Gurus from India introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century.
In the 1980s, yoga became popular, all across the Western world, as a system of physical exercise. It is now main-stream as people of all ages see the benefits of stretching, strengthening, deep breathing, relaxation and meditation.

Early in my nursing career, twenty something years ago, I took a 500 hour course in Hatha yoga at Sheridan College in Toronto; this led to me instructing and practicing yoga in my position as a nurse and midwife. Many of my clients suffering from fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, MS, diabetes, and other such ailments reported musculo–skeletal and mental health improvements. Teaching yoga as a nurse at diabetes symposiums, prenatal and weight reduction programs, etc I was always given positive feedback on the benefits.

I have now retired from my position as a nurse and midwife but continue to actively practice and teach yoga. I often see health improvement including increased range of movements in hips, knees and arms. (A definite plus for the golfers amongst us)

I currently teach a class in Bath on Tuesday mornings. This is geared for beginners as well as experienced yoga practitioners. Emphasis is placed on nudging versus straining, slowly moving TOWARDS postures, and most importantly, honouring ones own body and limitations which may change from day to day.

The Academy B&B. Beginners’ through advanced.
Tuesday mornings. 10.30am to 12.00am
See activity calendar for exact dates.

Barbara Roch (613) 354 7503