My name’s Lauren McKee, and I regularly teach yoga down at the Paremata Boat Club.
When I first started yoga, I LOVED it, but I was surprised when I developed sore shoulders.
I thought, “Maybe I’m doing these yoga poses wrong?”
This led me on a path to figure out how to get the most from my practice (and eventually becoming a yoga teacher).
Along the way, I met many yogis, who don’t experience the full benefits of yoga – such as improved flexibilty & wellbeing.
So, why does this happen?
My biggest insight was realising, each pose (or Asana) is made up of a number of smaller, Fundamental Movements.
And, by doing these fundamentals the right way, your practice really comes alive.
This is part of a my Freedom Flexibility™ Method – a 9-step framework, I’m developing, for improving your quality of life.
We’ve also launched a couple of regular Yoga Fundamentals classes. These are great for people who want to deepen their current practice, or for those who are looking for beginner yoga classes.
I don’t think I would have had the courage to just turn up to a class without the doing the beginners yoga classes first.
The instructor is lovely, friendly, and welcoming.
I gained a new awareness of my body, improved flexibility and strength, and rediscovered underused muscles…
I definitely recommend this. I love how it’s suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and a real come-as-you-are ‘feel’.
I’ve now got a better understanding of correct posture, reasons for the pose, and better awareness of positions.
I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, friendly and inviting environment.
I now more flexibility, and I have understanding of what I should be concentrating on in each move.
It’s useful knowing what I should be doing, rather than just copying the shapes the instructor is making.
The location was great! and Lauren is very kind, happy persona.
I was feeling inadequate, and not able to keep up.
But now, I have gained confidence in knowing that it’s not as difficult as I had imagined.
Already, I feel slightly more flexible, and encouraged that this will increase, the more I do.
Initially, I felt self conscious because of my age and being overweight.
Now, I have more confidence, strength and flexibility (it’s a work in progress).
I’ve enjoyed the friendliness, acceptance, renewed energy.
I’ve got a better posture.
I’ve learnt how to breathe better and seen improved flexibility.
I enjoy the location looking over the water, the vibe in the room, and the last few minutes of class where we relax and mediate.
I’ve experienced better flexibility, mental calmness, breathing, and general well being…
Lauren takes time to check you are doing moves correctly and gives options when it is too difficult.
I’ve being able to apply some of the muscle activation techniques to other activities (such as gym and running), to improve stability and range of movement.
I’ve realised just how important – and how nurturing – it is, to take a step back from our busy lives and just treat ourselves to a few precious, quiet moments each day…
Oh, and the view is amazing!
The beginners yoga workshop was perfect for a beginner like me – the way you build the moves up in stages and explain what I should be feeling… being able to ask questions and learn alternative options, if things get a bit tricky!
It was good to know that I am not the only beginner and that everyone’s body is different and doesn’t flex in the same way. So, it is OK if your body doesn’t move in the same way as the person next to you.
Lauren is lovely, kind and caring and has a real passion for yoga, which is reflected in the classes.
I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere – makes it more fun and enjoyable. I also liked how poses were broken down into simple steps.
I doubted my ability… But through Lauren’s beginners yoga workshop, I experienced greater flexibility, breathing & calm
Lauren is a good teacher, and doesn’t make you feel out of place or stupid – even being the only bloke in the class, I felt quite at ease.
I have realised that even though I suffer with arthritis, over time there is no limit to where my flexibility can be…
…everybody needs to keep flexible as they age and this is the gentlest way of doing it.
I’ve experienced much more basic flexibility, which is helping me in daily life.
I’m seeing difference in how my body can work with some yoga.
I’ve enjoyed doing poses, my body is comfortable doing (rather than moves it’s not comfortable doing)!
The group dynamic is great – there’s always people who ask questions, you didn’t think to ask.
I love the boat club, with it’s serene view.
Lauren says things, which encourage & support me to think it’s a journey.
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