"Grace, beauty, strength, energy and firmness adorn the body through Yoga."
Yoga Sutra III.47

Practical Information

(or Some things that you need to know before you start practising yoga)

O.K. So you're ready to start practicing yoga. You probably have a few questions that need answering before you come to your first class. I hope that you will find the answers on this page.

If you are coming to one of my classes and you have a query that is not answered here then please contact me.

Remember if any part of you is damaged, broken or not in full working order or if you have any doubt as to whether yoga is appropriate for you please consult your yoga teacher or health care provider before your first class.

Before the yoga class

Don't eat a large meal in the 2 hours before the class. Remember you are going to be twisting, turning and hanging upside down!

If you are feeling tense, frazzled or stiff then a bath may help you to relax before the class.

Please avoid marinating yourself in strongly fragranced products as this can get right up your neighbours nose!

Arrive for the class in good time. At the first class tell the teacher of any medical condition, injury or physical limitation that you have. At subsequent classes inform the teacher of any new condition or injuries or changes to existing ones.

If you are pregnant... It is recommended that pregnant ladies who have not been practicing yoga regularly should wait until the second trimester before taking it up. Remember to tell your tutor that you are pregnant! More information about Yoga in pregnancy.

If you have undergone surgery... Please wait until your body has healed before starting the practice of yoga and heed the advice of your surgeon/doctor. Remember to tell your tutor!

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What to wear for yoga

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is not going to restrict your movement. It is useful to wear layers so that you can adjust your clothing to suit your temperature.

Yoga is performed with bare feet so you will not need any special footwear. But please cover any cuts, verrucae, infections etc to prevent cross-infection.

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Equipment required for yoga

Yoga mat... to provide you with a non-slip surface to work on. These are widely available from sports shops, superstores and the internet. Make sure that your mat is at least as long as you are so that you don't hang off the end when lying down. Some mats sold for yoga/pilates are a little on the short side. Longer length mats for longer folks can be obtained from online suppliers.

Blanket... useful for providing cushioning for knees and warmth during relaxation.

Small cushion (optional)... to place under your head during relaxation.

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Format of the yoga class

Typically we begin with a few minutes of quiet, lying on our backs with our legs bent. This is a time to put aside the trials and tribulations of the day; to bring our scattered thoughts back to the present; to become aware of the body and breath; and to begin to release the tensions of our body.

Often a shanti patha, a calling for peace, is chanted at this time. The shanti patha asks that we will not be distracted by things going on around us or by the more troublesome things going on in our minds.

Then we practice yoga asana, physical postures and movements, to bring freedom to the body. Yoga asana makes up the longest part of the class.

Next comes a breathing practice.

This is followed by a period of relaxation which may be a talk through relaxation or simply a time of quiet.

We close the class sitting quietly while a peace prayer is recited. Then we bring our hands together into the prayer position (anjali mudra), bow to each other and say 'namaste' which expresses the sentiment...

I honour the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.
I honour the place in you that is love, of peace, of light, and of truth.
When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One.

Finally...

I look forward to welcoming you to your first class very soon.

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