My daughter took me to yoga classes many years ago and it was something to do together which I thoroughly enjoyed. Years later, aged 60, I decided to finally became a Yoga Instructor, training in Hatha, Ashtanga, vinyasa flow and Yin styles, Pranayama (breathing) practices and Yoga Nidra (guided meditative rest); and joined Yoga Alliance.
If you want to incorporate Yoga in your fitness regime or try it for the first time or after a long break - ask me!
You could focus on certain aspects in your current yoga practice - heart-openers, breath, technique, flexibility, improve your digestion, core strength, balance (literally as well as balancing your chakras or your life), feel grounded, loved and connected to source and earth.
You might be ready to expand your spiritual connection overall.
I love how yoga feels, and how I feel after yoga!
The physical postures, called asanas, are just one of eight "limbs" of Yoga. Whatever the yoga style or label, embrace the union of mind, body and spirit. I like to include other limbs of yoga for a fuller, authentically yogic, rounded experience so everyone emerges feeling great and connected to the earth and their true spirit.
1-to-1 or group sessions, in your home/workspace or outdoors (south east London Dulwich area and French Riviera near Cannes; extra charge for other distant locations). Sessions are typically 60-80 minutes but can be adjusted for you.
I am a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK and Yoga Alliance USA.
kathy yvanovich - YouTube (shows a playful yoga sequence)
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in person/online. Can include Yoga Nidra and Reiki relaxing meditations at the end of class. 1-to-1 PT or small group. £70.
in person/online, 1-to-1 PT or small groups. £350.
Please book before the seasonal rush!
in person/online, 1-to-1 PT or small groups in your home/workplace. £700.
Please book before the 2023 New Year rush for Jan/Feb sessions!
I first met Kathy when she was doing Personal Training, prior to her reiki and life coaching business. She was a great motivator... unfortunately, due to job loss and other events, I plunged into depression. Kathy was the only thing that kept me going. I remember days of total silence, yet Kathy put up with a complete zombie. Kathy herself has come through a lot of things in life and is one of the most positive, joyful people I know. She will enhance your life!" Marjorie Thompson, "personable, high integrity, creative"
" Over many years., Kathy has provided the perfect balance of challenge and support to ensure I reach my short term goals or maintain my well being. She is knowledgeable, insightful , thoughtful and authentically focused on what I need without letting me off the hook! Thank you Kathy!" Dame Mel Richards. PT exercise, zumba, yoga.
Recent research has led to Dr Paul Batman publishing a paper in 2022, Physical Activity and the Immune System. In a nutshell...
Significant positive changes in immune system functioning can occur as a result of continual habitual physical activity:
MICT 3-5 times a week for an average of 30-60 minutes per session (for at least 12 weeks for measurable difference).
Moderate-intensity continuous training, MICT, rather than HIIT (high intensity interval training which has been all the rage for a few years), could be more effective in creating positive changes to T-cell functioning and improving immunity. (HIIT can decrease helper T-cell concentration and reduce total T-cell numbers and helper T-cells by 38%!) Whereas MICT increased total T-cell number and helper T-cells by 20%!
Neutrophils are very potent weapons against infection - but too many can cause damage to healthy tissue. (If you want to improve immunity, don't over-exert yourself with HIIT or equivalent exercise!)
Improved immunity is associated with a reduction in the accuracy of neutrophil migration and the decreased clearance of bacteria. Neutrophils are key leukocytes that arrive at infected sites and can increase in number from resistance training lasting more than 30 minutes, as well as continuous aerobic training and high-intensity exercise; but only remain elevated for 30-60 minutes post-exercise. This means that we need to exercise DAILY. (Examples could be faster walking, just picking up your pace until your puffing a bit but not so out of breath that you can't string a sentence together.) The migration of neutrophil is critical in controlling infection, inflammation and wound repair and, if neutrophil does not migrate sufficiently, can cause damage to surrounding tissues by elevated protein breakdown leading to further immobility.
Inactivity and sedentary behaviour can play a significant role in a further loss of speed and accuracy. Neutrophil performance is highly regulated and dependent on physical activity levels: the more active you are, the greater improvement in neutrophil functioning can be.
Improvements in aerobic capacity, glucose control and reduced body fat could be the catalyst for improvements in neutrophil functioning.
Physical activity is a powerful mediator for improving immunity during the ageing process as well as offsetting immunosenescence.
With an increase in T-cell mobilisation immediately during and after an exercise bout that tends to be higher in more physically active older adults, indicates the gains are much greater with ongoing participation in all movement.
As they say on TV's "Strictly Come Dancing": "Keeeep dancing!"
If you find it difficult to achieve MICT 3-5 times a week, contact me and let's sort out a healthy programme for you.