People often ask me if my Yoga Classes are hard? Let me set you at ease, they are not.
My classes are as challenging as you need them to be on any given day. After you have been practicing for a while you see that your body will often react differently from one class to the next, even throughout a single class from one side to the other. When you look close enough, no two poses you do will ever be alike. It is my job to guide you into practicing poses safely and within your limits, it is your job not to let your ego push you past those limits. I design my yoga classes to meet you where you are and you must always remain where your breath is. ( we will discuss this more in class 😉)
Arrival: please try to arrive five-ten minutes before class starts, I will need some information from you before we start and we can talk about your expectations and any concerns that you may have.
What to wear: leggings or loose comfy pants on the bottom. Please be comfortable, which you won’t be if you are fidgeting around trying to keep your arse covered. Yoga is not an Instagram fashion parade, it is one place where you must dress for comfort over style. You may like to bring socks for our meditation at the end of class but we will practice in bare feet for safety. If you are prone to cold feet and are uncomfortable you can buy Yoga Socks with special grips on the soles.
On the top, layers are good to peel off during class if you get too warm and you can reapply for meditation. Best not to wear anything that falls over your head during forward bends.
Please refrain from wearing perfume during class, a clean body and a roll of deodorant is all you need. Chemical smells are distracting when we practice and may cause headaches and sneezes in your fellow students.
Eating before Class? It is better not to eat within a couple of hours before class, but if you must, enjoy something light such as a piece of fruit and a herbal tea.
What to bring: a mat, a drink bottle, a blanket and a small cushion for your head. If you do not have a mat let me know I always carry a few spares and you are welcome to use one while you are deciding whether or not yoga is right for you.
Savasana Meditation: Don’t leave class during Savasana, our final pose. It is your time to relax, time for your body to reset and adjust to any changes our practice has brought. I will often use a singing bowl and Reiki to set an atmosphere of serenity as I guide you through a meditation while you simply focus on your breath. Leaving at this time is disruptive, if you must go early please ensure it is during our Savasana preparation time.
Okay so with the basics out of the way, trying new things can be scary. Coming along with a friend helps but that is not always possible and even with a friend your negative internal dialogue can still kick in. Let me try to put your mind at ease.. no one is looking at you. Not one person is class is bothered about your size, your tummy, your butt, lack of flexibility, lack of physical stability, if you wobble, shake or even fart! Yoga is an internal practice. Throughout class, I encourage you to turn within, to focus on your breath and to draw your attention to what is happening on your mat. Yoga class is your sacred space, to let go of stresses and worldly worries, Yoga time is all about YOU.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
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