I have put together some of the most frequent questions I get asked. Also a description of the classes I teach — plus a little bit of Yoga class etiquette.
- What should I wear for yoga class – My main suggestion would be to come comfortable, leggings, joggers or loose-fitting shorts, a vest, t-shirt and a cosy sweatshirt. Wear layers you can easily remove, try out moving around before, and a word of advice for the ladies do the bend and stretch test before class to check if your leggings are see-through, I have seen my fair share in class. Just make sure that whatever you choose is form-fitting, or tuck your shirt into the waist of your pants, so that it’s not billowing out as you move through different poses. You don’t need special shoes as Yoga is performed barefoot.
- Don’t take a class on a full stomach. Trying to do Yoga right after mealtime will hinder your practice. For your body to twist and hop into poses, the stomach can’t be digesting something substantial. I suggest eating 2 hours before practice, but if you aren’t able to and are starving, I recommend having a banana no less than 20 minutes before class.
- Arrive early. Head to the studio at least 10 minutes before the scheduled class. Arriving soon also gives you a chance to set up in a prime location and perhaps even connect with the teacher. Be sure to say it’s your first time at Yoga and alert them of injuries or concerns before class begins. I will be happy to guide you through any modifications or reservations you may have.
- Use props. A strap, and block all offer something a little different to a beginner’s practice, but each helps your body get into a deeper version of a pose. Straps and blocks give you a little extra room to twist.
- What to bring – Consider bringing a water bottle, towel, and yoga mat. A water bottle (for hydration), small towel (for sweat), and mat (on which you’ll perform your poses) and a blanket for added comfort are four tools that could enhance your class. You can bring your own, although I do also have a limited supply, for first come first served.
- There might be chanting. Depending on where you take Yoga, there might be some Sanskrit chanting at the start or the end of class. If you’re not comfortable with this, there’s no pressure to take part. Relax, breathe, and keep an open mind. If you’re interested in trying, do your best to keep up with the class, but no one will notice or mind if you mess up a few words.
- No need for socks or gloves. Sticky yoga socks and gloves are marketed for yoga beginners, but there’s no need to invest in either of these unnecessary yoga accessories. They provide your body with a false sense of being grounded into your mat, something that consistent yoga practice will do naturally with time.
- Child’s Pose is always an option. There might be yogis of all levels practising in class, so if there’s a pose you don’t understand or aren’t ready to try, don’t be afraid to take rest in a gentle Child’s Pose. This posture is always an option if you lose your connection to your breath during class. It will help you zen out and tune into your body’s needs.
Vinyasa Soul flow
Vinyasa Soul Flow yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practise becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. As we ride the waves of breath in our Yoga practise, we learn to ride the waves of change in our lives with more ease. This class moves from pose to pose with each held for no more than five to eight breaths. Expect a fully balanced class of forward bending, twists, backbends with opportunity for inversions. All levels are welcome to join this vigorous practice in finding one’s state of flow!
Reset & Recharge
A mindful, slower-paced class to revitalize the mind and body. Aspects of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga will be featured in this class while linking movement to breathe. All levels are welcome to attend.
Power & Prana Vinyasa Flow
Let’s flow! This class will guide you through energetic and quick flowing sequences, with a dynamic mix of postures. It will allow you to release stress while still building strength and gaining flexibility. All levels welcome, as modifications are always offered!
A slow, meditative class, that gently stretches the deeper muscles, joints and fascia in your body and helps quieten the mind. In Eastern traditions, Yin is a compliment to Yang. Yin yoga complements a more dynamic yoga practise because it can add new qualities. Softening, letting go, backing off and allowing the breath to still the mind are all gifts of a yin practice. Time, as duration, is an essential aspect of the practice, allowing your body release to gravity and be carried through by the slowing breath.
By switching on the parasympathetic nervous system, this practice helps reverse the effects of stress and cultivates a sense of equanimity and relaxation. The class will take you through a series of poses that are held for a substantial period (3–5 mins). All poses have modifications, so this class is suited to all levels and ages. Since poses are mostly floor-based, bring warmer clothes and socks.
Yin Yang Fusion
Yin-Yang Yoga combines yin yoga with a flow practice. The Yin portion of this class is a gentle, quiet, and meditative practice that teaches us to relax and accept ourselves just as we are. All poses are done on the floor so that the muscles can relax and allow the deep connective tissues surrounding the hips, thighs, and lower back to be gently stretched. Through mindful stretching, Yin Yoga maintains the health of the connective tissue and encourages a free flow of qi (energy) in the body. Poses are held for more extended periods (generally 3-5 minutes), and awareness is brought to sensations in the body.
The Yang portion of this class allows us to integrate this openness and awareness into a sense of steadiness and alignment with a short, gentle vinyasa flow in our practice. This class is suitable for all levels.
Reset & Recharge & Revitalize
A mindful, class to revitalize the mind and body. Aspects of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga will be featured in this class while linking movement to breathe. All levels are welcome to attend.
Meditation & Breath
This class will alleviate stress and anxiety while helping with concentration and sleep. … Meditation can be done in a chair or seated on yoga blankets. Calm your mind, settle your body and find a softer focus to your day. Beginners to practising meditation will benefit from this class.
This class consists of breathwork and then progressing into guided meditation techniques, meditation from many traditions which may include: Mantra meditation, guided imagery, mindfulness etc…