Positive Postures with Ali Wells
 
 
Ali Wells
ABOUT    

Positive Postures exists to provide you with an opportunity to create a greater wellbeing for yourself using ancient personal development wisdom through small group classes, workshops and/or 1:1 sessions.

Ali WellsI started yoga as a teenager suffering hugely from migraines, mainly encouraged by my GP as a trial to relax my tense shoulder and neck muscles from working at a computer and to de-stress.  Fortunate to be taught by a totally inspiring Yoga Master (Yogini) I have not looked back and Yoga became my mainstay to fitness and mind body wellbeing.  I now offer you my Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates wisdom gained from teaching Yoga for 15 years and practicing Yoga for nearly 30 years. 

I am an absolute firm believer that if we learn to listen to our bodies we can identify which Yoga/Pilates postures are right for us. With Yoga and Pilates, alongside Tai Chi, being known as the hottest forms of personal development in the world' practicing Yoga or indeed Pilates and/or Tai Chi when used appropriately can be a fantastic healing tool, a fun activity, a life changer, a way of life, a social hobby but above all a tool for greater wellbeing …… but then I’m biased!

Pilates

Pilates alongside Yoga and also Tai Chi are the 3 hottest forms of mind body personal development in the world and with this curiosity and inspired by Darcy Bussell’s approach and application of Pilates alongside Joseph Pilates’ philosophy I decided a few years ago to also train as a Pilates Instructor.  I am now a qualified Pilates Instructor and deliver some blended classes of Yogalates and teach mat based Pilates at some of my venues.  As with the Yoga, I also offer private groups or 1:1 Pilates - hugely beneficial if you are new to either Pilates or Yoga before attending a group class. I have benefited myself from Pilates, it has improved my core strength to support some of the yoga poses and generally raised my strength. It is a superb low impact discipline for back health.  

Some interesting reading

Yoga is an ancient Indian word from Sanskrit language meaning UNITY/ONENESS.

Ali WellsIt is thought that more than 4,000 years ago, nomadic Aryan tribes migrating from Persia to India ‘may’ have carried the earliest concepts of yoga into India.  What is known is that around 400 CE the teacher/sage PATANJALI produced what has become the principal manual of Yoga instruction, this Yoga Sutra is an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga including outlining how to bring the thoughts and mind under control and from this to ultimately move into the state of ANANDA or BLISS. It described Yoga as a way of controlling the activities of the mind for greater wellbeing, which parallels more recent ‘stress’ research and findings from the mid 20th Century of Hans Selye (1907-1982) a Montreal University Professor and pioneering endocrinologist.

Selye investigated the effects of prolonged stress on mind & body & found stress results from messages transmitted by the brain that arise from an unusually wide range of sensory inputs. He is regarded as the first to demonstrate the existence of biological stress and negative consequences on wellbeing.   

Going back to how Yoga has developed a major figure during the1800’s was Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886). He faithfully practiced the spiritual disciplines of different religions and came to the realization that all of them lead to the same goal. His message was one of harmony and he declared ‘as many faiths, so many paths’.

Sivandanada Saraswati in 1936 founded The Devine Life Society on the banks of the Ganges River and played a leading role in promoting Yoga worldwide. He was a prolific author producing over 200 books on varying topics, with his yoga books emphasizing the practical application of yoga philosophy over theoretical knowledge. During his earlier life as a qualified Doctor he developed the reputation for providing free treatment to poor patients but later went on an extensive pilgrimage throughout India which had a profound effect on the development of Yoga. One of his followers/disciples Jyotirmayananda Saraswati became the President of The Yoga Research Foundation in Miami USA.
There are more recent major players in the development of Yoga including BKS Iyengar (1918-2014). His famous book ‘Light on Yoga’ is just one style of Yoga that exists in today’s world. Among the most influential surviving ancient text is the Hatha Pradipika (The Companion of Hatha Yoga). This is a classic Sanskrit manual from medieval India and is still referred to as a significant writing for the guidance of the practice of Hatha Yoga.
It can often been suggested that Yoga is an integral part of Hinduism – but in fact it  developed ALONGSIDE Buddhism, Hinduism & Jainism.

I could go on…. the world of Yogic philosophy is in my mind fascinating. Ashtanga Yoga and it’s principles of 8 limbs and Hatha Yoga meaning the Yoga of Wellbeing and Sun and Moon, the Yoga that balances negative and positive, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar, Bikram they all have wonderful attributes. Finding the right Yoga style for you is important and if I can help you in any way with that journey I will.

 
Nameste
Alison

BENEFITS OF PRACTICING YOGA

Benefits of practicing yogaSome people want solely or mainly physical benefits from practicing yoga, such as improved posture, greater mobility and higher energy levels or reduced back pain. These are core benefits and yoga is very popular for maintaining and improving flexibility and mobility at any age.
Yoga is known for its mind and body balance benefits, for creating a greater sense of general wellbeing which may include a calmer mind, a sense of de-stressing thus improving the ability to focus and make decisions.
Yoga is the one of the oldest forms of personal development in the world and therefore from practicing yoga a greater sense of self is achieved.
The different styles of yoga of which there are 7 main and now various modern trends such as ‘Yoga beats’ and each will offer you the core benefits plus specific benefits to that style of Yoga eg Iyengar Yoga builds strength and patience as you hold postures, whereas classic Hatha Yoga is known as the Yoga of Wellbeing and balancing and is a good all rounder (for want of a better expression) especially if you are new to Yoga.
Everyone teaches slightly differently though, even if trained in the same school, some Hatha Yoga classes may be more physical and others more meditative.
Choosing a Yoga class is a very personal thing – you need to feel comfortable with your teacher. Not everyone likes my teaching style. If you haven’t yet found a style of Yoga for you or a class that suits, please don’t let that put you off Yoga – you may just need to explore further.

The Buddha acknowledged that by meditating and practicing Yoga he;

•Trusted his own intuition
•Looked into his own heart and mind
•Learnt from direct experience.

Thus becoming free from greed, hatred and ignorance,  characterised by wisdom, compassion and freedom.

WHERE AND WHEN INFORMATION

Positive Postures classesYou will currently find my classes at: Nuffield Health Taunton, Tuesday evenings plus some Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

1610 Caryford Fitness & Leisure, Ansford, Castle Cary, Wednesdays 5pm - 6.30pm

Holbrook House, Wincanton (mainly Pilates at the moment) – please contact me for further details.

Several Village Hall classes held weekly – please contact me for further details.

Private 1:1 or small group classes available either at your home, village halls, St Johns Physiotherapy Taunton or other mutually agreed venue.
 I do travel out of County to teach small private groups and workshops.
Corporate de-stress and bespoke weekday classes or workshops available. 
School exam de-stress sessions available. Again, please contact me to discuss.

Prices
Attend a trial village hall class as my guest, no charge.
Then pay as you go weekly £7.50, no commitment.
Nuffield & 1610 classes fees set by each.
Small private groups between £25 & £40 per session.
Workshop fees vary.
Mats available.
Bring a blanket for relaxation and wear comfortable clothing preferably with stretchy waist!

     
email    ali@positive-postures.co.uk
telephone   07828 625897

   
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