Medical Advice and Cautions
The classes may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions. If you think that this might apply to you, it is essential that you check with your GP and contact me for advice beforehand. Before starting a yoga class please inform me about any concerns that you may have.
If your medical condition changes you must inform me in advance of the class.
If you are pregnant, please let me know, so that I can adapt the practice to suit you too.
All information given will be treated in complete confidence.
Q: I have never done any Yoga before, is it okay to attend your classes?
A: Yes. My classes are suitable for all persons from beginners to experienced practitioners.
The classes I teach are intentionally small groups so I am able to assist with any modifications and give discreet individual instruction when needed throughout the class.
Yoga is coming inwards rather than focusing completely on the external body. Yoga is adaptable, and can be modified to suit every person’s health, body type, shape, range of flexibility, mobility, height, age and how you are feeling at the time of the practice. We are all unique, we feel and experience each part of the practice differently.
In group classes you will be offered several variations for each pose and explore what works for you.
For more information, please see the ‘Do’s and Don’t list below.
Q: Do I have to book for the classes or workshops?
A: Yes please, just contact me direct so I will know when to expect you. If you are new to the class please try to arrive 10 minutes early so you can make yourself comfortable.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Wear light clothes that you feel comfortable moving in. If possible, avoid any clothing that is constrictive as it may limit the natural flow of the breath. You may want to bring a top layer such as a jumper or a blanket for the relaxation at the end of the class. Yoga is always practiced in bare feet to prevent slipping, but do wear lovely warm socks for comfort during the quieter practices and also for relaxation at the end.
Q: Do I need to bring a mat?
A: No, you can borrow a mat. If you then decide that you want to continue with yoga; for hygienic reasons it is advisable that you buy one of your own. I also provide other yoga equipment to suit your needs and practice. If you have it, do bring whatever yoga equipment that you have and a blanket or two for support in postures and to cover up for relaxation.
Q: Is Yoga or mantra religious?
A: “Classical yoga is not dogmatic about the inclusion or exclusion of God or the Divine in the practice. Indeed, most of the practices of yoga make no reference to this topic, one way or the other…Asanas and pranayama are basically moving and breathing with mindfulness in a way that helps promote the health of the individual. There is nothing intrinsically theistic or atheistic about them; they are just health practices. The Yogasutras suggest devotion as one option within a yoga practice to keep the mind focused and peaceful. But there is no requirement in yoga that the person believe in a Divine entity, or adopt a theory or doctrine of divinity.”
– AG Mohan
Practical advice that is beneficial to support your yoga experience
If you have any health issues please notify me before the class. Not every pose is suitable or appropriate for everyone.
Do not practice on a full stomach. Eat at least three hours beforehand. If you need to, eat a light healthy snack – e.g. a banana is suitable.
Please feel free to ask questions about anything that is not clear. This will ensure that you are practising safely.
Please switch off any electronic devices or switch to Airplane mode.
Practice with sensitivity and at a steady pace. Yoga is non-competitive. It is a spiritual practice that makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally much healthier. To calm the mind, open the heart, and stimulate our spiritual evolution.
Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.
Take your time moving in and out of postures. Stop and rest if you feel the urge. Do not continue any movement that causes you pain or discomfort.
Do not compete and compare yourself with others. Yoga is an enriching experience.
Practice with an open mind, be happy with what you do in the present moment and let your yoga practice develop with consistent effort and sensitivity.
Stay for the entire class. If you need to leave early, inform the teacher beforehand, and leave before the final relaxation.
Most of all, enjoy and have fun!