Beginning a Yoga Practice
Please note, all of our classes ~both private and public Yoga classes~ are now online via Zoom. We were all a little hesitant to begin, but have found our feet and are pleased to continue in this way until we can once again be together in person. For more information please be in touch.
Here are few pointers to make your transition into the practice of Yoga an easy one:
What to wear:
Yoga is best practiced barefoot. The reason behind this is because we slip less on our mats, and feel more grounded and connected to our movement. For reasons of hygiene if you prefer to bring your own mat to class, please feel free.
Loose comfortable clothing can be worn but even better is stretchy, tight clothing that moves as your body moves. This way, as a teacher I can assess your alignment more easily and you’ll be comfortable during your practice.
How close to eating can I practice Yoga?
Eating a large meal no closer than 3-4 hours before practicing will ensure your body is not using your vital energy for digestion. This also means you’ll feel lighter and more comfortable during your practice. A snack can be taken between 30 min to 1 hour before your practice.
Water can be taken before and after a class. This is encouraged as we tend to clear toxins from the body in the practice of Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breathing exercises).
Do I have to be flexible to practice Yoga?
“Do you have to be strong before going to the gym?” No, but you do need to be guided safely, and as a teacher that’s what I’m here for.
What if I have an injury? Should I refrain from starting Yoga?:
The degree of injury, as well as the type of injury will determine the answer to this question. It’s important that your teacher knows any concerns you have about your body before you begin the class. In all of my classes you’ll often hear the encouraging words of “listen to your body.” When taking this on board you learn to trust yourself and your limits to progress safely.
What if I’ve just had a baby?
The answer to this question will also differ depending on the type of delivery and your physical condition before giving birth. As a general rule you need to wait six weeks to 3 months after a cesarean, and start back slowly. With a vaginal birth, it’s important that you also start slowly. Some women are able to come back to a gentle class after about three weeks time, whereas others need to wait for a few months. Being aware that the hormone Relaxin can stay in the body for up to six months after birth, a mindful practice is necessary.
A note on starting times:
I start class at the advertised time. Please do your best to ensure you arrive to class between 20 and 5 minutes before the beginning of class to settle in, arrange your mat and props and place your belongings.
Should you have any other questions please ask these before class begins.