Hi, I'm Ruth and I’m a yoga teacher in Reigate.
At 40 I had two small children and felt permanently tired and unfit. I went to my friend's yoga class and fell asleep at the end I found it such hard work! But, I was hooked. Four years ago I started teaching to share how great yoga can make you feel.
At 46 I've never been fitter, stronger, more flexible, injury-free or calmer. Most women I know could do with some of that.
Yoga can enhance your life immeasurably:
Feel more 80 than 40? If you're waking up in the morning with pain or stiffness you don't have to. It is not something that has to go hand in hand with middle age! Yoga can improve your everyday life - reducing or eliminating pain in a lot of cases. Yoga moves every part of the body - getting to muscles you might not usually reach and better flexibility loosens the joints and takes the strain off the back.
Want a yoga body? By working the body top to toe with strength building poses and stretching it can make a big difference to your shape - more toned and leaner. It can target core, upper body and leg strength. As you age muscle mass starts to drop. Yoga is good for counteracting and even reversing it.
Stress head? Yoga is all about the breath. Controlling the breath calms the nervous system and lets the body and mind relax.