Frequently Asked Questions.
I’m new to yoga, where do I start?
Absolute beginners are advised to start with the beginners course. After a while, depending on your development and practice other classes will become available to you. As the body becomes more flexible and strong then students can progress to other levels.
What are the benefits of yoga?
There are numerous documented health benefits from practicing yoga. Too many to mention here. It builds strength and stamina, improves flexibility, muscle tone, posture, breathing and calms the mind and you become more focused. As you develop into each new pose it will make you feel stronger, more capable, it builds a mindset of confidence and an optimistic view towards future challenges both on and off the mat.
How often should I come to yoga class?
As often as you like. At least once a week is recommended. The more classes you do in the beginning helps you to progress faster and gives you a better understanding of the postures as you develop so you can then establish an independent home practice.
Do I need to bring anything with me to class?
No. All yoga equipment is provided. Some students prefer to bring their own mats. I encourage mat ownership as one might start to practice at home if they have a mat with them and it is better hygiene.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Avoid anything too baggy or too long. Please keep jewelery to a minimum. Long chains and braclets tend to distract attention when in motion.
Do I need to book in advance?
If you have done the initial beginners course then their is no need to book or if you are an experienced yogi then you are welcome to drop in to any class. If we have not met before then initial contact before class is preferable but no essential.
Can I eat before yoga class?
Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach, so leave at least 3 hours after a main meal or two hours after a snack. This gives your digestive system time to digest the food you have eaten so it won’t interfere with your practice.
I have an injury, can yoga help?
Many students start practicing yoga because of an injury or another health issue and they find yoga really helps and even cures. Tell your yoga teacher about any injuries or health problems before class starts so he can make adjustments in the program to suit your needs. Your yoga teacher is there to help you.