What should I wear?
Wear something that allows you to move freely and covers those places you’d rather not share with others! Usually leggings or jogging bottoms a t-shirt or vest is a good option. You definitely don’t need fancy and expensive yoga clothes but feel free to treat yourself – you do deserve it!
If there weather is cold, then it’s a good idea to wear a couple of tops – long sleeve and short sleeve, so that you can keep warm at the beginning and end
What should I bring?
A yoga mat. If you have blocks and bricks then bring them along but it’s not essential.
A blanket is useful for padding the knees and also for relaxation at the end of class.
What type of yoga do you teach?
The yoga I teach focuses on developing your strength, stability and mobility. It’s not just one style or tradition, I blend yoga with movement that is inspired by what our body needs to feel good and stay healthy. You could call it functional movement yoga or safe and sustainable yoga. I don’t really have a specific label, I just want to offer you a yoga practice that develops your body awareness, helps you to feel more confident and with regular practice helps you to move well with ease.
Is your class suitable for beginners?
Yes. I’m not a big fan of calling people beginners or advanced or somewhere in-between because who am I to judge? My classes focus on YOU and what your body needs in the context of our modern life. You can expect to practice poses that help with your posture and your balance as well as focusing on breathing techniques to help provide relaxation. Everyone looks and feels different when they practice physical yoga so it’s not about whether you can touch your toes or do a handstand. It’s about making a commitment to yourself and your wellbeing. I welcome everyone and will do my best to support you to enjoy your practice.
Can I practice yoga if I’m pregnant?
Medical advice is to wait 12 weeks before attending a public class. Everyone is different and if you practice yoga regularly then you might be happy to continue your yoga practice from the very beginning of your pregnancy journey. All I would say is that listen to what your body needs. If you feel ok and safe then carry on practicing for as long as it feels ok. Let me know if you are pregnant as there are definitely some poses you should avoid – obvious ones like lying on your stomach! I’ve been pregnant myself so I know how beneficial it can be but also know that you need to be get with yourself. Saying that, my classes are generally gentle so it would be lovely to have you along. I do also have a specialist qualification in pelvic floor movement so if you’d like to know more about that then please get in touch.
Are there any health conditions that stop me from practising?
Firstly, I’m just a yoga teacher and definitely not qualified to specifically give advice about medical conditions. You know your body and how you feel, so go with what feels right. Yoga can be beneficial in so many ways but it shouldn’t be a substitute for medical advice. Seek advice from a Doctor or other medical professional if you have a medical condition that you’re not sure about. You’re very welcome to attend my class and go at your own pace.
I’ve never done yoga before, what should I expect from class?
My focus is to improve how your body moves and feels in your everyday life. What this means is that your bones, muscles and joints are strong, mobile and flexible in all of the right proportions so that your body feels good.
I like to include some of the traditional standing and seated poses alongside strengthening exercises and poses to release tension. We will move mindfully into each pose, flowing and sometimes holding and breathing in a pose.
Some times we move in and out of poses, for example, we might hold a pose, keeping the legs strong and work on shoulder mobility at the same time with variations of arm and shoulder movements.
Most of all there will be variety for your body – as this is the best way for you to enjoy a well-functioning body.