Frequently Asked Questions
(This section is still under development)
Let's start by repeating what I said on my home page:
You don't need to be able to touch your toes
You can't 'be bad' at yoga
You just need to show up and try
Now we've got that covered, here are a few other questions you may want answered...
Can I practise yoga?
Being told that you are too inflexible to practise yoga is like being told you're too hungry to eat!
I would like everyone to feel welcome in my classes, and all levels of flexibility, fitness and experience are welcome.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do just get in touch.
What is vinyasa yoga?
The intention of vinyasa yoga is to synchronise movement with your breath and make the fluid transitions between poses just as important as the poses themselves.
This fluid movement is fantastic for your joints and building general strength and flexibility. The pace of the class can easily be scaled up or down to change intensity and focus more on strength, cardio or flexibility, and it's very unlikely that one class will be the same as the next!
No pain, no gain right?
Yoga should not hurt and if you have any aches, pains, niggles or injuries please tell me as soon as possible so that we can discuss how to adapt the class as needed.
If you feel any unfamiliar sensations in class that don't feel right, back out of the pose.
Stay within a pain-free range of movement.
Do I have to wear lycra?
The best yoga clothes are those that you feel comfortable in and you can move easily.
Depending on the practice, sometimes I'm in jogging bottoms, pjs, baggy clothes or 'typical' activewear.
One of the reasons why I would tend to choose yoga clothes over others is because they are sweat-wicking and because they are fitted, they don't get in my way or end up over my head in downward facing dog! But that is down to my preference, and sometimes it is down to convenience too (hence the pjs!)
What I do recommend are layers, as typically you will warm up during the class and may then want some extra warmth for Savasana at the end.
Is yoga a religion?
"No. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago.
The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra.
These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body."
Yoga has evolved in many ways since then and a number of branches have developed, such as vinyasa yoga.