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Arriving for my first practice and pleasantly surprised to see 60-40 female to male ratio. The music and lighting created a welcoming environment.

The session started off gently but it wasn’t long before I discovered why it was called Strong Vinyasa!

This style of Yoga is a great opportunity to develop upper body strength due to the planks and Downward Facing Dog poses we do.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the class was certainly more challenging and active than I thought it would be. I was sweating at one point!

I enjoyed the chance to work on my hamstrings and benefited from having the use of the strap. I honestly can't remember the last time I stretched the back of my legs, so it's no wonder my hammies are tight!

I managed to the gym two days later and noticed a definite reduction in DOMS - that warm dull ache I would get for about 4 days after a workout was reduced on day two and gone on day three? Too early to tell if yoga is helping, there's some information to suggest it does, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Rosie Iles-Jonas

Yoga Teacher

Postgraduate at SOAS University

Yoga and Somatics for Healing with Charlotte Watts