Can I do Yoga?
Of course you can! Young or old, there is no limit on learning Yoga. Indeed one of the best things about Yoga method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical fitness. It's suitable for everyone!
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. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
Is Yoga tiring/exhausting? Will I get worn-out quickly?
Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that won't leave you 'puffed out' and thus avoids placing stress on your heart and lungs. But just because Pilates doesn't conform to the 'no pain no gain' mentality of other exercise regimes, don't think that it isn't an excellent route to increased fitness. Working at your own pace and working with mindfulness, you will gently notice your your stamina, strength and flexibility increase; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so.
Will I lose weight through Yoga exercises?
In essence, Yoga is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories or 'weight loss' is not it's main focus. Although Yoga postures help to strengthen, sculpt and tone the body, much more importance is placed upon on how the body feels, rather than how it looks, as we connect our mind, body and spirit through the use of our breath. The utlimate focus of yoga is to set another dimension alive within you that is beyond the physical. Yoga is a practice of self-care, reflection and study; a time to nuture, love and give back to yourself, creating harmony and peace from within, improving your overall wellbeing. Whether the number on the scale goes down or not, there are so many benefits through doing Yoga, and you will notice how much healthier and happier you look and feel through continued practice.
What do I need to begin?
You should wear comfortable, loose, easy-to-move in clothing that does not restrict movement. We do not wear shoes in Yoga so no specific footwear is necessary. You are welcome to wear Yoga socks if you would prefer to.
What should I bring along to a Yoga class?
All equipment including mats will be provided to you at the class. However if you do own your own mat and would prefer to use it, please bring it along!
You will also need to bring with you a throw/blanket (we may use this is place under our knees and under the neck for support during some postures. It's also nice to drape over yourself in savasana (relaxation) at the end of the class)
How do I start?
Spaces are limited in these classes so pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. I take bookings from 8am onwards on the day of the class. Please contact me on 07545391056 to book.
I will have to ask you a few questions regarding your health and physical wellness before you begin the class, as I need to know if you have any injuries or health problems that may effect you taking part in the class. This is so that I can deliver you a safe and effective class, that I can structure to suit your needs. Your safety and wellbeing are always the number one priority.
I look forward to welcoming you very soon!