What to bring
Please bring a yoga mat and cosy blanket for final relaxation
I always have extra equipment you can borrow before you invest in your own
Before the class
Do not eat for at least 2 hours before the class. Please arrive a few minutes early. Classes will start and end on time. Please switch off mobile phones and leave shoes outside. Please inform me of any medical condition after consulting your doctor. Trust your own intuition about how far to push yourself physically. You should not strain yourself, but you do need to work and push beyond some of your perceived boundaries. Remember that yoga is not about competing with others.
What to wear
Loose comfortable clothing such as T- Shirts and jogging pants/loose trousers. Yoga is done in bare feet.
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) provides insurance cover. BWY is recognised by the Sports Council as the governing body for Yoga in Great Britain.
At the start of your first class you will be asked to complete a confidential registration form detailing any medication, injuries or conditions. This is important to ensure that you can practise safely and be given alternatives where necessary. If you wish to discuss anything in private, please contact me either at the beginning or at the end of the class.
What should I expect in a yoga class?
Yoga classes have three aspects:
ASANAS or Physical Poses
The Asanas are designed to free our mind and body from tension and stress. They relax, rejuvenate, and energize the body and aim to bring the body and the mind into a harmonious union. Please trust your own intuition about how far to push yourself physically. You should not strain yourself, but you do need to work and push beyond some of your perceived boundaries. Remember that yoga is not about competing with others.
PRANAYAMA or Breathing Techniques
Pranayama is the control of breath. The breath is regulated and controlled through the practice of breathing exercises. The duration of inhalation, retention, and exhalation of breath is regulated with the aim of strengthening and cleansing the nervous system and increasing a person’s source of life energy. Pranayama practice also makes the mind calmer and more focused.
Yoga Nidra – is a state of conscious deep sleep. During the practice of yoga nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at the deeper level of awareness. It is sleep with a trace of deep awareness. It is state of mind in between wakefulness and dream.