FAQs about attending a yoga class for the first time
What do I need to bring with me? Always bring a yoga mat with you. Optional extras are: a blanket for the relaxation, a slim pillow to pop under your head, yoga blocks (to aid sitting). Some people bring a bottle of water.
What Should I wear? The dress code in my yoga classes is casual! Wear clothes that are comfortable, stretchy, and that you can move easily in. Wear layers to ensure you don't get too hot, or too cold.
Can I eat before the class? For your comfort it's best to leave some time between eating a heavy meal and doing exercise. This is mainly a matter of common sense, finding out what suits you best, and what fits in with your schedule.
Can a beginner attend an "Intermediate" yoga class? All my yoga classes are mixed ability. I find beginners integrate really well into the classes, and soon pick up how to do the yoga poses etc. My classes have a mixture of people of all ages and abilities.
If there is space then you can try out one class for £10 to see if the level is right for you. Please email me to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to be super-fit or hyper-flexible to join the class? No! The classes are aimed at a level that is suitable for those of average fitness and who are in overall good health. If you are looking for boot-camp yoga, then my classes are probably not for you! Most of my students report back that attending the classes does improve their flexibility, suppleness, strength, overall fitness, and general sense of well being.
Will I be safe in this class? I am an experienced and fully insured British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher. I teach a range of yoga poses that are enjoyable, effective, and safe for most people. I encourage students to work at a level that is safe and enjoyable for them. There is never any pressure to do anything you don't want to do. I often offer gentler alternatives to poses, especially for those who are being careful with backs, knees, hips etc.
I will never physically adjust you in a posture without asking your permission first (and I rarely do physical adjustments, preferring to give spoken instruction to students instead).
If you have any health concerns then please contact your GP or health professional before attending.
Are the classes for women only? No, everybody is welcome to join my yoga classes, and there are usually a mixture of women and men in the class.
Where will I park? There is plenty of free parking at Radbrook Community Centre. And there are bike parking racks at Radbrook Hall. And if you live near enough, walking to class is a great way to warm-up for the class!
I look forward to welcoming you! I hope you feel reassured about coming to one of my yoga classes for the first time. Yoga is so beneficial; improving flexibility, suppleness, building core strength, focussing the mind, and it's relaxing too!