Day – Varies
Time – 3.10-4.10pm
Venue – mob 9
This is open to all students and it is a series of 26 hatha yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises. These are done in heat to allow the body to stretch and detox even more than at normal room temperature. There is a lot going on – the teacher’s instructions, a stiff body, a busy mind and the discomfort of the heat. The idea is for students to find a calmness amongst the craziness so they can better manage stress outside the yoga room. They leave the room feeling lighter and brighter, having added lift to their years and years to their life.
Nicole gives us an insight to her experience of Hot Yoga.
We all knew that this would be a fun and educational activity while being good for our bodies at the same time. The series included 2 breathing exercises and 26 postures all helping us improve our spine and sleep. These postures will help us with anxiety, sleep deprivation, back problems and open up emotions plus helps with blood flow.
Over the past number of weeks, we have done the postures, the breathing exercises, the sit-ups and the measurements.
In the weeks following half term we didn’t really meet often, due to parent interviews, but we did manage to come together for 2 final weeks. On the final week we measured our spines. We even talked Miss Dundas round into letting us measure her spine. We measure from the bottom of the neck to the coccyx. The spine positions we were in were: forward bend, backwards bend and standing position.
The lengths were as follows:
STANDING BACKWARDS BEND FORWARD BEND
Leah 48cm 34cm 66cm
Sarah 51cm 47cm 70cm
Judith 51cm 38cm 60cm
Nicole 52cm 28cm 61cm
Miss Dundas 51cm 38cm 64cm
Apparently you’re supposed to have that happy medium which means you can shorten and lengthen your spine by the same amount forward and backwards. Miss Dundas was the only one of us that could even do it but she wasn’t warmed up so… Also her ordinary amount – when she is warmed up – is 16cm. This time only 13cm but still pretty impressive. The rest of us had (in order) a difference of; 14cm/12cm, 4cm/19cm, 13cm/9cm, 24cm/9cm.
We all have incredible bodies, each unique in its own special way. This is shown by flexibility, contortionism, singing, gymnastics, dancing, gymnastics and many other things. Once you discover something you like stick at it and never give up.
One thing I have got better at over this past term is my determination. If I have to recommend any one thing as an extra-curricular it would definitely be yoga. If you want to have a good time, learn some discipline, discover the lengths your body can go to or just learn the length of others’ spines then that would be the club for you. Sadly, this club has ended. Though imagine what if the teachers took part and measured their spines and then, compared them to us. Who do you think would be better? Teachers or Students?