Frequently Asked Questions​

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Yoga

Some cool tips you should know

02.

Do I have to be young/fit/skinny to practice yoga?

Not at all, my classes are full of all ages, sizes and abilities. My wish is that you can come and benefit from this practice the way I have. For many years I have been teaching Yoga Therapy/Gentle Yoga on friday and saturday mornings. They are a lovely mix of ages, abilities and some of these students have auto-immune conditions such as Crohns disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, asthma, some were even in different stages of cancer treatment, the list goes on. A full yoga practice can work on keeping our body and mind healthy, help keep stress and anxiety at bay and help us to loosen out physically which always affects our mental state. It also helps us befriend our bodies, and connect with them, when was the last time you did a full check in of how your body feels? Seriously, anyone can practice yoga!

04.

I just want to destress? Is yoga for me?

YES MOST DEFINITELY! To me yoga and meditation are the ultimate practices in self-care. We cannot pour from an empty cup, we need to take care of ourselves so that we can care for others in our lives. We all need to move to keep healthy and flexible, and yoga, once practiced in a safe way is such a great way to literally get out of our overworked too busy minds and pay attention to what's actually happening in the body..At the same time, I’m focussing on matching movements to my breath, and in my experience, this has always had the knock on effect of feeling a great sense of calm and ease sometimes even for a day or two after my practice. Meditation is taking care of my mind and calming my emotions

06.

I suffer from back pain/joint pain/have an autoimmune condition, can I still attend?

Absolutely, remember we can even do our yoga practice in a chair. Just get in contact with me so that we can come up with a plan and talk about what poses etc need modifications, remember that every body is different, and even from day to day your body itself will feel different, so we find the practice that best suits us!

01.

Do I have to be flexible to practice yoga?

Absolutely not! Flexibility is a by-product of yoga. Oh, and did I say that it is great for your joints too? A lot of yoga poses are weight-bearing, which means we actually get to strengthen the very bones of our body. As we age, bone health becomes an issue. Also, ALL YOGA POSES CAN BE MODIFIED TO SUIT YOUR OWN BODY. This is an absolute passion of mine, trying to find new ways to do poses so that we are all getting the essence of a pose, even if we are all making different shapes. We listen to our own bodies wisdom so everyone is at different stages of any yoga practice.

03.

What do I need to do to prepare for a class?

Firstly, contact the teacher if you have any ailments or injuries that need to be minded on the mat. Try not to eat an hour, or even better two hours before your class. Leave your ego at the door! Do not worry about what anyone else is doing in the room, everyone has different abilities which are as different as our bodies. If you're comparing yourself to the “old” very flexible lady beside you, remember she might have been practicing yoga for the last 50 years!

05.

Is this class suitable for me? I’ve never done yoga before?

Contact me and we can decide on which class suits, some classes are more gentle than others, however in all classes, modifications are given so we change the yoga pose to suit your body not the other way round. I give alternatives throughout all classes and the idea is that you listen to your own body’s innate wisdom, once we start to tune into our own bodies it's hard to go wrong. I’m always happy to connect and see what works for my students so text me, email or call me!

Some cool tips you should know

01.

Do I have to be flexible to practice yoga?

Absolutely not! Flexibility is a by-product of yoga. Oh, and did I say that it is great for your joints too? A lot of yoga poses are weight-bearing, which means we actually get to strengthen the very bones of our body. As we age, bone health becomes an issue. Also, ALL YOGA POSES CAN BE MODIFIED TO SUIT YOUR OWN BODY. This is an absolute passion of mine, trying to find new ways to do poses so that we are all getting the essence of a pose, even if we are all making different shapes. We listen to our own bodies wisdom so everyone is at different stages of any yoga practice.

02.

Do I have to be young/fit/skinny to practice yoga.

Not at all, my classes are full of all ages, sizes and abilities. My wish is that you can come and benefit from this practice the way I have. For many years I have been teaching Yoga Therapy/Gentle Yoga on friday and saturday mornings. They are a lovely mix of ages, abilities and some of these students have auto-immune conditions such as Crohns disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, asthma, some were even in different stages of cancer treatment, the list goes on. A full yoga practice can work on keeping our body and mind healthy, help keep stress and anxiety at bay and help us to loosen out physically which always affects our mental state. It also helps us befriend our bodies, and connect with them, when was the last time you did a full check in of how your body feels? Seriously, anyone can practice yoga!

03.

What do I need to do to prepare for a class?

Firstly, contact the teacher if you have any ailments or injuries that need to be minded on the mat. Try not to eat an hour, or even better two hours before your class. Leave your ego at the door! Do not worry about what anyone else is doing in the room, everyone has different abilities which are as different as our bodies. If you're comparing yourself to the “old” very flexible lady beside you, remember she might have been practicing yoga for the last 50 years!

04.

I just want to destress? Is yoga for me?

YES MOST DEFINITELY! To me yoga and meditation are the ultimate practices in self-care. We cannot pour from an empty cup, we need to take care of ourselves so that we can care for others in our lives. We all need to move to keep healthy and flexible, and yoga, once practiced in a safe way is such a great way to literally get out of our overworked too busy minds and pay attention to what's actually happening in the body..At the same time, I’m focussing on matching movements to my breath, and in my experience, this has always had the knock on effect of feeling a great sense of calm and ease sometimes even for a day or two after my practice. Meditation is taking care of my mind and calming my emotions

05.

Is this class suitable for me? I’ve never done yoga before?

Contact me and we can decide on which class suits, some classes are more gentle than others, however in all classes, modifications are given so we change the yoga pose to suit your body not the other way round. I give alternatives throughout all classes and the idea is that you listen to your own body’s innate wisdom, once we start to tune into our own bodies it's hard to go wrong. I’m always happy to connect and see what works for my students so text me, email or call me!

06.

I suffer from back pain/joint pain/have an autoimmune condition, can I still attend?

Absolutely, remember we can even do our yoga practice in a chair. Just get in contact with me so that we can come up with a plan and talk about what poses etc need modifications, remember that every body is different, and even from day to day your body itself will feel different, so we find the practice that best suits us!

ONLINE YOGA

07.

What do I need to join?

Just yourself, a mat, props if you have any Yoga block (use a book or two instead) Yoga belt (regular belt or dressing gown or even towel) Cushions/pillows whatever you need to feel comfortable and a Warm blanket to wrap up in for relaxation

08.

Can I stay on mute?

In fact all classes are muted once we begin but If you wish to have a chat with other students Before the class I open the zoom room 10-15 minutes before

09.

What about my video?

As a teacher (especially if you’re new to yoga), it is really great for me to see how your getting on and if your struggling at all Where I can support you. However, I realise that some days you Don't want to interact and would feel happier with the camera off, That is ok too. Especially for students having an extra tough time With high anxiety levels I totally get it.

10.

Can my family join?

Absolutely, the more the merrier, please excuse my dog too who Sometimes likes to be centre stage!

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