Q. What is yoga?
This is actually a huge question and any answer we give here is the merest skimming of the surface, but, commonly in the West, it’s often used to refer to a set of physical exercises or postures (asanas) which have a myriad of impacts including re-aligning, re-energising, de-stressing and improving the wellbeing of your body. With regular practice these build strength, balance, flexibility, stamina not to mention a better body image, self-esteem, self-belief, calm, concentration….to mention but a few. Asana is only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga, the others include advice on living, breathing exercises and meditation. As a whole they are concerned with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Q: How do I choose a style of yoga?
You have the option of group timetabled classes or private sessions or both!
If you’re brand new to yoga, and interested in a timetabled class, choose one of the classes marked ‘Beginners’ or ‘All’ on the timetable.
To help you decide on a class, read on…..
Our lunchtime classes vary day to day depending on what our teachers ascertain to be the overall needs of the group. As a rule they would tend to destress, strengthen, stretch and energise.
Martin’s wonderful Yin classes on Wednesday and Friday evenings are also very relaxing and restorative. In these classes students melt into postures in a very passive and relaxed way getting into deep tissue.
If you prefer something a little more dynamic – either Jo’s fantastic Tuesday evening Detox Flow class, Charlie’s brilliant Wednesday evening Hatha class or Rebecca’s lovely Thursday evening Beginner’s Flow Yoga class could be for you. They are flowing and focus on breathing and moving in sync. These classes are still relaxing, revitalising, and stretch you deeply, but with a bit more movement.
If you’re looking for something strong, physical and sweaty, the Ashtanga Basics and Vinyasa Flow classes are great.
Ashtanga Basics is perfect for those new to Ashtanga and lovely for those with a practice looking to develop and hone their practice. In the class we spend time focusing on the various postures of the Ashtanga Primary Series to help you with your alignment, modifications and tips to maximise their benefit for you.
Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga are strong, move at a pace, work up a sweat and are a great way to strengthen and tone whilst calming the mind and releasing tension.
Q: What should I wear?
Comfortable, breathable clothes are recommended for yoga. You probably want to wear a top that is a little bit form-fitting, since it can slide down in upside down poses. Any exercise pants or shorts will do. We practice barefoot.
Q: What kind of equipment do I need?
A yoga mat creates traction for your hands and feet so you don’t slip. It also provides a bit of cushioning. We have mats for students to borrow if you don’t have your own.
We also have blankets, blocks and straps to borrow. Bring your own if you like.