It’s not just tennis, squash, racketball and the club’s own System Energize fitness programme that takes place at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.
There are also many other classes and initiatives which are available at the club, including, on a Monday morning, Spiritual Warrior Yoga.
The sessions are run by Rebecca Jenks, and are open both to members and non-members with people across the age and fitness spectrum reaping the benefits of attending the classes.
Rebecca’s passion and drive for yoga came from first attending pregnancy yoga, and then mother and baby yoga, undergoing training to become an instructor in both disciplines.
Finally she also completed the training for full yoga, and set up a class, which proved good timing as she was made redundant from her separate part-time job.
From there Spiritual Warrior Yoga was born, under the strapline of ‘Yoga for all…for life’, and the opportunity arose last September to start a weekly class at WLTSC.
“I have had a really warm welcome here and the turnout and the support from the staff and the people coming to the classes has been fantastic,” says Rebecca, who also takes kids and Over-50s yoga sessions elsewhere.
“Yoga is something I feel very passionate about, and I class myself as being very fortunate to be able to do something for a living that I really believe in.
“I remember seeing my Mum doing yoga and wondering what it was all about, and it has now been in my life for a very long time!
“We’ve been running here for just over six months, and have a nice balance of club members and non-members, and everyone is really friendly with many staying behind to socialise together afterwards.
“We also have a really good range of age and ability, male and female, which shows everyone can get something from the sessions.”
And that is the crux of the matter for Rebecca, the fact that yoga can absolutely mean different things for different people in terms of the benefits that they take.
“Yoga works for me because it is mood enhancing and mood balancing,” she explains.
“Being a mum, with all those associated stresses, and juggling the work/life balance, I find yoga is very powerful practice which enhances my state of mind and quality of life.
“From a sports point of view, and a dynamic sport like tennis or squash where the muscles need quite deep stretching, yoga can be very helpful.
“But at the same time it can offer something for everybody and it is important to make people realise that you don’t have to be flexible to practise yoga.
“You can start from wherever you are, and yoga will find you, and the benefits are not just physical but also psychological and emotional as well.
“There is a lot of emphasis on mental health these days, and I think more and more people are trying to get some form of yoga in their life if they can.”
- Interested in attending the yoga sessions at WLTSC? Contact Rebecca on (07980) 543508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org