Self help through yoga – Izzy Ixer

As a yoga teacher I’ve been lucky in meeting many interesting people over the last 40 or so years.  And I thought it would be useful to reflect on why people come to me for yoga.  Here are some of the many reasons:

Back pain

Depending on the statistics you look at, 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by back pain.  Some simple changes to your posture and gentle movements based on the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs programme can help you to move more freely.

Menopause

Changes in your hormone balance can produce a range of symptoms and this happens at a time when, for most women, they are at the most demanding phase of their lives with family and work commitments.  Self-confidence can be affected too.  I found my yoga practice was invaluable at that time as I focussed on building strength to combat muscle loss and techniques to maintain my mental focus.

Recovery after surgery

Re-gaining mobility after surgery is one of the reasons people come to me and yoga postures can help to re-learn the way you stand, sit and use your body.  Self-awareness is at the heart of a yoga practice and a regular, gentle practice helps to build this.

Low energy

Re-gaining energy is one of the effects everyone who practises yoga enjoys!  Improved breathing (relaxing the tummy when you breathe in) and changes to the way you sit and stand can make a big difference.  And simple postures to relieve tightness also work well.

Difficulty sleeping

Some people find that if they practise a few simple movements and a breathing technique before going to bed improve their sleep.  Learning ways to keep you mind focussed also helps – we all know that when you wake in the night the thoughts and worries love to come creeping in!

About me

I’m a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga, I’m a Mum and a Granny and I’ve had a fascinating career in information technology.  So I know what it’s like to juggle priorities and handle pressure – I couldn’t have done it without yoga!

I am at the Natural Health Centre on Thursday mornings for one to one yoga sessions either as one-off sessions or you can come to me regularly.  Some clients like to come to me for a plan that they can then practise themselves.  You can expect to learn about postures, breathing, relaxation and simple steps towards meditation and I focus the session on the aspects of yoga which will most benefit you.

Yoga has been part of my life since I first discovered it at the age of 14.  Originally it was the philosophy which interested me and I went on to discover its many different aspects, including postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation.  And I guess it is this variety and richness which means I’m always discovering more about this ancient subject.

I’m a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga, I’m a Mum and a Granny and I’ve had a fascinating career in information technology.  So I know what it’s like to juggle priorities and handle pressure  – I couldn’t have done it without yoga!

How can yoga help you?  Surprisingly a few simple techniques can make a big difference to your life!   Better posture supports running and other sports,  simple yoga poses  help to avoid painful joints, improving your breathing can raise your energy levels.  Practising yoga brings a sense of calm and over the years my clients have told me that they have faced some of the most challenging experiences of their lives with the help of yoga.

Come and talk to me and let’s see how yoga can help you!

Izzy Ixer

BWY Dip, MCMI