Yoga is for Everyone regardless of age, religion or level of fitness. There are many different styles out there, you just need to do a bit of research to find the one that’s best for you. I offer classes to all levels from gentle yoga to yoga for athletes.
Yes absolutely! You do not need to be super bendy to practice yoga. In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up and balance you out. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga's health benefits. Yoga is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to suit your needs. In alignment based classes you have time to learn about posture and correct muscular action while using props to help you get the full benefit of a pose without compromising your alignment.
The best way to start is by attending a few 1 to 1 sessions if it is affordable for you. Otherwise signing up to a Beginners Course or my Wednesday morning or Monday evening class are also great options. The pacing of the classes are steady allowing you enough time to really learn the basics well and gain confidence. Practicing with other people can be a lot of fun and once you have an understanding of the fundamentals of alignment, breathing & movement you can join any classes and practice safely, listening to your body.
If you have not practiced yoga before it is not the time to throw yourself into a dynamic flow yoga practice. It is advisable not to practice in the first trimester of your pregnancy unless you already have an established yoga practice and you know your body well. If you have any history of miscarriage it is definitely not advisable to practice at this time. In second and third trimesters you can take specific Pregnancy Yoga classes which are very supportive for you and your baby. If you already have a strong yoga practice and would like to join a regular class you must inform the teacher in advance to ask if you can take part. If you would like to come to one of my classes you can and will be given appropriate modifications. I have completed an in depth 85hr Yoga Alliance certified Pre and Postnatal training so you will be in safe hands. Please contact me directly.
Consult your doctor first and if you get the go ahead contact the teacher and ask for advice on what practice may be most suitable for you.
Bring yourself, a yoga mat if you have one and an open mind. Wear some comfortable clothing that stays in place and allows you to breath and move freely.
It is best not to eat a heavy meal before a class because it can make you feel nauseous if you practice on a full stomach. Give yourself 3 hours to digest before your session and if you are hungry have a smoothie or a healthy snack.