Improve your yoga practice

How Yoga Works is a yoga workshop that, using the latest scientific research, explains how moving your body into predefined shapes (yoga asanas or postures) impacts not only your physical health, but also your mental and spiritual health. In this Yoga Workshop with senior teacher Jock Orton, you will learn what is happening to you on a deeper, neurological level.

Yoga Workshop details

Jock will share with you in this yoga workshop the latest western scientific research and combine it with ancient yogic science. There are universal rules that apply to all of us but everyone is unique so why should we approach our yogic practise as a one size fits all? Using his 20 plus years of teaching you will learn how to practise yoga in a way that is most suited to you, giving you practical ways to improve your yoga practise.

Why do certain asanas energise you, some relax you, and some bring you into balance? There’s science behind all of it and it’s only now we are able to measure the effects of a yoga practice but the ancient yogi’s knew intuitively.

Knowing what is happening to your nervous system when you practise will explain why different asana’s have different effects upon you.

Come and join us for a fun filled workshop where you can learn and laugh in equal measure.

Date Time Cost

Saturday October 21st

10am – 1pm


Scientific Research of Yoga

The science of yoga is a multidisciplinary field that explores the physical, mental, and physiological effects of yoga practices on the human body and mind. It involves research from various disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and biomechanics, to understand how yoga impacts overall well-being.

  1. Physical Aspects: Yoga comprises a wide range of physical practices, including postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), and cleansing techniques (kriyas). Scientific studies have investigated the effects of yoga on flexibility, strength, balance, and cardiovascular health. Researchers have found that regular yoga practice can lead to increased muscular strength and endurance, improved flexibility, and enhanced balance.
  2. Mental and Emotional Effects: One of the essential components of yoga is its focus on mindfulness and meditation. Research has shown that practicing meditation and mindfulness through yoga can have positive effects on mental health, reducing stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Yoga has also been associated with increased emotional regulation and a sense of well-being.tion, and emotional processing may be affected positively by regular yoga practice.
  3. Stress Reduction: Yoga has been found to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s relaxation response. This can help reduce the effects of chronic stress and promote overall relaxation.
  4. Physiological Effects: The science of yoga explores how various yoga practices can impact physiological functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and hormonal balance. Yoga has been studied as a complementary therapy for various medical conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and chronic pain.
  5. Effects on Immune System: Some studies have suggested that yoga might have beneficial effects on the immune system, potentially enhancing its functioning and improving the body’s ability to defend against infections and diseases.
  6. Yoga and Aging: Research has explored how yoga can contribute to healthy aging by promoting physical activity, reducing age-related declines in flexibility and strength, and supporting cognitive function.
  7. Yoga in Clinical Settings: The science of yoga investigates the potential role of yoga as a complementary therapy in clinical settings, such as healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centers, and mental health clinics.

The field of neuroscience in particular and its relationship with yoga has gained significant interest over the last few years, with researchers exploring how yoga practices affect the brain and overall mental well-being.

Research has shown that yoga, with all of its elements poses (asanas) breath control (pranayama), meditation, and mindfulness, have several positive effects on the brain and nervous system. Research has found that yoga increases neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganise and adapt by forming new neural connections. This phenomenon is essential for learning and memory. Neuroscience is an evolving field so there are always new and exciting studies being undertaken.

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Jock Orton

It is said that we all come to healing in our own time and this was true for me when in 2000, I fell down a mountain snowboarding, breaking my back in four places and shattering my collarbone. After numerous unsuccessful operations, I decided to take matters into my own hands so that I might stand a chance of being mobile by the time I hit forty.

I began a regular yoga practice and as the ancient saying goes, ‘When the student is ready the teacher will appear.’ I moved back to Cornwall at the same time as Bridget Woods-Kramer, a world renowned Anusara teacher.  I did my first two teacher trainings with no intention of ever teaching yoga, I just wanted to further my knowledge for my own practice. It was Bridget who dropped the bombshell on me that she needed cover for a Saturday class that forced me into teaching my first class. I was completely terrified………but I loved it!

I spent six years studying and teaching with Bridget and have developed a style that is physically challenging with attention to posture and alignment and above all, playful. My experience has taught me to cherish the physical practice of yoga, but it is the connection between mind, body and soul that inspires my practice.  Over the last decade, my personal practice has moved towards Ashtanga and I have undertaken Ashtanga teacher trainings with David Swenson, Manju Jois and John Scott.

I have been teaching for 20 years and over this time I feel deeply privileged to have been taught by some of the worlds best teachers from a range of different schools of yoga, including Richard Freeman, David Williams, Sianna Shermann, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Bruce Bowditch, John Friend, Nancy Gilgoff, and Doug Swenson. In my classes I call upon the teachings of all of my teachers to best serve my own students, with a blend of the styles, techniques and adjustments I’ve learnt along my yoga journey. I am also co-founder and director of Lime House Yoga with my partner Emma and a dad to two wonderful children who constantly inspire and challenge me to be more present in the world and on my mat.

Join Jock’s classes at Lime House on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday and Saturday mornings.