“My philosophy is simple – stretch and
strengthen the body, and relax the mind.”
Hi I’m David AKA Yoga Dave – look at me, a man in control of his own yoga mat.
I’ve been practicing yoga and meditation for 20 years and teaching for the past 8 years. When I first started I had tight hamstrings, lower back issues and I was stressed, looking for a way to relax. Yoga really helped me in all these areas.
People can be put off yoga for a variety of reasons:
- They think that they have to be naturally flexible
- They also think that they have an overactive mind so won’t be able to meditate
- They also think that they will have to wear a leotard and do yoga in dusty church halls
Too much thinking going on, don’t you think?
But it’s all about practice and nothing to do with leotards (unless you want it to be).
Thinking about coming to a class?
The first thing that most people tell me when they come to their first session is that they are the least flexible person ever and / or they are stressed out. After the first session they tell me how relaxed they feel and how well they slept that night. Over time, flexibility and strength improves and they feel more relaxed generally.
People also say that the sessions are fun because although I do serious yoga, we don’t have to be precious about it.
Here’s my epiphany after reading loads of yoga philosophy, religious text and self-help books looking for answers: the main thing is to live a relaxed life.
Yoga offers a tool bag full of ways to help keep the mind and body relaxed. Stresses will come – that’s life – but you’ll find that you will be able to cope with them much more effectively.
Get in touch to find out more, I’d love to hear from you and see if there is any way I can help.
Friday 6pm - Hatha Yoga
Currently on Zoom - normally Stockport School AKA Mile End
6pm - 7:30pm
Mixed ability Hatha yoga class every Friday from 6pm until 7:30pm
Hatha yoga combines yoga postures with breathing and meditation. The class is designed to improve strength and flexibility, and the meditation followed by a final relaxation helps to relax the mind. People say it is a challenging class, but they keep coming back for more.
Entrance at the corner of Lake Street from the A6 / Sandhurst Road from Mile End Lane
Doors open at 5:30pm for a quiet sit and stretch, or simply relax and unwind
Contact me for further information.
Wednesday 6pm - Midweek Meditation
Sessions on Zoom
6pm - 6:45pm
Most people tell me their mind is too busy and meditation isn’t for them. They have maybe tried it in the past and got frustrated because they see the full extent of their overactive mind.
Actually noticing the thoughts in the first place is a good place to start. And eventually with practice, space develops between the thoughts. Training the mind is all about regular practice and if there is any goal associated with meditation, it’s about being able to understand how your mind operates and be less reactive to the day-to-day stressors when they arise. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but meditation helps you to be in the “present moment”. There, I’ve said it.
The Wednesday night session involves a 30 minute guided meditation. We also have a chat because we’re sociable like that…
The sessions are suitable for anyone including complete beginners.
If you would like to come along please get in touch
Friday 10am - Restorative Yoga
Currently on Zoom - normally MSA Stockport, Wood Bank Works, Turncroft Lane, SK1 4AR
10am - 11:15am
Classes every Friday from 10am until 11:15am.
The class involves gentle movement to help get the joints moving and to improve strength and flexibility. It’s about spending some time with the breath and really connecting with the body. Simply doing that dramatically improves your sense of well being.
MSA Stockport is located between New Zealand Road and Vernon Park.
Address: 1st Floor, Woodbank Works, Woodbank Industrial Estate, Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR. Please note that the postcode takes you to Leonardo Windows and Conservatories next door.
Contact me for further information.
Around 80% of people suffer from lower back pain. If you are one of these people you’ll know it is both painful and debilitating, stopping you leading a normal life at both work and play. It is also the cause of depression and anxiety, creating a downward spiral.
The good news is that yoga can help. Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs (YHLB) is a clinically proven method designed to teach people simple yoga and relaxation techniques to help them manage and cope with their low back pain.
The programme has been extensively studied by the University of York in a trial funded by Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) and the results have been widely published.
“It’s been life-changing. There’s nothing I want to do now that I can’t!”
“I had thought my life would never be the same again after my back condition was diagnosed, but I cannot say how much this has helped. I have a new lease of life and have no back pain now.”
The YHLB programme is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), Public Health England and the NHS. That’s why health professionals such as GPs, physiotherapists and osteopaths and are now signposting to this specific evidence-based YHLB Yoga course.
Research has also shown that it reduces absenteeism due to bad backs by 70% which makes it the ideal choice for employers and HR professionals wishing to support workplace health and wellbeing.
Contact me if you would like to learn more about this 12-week course and take part in a free online 5-day introduction.
“At last I feel able to return to work, as I do not feel dragged down by my back pain.”
“I would never have believed the difference the yoga has made.”
“This is such a revelation. Why isn’t everyone doing it?”
new to yoga?
Aim to arrive at least 10
minutes before the class starts to allow yourself to settle in.
Can’t touch your toes?
Well, that’s a great place to start. By practicing yoga you will soon start to feel the benefits, including:
- Less stress, better relaxation
- Builds core strength and flexibility,
- Increases stamina
- Sleep better
- Improves health and wellbeing
- Controls weight
- With practice, you might even be able to touch your toes….(hint, bend your knees….)
What do I need for my first class?
- Drink a couple of glasses of water before each class
- Practice on an empty stomach – no food for at least
2 hours before a class
- Wear loose fitting clothing
- Yoga mats are available to borrow
- Most importantly, come with an open mind!
“Thoughts, musings and ruminations.”
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“I booked the initial evening being rather unsure what to expect, but so glad I took the leap of faith and booked my first session. Dave has a most welcoming demeanor and a very relaxing approach but don't kid yourself that it's easy. I'm a firm believer you only get out what you put in and I can honestly say that I will be back for more”
“Been coming to Dave's Bendy Yoga for about 5 years after initially joining to free up tight hamstrings and other tight joints causing lower back pain due to too much sitting in the car and at my desk! Worked a treat for me and never looked back. A great way to end the working week. Dave keeps it light hearted and mixes it up each week so never the same. Give it a go!”
“I love this class! I refuse to go out on a Friday night as I can't miss it. I initially went to try and relieve a stiff upper back, but have found the benefits go much further - great conditioning to counter other high-intensity exercise and also hugely relaxing. There is a great mix of fun and challenge and every week is different”
“I really enjoyed the session on Friday, David, and just what I needed. I like the focus on the breathe and also being clear about where the stretch is being felt in each posture as well as taking enough of a pause to notice the impact of each stretch. I enjoyed the structure of the session with time given to sitting. Thank you”