Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question below, please contact me and I will be happy to help.
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise which today, predominantly places emphasis on postures and breath work, to provide physical and mental well-being.
Approximately 2000 years ago, the Indian sage Patanjali, provided a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body in the form of the yoga sutras. It describes the eight limbs of yoga: yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and smadhi (absorption/enlightenment). These serve as a foundational guide for most yoga practices, which when explored, help us to refine ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually.
What style of yoga do you teach?
I teach a style of yoga wich is influenced by the following:
A slower paced practice where postures are generally static and held for a number of breaths. Great for building strength and stretching out the body.
A slow paced, quiet meditative style of yoga that draws the attention inwards. It aims to improve flexibility and increase circulation in the joints by holding postures for 3 to 5 minutes. It is a style of yoga that works predominantly on the connective tissues of the body – tendons, ligaments and fascia. Yin yoga is also known to stimulate energy flow in the body via meridians/channels as understood in Chinese medicine.
A faster, dynamic flowing style of yoga where a number of postures are linked together to create a sequence of postures. Movement is controlled by the breath and it is a style used to build strength in the body.
A movement therapy which teaches our muscles to relax and stay relaxed. It’s ideal for realigning and recalibrating the body before exercise and releasing muscles after. Developed by Thomas Hannah, it involves small, slow, targeted movements which create more ease in the body.
What is iRest?
iRest is a deep, meditative practice based on the tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit modern life. It was developed by Dr Richard Miller who combined traditional yogic practice with Western psychology and neuroscience. It is simple to learn, easy to practice is open to anyone. It is currently being used in the treatment of PTSD in the US military.
I am new to yoga. What do I need to know?
Never do anything that causes you pain. Listen to your body and pay attention to the messages it gives you. If your body is telling you to stop, stop. Yoga should make you feel great – energised, relaxed, stronger and more flexible.
Should I eat before yoga?
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach so leave at least 2-3 hours after a meal before you take a class. If you find you are very hungry closer to the class start time, you can have a small snack such as a handful of nuts or half a banana.
Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?
No. Yoga is for everyone. If you can’t touch your toes or have injuries, yoga can help to soften and open the body as well as aid recovery.
Do I need to bring anything to class?
All equipment is provided, so all you need to bring is yourself and a bottle of water. If you have your own equipment and would prefer to use it, please feel free to bring it along.
Can I just turn up for a class?
Drop-ins are subject to availability and priority will be given to people who have purchased a block of 4 classes. I recommend pre-booking at least 30 mins before class to avoid disappointment.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can move in is ideal (leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a T-shirt or vest). Layers are also a good idea.
How long is a class?
Group classes last one hour. Private sessions last either one hour or one and a half hours.
How large are group classes?
Class sizes are small with a maximum of 12 which allows me to give students the individual attention they need.
Is yoga a religion?
No, yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy and a spiritual practice. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body.
Can I do yoga if I have an injury or medical problem?
It depends upon your type of injury/medical problem. It is best to consult your medical practitioner before you start any new exercise regime and is particularly important if you are pregnant/nursing, have high/low blood pressure, are taking medication or have any existing medical conditions or injuries. Please include details of any medical issues on the class registration form and send it to me prior to joining a class.
I'm pregnant. Can I still do yoga?
Speak to your healthcare practitioner so that they can advise you if you have any conditions which would make practising yoga harmful for you or your baby. If you are new to yoga, I recommend attending a specific prenatal yoga class with an experienced teacher. If your body is used to doing yoga, I can accommodate pre and post natal women in general classes, but I do not currently offer specialised Pregnancy Yoga classes. You are welcome to attend a general class with me if you are pregnant but you may find that a general class is not suitable for your needs as your pregnancy progresses into the later stages or if you develop any complications. In this case, a specialised yoga class would be the best option for you.
How much do classes cost and how do I pay?
Classes are bookable as a four week block or as a one-off.
Single class – £11
Block of four classes – £40
Private one hour class – £40
Private one and a half hour class – £50
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or BACs and is payable in advance. Contact me for payment details.
What is the benefit of private sessions?
Private yoga sessions are ideal if you need help with specific injury rehabilitation, you want to build your confidence before you start a yoga class or you prefer to do yoga on your own or in a smaller group. If you are short on time or are unable to travel very far, I can visit you in your own home. Find out more.
Where can I find you?
You can find the class locations on the classes page.