Understanding Yoga; from beginner to advanced
I’m not flexible – Can I do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for Yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin Yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find Yoga practice will help you build strength, co-ordination and a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
What should I bring to a class?
You won’t need to bring anything except yourself and some comfortable, breathable clothing. Yoga is practiced without shoes and all mats, blankets and a variety of props are provided at the studio. Of course feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer!
Can I eat before my class?
Try not to have a large meal before your class, perhaps try eating lightly a few hours beforehand.
How long does a class last?
Most classes last approximately 1 - 1 ½ hours but it’s a good idea to try to make sure you have allowed plenty of time if you can to avoid rushing!
How many times per week should I practice?
Yoga is amazing – even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can and want to do more that’s great – don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle – do what you can and don’t worry about it.
How is Yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Unlike stretching or many other fitness programmes, Yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of Yoga. Even within the physical practice Yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without judging or labelling them. Your body is likely to become much more flexible by practicing Yoga – and so is your mind.
Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion and is practiced by those with a wide variety of spiritual beliefs. It began as a philosophy in India some 5000 years ago. Sometimes interweaving with other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, it is not necessary to study these paths in order to practice or study Yoga.