frequently asked questions
On a physical level most people notice after their first few sessions an increase in flexibility and energy. They also have an awareness of the release of tension, improved sleep pattern and immune system. Emotionally yoga enables you to experience a more balanced, calmer, self confident you. Yoga makes you feel happy and alive as it relaxes and re charges your batteries.
Yes, of course you can! Yoga is suitable for everyone. It’s a gentle, relaxing exercise which is adaptable regardless of age or mobility. Once you start stretching, energy blockages are released and through regular practise your body naturally becomes stronger and more flexible.
What is yoga?
Yoga is the science of wellbeing; combining movement through postures, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and guided meditation to improve your overall wellbeing. Yoga originated in India and it's development can be traced back to over 5000 years ago. Yoga is not a religion; it can be practised by anyone of any faith and can be adapted for all ages and abilities. Please note our classes and workshops are suitable for adults. Through regular practice of yoga you'll discover how to tune into and listen to your body in order to improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, and cardiovascular health, as well as self confidence and happiness. Once you connect with your inner self your personal awareness enhances bringing with it a more balanced and harmonised Mind Body and You.
It's recommended that you practise yoga with an emplty stomach or eat at least one hour and a half before your yoga practice to enable your food to digest. Certain yoga movements like Cobra can feel really uncomfortable if practised on a full stomach.
Once you begin to practice yoga on a regular basis you will notice the release of tension and a general sense of 'feel good' as your body begins to respond and your muscles strengthen within a few weeks. Yoga teaches you to be more physically and mentally aware - aware of what is going on inside of you and outside of you.
Will I feel stiff after a yoga class?
No you should't feel stiff after a yoga class. Naturally, you may feel aware of muscles that you haven't used for a while if you're new to yoga. Water helps fuel your muscles, so drinking water before and after yoga will help keep muscles flexible as well as help boost your energy levels. It's important to always practise yoga mindfully and in a way that's comfortable for your own body, within a class that's suitable for your fitness level and never work into pain. Inform your yoga teacher if you experience any difficulties. If you do experience any pain please check with your doctor for advice before continuing with yoga.
What if I have health concerns or a medical condition, can I still do yoga?
If you are unsure about any health issues, or haven't done any exercise for a while, please check with your doctor for advice before doing any yoga. Please also contact us before coming to a class to talk about what would be the best form of yoga for you e.g. gentle yoga, relaxation and meditation class or a one to one session. Before the start of each yoga class or workshop it is important that you advise the yoga teachers of any change in your health or medical information. It's also important that you only do what feels comfortable for your body and let the yoga teachers know if you experience and difficulty. Always practice yoga mindfully and in a safe, comfortable way for your body.
We recommend that you consult your doctor if you're new to yoga. Yoga is not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy. If yoga has been a big part of your life style prior to your pregnancy then adapted yoga poses can also help to keep your body healthy, flexible and strong during your pregnancy. If you are pregnant, please contact us for a chat before a class or workshop.
As with all forms of physical exercise, if you have any health issues or concerns please consult your doctor before starting. The yoga sessions are not a substitute for medical counselling or treatment. It is generally wise to wait ten weeks after giving birth before resuming exercise, however please check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your health. If you have recently given birth, please contact us for a chat to before a class or workshop.