How do I know which sort of yoga is suitable for me ?I currently teach Ashtanga ( as taught by Sri Pattabhi Jois ), Vinyasa Flow, Gentle / beginners yoga, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra. My classes are clearly marked which are which.
Ashtanga is a physically challenging and mentally stimulating dynamic practice linking breath with movement and working through a set series of postures. For my regular Ashtanga class I ask for a 6 month yoga practice and a reasonable level of fitness. It is relatively easy to keep up a home practice as the postures are the same each time. If practiced regularly it will increase stamina , strength , flexibility and muscle tone. After a class you will feel energized and refreshed. For my Introduction to Ashtanga classes no experience of yoga is needed but a reasonable level of fitness would be helpful.
Vinyasa flow is a more creative flow again linking breath with movement . The postures vary from class to class . Some classes will be a general flow but others will look at specific issues like back bends , twists etc. My vinyasa flow are suitable for all levels including beginners.
A slower paced class with fewer positions, longer holds and extended meditation and savasana. This class will suit all including beginners and those returning to yoga after a break. The class is more focused on general well being .
Pranayama and Yoga Nidra
Pranayama is a series of breathing exercises to energise , calm and balance usually done as a separate practice to asana and on an empty stomach. Pranayama is not suitable if you are pregnant or think that you are. Yoga Nidra is yogic sleep where you remain totally aware but are completely relaxed. It is a little like a guided meditation. It is said that just 40 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of normal sleep.
What do I need to wear / bring ?
Wear comfortable clothing but don’t wear anything too billowing to avoid any wardrobe malfunction when moving around. You may also want to bring a water bottle and towel . I strongly recommend that you bring your own mat for hygiene reasons. I can advise on brands and types of mat – please contact me for assistance.
I only carry a limited amount of mats which are available to borrow on a first come first served basis.
Yoga is practiced bare foot.
What happens in class ?Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the start of class to settle in and 15 minutes early at your first class to fill in the health / registration questionnaire.
Then it depends to a certain extent on the yoga – whether it is vinyasa flow or Ashtanga.
Generally speaking though there will be some pranayama ( breathing exercises ) to start , then a warm up , a series of postures and them a cool down and ending with savasana ( relaxation ) or yoga nidra ( yogic sleep – a sort of guided meditation ).
There may also be some yoga philosophy teaching and some chanting ( you don’t have to join in if that makes you feel uncomfortable ) .
Do I need to be fit ?Not really. As we practice asanas ( postures ) we do move around whether in a Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga class . My classes therefore are not suitable for those recovering from surgery or with limited mobility .
I am happy to recommend local teachers who can assist if you fall in to one of these categories if you would like a class environment or I can offer personalized and tailored 121 teaching . To find out more or to book a class, call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.
Modifications to lessen a posture and options to go deeper are always offered in my classes .Please let me know in advance of attending a class if you have any health issues . When you attend your first class I will ask you to fill out a health / registration questionnaire.
Do I need to be Hindu or religious or spiritual ?No . You can attend my classes for purely the physical benefit but I do include some philosophy and chanting from time to time in my classes . You do not have to join in but if you do want to join in help is available with pronunciation etc.
How do I pay / What does it cost?At the moment all classes are drop in at £8 for an hour or £9 for 1 ¼ hours and 1 ½ hours is £12 . Class passes/ loyalty schemes are available. You can pay in cash for individual classes on the day or by bank transfer in advance of the class. I do not accept payment by cheque for individual classes. You can pay for class passes by cash , cheque or bank transfer - payment to be made in advance of the class or on the day - please enquire for further information.
What if I pay and then cannot / decide not to attend ?
I do not provide refunds if you decide not to use up a class pass. You can transfer it to someone else provided you notify me of their identity before they attend their first class. If you are unable to attend a workshop or day retreat which is sold out if I have a waiting list and can fill your spot then I will issue a refund ( less a 10% admin charge ) provided you cancel at least 3 days before the date of the workshop and 7 days before the date of the day retreat.
Otherwise I do not issue refunds but you can transfer the booking to someone else provided you notify me of their identity before they attend the workshop
To find out more or to book a class, call me on 07803 586161 or get in touch via my contact page.