Starting a new journey can be daunting. We hope this Frequently Asked Questions will help you to make the right descisions!
Do you have parking space? We have ample parking for bicycles and three spaces for cars. For the time being, roadside parking at Hawthorn Way is free.
I have never done yoga before. What should I begin with? Beginners’ courses and classes! Even if you consider yourself athletic and sporty we would still recommend that you attend a couple of beginners classes first – these will give you a better sense of what yoga is about, what some of the most common postures are and how to practice safely. Our beginners courses run regularly – click here for the next course dates – and ‘drop-in’ classes are on Tuesdays at 7.45pm (Iyengar Yoga - Introductory Level), Wednesdays at 6.15pm (Vinyasa Flow for Beginners) and Thursdays at 7.45pm (Hatha Yoga for Beginners). If none of these fit your schedule – don’t worry, there are plenty of other classes that are accessible for beginners. Either drop us a line on email@example.com or come by for a chat.
What should I wear? Anything that is comfortable and easy to move about in. Soft and stretchy fabric – any tracksuit trousers or leggings with a vest or t-shirt - will do. Yoga is done barefoot so there is no need to worry about shoes either. (However、 if you feel very uncomfortable without socks we’d recommend to look out for ‘yoga socks’ – the ones that look like foot gloves with a compartment for each toe and with griping soles to prevent slipping).
Do I need a mat? You only need to bring your own mat for the Hot Yoga classes. Otherwise our studio is fully equipped with mats and other props like blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets etc. – just come along!
But I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?! Yes. In fact, if you are not flexible we would recommend that you do some yoga! While the media is full of people turning themselves into pretzels this is just one tiny facet of the universe of yoga. Yoga is many things. One of the core texts, Bhagavad Gita, says: ‘yoga is the journey of the self through the self to the self’. You don’t need to be flexible to journey through yourself! Yoga creates inner awareness of your body and mind, promotes discipline and courage… the traditional goal of yoga is to reach enlightenment! In modern classes we do stretch and strengthen ourselves, sometimes in a gymnastic way, but the goal is not to show what you can do but to find out for yourself what you can do – or what you can’t do, or what happens to your mind if you can or can’t… As long as you can breathe you can do yoga. And if you’d like to become more flexible, do come and do some yoga, mindfully, and one day you may surprise yourself!
I have had an injury/ chronic condition/ disability – can I do yoga? In principle, yes. To begin with, there are no physical restrictions to meditative practices or the study of yogic philosophy – all that is yoga too. But we also offer a Mobility-Friendly Yoga class, a Yoga for Healthy Backs class and more besides. If you think there is something that could hinder your physical yoga practice do two things: Step 1. Discuss it with your GP. While yoga can be very therapeutic not all classes may suit everyone so make sure you know what kind of movements are allowed for your body at this time and what you should avoid. Step 2. Then get in touch with us to find out about the right starter class(es) and courses. You can also drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are sure we’ll find a good fit for you! Please make sure you fill in a registration form on your first visit to the centre which gives you the opportunity to let us know about any health issues.
What is a course, and what is a class, and then there are workshops …? I’m confused! A ‘class’ is a self-contained unit. It enables you to come and join the practice whenever you want. A course involves progression from week to week so it’s advisable to take all the units of a course in order to get the most out of it. A workshop involves a deeper look into one topic and can be self-contained or part of a ‘series’. Workshops can last from a few hours (in which case they are like a longer class) to a few days (in which case they are more like an intensive study course), depending on the topic and the depth at which the topic is studied.
What is the difference between …. ? The long list of classes with unfamiliar names can be very confusing. The description of each class is here but by and large look out for the following: ‘Hatha Yoga’ is an umbrella term for largely physical yoga practice but in many studios' timetables (including ours) it refers to a traditional and slower step-by-step approach. Anything called ‘Vinyasa’ or ‘Flow’ is likely to be more faster paced or, as the name implies a ‘flowing’, dynamic approach. Neither is better or worse or more or less advanced – which style you chose to practice depends on your temperament and goals but in general we recommend beginners to try hatha yoga first to give you time to familiarise yourself with postures and alignment points.
Can I bring my child to a yoga class? We have yoga classes for children in all age groups – from 3-month old babies to rebellious teenagers! For detailed information look hereand here! All are very welcome (though booking ahead is advisable as these classes are very popular and some run as courses). In some cases children or young people may be allowed to attend a class along with their parent. Please speak to us directly about this.