This week at Victory, we’re very sadly saying goodbye to our lovely yoga teacher Rebecca, who is leaving us after a year of happy yoga-ing to finish her PhD. And simultaneously we are delightedly saying a big hello to our exciting new yoga teacher Iris! But – who is Iris and how can she help you?
Iris had always loved the idea of yoga but never really got started her kick-boxing instructor recommended that she give it a go. She loved yoga from the first time she hit a mat, and daily practice changed her life profoundly – so much so, that it wasn’t long before she actually resigned from her demanding job in publishing and retrained as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist with the prestigious Yogacampus, qualifying over 5 years ago.
Since then, Iris has embraced yoga fully, training in a plethora of different styles, from Para yoga and Prajna yoga (both of which emphasise breathing and meditation) to yoga as therapy for cancer sufferers and people with chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, as well as for those with injuries to the neck, back and shoulders – especially applicable to many of Victory’s clients! She also works with children who have conditions ranging from spina bifida to ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders and dyspraxia.
Iris’ approach to yoga can vary depending on your needs, from a workout that can push you to the edge of your physical capacity, to resting in a simple supported posture in a quiet room. Different in tone and substance as her various styles may be, they share one quality that inspires people to practice: they work. Yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system thanks to the lengthening and strengthening of musculature and calm, even breathing.
In yoga therapy, a combination of postures, breathing techniques and meditation can help the body to function as efficiently and naturally as possible, to re-set body memory and reduce the risk of injuries reoccurring. The physiological benefits of yoga include lowered cholesterol, improved digestion, improved sleep and transformation of the endocrine system. These are the foundation of physical health, making yoga an effective tool for healing fully after you have been cured.
Iris is available at Victory for semi-private (maximum of 4 clients) sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1pm, and Tuesdays at 6pm; and is available for private or buddy (1 or 2 clients) sessions on Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Please call us on 0207 175 0150 to book your session now, and find out how Iris can help you.