Navigation Path: Home arrow Reviews arrow Classes arrow Yoga Warrior  
Yoga Warrior Print E-mail
Reviewed by Harmonious Living   
Friday, 17 February 2006
I've only ever stumbled my way through one yoga class before so I really didn't know what to expect when I went along to Clara Simper's Yoga Warrior class. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and left at the end of the 75 minute session feeling tired but invigorated. I'm sure that if I looked carefully in the mirror I would've seen that I was glowing, well that's how I felt inside anyway.

One of the problems with city life, no matter where in the world you are, is how difficult it is to escape the hustle and bustle. Walking off the street and through the gate towards the Studio in Parktown North, where the class was being held, I was delighted to discover a 'magic' garden that suddenly shut out the hum of the cars and took me to a place of calm and peace, this was a great start. The studio itself was a relatively small room with a huge panel of cottage pane windows filling one whole wall. Again it seemed to be filled with a magical energy. I love spaces like this and so felt right at home straight away.

The class I was invited to was Warrior I, designed for beginners like myself and I was delighted to see that there were at least four other first timers, 'safety in numbers, embarrassment shared' was my silent mantra. Clara told us all to grab a mat and find somewhere at the back of the class, "you can watch the people in front", reassuring instructions, it was time to begin...

One of my fears of yoga is not being able to get into the various positions that are either being described or demonstrated. I was pleased then to see that Clara carefully and clearly explained exactly what to do, when and how. She would then walk amongst us and carefully adjust our postures, hand or leg positions and point out when I'd got my left confused with my right, oops. With lots of repetition of the poses through the class I soon found myself getting the hang of things, although I'm sure it would take me a few more sessions to be able to do them without any help at all.

I found that Clara's style of teaching promotes a sense of security amongst the students. At no time did I feel embarrassed that I needed help or that I was confused of exactly which way I supposed to be pointing my feet. Occasionally she would gently help me to stretch into the perfect pose giving me and my body an idea of what we were aiming for.

I have to say the Yoga was far more difficult than I thought it would be. Let me clarify, I knew the poses would be difficult but I didn't expect to work my muscles as much as I did, especially some muscles that I didn't even know I had. It was a really good work out and I could feel that it was far more beneficial for both my body and my mind than the mundane routine of the gym.

The class itself was split into three sections. The first involved controlled breathing and some simple stretching poses, this was just what I need to calm down after my hectic day. As the poses started to become more complex and demanding Clara put on some music and got us into the challenging poses that made up most of the lesson. I was pleased to see that we did all of the poses of the month that she had been writing for us and it was great to be able to put into practise what my mind (and not my body) knew so well.

My main problem during the class was one of breathing. Clara had explained to us during the warm up at the beginning that in yoga we should always breathe in and out of our noses. She would also tell us when to inhale during the pose and when to exhale, but I found myself, perhaps to due to my incredible lack of fitness, battling to control it.

The class seamlessly moved towards its conclusion, windows were gradually opened and, during some of the poses where our eyes were closed, the lights were dimmed. Soon we were all lying down on our mats again concentrating on our breathing in the darkness of the studio. I really believe that it is details like this that make for truly rewarding experiences and so I was particularly impressed with the way Clara did this. The magical experience was complete.

If you're interested in starting Yoga then I would highly recommend Clara's Yoga Warrior class. At a cost of just R55 per a class (and a special for beginners of R150 for 4 classes) it's great value for money and I believe a wonderful way to keep both your mind and your body healthy and in good shape. If of course you are an experienced yogi then she does also offer more advanced classes, however don't expect to see me in those classes anytime soon.

For more information about Yoga Warrior visit
Contact Us | Sitemap | Terms & Conditions | Search | Login
You may also like: Self Centr