There is a common misconception that yoga is only for people with highly flexible bodies in leotards, yet nothing could be further from the truth - yoga is for EVERYONE! Regardless of your age, size, fitness level, flexibility and state of mind, yoga will help to bring your body and mind in to balance.
Whilst the physical side of yoga works all of the major body functions: muscular, skeletal, lymphatic, respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, there is also an huge emphasis on mindfulness, stress reduction and relaxation.
The word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit root "yuj", which means "to yoke" the spirit and physical body together - to unite. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines.
Although there are various methods of practicing Yoga, it originated as an eight limbed lifestyle choice to inhibit peace, compassion, strength, connecting with the wisdom from within, and resting in stillness. Only one of those limbs is the asana (postures) practice, that is so commonly refered to as Yoga in the West. All eight limbs of Yoga play an important role in attaining Samadhi - or inner bliss, and the way of the Yogi is a lifestyle choice, not simply an occasional practice. Simply put, we practice Yoga to master our minds, so it doesn't master us.
What should I wear? You need to feel comfortable for the class. Tracksuit trousers or leggings and a t-shirt will be fine. For the final relaxation at the end of the class you'll want to be warm so bring along some socks and a jumper. No shoes are necessary.
What should I bring? A yoga mat (please let me know if you need to borrow one so I can bring a spare). A nice warm blanket and a bottle of water. An open mind!
Can I eat before practice? It's best not to eat much before the class. If you need to snack to avoid your stomach growling, a piece of fruit or something light would be best.
What if I have an injury or health condition? If you have an injury or a condition that may affect your ability to do the different physical postures, make sure you let me know before the class begins or call me in advance to discuss your situation. It’s also highly advisable that you get the go ahead from your GP or doctor before you start taking yoga classes. In most cases, I will be able to modify the poses to suit your needs. In some cases, it’s better to start with private yoga lessons, so that I can assess your ability and specifically address your needs.
Is there a conflict between yoga and my religion? No. People from all different religious backgrounds come here and that’s because nothing we do here approaches any religious teaching. The different yoga practices can enhance and support your connection to your own religious or spiritual beliefs.
Do I have to be flexible to come to yoga? Nope! This is a common misconception that we can thank the internet for! You don't need to be flexible, clad in lyrca and tie yourself in a pretzel shape. All yoga asks from us is to show up as we are, authentically.
Do I have to be fit to practice yoga? You do not have to be “fit” to build a Yoga practice. After attending some classes everyone finds that postures become easier. The body starts to become supple and muscles begin to gain strength. Size of the person has no bearing on being able to do yoga, neither does your age or sex.
I have a busy mind will yoga help? Absolutely. Focusing the mind on both movement & breath has a very calming effect on the mind.
"A mind free from all disturbance is Yoga." - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali