joining a class

There are a few things you might like to know before you join us. If you have any questions which are not answered here, please contact me.

what is Yoga?

Yoga is a practise which nourishes the physical body, our mental health and our spiritual growth. It’s not something we do only in class. It’s something we begin learning in class and which we take out into the world to infuse every part of our lives.

In each class, we practise:

Postures / Asanas…

Postures strengthen the body and increase suppleness. Proper alignment is taught, and physiological benefits such as increased circulation, detoxification and good digestion are seen.

Breathing practise / Pranayama…

breathing correctly calms the nervous system and encourages the release of healing hormones. We also practise breathing techniques which have different affects on our energy and nervous system.

Relaxation / Savasana…

the most important posture of all, relaxation. True rest is the most important thing you can do for your health and wellbeing. In this part of the class, you will be guided into a deep state of rest, nurturing your physical and mental health.

Meditation…

Meditation takes place before, during and after all of the other components. It helps us to re-connect to, and explore our inner world.

equipment you’ll need…

There is a huge range of yoga equipment available in a range of materials and qualities. To keep things simple, I have recommended items suitable for beginners available from Amazon below. If you would like to have a look for yourself then I have recommended a few websites below.

I have spare mats and blocks if you can’t find what you need or leave something at home.

Other sites to source equipment:

www.yogamatters.com
www.yogadirect.com
www.yogamad.com 

what to wear

Wear comfortable clothes like leggings and a T-shirt. We practice Yoga in bare feet so please do not wear socks unless you have socks with sticky grips designed to wear in Yoga (see equipment above). In colder weather, please ensure you have plenty of warm clothing and thick socks for the relaxation sections.

also…

Avoid eating a large meal before practicing Yoga. Allow a couple of hours for digestion. A light snack such as fruit an hour before class is fine.

Drink plenty of water before and after yoga.