New To Yoga 2016-10-24T11:56:21+00:00

It’s a terrible thing, in life, I think, to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie

Everything You Need to Know Before You Go to Your First Class:

Wear leggings or sports shorts, something stretchy that kind of shows the shape of your legs. Vest or t shirt, preferably close fitting so that when you bend forward it doesn’t rise up. Bare feet (which smell nice : ) ). Bring a small towel and water for afterwards. We use it for loads of things.
  • Eat no less than 2 hours before a class, so your stomach is pretty empty.
  • Drink a glass of water about 20 mins before class and after. It’s better not to drink during class.
  • If it is your first class with me please arrive 5 minutes early and come and say hello! Let me know if you have any injuries or health conditions and whether you have done any yoga at all before or not (all your info is treated confidentially).
  • Yoga class is a quiet zone.  Leave your shoes and socks outside and please come into the class quietly. Roll your mat out quietly- it makes a loud bang if you just drop it down to unroll it. If you are early, lie down on your mat with your knees bent and rest :).  If you are chatting, do so quietly. Same at the end of class. Keep it quiet.
  • If you don’t understand an instruction during class, please ask straight away! Others may be confused too. I do my best but sometimes I say things wrong or I’m not clear. I need to know so thank you for asking.
  • If you have any other questions, please ask after class. I always wait for questions and comments at the end and really encourage you to do so. It’s a big part of learning, for students and teacher.
  • Remember: you do not need to do everything, just stop and rest when you need to and pace yourself. You may be tired, recovering from a cold etc, so you are encouraged to listen to your own body.
  • Remember: You can’t be bad at yoga! It is not about being flexible or super fit.  It is about exploring and working with your own body’s current needs, challenges and potential and developing mind-body awareness through the medium of movement and breath focus. That’s it!
  • If you feel stiffness or soreness the next day, try a hot shower or bath and then do some gentle stretches. Stretch it out! As you develop and strengthen muscles, a degree of stiffness the next day is just part of the process.
  • In fact, always do a few stretches the next day, practice whatever you can remember. You will learn the fundamentals of the poses twice as fast!

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