What to expect
What is Yoga? How is it different to other exercise?
Yoga is the use of simple practices to promote a healthy and fulfilled life, and includes exercises (known as asanas or postures) and breathing techniques (pranayama).
Yoga is unique because we are learning to connect with the breath, and unite mind, body, and spirit to bring greater balance and harmony to our lives. This union works to create many health benefits. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit (the language of ancient India, where Yoga originated) word "Yuj" and means "union".
Benefits of Yoga
Many of us come to yoga for lots of different reasons, including to build strength, increase flexibility, reduce stress, heal injury, or gain a deeper understanding of life.
Yoga uses whole-body muscles, working to create better postural habits, protect the spine and bone health, build stability and improve circulation.
Connecting to the breath enhances our lung function - and by practising taking slower deeper breaths we also activate the body’s relaxation system and this is very effective in lowering stress hormone - the many related benefits include: lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved digestion, enhanced immunity, and symptom reduction in conditions such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, asthma, insomnia, diabetes, among many others. Research has shown how yoga can raise serotonin levels (the happiness hormone) and bring a sense of well-being to our lives.
I’m not flexible, can I do yoga?
Yes absolutely! Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but actually the opposite is true –yoga is an excellent way to ease stiffness and bring improved suppleness and fitness to the body. Anyone can practice yoga, and postures can be easily modified to suit any body type and ability. Classes are inclusive and welcoming to everybody.
What do I need to wear?
You do not need any special clothing or footwear for yoga. You just need to wear something that is comfortable, and that you will be able to move around in with ease – such as loose trousers and a comfortable top. You may want to bring an extra layer, blanket or shawl to keep warm during the relaxation.
Can I eat before class?
It is better to practice on an empty stomach, so best not to eat within 2 hours of class, if you do need to eat beforehand then choose something light and easy to digest.
What do I need to bring?
Please book in for the class to reserve your mat as I have a limited number available, you are of course welcome to bring your own mat. I will provide any yoga props we use, such as blocks, belts, and eye pillows. You may want to bring a bottle of water, and ensure to keep well hydrated before and after class.