Hot demand for yoga

Yoga has been so popular on Ipswich City Council’s active and healthy program that more classes have been added to the timetable to meet demand.

Springfield yoga and meditation instructor Sylvia Campbell-Morgan said five classes a week were now being offered helping to keep the population of Ipswich healthy.

“There are so many positives,” she said. A meditation class is held on Tuesdays at 7pm at YMCA Springfield Lakes, general yoga at 7.30am on Saturdays at Spring Lake park, Springfield Lakes, and chair yoga at 9am and 10am on Thursdays at the Queens Park Croquet Hall and at 1pm on Fridays at Minka Place, Ripley.

“The program ticks all the boxes. Yoga and meditation is a wholistic approach that so valuable for any age. It keeps you moving. It keeps you strong, flexible and mobile, and for older people it helps with balance and core strength,” she said.
Sylvia said there are also mindfulness and psychological benefits from doing yoga and meditation.

“Evidence shows that this sort of mindfulness regulates the nervous system and helps people cope with the ups and downs of life. It builds resilience and helps with focus as well as making you less reactive and more peaceful, contented and calm.

“So it’s not just about the physical body. The state of mind also affects the body to feel its place in the world.”

Salin Suwanno, 43, of Springfield has been doing the yoga classes for the past 18 months and said it has been good for her physically and mentally.

“I used to get up and feel numb. It would take me a while to walk. That warns you about something. Yoga has helped me with this,” she said. Salin said she also found at the end of a session, her mind was clear and “cleaned up”.

“There are so many things to do. I would just leave it and have a yoga break and during that time, I could plan my day and my week and start fresh,” she said.

Sylvia said exercises can be done gently but can also be very potent and powerful.

“Hot yoga is pretty strong. But I teach dru yoga which is more accessible and allows people to work at their own level, experience and ability. I have people in the classes who have had knee replacements or have other physical limitations.

We can modify the yoga to suit anyone’s requirements at the time,” she said.

“People doing the chair yoga can stand, but the majority are seated.”

Sylvia said the classes were capped at 22 people and the demand had been so high that an additional class was scheduled this year.

“There is a group from the general yoga class that go on to coffee afterwards and a spin-off social group has formed.

The group goes to see shows and plays and movies together now. So this has also proven to be very social and facilitated people making connections.”

The yoga classes attract a mix of ages from 20 to 80.

Yoga is just one of the many free or low cost activities on offer through the council’s active and healthy program which restarted recently after the Christmas holiday break.

The council’s website lists classes and activities for all abilities for children, seniors, mothers and babies. It also provides tips for maintaining a healthy eating regime, and for being active at home without equipment, with playlists and a series of online videos to help with yoga, pilates, relaxation and to improve muscle strength. Simply search active and healthy Ipswich to find out more.

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