What Do I Need to Begin?
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of yoga leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that's not too baggy. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot. It's nice to bring a towel to class with you.
You might want to buy your own yoga mat, but I will be able to provide you with a mat and other props for any classes or sessions we do in person.
I'm Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
You will also find that you develop strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What Is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, that are designed to align your body with your mind and breath. During each class we will focus on creating balance and uniting opposites. Through regular practice you will develop a balance of strength and flexibility and in focusing on your breath, you will be able to find peace and calm within yourself.
Why do we say Namaste at the end of each class?
Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."
This is an especially deep form of respect. Although in the West the word "Namaste" is usually spoken in conjunction with the gesture. In India, it is understood that the gesture itself signifies Namaste, and therefore, it is unnecessary to say the word while bowing.
At the end of a yoga class after Shavasana, a yoga instructor will usually say “namaste” to their students to thank them for their practice and sharing their energy in the class. Usually, the students repeat it back, and it honours the relationship and spiritual connection between the teacher and student. It represents that we are all one.
I'm new to yoga/never done yoga before, what would you recommend?
If you've never done yoga before (or practiced a little bit of yoga and are unsure of postures), you can join a class as I give lots of options for different levels. If you really aren’t sure about joining a class then I would be very happy to do a few private sessions with you until you feel more comfortable. Just drop me an email or call me and we can talk through what would work best for you.
Should I eat before a class?
During a yoga session we will be twisting from side to side and bending forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that may not be comfortable! I would therefore suggest having a healthy snack (such as a piece of fruit, or a handful of nuts) 1-2 hours before the class but nothing heavier.
Do I Have To Do Yoga Every Day?
Yoga is all about doing what is right for you. Even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will see benefits and if you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. I suggest starting with two or three times a week and don’t worry about how long you spend doing yoga to start with. It’s all about doing what you can and don't worry about it.
I’m Pregnant, Can I Still Attend Classes?
It is absolutely fine to do yoga whilst you are pregnant but a number of poses will need to be adjusted. Please let me know that you are pregnant so I can make sure you can still take part fully but also in a way that works for you and your baby.
I still have questions...
Please give me a call or drop me an email and we can have a talk. I want to make sure you are relaxed and able to enjoy each class or session.