New to Yoga?
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is a science, a philosophy and guide to living a healthy, conscious lifestyle. It originated in India over 5000 years ago so its really stood the test of time.
It is an ancient wisdom and technique aimed at uniting body, breath and mind, bringing balance and harmony through the use of asana (physical postures) pranayama (breath control) and meditation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
The benefits of a yoga practice are numerous but here are just a few:
Through the practice of the postures we learn to build strength, increase flexibility, improve our posture and protect our spine. This helps keep the joints and cartilage happy while strengthening our bones.
Yoga boosts our immune system, aids the digestive system and drops blood pressure while increasing our heart rate.
Yoga encourages you to relax and let go. We use the breath to activate our parasympathetic nervous system, allowing us to slow down, to become present, and move through the practice from a more relaxed and calm space. Thus, we are not acting from a state of flight or fight (sympathetic nervous system) which creates and increases anxiety and stress, producing cortisol in the brain. A little calm space can really improve your health.
Yoga is the emotional release, the letting go of the past. The mind and body are intrinsically linked. We store a lot of our past traumas, fears, sadness within the physical body, our muscles store memories. Through the asana we are able to release energetic and emotional blockages, we are able to release our pasts.
Yoga has an overall effect of improving our concentration and focus while opening the mind to an awareness that can help us break through our self- limiting thoughts and behaviours. As we begin to make friends with our breath the mind finds stillness and becomes more present.
DO I NEED TO PRE-BOOK?
Yes, you can book online through the mindbody app or contact me directly via email or phone
WHAT TO BRING?
We provide mats and additional equipment such as belts, blocks and foam squares. However please feel free to bring your own mat. You can bring some water however we recommend to try and hydrate before and after class rather than during. Similarly, it is best to not eat anything to heavy an hour or so before class.
We have listed a few common questions below for new students however if you have any further queries please don't hesitate to contact us.
Please arrive at leat 5 minutes before class time to avoid disruption and to ensure a mat is ready for you. If you have to leave early make sure to let the teacher know before hand so they can advise you of the best time, again to avoid class disruption. thank you!
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Wear comfortable clothes with plenty of layers. Tracksuits / shorts / leggings etc. Yoga creates an energising and cleansing heat from the inside out so layers are ideal to control body temperature. Baggyy clothes are fine however if you are uncomfortable with having your t-shirt creep upwards in downward dog, it is best to wear a closer fitting top under as is can be a dangerous move to try and reposition misbehaving clothing whilst in certain asanas (positions)!
WHAT LEVEL DO I START AT?
We would encourage all newcomers to Yoga to start with one of our beginner classes. Whilst Yoga can be challenging physically it is important to understand the connection of breath and mindfulness that work in unison to complete your Yoga practice. The beginners class is an ideal introduction to this. If you have practised Yoga before and are unsure feel free to contact one of the teachers to have a chat about what would suit you best.
I HAVE AN OLD INJURY, CAN YOGA HELP OR HINDER THIS?
Depending on the nature of the injury, Yoga can be a great help in building strength around the supporting muscles, in addition to correcting alignment which often can go a bit skewy as our bodies try to compensate for the injured area. Most importantly discuss the area of concern with the teacher and they can suggest alternative postiions within the sequences to avoid additional physical stress as well as recommending positions that will help support and strengthen.
FINALLY...ALWAYS TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSABILITY FOR YOUR OWN WELL BEING!
Ah yes the mysteries of the human body! Sure we all have the same basic frame work however we are all very different when it comes to physical ability. Your body is your own and only you can truly tell what is going on. Listen and observe to what feels right, what is challenging and what does not feels good. Never be afraid to take a resting pose during a class if that is what your arms, legs or some part is telling you. Yoga is a process which through regular practice will soon become a rewarding physical and mental space. Challenges build confidence, breadth builds calmness but most importantly it is your journey with your body and your mind. Own it. Live it. Love it.