Frequent questions

Do I have to be in good shape and flexible to start practicing yoga?

No. There are many types and styles of Yoga, you choose which type suits you at this time.....Starting any of the classes will help you regain more of your youthfulness, reduces unneeded weight, repairs injuries to your body, and improves your balance, flexibility and muscle tone. You don't need these things to begin, because these are the things you get back.  In time you may wish to increase the intensity, duration or number of classes. 

Do I have to be young?

Yoga can benefit all ages. Because it is gradual and progress is individualized, it can be started at any age. Yoga students come from all backgrounds and span all ages, from early teens to octogenarians. The classes will be beneficial for the total beginner and those who would like to build on their current experience.

What should I wear?

It is best to come in layers so that you can strip down to lightweight comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and will not make you too hot. The class is held in a warm room. You are unlikely to get too hot or sweaty in the Gentle or Dynamic Hatha classes; but will in the Vinyasa Flow Classes, but all yoga is an excellent full body exercise programme! You can put on warmer clothes to relax in; this will further benefit the body & mind.  
 
What should I bring with me?
 
Yoga is done in bare feet, so it is advisable to bring your own yoga mat.  Yoga mats can be bought from many highstreet retailers and online.  A small supply of communal mats are available at the class, alternatively, contact me before hand and you can purchase a mat at your first class.  You may want to bring a small blanket or socks to use when it is time to relax.

Can I eat before practice?

Don't eat for an hour before practice, and best not to eat for at least half an hour afterwards.

How often should I practice?

As with all things, the more you practice the quicker you will feel and see the benefits of yoga.  Even one class a week will bring many benefits, when you see the benefits you may want to increase this to 2 classes a week.  If you are a beginner your practice will grow gradually, many people who are drawn to yoga eventually develop a daily practice.

Can I practice if I have health problems?

Having taken medical guidance as appropriate then it is best to discuss whether or not to try yoga with the yoga teacher, it is important that you respect any injuries or conditions that your body may have, yoga aims to work with the body and mind as it is – in the moment- not force it to be or do anything that will add extra stress.

Will yoga reduce my stress?

Yes! That much, at least, is pretty much assured.

Are there other benefits?

·          Cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic well-being

·          Strength from the larger skeletal to the finest intrinsic muscles within the body.

·          Flexibility and openness though the whole structure giving suppleness and  structural fitness.

·          Improved posture and breath control (excellent for swimmers and scuba divers!)

·          Improved concentration, clarity of mind, enhanced sense of well-being.

·          Rejuvenation and a retardation of the ageing process.

·          Some people report greater sense of peace and a greater ability to be able to connect and engage more fully 
        with the world around them.
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