FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear?
Loose, light comfortable clothing, which allows you to move freely. Please watch out for buttons and zips. Layers are a good idea to help regulate temperature between more demanding and cooling practices. You do not need to wear sports or gym specific kit. Yoga is practised barefoot to enhance grip and balance.
What should I expect?
Yoga is non competitive and can be practised by everyone, regardless of age, ability, or level of fitness.
You will be encouraged to work within your own limits. Going slowly at first, feeling your way into the postures. Listen to your body and don't push too hard. Practices are taught progressively. Please stay at the level that is right for you, which may vary from day to day. If something doesn't feel right, then back off a little.
Given regular practise, you will become more aware of your body's abilities, progressing gradually throughout your yoga journey.
Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring a yoga mat with you. Other useful items if you have them are a blanket and cushion. You may also like to bring a bottle of water.
Will the equipment be provided?
Yoga mats are not provided. Mats will be available to purchase, or you can bring your own.
Please bring any additional props that aid your usual practise.
I will provide props depending on the class being taught: blocks, bricks and belts will be available to make adjustments to your practise where necessary and to keep you comfortable in postures.
What is the style of yoga you teach?
My teaching has many influences, but is based primarily on the classical system of Satyananda Yoga, which is a traditional Hatha Yoga style. It incorporates a wide range of practices from both ancient and traditional sources, whilst making them relevant for modern living. Breathwork (pranayama), relaxation and meditation are equally important parts of my teaching, alongside the traditional physical practices, asana.
Is Yoga religious?
Whilst practising yoga can be a spiritual experience, it is definitely not a religion, nor is it connected to any religious organisation. I see yoga as being a practical aid to life.
Can I keep my mobile phone switched on?
All devices must be switched off during the class. This is to respect your fellow students and to preserve the focus of the class.
I have a health condition. Is it safe for me to practise Yoga?
All new students are required to fill out a Student Registration form. Please fill this out ahead of your first class.
Generally, most health conditions can be accommodated for with sensible adjustments or alternatives to your practise. Please let me know in plenty of time ahead of your first class.
Something has changed with my health / personal situation. How do I let you know?
Please update me on any new health conditions via the Student Registration form.
What if I have a long standing injury or chronic condition, can I still practise yoga?
If this applies to you and your GP / health practictioner is happy for you to do yoga, then please feel free to come along to class. Yoga can be very benificial for many types of chronic pain. Please ensure you contact me before class to advise of your circumstances so that I can accommodate you and make appropriate adjustments to the lesson.
Can I eat before a yoga class?
Ideally, it is advised to wait at least 2 hours after meal, or an hour after a snack. Equally, it is not a good idea to come to class with a raging hunger!
What if I am late?
Please make every effort to arrive a little early for class so that you have time to set your mat up and settle yourself before we begin. The class will start promptly and begin with a quiet centring practise, so late arrivals can disrupt this for others.
If you are late, please try to be as considerate as possible to your fellow students and join quietly.
What if I need to leave early?
It is beneficial to stay for the duration of the class to experience the full effect of the practices, and to minimise disruption to fellow students. I always try to finish classes on time, but this unfortunately sometimes cannot be prevented. If you do need to leave early, please make sure it is before the end of the final practices of breathwork and relaxation.
What is the refund policy?
Unfortunately, I am unable to offer you a refund if you are unable to attend a pre-paid class, session, course, workshop, or retreat, regardless of the circumstances.