WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

A simple guide to allow you to get started on your yoga journey
  • Yoga is for everyone

A big concern I hear from students before they start is that they don't feel flexible or fit enough to practice yoga. You do not need to be flexible or super fit to do yoga. It can really benefit everyone - whether you have tried it before or are a total newbie. I promise that you don't need to be able to touch your toes to practice yoga and it's okay if some areas of your body feel tight. Yoga can help you become less stressed and more present, allowing your body and mind to relax. So although flexibility is not the main goal of yoga, over time your body can become more mobile.

  • Listen to your body

Yoga is completely non-competitive and safe if practiced properly. Listen to your body throughout your practice, moving slowly and gently with your breath. Respect your body's limits and only move to places that feel accessible. Yoga should never feel painful or too uncomfortable. If it does, just back out of a pose and check if you need to re-adjust your alignment or take a different variation on offer. Remember, everyone's body is different and your body might not feel the same every time you practice. Be gentle with yourself throughout the practice! 

  • You can use props to help you

Props can help you during practice by supporting you in asanas (poses). These can be belts/straps, bricks/blocks, cushions/bolsters or even a wall. It is not necessary to have these to practice but might benefit you in certain poses. For example: they can help with alignment; they can assist your balance; they can make poses more comfortable and accessible; or they can help you stay in poses for longer.

  • Setting up your space (online class)

We often begin yoga with a short meditation and try to remain focused on the body, mind and spirit throughout. So...

  • Try to find a space that has minimal distractions

  • Set up your mat if you have one and allow enough space for you to move freely

  • Have props nearby if you wish to use them

  • Optional: you could burn some essential oils, light some incense or use a candle to create a comforting atmosphere

  • Arrive on your mat with an open heart and mind

  • What should you wear?

You don't need any fancy or expensive clothing to practice yoga. All you need is something comfortable that you can easily move in. This can be loose or tight fitting; it's entirely up to you. 

We usually practice yoga barefoot to give us more grip on the mat. You can get socks with grip on the soles if you prefer to wear socks and don't want to slip. 

  • Should I eat before yoga?

It's recommended that you don't practice yoga on a full stomach. It's okay to eat something light if you need to but it is better to hold off on a big meal until after you've finished your class. This is so the poses are more comfortable for you and saves you from feeling sluggish during the digestion process.

  • Do I need to bring my own equipment?

The Yoga Alliance guidelines state that people should be encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible during these times. So, if you have a mat, blocks and/or straps of your own then please bring these along to practice if you can. 

However, we will still have our eco-friendly mats, blocks and straps at the studio. So, please do not let this put you off. Equipment will be cleaned before each class to ensure we are all kept safe. 

  • What has changed with the Covid-19 regulations?

  • Mats will be spaced 2m apart from the centre of the mat.

  • Hands on adjustments are not possible for now.

  • Where possible, please come already dressed for yoga.

  • Where possible, you are encouraged to bring your own equipment.

  • Windows will be open to ventilate the hall before class and during if possible.

  • Please keep socially distanced from others and sanitise your hands before entering.

  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay at home. 

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