What happens in a yoga class?

Everything you learn in class has a practical benefit to your everyday life and wellbeing. You can take the practices back with you to use whenever you need them.

Centring to Let Go

At the beginning of the class we spend a few minutes to settle and slow down; persuading your mind to move away from your to do list. This time helps you to consciously bring your mind to focus on your practice and what's happening for you now moment to moment. In some classes this is sitting on the floor, in others it'll be lying down.
 
Postures to Stretch, Strengthen and Realign

These movements, stretches and balances are called asana in yoga. They're performed lying down, sitting, on all fours and standing. Each class includes a balanced combination of these different movements to gently release tension, increase flexibility, improve balance and build strength. They can be tailored to suit your body and your needs. Most importantly, you don't have to be flexible to start a yoga practice. There are lots of different alternatives and ways to support you as we practice. Wellbeing Yoga and Wellbeing Yoga Basics classes are a good beginning if it's been a while since you've been active.
 
Breathing to Calm, Soothe and Uplift

Most of the time we only use a small amount of our lung's potential. Stress, muscular tension and restrictive clothing limit your space to breathe stopping it becoming full, deep and relaxing. Breathing techniques in yoga are called pranayama and along with postures to unwind tension, they're designed to improve the quality of your breath. The way you breathe is intertwined with your mind, making it a perfect way to release overthinking, anxiety and stress. Breathing practices are often sitting down, but there are also variations standing and lying down too.
 
Relaxation to Unwind

Relaxing at the end of class allows you space to absorb the benefits of yoga and to help to refresh your mind and body by resting completely. Like any skill, it improves with practice!
 
Grounding to get ready to meet the everyday world again

We take time at the end to 'come back down to earth' so you're safe for your journey home again. It's usually something simple like a mindful stretch in time with your breath and to thank the whole class for sharing the practice.

 

Any Questions?

Helpful Information

If you're feeling a bit nervous about coming along to a class for the first time, it can help to know what you expect when you get there. Here's some information to get you started, but feel free to drop me an email or give me a call to talk things over. I'm always happy to help.

Do I need to be fit or flexible?

Not at all. Yoga is all about 'starting where you are now'. Wellbeing Yoga classes are are tailored to your own needs and ability. Dynamic Flow Yoga needs a little more strength and has deeper stretches. It's fine for active beginners, but not suitable if you have health problems like high blood pressure or heart conditions.

What do I need to wear?

It's important to be comfortable so you can relax and stretch into each movement, and also have space to breathe deeply and comfortably. There's no need to buy something special (unless you particularly want to), a t-shirt and joggers are great. I also suggest an extra layer like a sweatshirt for postures on the floor and a blanket is lovely for relaxation at the end.

Do I need special equipment?

You can practice yoga anywhere without any equipment at all. In class I suggest that you use a yoga mat to keep your feet stable in standing postures. I have lots of spares for you to borrow if you don't have one already, along with foam blocks, blankets and pillows to support and ease you through your practice.

Covid-19 note: I can't sanitise equipment between classes, so best to bring your  own equipment with you during this time.

When is the best time to start yoga?

Now! Students in my classes range from 20 to over 80 years young and we're all kinds of different backgrounds, shapes, abilities and levels of experience.

I'm feeling a bit shy about coming on my own...

I understand completely. It's perfectly natural to be nervous about starting something new. These are friendly classes and you'll be in good company. Lots of people come along on their own and make friends when they arrive. No need to be shy - there's a warm welcome waiting for you!

 

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