We thought you may have some questions about yoga, our process or what we teach and our classes, so we've put together a list of some of the most commonly asked questions. If you can't find what you're looking for please do get in touch and we'll be happy to answer. You can find our contact details here or subscribe to our newsletter here.
Q - What is Yoga?
The word yoga is from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning to yoke (as in the ox pair harnessed together to plough a single furrow) or ’bind’ and often interpreted as 'union' or a method of discipline where the body and mind are harnessed together for optimum functioning. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi and a female a yogini. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in India. There are a broad variety of yoga schools, practices and goals in most world spiritual practices including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Q - What does 'Om' mean?
Om is a mantra, or vibration that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of a practice and signals a commitment to yogic teachings. It is said to be the sound of the universe. Genesis ‘And in the beginning was the word and the word was the beginning’.
Q - Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India around 5,000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own beliefs to practice yoga.
Q - Does it matter about my age or size?
Yoga isn't just for the young or the active; it's literally for everyone regardless of your age, size or experience. It can help get you in shape and lose weight with regular practice, but the benefits go far beyond that. It can help with sleep, with focus and attention, and reducing stress and anxiety to name just a few. If you have a major concern then please drop me a line and have a chat and seriously no-one will be looking at you in the class, we're all there for the same thing - to learn and practice.
Q - What do I wear?
The short answer is anything that you feel comfortable in that will allow you move and stretch. We are soon to be affiliated to a clothing company, as we love their quality, style and brand, but feel free to choose whatever you wish - there's plenty out there! However, we would suggest that you don't spend out on specific clothing initially until you decide that yoga is going to be an ongoing part of your daily life.
Q - Can I eat before a class?
Ideally it is best to do your class on an empty stomach. However, this is easier to do when you're doing your practice first thing in the morning. However, please do not eat any heavy meals less than three hours before the yoga practice. You can have a little fruit until half an hour before. Drink a small glass of water half an hour before the yoga practice.
Q - Should I drink (water) during a class?
No. Please drink at least half an hour before or after, but not during the class.
Q - What if I feel unwell during a class?
If you start to feel unwell during a class please tell us immediately. If you are recovering from something then it's best to drop us a line and ask, although generally if you're recovering from a cold you can come to class and listen to your body, but if you have a fever, aches and pains, or anything that originates in the lungs, your time is better spent getting rest, drinking liquids, and eating healing foods.
Q - Am I fit or flexible enough to do yoga?
The short answer is yes. You are the perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible or fit to begin yoga, but that is a little like thinking you need to be able to play tennis in order to have tennis lessons! Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, fitness levels and ability. The more you practice, like anything, the better you will become and the more benefits you will find.
Q - Do I need to bring my own prop's and equipment?
You will need to bring your own mat and blanket. It isn't necessary to bring anything else when you first start out as props are available to borrow, but if you are going to practice regularly you may wish to buy your own bolsters, belts, cushions and bricks etc., as these help you to keep regular practice and assist with postural habits at home and at work. We are soon to be affiliated with a company that we like, or you could order directly through us.
Q - What if I can't do the poses?
There's no such thing as being 'bad' at yoga. You don't have to do a pose exactly like the person next to you or your teacher. It's also OK to rest or adapt the poses to what you can manage. Resting in 'Child's Pose' at any point during a class is absolutely OK. With help and guidance of a good teacher, eventually you will find your own flow and style that works for you.
Q - How often do I need to come to a class?
The more time you can find to come to a class the better. We would consider once a week a minimum, but coming along to different classes during the week will increase your practice and all the benefits that come with it. If you can't manage more than one class per week we suggest you practice at home as much as you can, the important thing to remember is to show up - often the hardest move in yoga is getting onto your mat in the first place, so once you're in class the tough part is over.
Q - What if I miss a class?
Yoga is going to be an ongoing part of your daily life, so try to make up for it in another session during the same week bur certainly within the term as class payment lapses at the end of term.
Q - What can I practice at home?
Ideally you can practice what you learn in class, or put together some of your favourite poses and do those on a daily basis. To get a good overall session at home it is best to try and allow at least 20 minutes and incorporate a full body practice. Home practice sheets will be coming soon.
Q - Do you have sessions I can do online?
We will have sessions available to buy or subscribe to during next year. If you'd like to know when these are ready please subscribe to our mailing list and we'll let you know when we're ready to launch.
Q - How much does it cost to be added to your mailing list?
We don't charge to be added to our mailing list. You can join here to be kept up to date with our newsletters, yoga news and hints and tips that we feel maybe of interest to you.
Q - Is there a health declaration that I need to complete?
Yes. We require you to complete a health declaration when you join a class. You can download it below, or ask for it to be sent by email here. Please complete the form before you attend your first class. Jo will run through this with prior to you starting any exercises and we would appreciate, if you are new, that you could arrive around 10 minutes early. The form will then be returned to you as we do not hold any personal details.
Q - How do I pay for my classes?
You should pay for your class session per term in advance. We take payments by bank transfer or by card (please note that there is a £2 transaction charge for all card payments). All payments for term session should be made at least two weeks before term starts. Drop in sessions are payable by cash on the day.
Q - What is your missed class policy?
We do appreciate that life happens and that you can't always make it to your 'home' class. We offer an alternative of popping along to another class on a different day to save you missing out. Unfortunately you cannot carry over any unused sessions into the following term.
Q - How much are my classes?
Class prices are on our timetable and can be found below.
Q - Where do I find class address and parking information?
You can find details of all our class venues on the schedule below, as well as parking information.
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