Trying something new is scary so here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that most beginners would like to know the answer to. Whether you're coming to my online class or meeting me in a yoga studio, have a scroll through and see if this help ease your doubts and worries. Do you have any more questions? Don't worry, just drop me a message and I will happily answer these directly and then publish the answers here.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO A YOGA CLASS?
Wear something that is loose or stretchy so that you can comfortably move in it. We don't want the material of your clothing to act as a restriction in movement as it can be uncomfortable.
I like to wear a longer t-shirt so I can tuck the front of my top into my bottoms to avoid it riding up. I find this helps me to relax more.
I'M NOT FLEXIBLE, CAN I DO YOGA?
Yes! This is one of the main reasons I would encourage you to come to yoga. It can help with improving flexibility and mobility in the body. Also, yoga isn't just about flexibility. We work the body actively during a class so we strengthen the muscles as well as stretching them.
WHAT DO I BRING TO CLASS?
All you need to bring to class is a bottle of water and a blanket. You can use a blanket to pad the knees, make a pose more comfortable and keep you warm at the end in relaxation. You may bring your own mat if you would like to.
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE CLASS?
It's a big decision on the day you're going to yoga class - I would recommend eating as far before as possible or if time doesn't allow that then avoid large meals beforehand. I've learnt this the hard way - forward folds can be particularly hard work when you're full. A light snack beforehand never hurt anyone though.
I HAVE AN INJURY, CAN I DO YOGA?
Generally, the answer to this question is yes! If you're ever concerned then I would recommend running it by a medical professional first. During the class, we can modify poses to make them more suitable. Honestly, this is one of the true powers of yoga as you get to learn more about your body, what it can and cannot do, and how you can adjust to respect it.
DO I REALLY HAVE TO TAKE MY SOCKS OFF?
To sock or not to sock, that is the question. Taking your socks off during class is preferred as it means you grip the mat better. However, there are socks on the market that can be used for yoga and they have little sticky dots on the sole. Just Google yoga socks!