I say Yoga, you think…

The word Yoga brings up all kinds of images in peoples mind.

From chanting hippies with flowers in their hair, to granola eating humans with their legs behind their heads.

Yes, there are many different types of Yoga, and with this comes many different myths. I’m here to debunk these myths and help you to understand what to expect when you to come to your first Yoga class.

Check out the FAQ to learn more about the world of Yoga.

Frequently Asked Questions

– You will need a Yoga Mat, these are available for a reasonable price, however if you want your mat to last it is recommended you buy a higher quality one. *There are limited spares available in class.

– Something warm to put on during Savasana (relaxation).

– You may wish to bring a towel; specific Yoga/Gym towels are available if you would like to place this on your mat to avoid slipping.

– You may wish to bring a water bottle to rehydrate and a snack for straight after the class finishes.

– Other Yoga props will be provided by myself.

Instagram culture shows many Yogis in all kinds of poses looking super toned and seem to have hamstrings that never end. Although achieving these results is attainable, you don’t need to have that level of flexibility to begin. Practising Yoga regularly will increase your flexibility and even your tightest muscles will begin to relax. All that is needed, is patience.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is designed to build heat and keep up the heart rate throughout the class. If you’re looking for an aerobic workout, this is therefore the right class for you. Along with a healthy diet, a regular Yoga practise will help stimulate weight loss & tone muscles.
Mantra Yoga (Sound Yoga) is one of the traditional and oldest paths of Yoga. Just like singing, people who practise Mantra Yoga are able to still the mind through chanting. In a Yoga class, you may hear the chant ‘Om’, meaning the sound of the Universe, showing we are all one. You may also hear ‘Shanti’, meaning peace. Whether you like chanting or not, it is a way of showing respect to the ancient teachers who taught before us. Of course this is optional whether you choose to join in or not.
Pattabhi Jois states: “Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. Practice and all is coming.”

Listen to your body, the more you practice, the more you’ll get out of it. As a beginner start anywhere from 15-60 minutes a day, three to four days a week. Your Yoga practice will naturally evolve. The important thing to note, no matter how you are feeling head to your mat, move and breathe.

It’s important to be comfortable in a Yoga class. Vinyasa Flow Yoga creates a lot of heat, (be prepared to sweat) therefore sweat wicking fabrics are recommended. Also, there is a lot of movement in this practice, therefore tight fitting clothes (e.g leggings) are best suited. If you wear a baggy t-shirt it is likely to fall over your head in Downward Facing Dog, a tight fitted top is preferred.
In a word YES!

In practicing Yoga we focus on the breath, always returning to the breath when the mind starts to race or a pose becomes challenging. Even if you don’t have time for a full Yoga practice taking a five minute time out in your day to stop and breathe can have a profound effect on your health and wellbeing. Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is our “rest and digest” mode. Not only will it reduce stress and still the mind, but it can even lower blood pressure.

Yes, this is possible if it is an old injury Yoga can be a great way to rehabilitate and give strength to weak areas of the body. If it is a new injury you may still practise but need to be mindful of this injury and take modifications given. Always consult your teacher about any injuries old or new. Yoga shouldn’t hurt, if a pose is hurting then it is not wise to continue. Yoga is suitable for people of all abilities and strengths, there is even a chair Yoga option available. Always listen to your body, it knows best.

It is best not to eat or drink (much) for two hours before practice as Yoga involves deep twists, inversions and is full of movement. If you are likely to feel light headed then juice or a light snack (e.g a piece of fruit) is a good option before class. Remember to drink plenty of water after your practice.

Yoga Etiquette

 

Get there early: Arrive at least 10 minutes before your class to setup your mat and take time to relax before the start of your practice. If it is your first class, it is important to leave a bit longer to talk to your teacher and fill out any forms required.

After you arrive: Take off your shoes and socks before you walk into the room, there may be a space outside the room or inside the room itself to store these, just ask if you’re unsure. If you have large bags, it’s best to put these at the side or the back of the room out of the way.

Communicate: If you are new to a class introduce yourself to your teacher and let them know if you have any injuries so they will be able to advise you on modifications.

Don’t leave in the middle of Savasana: At the end of practice you will be asked to lie on your back and close your eyes (this is the relaxation part of the Yoga class) this is the most important pose of the whole practice. Even though it looks like you are not doing an awful lot, this is where you reap the benefits of all you have done beforehand.

Namaste: If you hear your teacher say “Namaste” (pronounced nah-mas-tay) at the end of the class, the rest of the class will usually say it back. In Sanskrit this means “The Divine Light In Me Honours The Divine Light In You”. Sometimes it is said in thanks to your teacher and all the teachers of Yoga past (after all, Yoga is over 5,000 year old practice) it is a way of showing respect.