Picture credit:  Christina Wilson

Picture credit: Christina Wilson

Yoga is probably one of the only things that is over 5,000 years old and more popular now than it has ever been. Being a combination of physical, mental and spiritual exercise, its greatest gift is the restoration of balance in life and this is what more and more people are looking for as they try and cope with the conflicts of modern life.

For me, yoga is a relationship to all the parts of yourself. Bringing all the parts of yourself together, and in turn to everything around you; letting that connection or spaciousness expand to everyone and everything. It brings you into alignment, physically, mentally. emotionally and morally.

I love how it gives me a feeling of spaciousness, first in my body, then in my head and in my heart. If I come to a class agitated by a situation or a person, I usually leave with a different perspective on the matter. Yoga helps me create a space. The breath creates the space to allow a conscious response rather than an automatic reaction. The spaciousness in my head is priceless. It allows me to behave in a totally different way to how I would have otherwise.

'Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.' Viktor E Frankl