Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to Yoga - what should I expect?
Most of my classes follow a similar sequence.
Lie / sit down and arrive, breathe, settle the body and mind.
Supine / seated warm up, practice in linking the breath to body movement.
Standing sequence to stretch out, warm up, and strengthen the body. A mixture of static and more fluid or gently flowing Asana (shapes).
Wind down toward Savasana (relaxation).
Meditation or concentration practice.
Savasana - lay down, get comfy, rest, and absorb the benefits of the practice!
However, it does depend on the type of class you attend. For example Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra will follow a different format. For more information on class styles click here!
Remember in any class to always respect and listen to what your body is telling you and move within your own boundaries on that day. Your body will tell you when something doesn't feel right, so don't force it.
YOUR BODY, YOUR PRACTICE!
What are the benefits of Yoga?
Yoga has a variety of different benefits for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
It is important to remember that we are all so wonderfully unique that we will experience different benefits from the practice, and although some are listed below this in no particular order, and is neither a full list or a guarantee of your own personal experience.
Improved strength, balance and flexibility
Ease of the symptoms of aches and pains
Helps you to relax
Promotes better sleep
Boosts energy and mood
Helps to manage stress
Connects you to yourself and a community of like minded people
Remember, Yoga is a lifestyle, and way of living beyond the 30-60 mins on our mat or chair. A regular practice is advised to feel the full benefits.
Try to approach each practice with an open heart and mind, with no judgement of yourself or others. Our practice is a safe space to explore and enjoy!
I'm not flexible enough, can I still come to a Yoga class?
YES, YES, one million times YES!
Yoga is not about being flexible and you don't have to be flexible to start.
Over time and with a consistent practice you may gain flexibility, strength and greater mobility, but there is also far more to Yoga than just the physical benefits.
Remember, come as you are and do what you can!
What do I need to practice Yoga?
Contrary to what we might see on social media you don't need all the latest Yoga kit, and for some classes you don't even need a mat!
Below are a few pointers that you might find useful.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement (preferably no socks for mat based practices).
Bring a bottle of water or light refreshment
If you have long hair, you may feel more comfortable with it tied back.
For mat based practices bring your mat, plus extra cushioning if necessary
For chair based practices have a supportive and comfortable seat- no wheels!
I recommend that you invest in some Yoga props as they are fantastic tools to help enhance your physical Yoga practice. They provide length, stability and support in many different ways! I will demonstrate using props in classes.
Basic prop kit:
2 x brick blocks
1 x flat block
1 x strap
1 x blanket
Additions such as cushions, pillows, bolsters, eye pillows and sandbags are great too!
If practicing at home you can use rolled towels, books or tins, a dressing gown strap, and plenty of other things as props.
Please Note: Due to Covid 19, no equipment is currently provided at classes or workshops.