What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient system developed in India which aims to free the mind from being weighed down by the ‘stuff’ of everyday life through a combination of physical and mental techniques which will bring the body, mind and spirit into harmony.
What style of yoga do you teach?
I teach ‘vinyasa krama’ yoga, a dynamic, flowing style with emphasis on synchronising movement with breath and sequencing postures step-by-step towards a particular end. My classes, like many yoga classes, are posture-based and sometimes include practice of particular breathing techniques.
What should I wear?
Wear something stretchy and comfortable, but not too baggy (so your clothes don’t get in your way). Legging, shorts or jogging bottoms and a vest or fairly fitted T-shirt would probably be best. We practise in bare feet.
What do I need to bring to class?
Bring a sticky yoga mat if you have one, or you can borrow one from Stonemonkey. There are yoga props (blocks, bricks and straps) at Stonemonkey and I bring extra if I’m planning to use them in class, so you don’t need to bring your own unless you prefer that. We do often get sweaty so bring a small towel if you think you will need one. Some people like to bring a bottle of water for rehydrating afterwards. You might want a jumper or socks to keep you warm for the relaxation element, though there are blankets available at Stonemonkey for this too.
When should I arrive for class?
Come 5-10 minutes early if you can, so you aren’t in a rush. Please sign the attendee list and pay before class starts. At Stonemonkey there are two toilets and a small changing area.
I can’t touch my toes. Can I still do yoga?
It doesn’t matter how flexible you are. Everyone’s body is different and I offer variations on the postures so that you can find a version suitable for you.
I have an injury / medical condition. Can I still do yoga?
Please check with your doctor before deciding to come to class, and call me or come early to class to tell me about your injury / medical condition before we start. Always listen to your body and rest during class if you need to, or stop doing something if you are in pain.
What if I’m pregnant?
Please check with your doctor or midwife before deciding to come to class. If you haven’t practised yoga before, then a pregnancy yoga class will be more suitable for you. If you’re already practising yoga regularly, then you are welcome to come to my class and I will offer you modifications, though please bear in mind that (a) I am not a pregnancy yoga teacher and (b) my class may not be appropriate for you. Always listen to your body and rest during class if you need to.