Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yug’, which means to ‘yoke’ or join together. We say that yoga is the union of mind, body and breath. By focussing on the breath and moving the body in rhythm with our breathing, we can help to calm the mind.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR?
Comfortable, close-fitting clothing such as leggings and a t-shirt is fine.
You may want to wear a jumper for the beginning of class on colder days, but we’ll soon warm up.
Class is done in bare feet, so no need to invest in any expensive trainers here!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO A YOGA CLASS?
You’ll need a yoga mat – there’s lots of options online, but Yoga Matters has some great mats that are also relatively cheap too.
A couple of yoga blocks and a strap is recommended, but not essential. These are aids that can help you develop your practice.
If you struggle with bearing weight on your knees when kneeling down, you may wish to bring a blanket with you to offer a little more support in these poses. Blankets are also really handy to cover up with at the end of class during savasana (the final resting pose). Your body temperature will drop during this pose, so a blanket will keep you warm.
WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS YOUR CLASS?
I was trained in Sun Power Yoga and this is a vinyasa-style practice. Vinyasa simply means that you flow from one pose to the next, in time with the breath. This style of yoga builds heat in the body and helps to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and calm the mind.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING DURING A YOGA CLASS?
We’ll typically start with some gentle stretches, gradually warming the body up as we bring our focus to our breath.
We’ll then start to build up some more heat with sun salutations – a series of poses that help to warm up the body.
Once we've warmed up, we’ll move on to strength-building exercises, such as standing postures, balances and exercises on the mat.
To finish class, we’ll rest in savasana, letting our practice settle into our bodies and enjoying a few more moments of peace!
DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA?
Absolutely not. This is a common misconception and stops a lot of people trying yoga.
Yoga is all about developing your own individual practice and finding out what works best for your body. You never want to feel any pain - this is your body’s way of telling you you’ve gone too far. Just work within your limits. There’s no pressure at all.