I’m not flexible – can I do Yoga?
Yes absolutely. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible, while enjoying yoga’s health benefits. In fact if you have tight muscles yoga is just the thing to loosen you up.
What do I need for practice?
A Yoga mat (available from all main sports shops, Argos and sometimes in Aldi and Lidl) and a small blanket.
No special footwear is required and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Why is it recommended that you should refrain from eating for at least an hour before class?
During the Yoga class we twist from side to side and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal it may cause discomfort for you.
What format does a yoga class take?
Centering:This involves a form of gentle relaxation with some breath awareness techniques.
Warm-up and loosening exercises: Gentle exercises help warm up the muscles and loosen the joints preparing the body for the asana or postures.
Core Practice or Asana: This consists of Standing Postures, Back Bends, Side Bends, Forward Bends and Twists which take the body through a full range of movements. Different sequences of Asana can be linked together in a Flow forming what is called a vinyasa.
Winding down exercises: This section comprises a range of gentle movements which help quieten and cool the body.
Relaxation / Meditation: This section incorporates Yoga Nidra* or Body Scan with Breath Awareness and Mindfulness or Loving Kindness Meditation.
*Yoga Nidra is a systematic way of relaxing your body and mind. Fifteen minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restful and refreshing as two hours of conventional sleep.