I’m not very flexible, can I do yoga?
Absolutely! Being flexible is a by product of a yoga practice, it is not a prerequisite. Through regular practice, your body will become looser and more flexible, and if you are not flexible now, there are many reasons why you will be well advised to begin Yoga. If you struggle to get on the floor, I can provide a chair, please let me know if you will need me to do this
What should I expect from my first yoga class?
The style of Yoga I teach is very traditional, based on the teachings of Swami Gitananda. We will begin each session with a few minutes of quiet sitting to quieten the mind and get ourselves ready for Yoga. There will be a few chants, which you will not be expected to take part in if you don’t wish to. We will do loosening exercises called ‘Jattis’ to release tension in the body, breath work, standing postures, floor work and a relaxation. The primary purpose of Yoga the way I teach it is relaxation and harmonising of body, mind and spirit. It is not a vigorous workout style. You will become healthier. leaner and more flexible, but these are by products of the class, not the purpose of it.
Do I need to register before attending a class?
You don’t need to register. If you will need to borrow a Yoga mat, please let me know as these are obviously limited in number. Similarly if you have any health issues I need to know about, especially if these limit your mobility, it will be helpful to know.
What should I wear to a yoga class?
You will need to wear loose comfortable clothing that you can stretch, bend, lie and be on your hands and knees for. Tight waistbands, low cut tops and restrictive clothing are not suitable. Please also limit the amount of jewellery you wear, and if you have long hair, you might want to tie it back.
We will be barefoot through the class.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring a blanket and a bottle of water. Have warm clothing you can put on at the end, such as a jumper (not a coat). Bring a Yoga mat if you have one (a Yoga mat is thin, not one of the thicker mats used for things like pilates)
Do I need to have my own yoga mat?
Should I eat before coming to class?
Try to make sure that there is at least an hour after you have finished eating before coming to class, and try to avoid eating a heavy meal. Drink plenty of water, and try to avoid coffee for an hour or two before class as well.
Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?
Yoga is fantastic for pregnancy, and prepares the body and mind beautifully for the demands of pregnancy, birth and the time that follows. You can attend the class as normal, but please make sure I know, as there will be some modifications I need to make for you to ensure that you are practising safely.
You can tell me privately here if it is early days and you want to keep it to yourself (I won’t tell a soul!)
How is yoga different from other kinds of fitness?
Yoga is not about fitness. You will become fitter and healthier through regular practice of Yoga, but that is not it’s aim. The style of Yoga I teach is all about bringing the mind, body and soul into balance. Through regular yoga practice you will find that you feel calmer, more grounded, have more energy, sleep better, and feel a greater sense of contentment in yourself. You will find that your body becomes stronger, more toned and more flexible, but more than that, it will become healthier and more balanced. You will become more in tune with the needs of your body, and it will work better for you.
Any other questions?
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