Are your classes suitable for beginners?

Adults with no experience of yoga up to intermediate levels of experience are welcome to my classes. There are alternatives to and modifications of all poses and breathing exercises that make them suitable for a range of experiences. Yoga is a very personal practice so it is usual to see class members exploring and practicing poses in different ways.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, layered clothing which allows your body to stretch and strengthen is best. A yoga practice can build up heat so it is good to be able to remove some outer layers during your active practice, and then to have them available for the cooler parts of the practice, like relaxation, at the end.

What should I bring with me?

I do have mats, blocks and straps available for you to use. If you have a mat and other equipment, please bring it with you. You may also want to bring a blanket for relaxation as the body can cool down quite quickly after the active practice.

Should I eat before a class?

Please try to avoid eating for at least 2 hours before a class. You may want to bring water with you for when we have finished (I don’t encourage the drinking of water during the practice).

Do you include meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) in your classes?

I do invite class members to explore the practice of meditation and pranyama during my classes. The physical pose practice is just one small part of the practice of yoga and I do encourage people to develop their practice beyond this into meditation and pranyama in a safe and interesting way. There are different ways of meditating and different breathing practices – it is just a matter of finding the ones that work best for you.

What if I have a health condition or injury that might influence my doing yoga?

It is necessary to discuss with your GP whether a yoga practice would be suitable for you or not, and what you should be careful of. I always ask new members to fill in a health declaration form (all information shared is strictly confidential) and ask you to let me know of anything so I can suggest other poses or modifications that will be more suitable for you.

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