If you are a lucky Novocastrian, you won't have to look too hard to find a yoga class near you.

As one of the main city in Northen England, Newcastle offers a wide range of yoga studio and workshop throughout the city.

Why Start Yoga?

The bendy benefits of yoga are obvious when you see the magic in action, but the perks of this ancient practice go far beyond the physical. Here are some of the best, science-backed results that come from doing yoga.

  • Increase balance and flexibility: copious studies have supported the efficacy of yoga to improve balance and flexibility, while also promoting other athletic performances that demand these skills.
  • Boost strength: spend a few seconds in downward dog and you’ll realise how much muscle yoga needs, but researches have found that a few sessions will help you build strength. In one study, 79 adults performed a series of basic poses six days a week, for 24 weeks. The participants experienced a meaningful increase in upper body strength and stamina, and the women in the group noticed weight loss and reduced body fat.
  • Improve sleep quality: grappling to get some shut-eye? Try some regular stretching. In one study, yoga participants were observed to fall asleep quicker, snooze longer and felt more well-rested upon awakening.

Different Varieties Of Yoga

Before you begin practising yoga near me you might want to get more familiar with yoga terms:

  • asana - yoga postures (practised in any style of 'yoga')
  • pranayama - breathing techniques
  • mantra - chanting or reciting
  • mudra - hand gestures
  • shatkriyas and shatkarmas - cleansing techniques
Concentration is key to yoga success!
Triangle pose is slightly trickier, but with focus and balance, it's easily achieved! (Source: Google)

Sivananda Yoga

This type of yoga is hierarchical yoga system founded by Swami Vishnudevananda. He called this classical, spiritual yoga practice as well as the international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization accountable for diffusing its teachings, after his revered guru, Swami Sivananda with the mission 'to spread the teachings of yoga and the message of world peace' which has since been improved to 'practice and teach the ancient yogic knowledge for health, peace, unity in diversity and Self-realization.'

While numerous other yoga groups follow and propagate the teachings of Swami Sivananda, including the Divine Life Society, Bihar School of Yoga, Integral Yoga (Satchidananda) and the Chinmaya Mission, these institutions use different names for their yoga systems. Sivananda Yoga is the proprietary yoga system of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization and is based on Swami Sivananda's teachings to synthesize the teachings of the four paths of yoga.

The five points of yoga are Proper Exercise (āsana), Proper Breathing (prāṇāyāma), Proper Relaxation (śavāsana), Proper Diet and Positive Thinking (vedānta) and Meditation (dhyāna).

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Haṭha Yoga

Haṭha yoga is a division of Yoga. The Sanskrit word हठ haṭha literally means "strength" and thus alludes to a system of corporal techniques.

In India, haṭha yoga is linked in popular tradition with the 'Yogis' of the Natha Sampradaya through its mythological founder Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath, also known as Minanath or Minapa in Tibet, is honoured as a saint in both Hindu and Buddhist tantric and haṭha yoga academies. However, James Mallinson links haṭha yoga with the Dashanami Sampradaya and the mystical figure of Dattatreya. According to the Dattatreya Yoga Śastra, there are two sorts of haṭha yoga: one practised by Yajñavalkya consisting of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga and another practised by Kapila consisting of eight mudras.

Currently, the earliest dated text to explain haṭha yoga, the 11th century CE Amṛtasiddhi, comes from a tantric Buddhist milieu. The oldest manuals to use the language of hatha are also Vajrayana Buddhist. Later haṭha yoga texts adopt the manners of haṭha yoga mudras into a Saiva system, mixing it with Layayoga practices which focus on the raising of kuṇḍalinī through energy channels and chakras.

In the 20th century, an advancement of haṭha yoga, concentrating particularly on asanas (the bodily postures), became popular throughout the world as a form of physical exercise. This modern style of yoga is now widely identified simply as "yoga".

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Being able to do yoga anywhere means that you can fit it into a busy schedule. (Source: jesslef)

The Best Yoga Classes In Newcastle

Yogalilies Yoga and Pilates Studio on Pilgrim Street

Yogalilies is an award-winning urban retreat right in the heart of the historic City of Newcastle upon Tyne and is Newcastle’s first and most established Yoga studio est.2010

Here, you will find a combination of the newest and more traditional forms of Yoga, mixed with the most ancient methods of aligning mind, body and soul from the most skilled teachers in their field. We offer yoga classes, courses, workshops and retreats.

The centre has two luxurious warm and welcoming studios with treatment rooms and changing facilities. It’s situated right in the heart of the City Centre on Pilgrim Street with ample local parking available and very close to the Monument Metro Station.

We have a daily timetable of classes from 7:30am – 9:00pm to suit people of all ages, levels and abilities. As well as many different yoga classes we offer meditation, mindfulness, pregnancy and beginners classes and courses.

At Yogalilies we see yoga do incredible things for many people. Whether you want to get fit, get flexible, get in touch with your spiritual side or simply relax and reduce stress, we have a class for you. We are here to help you reach your goals in life, get strong in mind and body and love every minute of the journey – that’s our goal!

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Hotpod Yoga on Jesmond Avenue

HotPod Yoga is Europe’s largest yoga company. Since 2013, over 100,000 people have involved themselves in a Hotpod class at one of their 50+ spots around the world. They first open in Newcastle in May 2017.

You’ll stretch further, breathe deeper, sweat harder and melt fully into the Hotpod experience – a well-balanced flow of active and latent postures, working the body and calming the mind in equal degree. You’ll step into a 20 person pod and immediately find yourself a million miles away from the everyday grind and stress. Bring water and a towel to enjoy the unparalleled immersion that is a Hotpod Yoga class. To get it, you’ve got to experience it.

Happy Yoga on Carliol Square

Happy Yoga Newcastle gives fun, stress dismissing classes that are specially designed to help get you fit, flexible and content!

There is a range of classes suitable for all abilities. Unfit, un-bendy beginners are particularly welcome.
The Happy Yoga Newcastle view is that exercise and yoga should be as enjoyable as possible so that you can welcome it into your everyday life with joy and with ease.

At Happy Yoga Newcastle, Yoga isn’t about being able to kiss your toes; instead, it’s all about how great you feel, on the way down.

Whether you are pregnant, a mum looking to unwind, a complete Yoga amateur, or even a jogger or cyclist looking to loosen up those hamstrings, you will find lessons specifically created to help you.

All sessions are held in The Happy Yoga Newcastle Studio on the Lower Ground Floor of the British India House, which is in the city centre which easily accessible by public transport but also have loads of parking just outside.

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When you learn to sing, you have to learn to control your breathing. Yoga is a great activity for learning to control your breathing, too. (Source: Chevanon Photography)

Forrest Yoga With Conrad Reese

Whatever your level of Yoga experience Conrad has a class for you! If you haven’t done yoga before he really recommends trying out the Beginner’s class held Thursday evening in Jesmond, from 6 pm to 7 pm

Conrad Reese teaches Forrest Yoga in Newcastle to different levels and abilities, along with events and workshops through the year. His public classes cater to all levels of student with some specifically tailored to beginners. Getting a firm grasp of the basics, with sufficient support for all students, gives you the tools to enjoy Yoga for a lifetime. Whichever class you choose I can guarantee there will be something to challenge you, giving you the opportunity to grow.

Some of the classes Conrad teaches are specifically for those experiencing or recovering from cancer. He also offers a ‘pay as you feel’ donation class, to make Yoga available to everybody. Whatever your background or ability, this is part of Forrest Yoga’s mission and his personal objective; using Yoga to help improve the lives of those that need it – not just those that can afford it.

Conrad is currently in the process of developing online tutorials for Forrest Yoga students.

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More about Forrest Yoga

Forrest Yoga is a style of modern yoga. It was created by and named for Ana T. Forrest in 1982. It is known for "its prolonged holding of positions, emphasis on abdominal core work, and standing series that can go on for 20 poses on each side".

Reputed for its intensity, the style emphasizes connecting to one's feelings in order to work through physical and emotional trauma.

Ana Forrest stemmed her practice from some features of Sivananda yoga, along with attention to alignment and use of accessories found in Iyengar yoga, and the heat and flowing series of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. As the style developed, she created a number of additional poses and sequences adjusted to modern society, such as wrist stretches to prevent and relieve carpal tunnel syndrome. She also created shoulder shrugs to relieve tightness and loosen the upper back, abdominal exercises to tone internal organs and strengthen the lower back, and some poses using a folded over and rolled up yoga mat.

Forrest Yoga classes are led in a warm room (85 °F, 29 °C) and begin with pranayama, then move through seated postures and abdominal muscle exercises before arriving at the "hot part" of the class that might involve sun salutes, standing poses, inversions, backbends and other asanas that build up to the more challenging "apex" poses. The poses are sustained, intensively and contemplatively, sometimes for 10 deep breaths, sometimes for several minutes.

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