Why everyone should try Yoga

Article from The Deans Magazine, June 2018

“Yoga isn’t about touching your toes, folding yourself in two or standing on your head,” Heather Deaville from deavilleyoga.com told us. And she should know, she loves yoga, and has recently started teaching a new Monday evening class at St Martin’s Church Hall in Saltdean.

Heather understands that some people find the thought of going to a yoga class intimidating, and although she is endlessly enthusiastic about it now, she admits that hasn’t always been the case.

“I first tried yoga when I was 18 and, let's put it this way, it wasn’t for me. I rediscovered it in my 30s and now I’m hugely passionate about its physical and emotional benefits."

She says: “There’s nothing to be worried about when trying your first yoga class. Common fears are not being flexible enough, looking silly (we all look silly) or everyone being ‘better’ than you. Yoga is a practice, and everyone is at different stages in a class.

“Yoga is about connecting to your body and breath, and stopping to really listen to yourself for a change. It gives you time to switch off from the rest of the world and really tune in to what your body is telling you.”

Heather continues: “I am by no means a perfect yogi — I can't do all of the advanced poses and on a Monday my balance is less tree and more spaghetti. But I love it! Come wobbly days or sturdy days, yoga gives me the physical and mental space I need to get the most out of life.

“I'm not the most serious yoga teacher, but I am incredibly passionate about how much this ancient art has to offer everyone. All are welcome on the mat at Deaville Yoga.”

Heather is teaching Hatha Flow Yoga every Monday evening, 7.30-8.30pm at St Martin’s Hall on Longridge Avenue in Saltdean. The class is suitable for beginners, all equipment is provided and a trial class is just £5. So why not give it a go?