Columbine Yoga was set up by Alison Columbine in April 2009. Alison has practised yoga for over 20 years and during this time has enjoyed different teachers and styles, including Iyengar, Satyananda, Dynamic and British Wheel of Yoga. She has also attended classes for Tai Chi, meditation and the Alexander Technique. Alison was a registered general nurse for 10 years and is aware of some of the mental and physical challenges that people face in life. All these experiences have influenced the development of her own style of yoga.
"I like to focus on correct alignment and posture, body-awareness, good breathing technique and relaxation. I use simple yoga postures, accessible to most people, to develop flexibility, strength and balance as well as focus and concentration."
Alison is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga. BWY is recognised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and by Sport England as the National Governing Body for Yoga.
Alison completed the BWY Foundation Course in 2007, the BWY diploma in 2012 and the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course in 2017.
Yoga is commonly defined as the union of the mind, body and spirit. Whilst other exercise classes focus on the body, yoga also exercises the mind, which helps to both relax the mind and improve concentration. Yoga texts list many benefits of yoga, the most obvious being improved flexibility. However, there is much more to it than that. From a personal perspective, Alison believes that:
"Yoga builds an inner strength. It gives you space to focus on yourself. The exercises help you to have more control of your body and your mind, which helps you to cope with everyday stresses and put things in perspective. The improved posture and body-shape are a welcome bonus!"
Is Yoga for me?
If you are not sure whether yoga is for you, feel free to contact Alison to discuss your concerns. If you have particular health concerns, please check with your doctor if yoga is suitable for you. It is advisable for you to inform the teacher of any medical conditions, for example operations, replaced joints and pregnancy, so that your practice can be tailored accordingly.