I’ve never done yoga before, I don’t know what to expect here are your Yoga FAQ
Don’t worry, I’ve compiled a list of Yoga FAQ below to help. And of course if there’s anything that you’d like to know that isn’t covered below, you can drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga was developed in India and is believed to have been practiced for around 5000 years as a way to prepare for seated meditation. There are several strands of yoga such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin and many more and if you enjoy yoga I would encourage you to explore the different styles as they all have different benefits. My classes are Hatha based.
To me, yoga is way of living, it’s the gentle morning stretches that I do when I wake up to the quiet sense of peace when I focus on my breath to the sweaty heat of a strong physical practice.
It’s also about letting go of the unnecessary things we gather in daily life, allowing us to get in touch with our true self and discovering who we really are so that we can be the best we possibly can be.
What can I expect at a yoga class?
Yoga is for everyone both men and women. A typical yoga class lasts between 60-90 minutes and will usually consist of a series of warm up postures (asana) that prepare your body for a peak pose and it’s variations. We will then move down to the floor for a short period of relaxation which may also include breathing techniques and meditation according to the theme of the class.
There will be a staged approach throughout the class, and I encourage you to work at your own level depending on your own physical abilities and how you’re feeling on any given day.
What should I wear?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, that give you freedom to move.
What should I bring?
If you have your own yoga mat and props feel free to bring these along, but I do have mats and props for you to borrow during the class.
You might find it useful to bring a cushion to use as an additional prop for padding under your knees for kneeling postures or under your head during relaxation. And if you wish, you may also bring a blanket for relaxation.
Can I eat before class?
Ideally you should eat 2-3 hours before your yoga class and not arrive with a full stomach. You may also want a light snack e.g. a piece of fruit one hour before class. Drink plenty of water before class and feel free to bring a bottle of water with you.
I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible enough
Yoga isn’t about flexibility or bending like a contortionist. Every body is built differently and what is an easy posture for one person will be a challenge for someone else.
Trust and listen to your body, it will tell you what feels good and what doesn’t. You will feel your body working as the muscles stretch and lengthen but you should never feel pain and if you do you should ease out of the posture straight away.
The most important thing during your practice is to breathe, and if today you just want to lie down in Savasana and enjoy the peace of your inhale and exhale, that’s absolutely fine.
How can I get the most from my practice?
This is your practice and your time to be at peace with your mind and body. Let go of the events of the day, try not to compare yourself to others in the class, simply focus your mind inward, take a lovely deep breath and consider how you’re doing today.
To help everyone enjoy the peace of the class, don’t forget to turn your phone off or onto silent mode.
How will Yoga benefit me?
Yoga is a genuine body and mind practice. There are many physical benefits which include toning and strengthening muscles, and reducing the physical signs of stress such as aching muscles. Not only this but there are a great many mental benefits, in particular lowering levels of stress and tension, helping you to focus your mind and achieve balance both physically and mentally.