong-lifechanges.com.

 

 

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Meet Rose: Yogini, Health Coach and Guest Blogger

 

 

Rose Long is a Liverpool based Health Coach and Absolute Yoga practitioner. Rose has very kindly agreed to write a few guest blogs for our studio in the area of health, well being and nutrition. Research suggests that the food you eat is approximately 85% responsible for factors such as body weight and overall health. Accordingly, read on: what Rose has to say is very interesting…

 

 

Today I’m passionate about natural food and learning how the body utilises what Mother Nature provides for us.  To me it is miraculous to discover just how much we benefit from eating clean.  Mind you, I don’t have a clean track record!  In my younger years I ate well when I was recovering from a weekend of partying, but otherwise my choices were largely governed by my environment and my conditioning – eat on the go, eat what’s convenient, eat for quick energy,  snacks at the computer, treats with friends, excess at weekends.   My wake up call came when I realised that my lifestyle was unsustainable –   my drinking was out of hand, I was stressed out from work, reeling from a failed marriage and desperately trying to appear like a well balanced, responsible woman of the world!   I took a deep breath and committed to change and as I left my past behind me a new life began to open up.  But I didn’t get away scott free.  My former lifestyle left its mark and I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  Now that’s an incentive to eat clean!

 

I got into action.  My aim was to come through this ordeal healthier than I’d ever been.  I spent an inspiring year studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to qualify as a Health Coach.  I became my own case study, and the most important lesson I learnt was that we have to do the work ourselves – we can have all the knowledge and all the lingo, but unless we’re listening to our bodies to find out what works for us, it counts for very little. In today’s world food is a complicated business, and it’s big business – most of what’s on our supermarket shelves isn’t even food, but food-like products!  Many of us eat according to what the experts are currently recommending, many of us eat in response to our emotions and past conditioning, some of us eat to satisfy cravings, others to fit in with the crowd. For most of us we have forgotten how to listen to our bodies to make our choices.  We have forgotten the art of mindful eating and we are paying the price.  Food can be our greatest ally or our worst enemy, it’s up to us.

 

Michael Pollan a respected food journalist in the States was fed up with all the conflicting messages about what foods are healthy to eat.  He decided to write a book on what you can say about food, without question.  It’s a very slim book!  It’s called ‘Food Rules’ and breaks down into three parts – eat food, mostly plants, not too much.  Like most things in life, the answers to clean eating are simple, not always easy to execute, but simple to understand.

 

Are you interested in tasty food and eating for health and vitality?  Over the coming months we’ll be exploring simple steps to eating a clean, life-giving diet.  We’ll look at the acid/alkaline balance of food, cravings, detoxing, sugar, healthy fats, the yin and yang of food, and plenty more.  In my experience, learning about one’s own health and wellbeing is a life long commitment, there are no quick fixes (however temptingly advertised!) and because we are each unique (bioindividuality) nobody else has the answers – we have to learn them for ourselves.

 

I look forward to sharing the simple delights of clean eating with you here at Absolute Yoga.

 

To find our more about my training please visit my website: www.roselong-lifechanges.com.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me: rose@roselong-lifechanges.com.

 

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For new students, your first class is free and then choose from one of the three introductory offers…

 

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Exclusive to Absolute Yoga: Tri-Dynamic Yoga

 

It’s yoga…but with weights…

 

After extensive research and development, yoga teacher and studio co-owner, Jennie, has designed a unique approach to the yoga asana practice known as “Tri-Dynamic Yoga” (TDY).  Yoga seeks balance and harmony in the mind and the body. However, there is an imbalance in flexibility without strength and, just as much, strength without flexibility.

 

In 2013, Jennie severely injured her sacroiliac joint which brought her yoga practice to a halt for over three months. The injury was a result of being hypermobile in the ligaments that link bone to bone but, unfortunately, Jennie lacked strength in the muscles that surrounded her hip joints. This type of injury is quite common in students who regularly practice yoga. Such students become very flexible but can push themselves too far into a pose and, if they lack adequate muscle strength surrounding specific joints, can easily become injured. 

 

Jennie in Paschimottanasana

Jennie in Paschimottanasana

Jennie was advised by her physiotherapist to increase the strength of her core muscles and also the muscles that surround the joints to balance out the flexibility she had developed through years of practising yoga. 

 

Jennie in Prasarita Padottanasana C. The position of the arms over the head and down towards the mat requires a lot of flexibility in the shoulder joints. If the muscles that surround the shoulder joint are weak then there is an increased risk of injury. Those who are hyper-flexible at the shoulder joint are particularly at risk of shoulder dislocation. Strengthening the muscles that surround the shoulder joint can reduce the risk of injury.

 

What is Tri-Dynamic Yoga?

TDY is a yoga class, unique to Absolute Yoga, Crosby, which incorporates resistance weights with the principles of functional movement and the yoga asana practice to focus on developing (i) strength (ii) core power and (iii) body awareness. In a TDY class, students will perform various yoga postures using hand weights which vary in weight depending on the strength of the yoga practitioner. Students will perform an adapted version of Sun Salutations, using resistance weights, followed by a standing strength sequence which takes the student through several planes of movement intended to reflect how we move in everyday life.

 

What are planes of movement?

 

Planes are imaginary flat surfaces along which movement can occur. There are three basic planes: sagittal, frontal and transverse.

 

Planes of Movement

 

When we attempt to strengthen our bodies in yoga practice or in the gym, we tend to perform movements in only the sagittal plane. In reality, we move through several planes of motion in our day to day activities. Accordingly, when we become injured in the gym or on the mat, it is often as a result of a movement that we are not used to performing such as a rotation of the spine which occurs in the transverse plane.  

 

 

TDY, using the principles of functional training, moves students through sagittal, transverse and frontal planes of motion to increase strength, core power and body awareness. Performing the asanas this way, in addition to the incorporation of resistance weights, deep breathing and Bandha connection, will strengthen the core muscles without needing to perform mundane isolation exercises such as abdominal crunches. 

 

Why is it important to be strong as well as flexible?

 

Yoga students who are very flexible in the hips and hamstrings may move quite easily into postures, such as Virabhadrasana I, because they have a great range of movement around the joints but this is not necessarily a stable range of movement. Hyper-flexible yogis can sink into postures too deeply and, without adequate strength, this will place a lot of strain on the joints of the feet, knees and hips and also the lower back. Strength around the joints is needed for stable flexibility.

 

TDY is designed to  build strength and awareness, especially around the joints, so that yoga students do not unconsciously push themselves too far into a posture which could possibly led to a significant injury. The Tri-Dynamic Yoga system encourages integrated flexibility so that yoga students build strength and develop postural and muscle awareness.

 

 

Is this really yoga?

 

Archaeological artefacts from the Indus-Saraswati civilisation in India suggest that yoga may have been practised as early as 4,500 BC. However, thousands of years ago, yogis did not sit down for most of their working day, only to return home and sit down to watch TV. Yoga has stayed true to tradition yet has evolved to address the needs of modern life such as poor posture, injury prevention, back pain, stress management and even weight management.

 

TDY is very much grounded in the principles of vinyasa yoga practice. Accordingly, the connection with the breath and when to inhale and when to exhale is still fundamental to this form of asana practice. Furthermore, TDY uses a very specific Pranayama technique which incorporates Mula Bandha (Root Lock) and Uddiyana Bandha (Abdominal Lock) to help awaken the deep position sense muscles that cross from one vertebral segment to another along the spinal column. 

 

This Pranayama technique is central to TDY as failure to breathe deeply and incorporate the Bandhas results in only superficial engagement of the muscles of the core. Ultimately, this leads to the development of a weak core and possible issues such as back pain.

 

 

How often should I practice Tri-Dynamic Yoga?

 

TDY, similar to Yin yoga, is not a practice in itself but should form part of a balanced yoga routine. Students are encouraged to continue with their traditional yoga practice. However, adding TDY, once or twice, to a weekly routine will increase strength and subsequently reduce the occurrence of injury associated with yoga induced hyper-mobility.

 

What are benefits of Tri-Dynamic Yoga?

 

  • Increases strength and subsequently reduces the occurrence of injury associated with yoga induced hyper-mobility
  • Staves off muscle mass loss (particularly after age 40)
  • Supports flexible joints
  • Adds an extra stimulus to difficult poses for advanced students
  • Encourages integrated flexibility (builds strength whilst developing postural and muscular awareness)
  • Develops and maintains strength
  • Builds strength needed to develop in challenging postures such as Chaturanga
  • Research shows that women who regularly participate in resistance training burn 100 calories more at rest, per day, than women who do not do so
  • Weight training combined with yoga practice is a great way to maintain strength as you age as both approaches build muscle and bone density and also help with balance
  • The class is designed to introduce periodisation to the asana practice so that students see progression in the postures as a result of the consistent introduction of new stimuli
  • Improved muscle tone and definition

 

How do I book a class?

How to Book a Class at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)
Email: info@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk
Call: 0151 928 1029
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Will I develop big muscles if I attend this class?

 

No, the weights used in the class are not heavy enough to develop muscle hypertrophy (an increase in size of skeletal muscle). However, with regular practice, you can expect to see improvements in general muscle tone.

 

 

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Hip Stretches for Back Pain

 

If you suffer from back pain then it is easy to assume that the discomfort that you are experiencing is a result of strain or injury localised to the spine. However, the muscles, ligaments and joints of your body do not work in isolation. Instead, there is great interdependence between these components and a weakness in one part of your body can have a huge impact on another part of your body. The connection of the human body from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes is known as the kinetic chain.

In the last two articles we looked at yoga poses to help with general back pain and also how tight hamstrings can lead to lower back pain. This article will look at the role of the hips in back pain.

The hips are a bowl shaped structure, anatomically known as the pelvis (“pelvis” stems from the Latin word for basin), and are made up of three separate bones (the ilium, the ischium and the pubis) that fuse together to form this ball and socket joint. Ball and sockets joints allow for a large range of movement and so, in a person with healthy hips, the legs can move forward and back, in and out and rotate internally and externally. However, the muscles that surround the hips can become tight, less mobile and/or weak when we do a lot of sport without sufficient stretching or when sitting down a lot throughout the day.

The hip flexors are muscles which allow us to walk up stairs and lift the leg when walking. Several muscles work to flex the hips but the primary mover of hip flexion is the psoas muscle (which can also flex the torso, e.g. doing a sit up). The psoas muscle (pronounced so-az) has its origin in all of the lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5) and the bodies of the twelfth thoracic and all lumbar vertebrae (T12-L5). The psoas muscle is often discussed in combination with the iliacus muscle and is referred to as the iliopsoas (as the two muscles combine to form one tendon that attaches to the inside of the proximal femur bone).

The psoas muscle

 

Sitting down a lot throughout the day, perhaps in a sedentary job, keeps your hips in a flexed state. Over time, if not corrected, maintenance of this postural position will lead to tight hip flexors which, in turn, can lead to back pain.

What is hip flexion?

The hip is flexed at the front leg in Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I) but the hip is in extension at the back leg.

Joint action at the hips in Virabhadrasana I

 

How do tight hip flexors cause back pain?

When the psoas muscle contracts, the muscle shortens which causes the hip to flex. When we sit down the hips are in a flexed state. When we sit down a lot (at work or after work if watching the TV) this means that the psoas muscle spends a great deal of time in a contracted and shortened position. If this muscle becomes very tight and shortened (known as “locked short”) then this can cause the pelvis to tilt forward (anterior tilt) which will overstretch your hamstrings and increase the normal lordotic curve of the lumbar spine. Ultimately, it is this change in posture which leads to reduced flexibility, poor balance, muscle tightening in the back and, in many cases, back pain.

 

Anterior Vs Neutral Pelvic Alignment

How to lengthen your psoas muscle in everyday life

  • If you sit down a lot in your job and tend to be quite sedentary after work then try to get up and move around every 30 minutes. When you are standing up, your psoas muscle is not over working because your hips move into an extended position which lengthens the psoas muscle

  • If you sit down a lot in your job but do go to the gym then try and do exercises which require you to stand up: Run on the treadmill instead of sitting on the bike or do a standing shoulder press instead of seated press

  • When you go to bed try not to sleep in a foetal position as this flexes your hips. Equally, try not to sleep on your stomach because this hyper-extends your back (pushing it further into an anterior tilt)

 

Yoga for tight Hips flexors

Low lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Also known in Yin yoga as Dragon pose, this posture is fantastic for safely stretching out the hip flexors. In this posture, it is the hip flexor muscles of the back leg that are being stretched. The further you stretch your leg back, the more intensely you will feel the stretch.

 

You can place a towel or blanket underneath the back knee to make this posture more comfortable.

 

 

Anjaneyasana (low lunge, side view)

 

Anjaneyasana (low lunge, front view)

Alignment Points

  1. Slide your right foot forward, placing the right hand on the inside of the right foot and the left hand next to the right (hands underneath the shoulders)

  2. Align the right knee over the heel

  3. Lower your left knee to the floor and, keeping the right knee fixed in place, slide the left foot back until you feel a comfortable stretch on the hip flexor of the back leg

  4. Hold for 30 seconds initially, each side, and gradually build up to holding for 3-5 minutes each side

  5. If you would like to increase the intensity of the stretch then lower down onto your elbows. You may find it more comfortable to place your head on a block if you are coming onto the elbows or lower

  6. If you have a history of a herniated or bulging disc then stay up on your hands and keep the spine neutral, do not forward fold or go down onto the elbows

 

Close your eyes and draw the mind’s eye towards the hip being stretched. You may experience intensity as the iliopsoas is stretched, especially if you are particularly tight in this area. However, nothing in yoga should hurt, if it does, stop doing it immediately. Use your breath to stay calm and breathe into the area of the stretch (visualise this happening). This is known as “breathing into the edge” which will enable you to be more mindful of what is going on in your body as you work into a particular area.

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Personal Training and One to One Yoga at Absolute Yoga

 

Jennie is a qualified Personal Trainer and Yoga Alliance Certified teacher who has practised yoga for over 15 years. Jennie also specialises in functional training with resistance weights. The combination of these two different approaches to looking after the body is very much reflected in her personal training style. 

 

 

 

“I believe in encouraging self-acceptance. I believe that it is not about being skinny or a certain size. Instead, it is about being strong, healthy, energetic, and, above all, comfortable in your own skin.” (Jennie, Absolute Yoga, Crosby)

 

 

Jennie’s personal training sessions are based on the principles of functional exercise and the yoga asana practice. Accordingly, clients can expect to use a variety of resistance weights including kettle bells, dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls and body weight to work on developing strength, core power and body awareness. However, fundamental to each session is the integration of body, breath and mind as this is where the real magic happens both inside and outside of training sessions.

 

Programmes are uniquely designed to meet the goals and needs of each individual client such as:

 

  • Weight loss
  • Increased muscle tone and definition
  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Increase in core strength
  • Improvement in cardiovascular fitness
  • Increase in flexibility and range of movement


 Personal Training with Jennie 

 

About Jennie...


JennieJennie is a qualified Personal Trainer and Yoga Alliance Certified teacher who has practised yoga for over 15 years. She also holds two first degrees which includes Psychology and Biology and two Masters degrees at distinction which includes a Masters in Research. 
Jennie is a former university lecturer and trained researcher who is interested in the science that underpins yoga from the chakras to the asanas. She holds an interest in the application of yoga and resistance training to the management of chronic illnesses such as back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, scoliosis and also posture correction.

 

 

Personal Training with Jennie and Weight Loss

If losing weight/reducing body fat is one of your fitness goals then Jennie can design you an exercise programme and nutritional plan to achieve that goal. 

 

Jennie believes in looking after the body in accordance with the first Niyama, Shaucha (purification). Accordingly, she encourages and supports her clients to eat clean and look after the body through yoga and resistance training.  However, Jennie also believes in encouraging self-acceptance and that it is not about being skinny or a certain size. Instead, it is about being healthy and comfortable in your own skin. 

 

 

 

What type of exercises will I perform in a typical personal training session?

The type of training you will complete in each session will depend on your health and fitness goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight then don’t plod along on the treadmill – hit the weights! Using resistance weights such as kettle bells, dumbbells and body weight, with the right number of sets and reps, will really get your heart rate up and you will see some amazing results from this type of training. 

 

However, if you are already quite fit and looking to build muscle or get stronger then your training session will involve working at a lower set and rep range but with heavier weights. 

 

No matter what type of programme you complete, your sessions will involve elements of yoga such as deep breathing, stretching, body awareness and relaxation. 

 

How can adding yoga to a personal training session help me to meet my fitness goals?

 

Weight loss is a common goal of people who make the decision to use a personal trainer. A client looking to lose weight will benefit significantly from an endurance based exercise programme and nutritional advice. However, adding elements of yoga can also assist them in achieving their weight loss goal. 

 

Unfortunately, not many studies have rigorously examined the relationship between yoga and weight loss. However, the few studies that do exist suggest that yoga may be associated with weight loss or maintenance as a result of:

 

  • The calories burned during a yoga class
  • The regular practice of yoga may allow for additional exercises to be performed outside of the yoga class as a consequence of reduced back and joint pain
  • Yoga heightens mindfulness, improves mood and reduces stress which may help reduce food intake
  • Yoga may encourages a deeper connection between mind and body which may lead to enhanced awareness of satiety and the discomfort of overeating

Accordingly, adding elements of yoga to a weight loss personal training programme is intended to assist with behavioural change, weight loss and subsequent maintenance.

 

Where does the training take place?

 

Sessions take place at Absolute Yoga. Home training is also available.

 

 

How often should I train?

It would depend on your programme and other factors such as how much time you have to dedicate to your fitness plan. Clients are given an exercise programme to take away and complete either at home or at their gym.

 

 

How do I book a session?

Contact Jennie to book an initial (free) consultation. 

 

Contact Details:

 

Jennie@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk

 

0151 928 1029

 

 

What is the cost per session?

Client TypeSingle SessionBlock Bookings
Absolute Yoga Member£25 per hour10 sessions = £200 20 sessions = £350
Non-Member£30 per hour10 sessions = £250 20 sessions = £400

 

 

 

What do I need to wear?

You will need to wear trainers but, in terms of clothes, whatever you feel comfortable wearing: shorts, tee-shirt, leggings, vest. You will get an idea after your first session.

 

Do you offer one to one yoga sessions?

Yes, to book a session contact:

 

Jennie@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk

 

0151 928 1029

 

 

Do you do group sessions?

Yes, to book a session contact:

 

Jennie@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk

 

0151 928 1029

 

 

Additional Services

  • One to one yoga sessions

  • Nutritional advice

  • Lifestyle analysis

  • Range of movement assessments

  • General health check

  • Meditation

 

 

 

How to book a session with Jennie…

 

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