Frequently asked questions......
Please also see Guides to Booking / Practice on Booking Page which offers useful information on:
New Starter (Health Questionnaire Screening Form)
Yoga/Covid Advice (for everyone attending in-person classes)
Zoom Session (for anyone wanting to join my Zoom sessions)
Terms & Conditions (for booking/payment/attending)
Outdoor Yoga (which is offered seasonally)
How do I join your classes?
Please look at CLASSES page for general information.
Please look at BOOK + Pay Online page to make a booking.
All the information is there for you on my website, if you have any issues, please contact me.
Do you need to be flexible to join your Yoga classes?
No absolutely not, but with practice, your flexibility and strength will naturally improve, along with the many
other benefits of yoga. Everybody is different, so you will be encouraged to work at your own pace and level
to suit you, variations or alternatives can be given.
What should I wear?
Wear loose, comfortable and layered clothing that allows you freedom of movement to keep you warm/cool.
Yoga is done in bare feet but bring socks to wear especially during the relaxation.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
During Covid restrictions: You will need to bring all your own yoga equipment, essential is a proper yoga
mat; optional is a yoga block or small cushion is also useful for seated postures or under the head; a lightweight blanket is also useful for extra support
in places or to keep warm during relaxation as the body temperatures naturally drops when you relax.
Are the classes drop-in or by term?
During Covid restrictions: The classes are on-going subject to my online schedule. All are bookable + payable online, NO DROP INS are acceptable at the moment while class numbers are restricted due to social distancing.
What style of Yoga do you teach?
I would say I have an eclectic style which is a synthesis of all my many years of yoga practice & training - but it is broadly based on a foundation of
Hatha Yoga. The classes involve yoga asana (postures & sequencing; breath-work; relaxation & mindfulness meditation practices. I also incorporate Energy Medicine Yoga practices to activate/balance the energy body.
I also teach Seasonally, changing on a monthly basis which has a specific focus, to balance the energies of the particular season.
This helps us to get the most out of our practice and adds lots of variety & interest.
I use more Yang style practices for stimulating skeletal & cardiac muscles; more Yin styles for working
on bones/joints & their connective tissues; and Yoga Therapy variations to target specific body
We always begin with a mindfulness practice to help us centre-ground & inhabit the body, connect with
the breath, and bring us into present moment awareness - and intentionally, continue with this attitude
throughout the practice. A guided final relaxation at the end of class, helps us to absorb the benefits
of the practice, let go of any residual tensions, find a place of ease within the body-mind, leave with a
feeling of calm and rejuvenation. Have a look at About Yoga page for more information.
I have health issues - can I still come - is it safe for me to take part?
If you have a health condition you should seek medical advice from your GP before joining the class.
In the majority of cases, you can still attend and practice safely, in fact many GP’s now recommend
yoga to help with certain conditions such as back-weakness, stress, depression. Certain movements
may not be suitable for you but you will be advised what these are and an alternative option offered.
You will be requested to complete a New Starter health questionnaire before you start and disclose
your health status. This will help me advise you on what is and what is not suitable for you and also
practices that may help your condition. This information is held in confidence and will be discussed
privately. Perhaps booking a 1-1 session could be a good place to star?
Is yoga just for women or can men practice too?
Yoga is for everyone – everybody! If you have a body and a mind – If you want to improve both – then yoga is the way. Men sometimes can already be muscularly strong from dynamic sports – but may lack flexibility, or don’t know how to relax or recover from strenuous exercise – yoga is an ideal practice for such people – as we train the body and the mind to bring about balance in both. You will find other men in my classes – so don’t be afraid!
If you prefer to be taught by a man, Neil Ivision is the teacher I would recommend: 07814 806 489.
Are you Qualified & Insured to teach?
Yes. I have over 35 years’ experience of yoga, teaching for 30 years; initially qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and the Sivananda Yoga Tradition.
I have also trained as a Mindfulness Facilitator with the Mindfulness Association at Samye Ling in Scotland and I'm a registered Specialist Back Care Teacher with Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs. My teaching qualifications demand I keep up my professional training and self-development, so I can remain insured and up to date, so my training is on-going.
Can I start a class while I'm pregnant, or recently had a baby?
If you are already a student with me, just let me know if you get pregnant and I will advise how you can continue to practice with modifications and variations as your pregnancy develops. If you are new to yoga, I'd highly recommend you joining a special pregnancy or post-natal yoga class.
The person best qualified to do this in this area is with my colleague:
Clare Cooper 07906 188 345
I can also recommend Emily 078852275 or Facebook: Mini Yoga who offers Mother & Baby Yoga.