Guidelines for attending a yoga class
Can I eat before a class?
You should practise with an empty stomach – no food for at least 2 hours prior to the class.
Can I still take part if I have health issues?
You must fill in a medical form before you participate in your first class.
The class is designed for all levels of fitness but if you have special medical conditions please consult your doctor for advice first. In most cases, you will still be able to attend. Although some of the postures or movements may not be suitable, you will be offered alternatives so that you can practice safely and reap the benefits of yoga.
You should always have a chat with me at the start of the class if you have any concerns about your health, or if you have suffered any injuries.
What should I wear?
Wear light comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely. Given that we will all be bending and stretching, to prevent any embarrassment, it is best to wear clothes that protect our modesty!
I have never tried yoga before and I’m not flexible!
My yoga classes are available to everyone regardless of their experience and bendiness! I teach in a way which allows every person to take each pose to their own level; don’t worry what the person on the next mat is doing – it is your practice. With regular practice you will see your flexibility and strength improving. I will support you in achieving what is best for your body.
Most importantly, yoga is non-competitive! Don’t compare yourself to the person on the mat in front; everyone’s body is different! Enjoy your own experience during each session. You may find your flexibility varies from class to class; sometimes the time of day can influence the flexibility and mobility of the body.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
You will need a sticky mat (yoga mat); once you decide you love yoga you will probably prefer to buy your own, but whilst you try out your first few classes, I have a few mats available for students to borrow for the class.
You may also need a block or foam brick; again, I have a few of these that can be used by students whilst in the class.
The relaxation at the end of the class is the most important part of your practice and because you will be lying still on your mat you might feel a little chilly, therefore it is a good idea to bring a jacket and socks with you, and maybe even a blanket if you like.
Please arrive in plenty of time for the class as late comers cause disruption for others.
You should practice yoga with clean bare feet; for your safety, socks should be removed before beginning your yoga practice. If this is not appropriate for you, special non-slip yoga socks can be purchased.
Mobile phones should be switched off during your yoga practice; enjoy the peace without outside distractions! Please try to remain quiet in the yoga room before and during the class. You should use this time to relax your mind and body.
Please make sure you disclose any medical conditions on your medical form and inform me of any concerns at the beginning of the class. You should also keep me updated if there are any changes to your health (including injuries and pregnancy).
Enjoy your yoga!