FAQs – New Yoga Students

FAQ_1Wonderful !   You’ve decided to attend a Yoga class.  Remember, we’re all different and yoga is unique in that it is very adaptable to your level of fitness and ability.  Yoga can be practiced well into old age.  With regular practice, you will notice improvements in your body and mind as you become more healthy and alert.  A subtle and positive shift will start to happen in your interaction with other people as your awareness increases –  and this is just the start of the journey!

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I’ve never done yoga before, can I come to the class?

A: Anyone with any level of fitness can attend.  I adapt my classes for all abilities and we all have to start somewhere.

Q: I’m not flexible – I can’t even touch my toes.  Is that OK?

A: Yes.  A very good reason to start and continue practicing yoga.   All the postures, sequences, and movements are adaptable so that everyone can do them.  Please let me know if you have any specific health concerns so that I can personally advise on what you should and should not try.

Q: What should I wear to a yoga class?

A: Comfortable and appropriate clothes that allow you to move freely.  During class, women usually wear leggings or jogging trousers with a vest top or t-shirt.  Men often wear loose fitting trousers such as a track suit bottom or shorts with a t-shirt.   During relaxation, you will cool down, so wearing layers is advisable

Q: What about footwear?

A: We normally practice yoga in bare feet. Wearing socks is not advisable during the practice as you may slip. Foot hygiene is appreciated! Bring socks with you for the relaxation session (at the end) as your feet might feel cold as your body temperature cools down.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A: You will need a yoga mat and, as you develop your practice, you may also need a foam block and a yoga strap – but these are not necessary for your first class. I usually have a few yoga mats for hire (£1 per class) and some new ones for sale (£18 per mat) which you can purchase before the class.   Also, bring a bottle of water with you to sip during the class.  If attending a Hot Yoga session, this is vital.

Q: Can I eat before yoga?

A: No.  Best that you do not eat at least two hours before practice.  If a special condition prevents this, eat easily digested foods, like fruit or yoghurt, one hour before class. Also, please do not drink alcohol before the class.  Have a light meal after the class.

Q: I’m pregnant – can I take the class ?

A: It is best to attend pregnancy yoga classes that are specifically designed to meet the needs of mum and the growing foetus.  After your baby is born, providing there are no complications, you can return to practicing physical yoga after eight weeks.  You can, of course, practice meditation throughout your pregnancy with wonderful benefits to yourself and baby.  

Q: Can any age practice yoga?

A: All ages can practice yoga.  My general classes (in the gym or studio) are designed for those aged over 18 with average mobility and fitness. I also run GentleYoga classes for older students and those with less mobility.  The Gentle Yoga routines are chair-based or standing-sequences.  I can recommend other teachers specialising in children’s yoga and yoga for teenagers.  Please contact me to discuss this.

Q. What is Dru Yoga?  Why is it different to other styles of yoga?

A: This paragraph is taken from the Dru Yoga website: Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being. Designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups, Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime.

Q: What actually happens in a Yoga class?

A: When you arrive you should place your mat so that you can easily see the teacher without turning your head. Then sit or lie down and relax until the class starts. When the class begins we will start with movements to warm up the body and then progress on to a series of flowing movements and traditional yoga postures, along with various exercises that will prepare your body for the postures. At the end of the class there will be a relaxation which is an essential part of the class.

Q: Are there any other times I should avoid class?

A: If you are very dehydrated, or suffering from any cold or flu like symptoms.  Please complete the pre-class questionnaire before taking your first class, as there may also be some circumstances where it may be inadvisable to practice.  If you have any concerns or would like further clarification please contact me.

Q: I have more questions !

A: Please contact me or drop me an email and I’ll be happy to help you.