what shall I wear?
Wear suitable clothing that you can stretch in, such as a t-shirt and leggings/shorts. Please don’t wear baggy trousers that trail on the floor – I need to see your ankles and the shape of your knees so that I can correct alignment. Yoga is practised in bare feet.
what shall I bring?
Using your own yoga mat is preferable for hygiene purposes so if you have your own mat and any other yoga equipment such as a belt, blocks or bricks, please bring them with you. Otherwise there will be some equipment in class for you to use. Please bring either a blanket or some warmer layers to wear for relaxation.
what should I expect?
People of all ages, shapes and sizes attend classes. A typical class consists of a variety of poses including standings, seated, twists, forward bends, backbends and inversions (according to students’ ability) followed by a few minutes of relaxation at the end. Questions during class are always welcome! I advise that you attend at least two or three classes before committing to a course, as each class is different.
Hands-on adjustments may be used – please inform me before class if you do not wish to be physically adjusted.
what if I have a medical condition?
You need to inform me prior to attending class if you have any medical conditions or injury. There are some medical conditions which would mean you’re not able to attend a regular class. Please let me know at the start of class if you are menstruating, as some poses may not be suitable that day.
do I need to be flexible to practise yoga?
No! Stiff and flexible bodies alike can practise Iyengar yoga. We use props which can assist a stiff body to achieve a posture which may not otherwise be achievable. A continued practice will lead to an improvement in flexibility. Overly flexible bodies will be taught how to develop awareness to control excessive movements which could lead to injury.
can I attend class if I am pregnant?
Yes you may, as long as you have a healthy pregnancy and do not have a pre-disposition to miscarriage. I advise you to wait until you are in your second trimester before returning to class. However, please contact me before turning up to class if you are pregnant.
will attending a yoga class conflict with my religious beliefs?
People of all religions are welcome in yoga and you do not need to surrender your religious beliefs in order to practise. If you establish a solid yoga practice, you may find that your spirituality begins to deepen and supports your existing beliefs.
what else do I need to know?
It is important that you do not eat immediately before class. Allow 2 hours after a light snack and 3-4 hours after a larger meal.
Please do not drink water during class. Drinking water whilst practising yoga interferes with the digestive system and diverts energy away from the muscular and respiratory systems. You can drink as much as you like afterwards.
If you arrive late and the rest of the class are still sitting quietly in preparation, then please wait until people have started to move around to begin the first pose before entering.
Please turn off mobile phones before class starts.