Are you ready to plunge into yoga?

When we start something new, we often have a few questions about what to expect. Here are the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by new yoga students. If you have a question that isn’t covered here, then feel free to either speak to me at the end of class, or email me.

What should I wear?

You need to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. It’s good to wear layers as it’s surprising how warm you can get once you start to move. Don’t wear clothes that are too loose though, as this can get in the way in some postures. You will need to take your socks off once we get started!

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

I will be providing supplementary equipment, such as blocks and belts. However, you will need to buy your own mat. I'd also recommend bringing a blanket - this is useful for padding knees during certain postures and also for covering up during relaxation. Additionally, if you'd like to use an eye pad during relaxation, you will need to bring this yourself.

What can I expect from a class?

Classes are carefully planned to include a warm-up for the specific postures we’re going to be working on, the postures themselves and relaxation. We will also typically include a simple breathing practice. Students can sometimes find relaxation difficult as it seems as though you’re not actually doing anything. But, relaxation has many benefits, so please make sure you stay until the end of class.

What do I need to do if I’m late to class?

It’s a good idea to aim to arrive at least 10 minutes before class is due to start, so you have time to settle before we begin. If something unexpected happens and you do arrive late, please come into the class quietly so you don’t disturb anyone. We always do a warm-up at the start of the session, so if you miss some of this, make sure you start slowly.

Can I eat before class?

It’s recommended that you leave at least a 2-hour gap between eating and practising yoga, you may find if you’ve eaten a heavy meal that you need to leave a bit longer than this. However, you do need energy for yoga, so if you haven’t eaten for long time, or you’re very hungry, it’s worth having a small snack that’s easily digested, such as a banana.

Why must I complete a medical questionnaire?

There are a few yoga postures that you shouldn’t do if you have certain medical conditions, so it’s important that I know of any conditions you have. Postures can be modified or alternatives offered if necessary, so you can always participate in a way that suits your needs.

What do I do if my circumstances change?

You need to tell me if anything changes with regards to your medical health, if you fall pregnant, or if you have an injury. Please be assured that all information is treated as confidential.

Will I ache after class?

Yoga involves physical movement and it can also engage muscles that we don’t use during other types of exercise, so you may find that you ache a day or so after class, although this should lessen over time. You shouldn’t, however, experience pain. If you do, then please let me know and we can change the way you are practising if necessary.

Why do I need to sign up for a term at a time?

This is partly to do with class planning, but also so you get maximum benefit from coming to class. When you commit to a full term (usually about six sessions) it allows me to structure each class so that it builds on the foundation of the last, so you can develop your practice over time. If you can’t make a class for any reason, please email or text me, so I know not to expect you.

Most important, enjoy your yoga class!