It's not important to be flexible to do yoga, so don't let this put you off. I always encourage everyone to move at their own pace showing how to modify poses so each person can find their own level. This way you will soon find your flexibility increase and see improvements to your posture and general well being. Yoga is not all about suppleness and stretching. In hatha yoga we spend a lot of time relaxing and soaking up the benefits each pose offers.
What ages do you teach?
Women and men of ages are welcome to attend all my classes. Ages can range from 18-75 in class.
Do I need to be in full health to do yoga?
Many people come to yoga looking for solutions to current health issues and some are simply looking for ways to relax or to enhance their general health, energy and well-being. Yoga can help in many ways - see below for benefits. If you do have any health issues or concerns about attending a class please feel free to contact me directly or speak with me before the start of class, (all personal information shared will be kept confidential). Yoga is a personal journey and listening to your body is important. If you feel low in energy, tired, stiff or simply exhausted, by going at your own pace and by listening to what you need you will begin to feel safe and nourished and gain many of the benefits.
How many people are in a class - will I feel at ease?
Each class and venue is different but generally there are about 6-12 people attending a class. I don't over fill a studio so there is plenty of space to relax and spread out. I think it's important to make sure everyone who comes feels welcomed and I always encourage beginners to go at their own pace.
Do I need to have experience in yoga or other exercise classes?
I welcome people who have no previous experience to yoga. If you are new to yoga or have never exercised before then you may like to try a Restore & Relax class or have a one to one session to gain confidence. However you are very welcome to come and try a class before making any longer term commitment.
Can I drop into a class?
Yes. All classes have a drop in option. This is a great way to try out different classes, venues and styles of yoga.
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes. I really encourage everyone taking part to do this. By listening to the rhythm of your own breath and by going at a pace that's right for you you'll soon feel at ease. There is no competition or great ambition in yoga which for many people is a huge relief in itself!
What do I wear?
Wear loose fitting clothes such as sweat pant, leggings, long shorts, t-shirts, long sleeved tops. Layers are good as the body temperature drops in relaxation poses. You are welcome to bring a blanket to any class to cover up for relaxation. If you would like to purchase a mat please get in touch.
Prices - One to One Yoga Sessions £25 (30 minutes) £50 (60 minutes) £65 (90 minutes) These prices are for my private clinic only. Concessions available for low income/students - please contact me to discuss.
"Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can't rush. You can't skip to the next position. It's a workout for your mind, body and soul." - Madonna
8 simple steps to relax the neck and shoulders 1. Lay on the floor making sure you are warm enough as the body temperature will drop. You may wish to have a bolster or pillow under your knees. 2. Inhale deeply and stretch the neck away from the shoulders by lowering your chin towards your chest. 3. Exhale slowly letting go of the back of the neck and shoulders, allowing them to sink towards the floor. 4. Slowly turn your head to the right side so that your ear touches the floor. If your shoulder lifts, press it back towards the floor. 5. Hold this position for 2-3 breaths letting go of the arms and neck but remaining in this position. 6. Relax your breathing and your whole body including jaw and facial muscles for 5 minutes. 7. Repeat on the other side. 8. Relax for a further 5 minutes in a neutral position.
"Smile, breathe and go slowly." Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master
What is your body telling you? Physical signs and symptoms are our bodies way of telling us that something is up. If we listen and pay attention our health and well-being will more than likely start to improve. Your body is a wonderfully wise machine - it knows how to do so many things - even when you are asleep it is busy - digesting, metabolising, circulating blood and energy, healing, repairing and preparing us for another day. Yoga develops our curiosity and interest in how our body and mind is right now. It shows us how our inner world is doing and gives us space for listening and tuning in. In hatha yoga we perform slow, deliberate poses encouraging the breath into places where we hold tension and strain, helping us to release old patterns and find relief and inner space to be ourselves again.