- Wear loose or comfortable clothing
- Suitable for beginners to the more experienced
- All equipment is provided
- Yoga can be practised as ‘well’ by complete beginners of all ages with open minds, as more seasoned practitioners
- Yoga is not about flexibility (although this can be a good side-effect!), but focus, ease and being present
- Yoga – when practised mindfully – can help back health and realign the body and support muscles to help relieve back pain
A few yoga Frequently Asked Questions……………
How does yoga differ from pilates?
Whilst both yoga and pilates work to create inherent body alignment, posture, flexibility and core strength, this is not the first aim of yoga. These are a welcome bi-product from the focus on breath and moving to a still mind and meditative state. By opening the body with the breath we aim to move away from forcefulness and allow the body to release into the movements it is designed to do.
What happens in a class?
We work through a series of postures, breathing techniques, relaxations and meditation to open up the body and learn to relax the brain and nervous system. Postures can be standing, sitting; dynamic or restorative and are sequenced to ease open muscles and posture in a safe and body intelligent way. I teach in a way where space is given to open up in each posture to your own body needs on that given day and props may be used to facilitate safe practise and optimum alignment.
How can yoga help my physical issues like back pain and knee issues?
The yoga postures are designed to open up the hips, spine, chest and neck to allow our bodies to align themselves in correct postural positions. These means encouraging our postural muscles to support us and relieve tension incorrectly placed through the back, neck and knees. I teach in a way that facilitates this at a pace that your body needs to avoid further stress whilst progressively strengthening and realigning the muscles that support the skeleton.
I am not very flexible – can I do yoga?
Flexibility happens naturally in yoga as we open up the body and let go of tension but it is not required to practise in the first instance. Pictures of yogis in contorted positions can be misleading as to the true nature of the practise – these are extremes and not necessarily ‘good’ yoga as we can practise being present and grounded in a very basic posture.
I have never done yoga but my friend has plenty of experience – can we come together?
The simple answer is yes! I teach in a way that allows beginners to explore at their own pace and the more experienced to move deeper into postures. I use props where necessary for the individual and their use is not a gauge for level but our different body needs. Yoga is not competitive and although it can be in our natures to compare, teaching helps us to internalise our practise and let go of ambition. A more experienced practitioner can be less connected with their breath than someone attending their first class, even though they appear outwardly more accomplished!
Is there a religious content to yoga?
Yoga is not a religious practice but can be seen as a spiritual one in the sense that it aims to connect us with the natural world around us and give us a break from the stresses of day to day life. The word yoga means ‘union’ and in a class our practise also focuses on connecting mind, body and breath. Anyone of any faith or denomination can practise yoga and the practise is very grounded and can appeal to even those who find the idea of ‘spirituality’ unsettling.