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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Yoga with Mala. If you would like to do a yoga class with Mala on a Saturday morning at The Chandos Clinic, please ring reception to book.

Although I have doubts about the wisdom of new year's resolutions that try to implement major life changes whilst we're still in the depths of winter, nonetheless the change in the calendar is a powerful incentive to think about how we want to develop as we head towards spring. If one of your priorities for this year is health, then there are many strategies you can adopt, nutritionally, physically and mentally to improve your overall stateof health. For me, the turning point in my 20s was yoga. I enjoyed the increasing strength and flexibility which resulted from it, and over time my mind became engaged by the ideas which underpin it. Twenty years later, I am now a qualified yoga teacher myself.

There are many misconceptions about yoga, including the idea that you have to be bendy, or that you have to buy into a particular philosophy. Bristol is a great city for yoga. There are many different kinds on offer. Different varieties suit different people at different stages in their lives. It's best to try some classes and see what works for you. If you're confused about where to start, or think a group class might not be the right approach for you, then you could think about having a teacher design a practice for you. That's what I do on Saturday mornings at the Chandos Clinic.

As an osteopath, I see people with all sorts of injuries or health issues, at all stages of fitness. That experience, combined with a thorough knowledge base in anatomy and physiology, allows me to design yoga practices tailored to people's particular needs. Whether you want a practice that will give you greater confidence in the use of your body, or you need a tailored stretching regime that will compliment your chosen sport or exercise, a yoga practice targeted to your needs would give you the tools to do the things that work for you, in your own space and time.

You can find out more about yoga at the Chandos on our website, or through reception. And whatever your aims for 2015, good luck in your efforts!

Mala Balani

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