Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a five thousand year old physical and philosophical system designed to improve a person on all levels. Yoga is
a Sanskrit word (from the same Indo-European root as the English word 'yoke'), which means 'union'.
Yoga teaches the student to keep their body in tune with their mind and their soul. The body, mind, intellect and breath are all concentrated when performing an asana (posture).
What style of yoga do you teach?
I teach Karuna Yoga - a form of yoga that focuses on alignment of the spine and builds flexibility and strength in
Who can practise yoga?
Everyone from children to those in their senior years. It is
open to people of either sex and of all ages, races, religions and abilities.
What do I need to bring to a class and what should I wear?
If you have your own mat, please feel free to bring it with you. My studio is fully equipped with mats, blocks, belts, and bolsters. Blankets are available to keep you warm when you are in the relaxation part of the class. Wear comfortable clothing such as loose or stretch trousers or shorts, a t-shirt. I like to wear layers.
Do you have to be really flexible to do yoga?
No. Yoga is non competitive - ie. every posture is practised to the best of that person's ability. As the yoga practice progresses, students find that their flexibility improves greatly. Area that were very stiff become more flexible and weak areas become stronger.
Do I have to be fit to do yoga?
No you do not. Yoga is non-competitive, and you will be encouraged to observe your own body and practice the postures to your own ability level. However, you will find if you practice regularly, your fitness level will improve.
I have had some medical problems in the past - does this mean I cannot practise yoga?
If you have had any major health problems in the past, please do mention these to me as the postures can be modifed to help you and if you are on any medication, please also let me know.
Do I have had to have practised yoga before?
No - the classes are for everyone - be they a beginner or have been practising for many years.