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.
DON’T LOOK AT THE HUNDREDS OF REASONS TO QUIT, LOOK AT THE THOUSANDS OF REASONS TO
KEEP GOING
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. You will always be given different options so will never be forced to do anything that feels unsafe for you.  The class will always be at a level you can cope with as you will choose the correct level for you on the day.  The effort used in the postures is entirely regulated by yourself.  I work exclusively to change the state of your nervous system with everything done in the class, in order to mitigate the effects of stress on your body eg, helping to lower overall inflammation, ease anxiety as well as stiff joints!  All these practices should leave you feeling mentally uplifted too.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?

Please come with an open mind and an open heart, if you are not familiar with mind/body practices sometimes it can feel a little unfamiliar, but after a few classes most people are so pleased to have found this amazing practice.

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 Subtle 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 the 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.  This still forms the foundations of most yoga practice today.

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, but we do sometimes make some sound as we explore different breathing practices and in order to experience the effect of vibration, through sound, on our bodies as a way of down regulating the nervous system for releasing symptoms of stress.