Hatha Yoga classes at the beautiful, tranquil setting of The Sanctuary Workshops in Leicester. Lead by British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, Debbie Liggins, offering two weekly Wednesday evening adult beginners and improvers classes.

 Photography by Dan Collins @ Third Avenue Photographer

Photography by Dan Collins @ Third Avenue Photographer

Hatha yoga combines postures, yogic breathing and relaxation techniques. Yoga has many health benefits, physically and mentally. By building a regular practice into your routine, you'll begin to experience the ways yoga can give your health and wellbeing a boost.

Yoga can improve flexibility, posture and balance and can increase muscle strength and joint stability. If practiced correctly, yoga can also help towards maintaining healthy bones through weight bearing postures and working with keeping the muscles active and toned during practice. Through breath focus, yoga can begin to increase your ability to become more focused and less distracted, helping to relax the nervous system and release tension, reducing the effects of stress and increasing your awareness of your body and mind.

While yoga is generally low-impact and safe to practice for most people, bringing many health and wellbeing benefits, please note that no form of physical activity is without risk. Those who aren't used to a regular workout routine or who have specific health conditions should check with a doctor or appropriate health professional before starting a new exercise regime or yoga class. This is particularly important if you have any existing medical conditions, if you are pregnant or are taking medication. It is important to take responsibility for you own body, without comparing yourself to other people in class or pushing past your own physical limitations to ensure an enjoyable, safe and beneficial experience.

If you are pregnant and are new to yoga, I would recommend a yoga class specifically tailored to pregnancy. Yoga can be highly beneficial during pregnancy and is often recommended to expecting mothers, but I strongly advise finding a class specifically for your needs during your pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Unfortunately, I do not take new students into class who are pregnant unless they have been practicing with me for a minimum of a year. This is not meant to offend, your health and safety is my priority!