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:

You just need to be able to move around comfortably enough. Anything comfortable and a bit stretchy, like leggings, tracksuit bottoms or sports shorts. Vest or t shirt,  sports top, sweatshirt, you might prefer a top that doesn’t rise up when you bend forward. We usually have bare feet (which smell nice : ) ). Bring a small towel and water for afterwards. .

  • You will probably be more comfortable eating at least an hour or two before a class, so your stomach is more on the  empty side.
  • As it is physical activity, it is a good idea to have some water about 20 mins before class and after
  • If it is your first class with me please arrive 5 minutes early and come and say hello! We will already have spoken on the phone or exchanged emails about whether 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.  Please take off your shoes by the door and come into the class quietly. Please roll your mat out quietly- it makes a loud bang if you just drop it down to unroll it. If you are early, enjoy a few minutes sitting or lying down on your mat and rest :).  If you are chatting, please do so quietly.
  • If you don’t understand an instruction during class, please feel free to 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 feel free to also ask after class or you can email me. I always wait for questions and comments at the end of class and really encourage you to do so. It’s such a helpful part of learning, for students and teacher.
  • Please note: Feel absolutely free to pace yourself in class. It is a good idea to pause and take a breather, take things in for a moment, whenever you feel like it. Sometimes it is helpful to just watch for a minute.
  • Please note: 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, as we develop mind-body awareness through the medium of movement and breath focus. I offer various options so that you always have an accessible starting point.
  • As you move in new ways, you might feel stiffness or soreness the next day as your tissues adapt. You could try a hot shower or bath and then do some gentle movement.
  • It’s great for learning if you try a few moves the next day, whatever you can remember. Showing people what you’ve been doing in class can be fun and motivating as well ; )

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For someone who started yoga to improve fitness for other sports, Justine has converted me to a yogi – the classes have been enjoyable and educational, a regular highlight of my week. I leave class feeling more grounded and energized.  Justine displays the spirit of yoga with ease
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