USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT CLASSES

Arrival time and class length

  • Please make sure you arrive in good time to be ready to start the class, as late arrivals may not be able to do the class if warm up phase of the class is missed, as this increases the chance of injury.

  • Please also ensure you are able to stay for the full duration of the class as the relaxation phase is a very important part of the session.

Health questionnaire and subsequent changes or injuries

  • To make sure you are as safe as possible in class, please ensure your health questionnaire has been returned and please inform me of any changes since you filled it in. I will ask at the beginning of each class if there are any changes, but you are welcome to come and speak to me before the class starts.

  • Please ensure that you bring any medication you may need during the class with you and that it is accessible during the session (inhalers for asthma etc.)

What to wear

  • During a yoga class, we try to move every part of our bodies. It is best if you wear clothing that allows for free movement. Some people prefer to wear leggings, others prefer looser clothing for comfort. As long as you can move in it, it is suitable.

  • Classes are taken barefoot, as this helps to ensure good contact with your mat, which means you will not slip. Being barefoot also helps to improve balance.

  • It is advisable to bring an extra layer, such as a jumper, and socks to put on during relaxation as our bodies experience a drop in temperature as we start to relax. Feeling warm and comfortable is conducive to fully relaxing.

Eating before the class

  • In yoga we twist from side to side, sometimes even turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, you may experience some discomfort.

  • Please try to avoid eating a meal for about 2 hours before class. If you have 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.

 

What to bring

  • You may want to bring a bottle of water in addition to your jumper, socks and an open mind! Please bring a mat. I only have a couple of spare mats for anyone who hasn’t yet got one.

Hands on adjustments

  • I may offer gentle assists or adjustments on occasions where it may help you in a pose. This will usually be no more than a light touch with my hand. At the beginning of class you will get a card which you can display at the end of your mat showing if you wish me to be ‘hands on’ or ‘hands off’ – you can even change your mind mid class and flip it over if you wish.

 

What to expect from a class

  • Yoga is for everyone and most of a class for beginners will have never been to a yoga class before. Yoga is not about getting your body into impossible positions or just for those who are really flexible! Yoga focuses on using your breath to make space in the body to perform controlled movements.

  • Classes follow a general pattern, starting with a few quiet moments to ‘let go’ of the day and focus on the breath. There is then a warm-up phase, which consists of gentle movements to warm up all parts of the body. When the body is ready, the yoga poses begin.

  • I will talk you through each pose and demonstrate, there may be variations so you can find the right version for your body. I will guide you through verbally how to perform the pose yourself.

  • The last phase is relaxation, where you will lay or sit on your mat and I will take you through a short visualisation or play a piece of music. Some say this is the best part of the class!