Here we have listed some frequently asked questions about Yoga, which is often very useful for people thinking about starting a yoga class. You may initially be a little apprehensive or un-sure, but hopefully after reading the information on this page you will be re-assured and ready to give Yoga a try. From our experience you won’t regret it!
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. The practice of Yoga is now established and growing in the UK as students appreciate the benefits.
I have never done Yoga before is everyone really good?
Yoga is non competitive so don’t worry about being new to the class. I will ensure you feel very welcome and there is a usually a mixture of ages and abilities in a class.
What should I wear?
Something loose or stretchy, that allows you freedom to move. Yoga is usually done in bare feet, but please bring socks for relaxation at the end of the class.
Do I need to bring anything?
I supply yoga mats, but you may prefer to buy your own yoga mat. Please bring a blanket to keep you warm in relaxation at the end of the class.
How does the Yoga class work?
The class starts with a short quiet time, pranayama (yoga breathing practice). A warm up session, using yoga movements to prepare the body for the asana (yoga postures). Counter postures, and ending with relaxation. Modifications and adjustments are offered.
Am I too old for yoga?
Yoga is not just for the young, People often start yoga in their 70s, and many say they wish they had started sooner. There are yoga classes for every age group. Yoga is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed from childhood to your advanced years.
I am very stiff and/or unfit will I be able to do Yoga?
You may find some things need to be modified or you may need to use a prop, to ensure it is safe for your individual body. If a particular asana is not suitable for you, you will be advised what these are and an alternative will be offered.
I have certain health issues can I still come and is it safe for me to take part?
If you have a health condition you should seek medical advice from your GP before coming to the class. In most cases you can still come along and practise safely. Some postures may not be suitable and an alternative will be offered or you may be advised to use a prop or modification to ensure it is safe for your individual body.
Is yoga just for women or can men practise too?
No yoga is not just for women; both men and women are welcome to my classes.
Do I have to be fit to do yoga?
No, you can join a class that's suitable for your fitness level. For example, to join a mixed ability yoga class, you need to be able to get up and down from the floor. Some yoga classes are even chair-based.
I am not very spiritual person but have heard that yoga is for spiritual people. Does this matter?
Yoga is not a religion. Classes have a balance of philosophy and asana practice, and it is up to you as an individual if you take the philosophy on board.