Yoga improves health

2018-06-26 06:00
Jennifer Chapman doing yoga.PHOTO: supplied

Jennifer Chapman doing yoga.PHOTO: supplied

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“WE need yoga to keep healthy in this fast-paced, crazy world, to keep us free from body aches and mental stresses,” these were the words of yoga teacher Jennifer Chapman who wanted to be a yoga teacher from an early age.

“I wanted to be a yoga teacher when I was about 13-years-old, when my modern dance teacher fell ill and I became her substitute. I loved helping people move their bodies and find joy through movement. I first taught children yoga in 2002 and the parents asked me if I would teach them, and then I was prompted to begin my teacher training journey which snowballed into many other trainings.”

Chapman has since then opened a yoga studio which also caters for dance students.

“The Astanga Studio is predominantly a school of yoga but I also teach dance.

Classes run from Monday to Saturday from as early as 5 am, on some days, and finishing as late as 8 pm. All levels are welcome. I teach few yoga postures at first, and begin focusing mainly on how we breathe, before you move around through a few sun salutations and a few of the fundamental postures of the sequence. “I teach the Astanga yoga traditionally, as taught by Sharat in Mysore India. This way of teaching is called Mysore and it is perfect for beginners and more advanced students as everyone has a personal practice and is guided, by me, with alignment and breath. As the pupil become more adept they get more postures.”

She said: “I only have one acro class and one budokon class a week and these are also for all levels. The morning and evening dance classes are great for self-expression and getting dance fit. There are also kids yoga and dance classes, taught by Cami and Luzelle.

Chapman explained that yoga brings people together, and people encourage each other in the most beautiful way when they are doing yoga.

“Yoga heals so it’s fantastic for rehabilitation of various traumas. Our yoga community is often coming up with wonderful ideas to help various communities.”

She advised community members who want to take up yoga classes and said: “Don’t even think about it, just do it. You will feel the beauty that is yoga and find that pure bliss we all seek. It will help your body and mind and, in taking care of yourself, you will be taking care of others. Be your own magician, create your own magic and don’t have expectations with your ego mind, your health is after all your wealth.

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