"Do you teach Beginners?" ~ ABSOLUTELY! I love teaching anyone who is curious to know more about yoga, no matter haw much they have heard about it, read about it, or actually practiced it. You might find it useful to read a little more about the different styles I teach. Try them all or stick with one which suits you. There is something for everyone.
"What do I wear for a Yoga class?" ~ Whatever you feel comfortable wearing I would say. I advise having some form of leggings or tracksuit bottoms which allow you to bend comfortably at the knees. A top which allows for you to lift your arms above your head is great too. It's your practice so do what feels good for you.
"Will others in the class judge me if I'm the only beginner?" ~ I encourage my class participants to bring focus to their own mat and even close their eyes during certain parts of the sequence so that a personal experience can be formed. Zoom classes also offer students that extra layer of privacy since it is your choice whether to turn your screen away or even to switch your screen off. You'll still be able to see what I'm doing. My ethos is kindness towards oneself as well as others and I have often been touched by the smiles and encouragement my students offer one another. There can be a wonderful sense of community which builds between practicing yogis which is one of the reasons I love what I do.
"Do I have to subscribe to Zoom to join an online class?" ~ Not in the least bit. I have a subscription and have set things up in such a way so that you have a steam-line experience. If you have not downloaded the app to your computer, I would advise doing this ahead of time so that you are all set for the session time. Once you have selected your chosen class from my schedule, you will progress through to secure payment. Once you have booked your class, you will receive an email with the link to the class. When the time comes for you to access the class, all you need to do is set aside the time, find a spot where you will not be interrupted, turn off your phone, join the meeting, and enjoy!
TRY A CLASS ~ Book today & see how my teaching style works for you. The link below will take you to my booking site & secure payment.
In Daniel Simpson's Book, The Truth of Yoga, he says: 'The Sanskrit word for hatha (pronounced "huh-tuh") translates as "force," and thus a "forceful" form of yoga. However, texts that instruct it say it should be practiced shanaih shanaih, which means "gradually," "slowly," or "gently."'
I would suggest that if you are new to yoga, you may find a Hatha class appropriate. People often think that Hatha Yoga is the easiest form of yoga but it can be very strong! You will be invited to move from pose to pose at a steady pace and will also have the chance to build strength, flexibility, and balance. The muscles are engaged and linked with the breath. At a steady pace, the practice becomes a doorway to moving meditation. This is a wonderful platform for any practice and especially prior to a move towards the 'dance-like' styles of yoga such as Vinyasa flow.
A yoga mat is not essential. You may find that over time, there are some poses which feel more enjoyable when your surface is less likely to let you slide. You may wish to keep your socks on at all times during a class. However, it may be that bare feet offer you the opportunity to feel more connected to the ground and less likely to slide around. I would advise wearing some form of leggings, shorts, or tracksuit bottoms which allow you to bend comfortably at the knees and a top which allows you to bend at the elbows.
Yoga props can be really useful in offering support or accessing some of the pose modifications. However, there is no need to go out and buy props since cushions, blankets, books, and even a belt from a dressing gown can prove just as useful. If you want to invest in some prop to support your practice, I would really recommend a bolster or block.
"What is Yin Yoga?" ~ Yin Yoga is a 'quieter-style' of yoga. I love to combine mindfulness techniques with this slow-paced style of floor-based poses. The poses are often held for up to three minutes. They stretch and cool the body, help to bring the focus deeply inside, and allow us to target connective tissues (fascia and ligaments). Designed to promote a great night’s sleep, my 5.45-7pm Yin Yoga offers you the chance to balance energies and generate profound stillness at the end of the working day.
"What do I wear for a Yin?" ~ Again, whatever you feel comfortable wearing. I advise having some form of leggings or tracksuit bottoms which allow you to bend comfortably at the knees. A top which allows for you to lift your arms above your head is a great idea too. I also recommend having layers to add as the body may cool down during the practice. Please remember, it's your practice so do what feels good for YOU.
"What if I'm not bendy?" ~ I encourage my class participants to bring focus to their own experience, without judgement, that's it! The practice offers the opportunity to target those areas in the body which might be holding on to tension or held 'energetic memory.' The Yin poses offer many opportunities to release in the hips and spine. These areas, for many, are the most tight in the body and the ones most in need of the greatest kindness and patience. Any 'letting go' can take time and so working slowly (sometimes over many years) we can unknit the effects of tension, stress, and resistance held in the body and in the mind. The invitation is to release expectations and preconceptions around whether you are 'bendy enough for yoga.'
"What equipment will I need for class?" ~ A Yin practice can be really lovely with the support of cushions, blankets, books, and the belt of a dressing gown. If you have yoga props, please bring them along. I like to say to my students at the outset of class to "Get Proptastic!" This means, gathering around yourself all those things which will give you many options in the poses (and in Yin, there are so many options for each pose). If you want to really indulge in a sense of total quietitude and surrender in the closing relaxation, you may wish to treat yourself to a mini bean bag to place over the eyes! This class comes with a WARNING: You may find you don't want to get up afterwards since you are likely to feel totally chilled out!
TRY A CLASS ~ Book today & see how Yin Yoga works for you. The link below will take you to my booking site & secure payment.
Simply put, it's half Yin Yoga and half Hatha in a steady, flowing style. The Hatha sections may include some 'flows' which some will know as Vinyasa (breath-synchronised, dance-like movement). These sections are gently paced to allow the mind and body to tap into pure enjoyment). I open the class with a short meditation or breathing exercise and close with a relaxation. The session is designed to get the energies flowing in a smooth way for a refreshing, relaxing, and positive start to the day.
You are in complete control over the pace and depth of your practice, at all times. You will have the opportunity to build some heat in the body and may find that you get that 'sweaty top lip!' The poses in the Yang phase promote strength, flexibility, and balance as we harness the solar, active, stronger aspects of life, reflected in the body. This wonderful combination of styles is designed to promote a balanced sense of well-being. I love to teach and practice the Yin / Yang combination as it harness the solar as well as the lunar energies in the body. In everyday language, this means, there are moments that will be still and meditative and others where the muscles will be engaged.
A yoga mat is not essential. You may find that over time, there are some poses which feel more enjoyable when your surface is less likely to let you slide. You may wish to keep your socks on at all times during a class and that is completely fine. Again, it may be that you find that bare feet offer you the opportunity to feel more connected to the ground and less likely to slide around. I would advise wearing some form of leggings, shorts, or tracksuit bottoms which allow you to bend comfortably at the knees. I would also advise wearing a top which allows you to bend at the elbows and comfortably reach your arms above your head.
Yoga props can be really useful, especially for the Yin phase of the practice. However, there is no need to go out and buy props since, at home, cushions, blankets, books, and even a belt from a dressing gown can prove just as useful. In the studio, all props are provided although some students prefer to bring their own mat. If you want to invest in some item to support your home practice, however, I really recommend a bolster or block. I would recommend having an extra layer ready for the relaxation pose at the end as the body is likely to cool down after the Yang section of the class.