1. What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient science concerned with developing a holistic, healthy and harmonious way of living. It offers benefits that make the body stronger and healthier and calm the mind. The word yoga has many shades of meaning, but is generally translated as “union” and the practice can lead to a balance of body, breath, mind and spirit.
2. I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play piano to take piano lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
3. What do I need to begin?
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. Wear something loose and comfortable that allows you freedom of movement. Yoga is generally done in bare feet but bring socks to wear especially during the relaxation. Bring a yoga mat if you have one or you can rent one from the studio for £1.
4. When should I arrive for class?
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the class begins so you have time to store your things, sign in and roll out your mat.
5. How do I sign up for a class?
You can sign up for class by going to our Timetable and Booking page. This will direct you to our software, Mind Body, where you will create an account to use each time you reserve your space for class. In order to reserve your space you must pay online through your Mind Body account in advance.
6. Should I eat before class?
In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are uncomfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
7. How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. a. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
8. How many times per week should I practice?
Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.