classes

My Yoga aims to be for everyone, including those who have never done it before or who may be limited by certain conditions or historical injuries.  Please discuss these with me so that I am aware of any limitations or worries you may have.

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Every care is taken to make sure you are working safely at all times but each individual is ultimately responsible for their own health and must know their own limitations, discomfort in stretching is ok and very normal but pain is not.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN INJURY OR LONG-STANDING CONDITION?

Yoga is usually very good for both.  The whole system of yoga – postures, breath work and relaxation – encourages better circulation for healing and boosts the immune system.

It may be uncomfortable to work with an injury and will require you to pull back perhaps from where you were before, but not moving or not doing a class will make things stiffen up further and slow the healing process.  You can work safely with modifications under my guidance.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A CLASS?

A fun, friendly approach but expect to work a little out of your comfort zone at times to improve.  The class will always be at a level you can cope with if you discuss this with me beforehand.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?

Expect to challenge yourself both mentally and physically to keep improving, it may not be all plain sailing!

Expect to turn off your mobile phone during the class and leave your “world” outside the room to give yourself precious time to enjoy the wonderful benefits of yoga.

Expect to feel very much better than when you walked in!

WHAT DO I WEAR?

Please wear loose or stretchy comfortable clothing that allows for full movement in all directions!  Bring something warmer for relaxation.

CAN I EAT BEFOREHAND?

It is not recommended to have a large meal within 2 hours of your class.  A light, easily digested snack half an hour before should be fine.

WHAT IF I’M LATE?

If you’re held up for any reason the class will start on time, you may come in quietly without causing disruption to avoid distracting others.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

I do have some mats, but please bring your own if you prefer.  It should be a “sticky” or non-slip mat for yoga.

I have blocks and straps but again you are welcome to bring your own.

I also provide lavender eye pillows for relaxation.

If it’s chilly please bring a blanket for relaxation and a water bottle should you need it.

IS YOGA A RELIGION?

Some people think it is a part of Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not.  An ancient Indian sage called Patanjali composed Yoga Sutras which comprised of “8 limbs” setting out very practical advice on correct posture, breathing, meditation and guidelines of how to live correctly and treat yourself and others with respect at all times.

You may take what you please from Yoga, you can just keep it purely on a physical level to improve your fitness and flexibility or you can learn more as you go through – it’s your own journey.

WILL I UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE AND IS THERE CHANTING?

Traditionally Yoga was written in Sanskrit, an ancient language.  Today all the postures still have Sanskrit names but I generally use the English translations to make it more accessible to everybody.

Generally I don’t use chanting in my classes, only the occasional use of the “om”!