Warrior with a Difference!

What can I say? Sharon gives her warrior pose a completely new angle with this athletic arm balance. My first thought was for her safety, although I should have known she would be solid as a rock, not just physically but emotionally. My second thought was for the freshly painted walls in the custom-built, new studio. My third thought: “how on earth does she do that?”.

Fortunately Sharon shares her expertise freely and is happy to teach everything from a humble warrior to this advanced, off the wall version. The lettering on her leggings reads “willpower”, but perhaps it should be Sharon power! She is a fantastic and inspirational teacher to practise with, definitely not your run of the mill instructor (excuse the insider’s joke – she is based in The Mill Studio).

As happens with many of the best yoga teachers, Sharon’s style is completely unique; she may be admired and copied but is impossible to emulate. Knowledgeable from everything from Pilates to Yoga, she has been in the fitness industry for more years than she cares to admit and that experience shows when you visit her studios. It’s not just her expert instruction, the underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology or the latest fitness research, but the positive vibes and feelings of achievement you’ll leave the studio with, and the sense of connection that will be instantly apparent. You’ll know that you are in safe, capable, caring hands that are ready to support you as you take your journey to the next level.

The next time something or someone is driving you metaphorically up the wall, remember Sharon can teach you how to do it in style! If the advanced version of this posture is beyond you, as it is me, she’ll help you unwind and de-stress with balances that suit your skill level and experience. Whether your goals are fitness orientated or you have a different objective in mind, you can be sure you can enjoy the experience and the journey at The Mill Studio with Sharon. Click here to view our latest timetable and book a class.

As we always advise, please make sure you ask your health care professionals before you take up any new types of exercise.

Extend Your Warrior

This strong posture will help you feel grounded and powerful. Feel the stretch from the tips of the fingers to the edge of your foot and see why this is such a popular choice in our classes.

You’ll find your length and alignment in this pose is enhanced by the hot yoga studio heat and by using the mirrors to check and refine your posture. Our talented teacher will remind you to push your weight evenly through your feet as you actively stretch and reach.

Done correctly, this pose has so many benefits: stabilising your shoulders and pelvis; mobilising and opening your hips; helping build strength and flexibility in your legs; and engaging those precious core muscles that will protect your spine.

This posture reminds us to rise up with strength and steadiness to challenge our physical limitations and turn them into personal achievements.

Want to challenge yourself more? A good teacher can adapt this pose to challenge even the strongest yoga warrior. The teacher’s talent lies in assessing the level of challenge needed, taking their students further than they thought possible, but at the right pace.

Want less challenge? That’s easy – we can suggest lots of progressions to help you start your yoga journey, but before you know it, with regular practice and expert help you will be well on your way to being the strongest warrior you can be.

If you’d like to learn more about hot yoga, use the tag cloud to browse through our earlier posts, or better still, come and join us.

Please consult your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle such as going on a diet or embarking on an exercise programme.

Strong Warrior

We all have days that challenge us. Our favourite pose to cope with those types of days is the warrior pose. This fantastic pose helps to remind us we have an inner strength that can carry us through our days and our challenges.

Some days our warrior might not be as deep and as powerful as others but it’s still there inside, waiting for us to call on. As we breathe into the pose and deepen the bend in our knees we can challenge our warrior to emerge and to keep us grounded and strong. As our eye gaze focuses on those outstretched arms and fingers, and we consciously extend to stretch our arms as far as they can go, we let the tensions and pressures of our day recede. We focus our efforts in being in the here and now, being present with our practise.

At the end of our class as we celebrate making and taking the time to invest in our health and fitness, that inner strong warrior smiles.

Come and join us to find your strong warrior!