Q: HOW IS YOGA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER EXERCISE PROGRAMS?
A: The physical aspect of Yoga is only a part of the benefits. The meaning of the word ‘Yoga’ is interpreted as ‘union’ or ‘yoke.’ Yoga integrates the body, mind and breath; which assists to still the fluctuations of the ever busy mind. This combination of body, mind and breath, helps us to turn our attention inward and are therefore able to be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO DO YOGA?
A: No. Through the practice of Yoga, you will achieve flexibility. You will also create long lean muscles, rather than the limitation of ‘bulked up’ muscles!
Q: IS YOGA A RELIGION?
A: Yoga is not a religion, but a philosophy that began in India about 5,000 years ago. Yoga is non-sectarian, but it contains the ability to deepen anyone’s faith. Yoga is inclusive, welcoming all no matter.
Q: DO YOU HAVE BEGINNER CLASSES?
A: Classes are designed to cater for all levels of experience. Modifications and adjustments to each posture are explained, enabling each to benefit and to practice safely. Yoga is also NOT competitive and the meditative quality that is created in following the breath assists in a focused awareness, or ‘mindfulness’, of how your body is feeling. The key is to listen to your body and adjust to what feels right in each movement. No student is ever expected to do everything. Within my classes, you can do as little or as much as you need.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BEGIN?
A: All you need is for you to arrive; body and mind, with a bit of curiosity! Mats are available in studio, but you might want to purchase you own in time. You are welcome to bring your own water to drink, preferably before and after practice. Wear comfortable clothing which allows free range of movement but a top that is not too baggy. Yoga is done barefoot, so no special footwear is needed. During summer you might want to bring along a towel, and during the colder months a blanket or light throw to keep you snug during the relaxation.
Q: CAN I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
A: It is not advisable to arrive after a heavy meal as the undigested food will create discomfort. During Yoga we twist from side to side, turn upside down and bend forwards and backwards. However, you can eat a light meal such as yogurt, a few nuts or juice about 30 minutes before class.