What is Plenteous Yoga?
Plenteous Yoga is the name I've created to encompass the yoga I like to share. It's not one specific style, but draws upon different methods from Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Hatha is the name usually given to a gentle type of yoga that generally involves longer-held postures, called "asana". Vinyasa tends to be more active, and often features sequences of postures that are linked together in time with the breath. I've drawn upon both of these traditions, plus influences from my own training in a therapeutically-oriented yoga, and combined them with aspects of mindfulness meditation to create a slow-paced series of yoga practices that you can use at home to introduce mindful movement to your life.
I'm not interested in chanting or praying while I do yoga, can I still take part?
Yes! I have made a deliberate choice to make Plenteous Yoga as secular as possible, in order to appeal to people regardless of religious beliefs.
Is it really free?
Plenteous Yoga is 100% free. No sign-ups, no log-ins, no compulsory mailing list. There's an increasing amount of scientific research into "Mind-Body Interactions", which encompasses yoga and mindfulness meditation among other things, and evidence increasingly suggests a wealth of benefits from these practices. It's been shown to have a positive impact on anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, physical injuries and recovery from illness, just to name a few. I'm also hearing continually that medical doctors are recommending yoga to patients as a way of coping with chronic pain and inflammation, yet there are so many yoga videos out there and so many styles that it's near-impossible for someone to know what would be good for them. Furthermore, yoga classes can be daunting and expensive, so it's my goal to produce a safe and appropriate practice for those who might need it most.
I'm not flexible, can I still do Plenteous Yoga?
Yes! It's a common misconception that you need to be flexible to do yoga. You don't! Increased flexibility may occur as a result of yoga practice, but at Plenteous, physical flexibility is neither a goal nor a pre-requisite.
I have an illness/injury, what can I do?
I teach from a perspective that we adjust the postures to suit your body, not the other way round. So as long as you're not in serious pain or discomfort, almost every Plenteous practice should be doable in some manner, it just may be that you need to take extra precautions to keep yourself self. Yoga is about listening to your body, which is often a very new concept to most people when they begin the practice. But it's important to pay attention to any signals your body is giving you: if something hurts, stop. If a posture feels too intense, just come out of it. Plenteous Yoga is a time for you to just be... so if what you need most on a given day is just to lay quietly and breathe, then that's what you should do.
In pre-recorded videos, I'm unable to make suggestions for posture modifications for every possible ailment, but if you do have any questions about adjustments you can make, please feel free to get in touch. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Plenteous Yoga help me lose weight?
Some styles of yoga are very athletic and provide a cardiovascular workout, but Plenteous is not designed to be this way. Depending on your existing activity levels, there may be some toning or weight-loss as a result of beginning the practice, but this is somewhat unlikely and not a goal of the practice. Particularly if you're on a weight-loss journey or have very low-calorie diet, please see your healthcare provider to check that it's safe and appropriate for you to do yoga at this time. Take care.