I’m a beginner, can I still join a class?
This is my most frequently asked question! I know it might sound a little strange when you have never been to a yoga session before, but each yoga practice can be followed at your own individual level. We always work within our own capabilities each time, so it is possible for you to join a class as a beginner.
Can I drop-in or do I have to book?
All Pregnancy classes at Edgerton must be pre-booked. You can choose to pre-book or drop-in to Hatha classes at all the other venues.
What should I wear or bring?
An open heart and mind! Plus, you should wear loose, comfortable clothing and for safety reasons, we will practice many postures with bare feet. You will need a blanket, or similar, to keep yourself warm during relaxation. At Edgerton, all equipment is provided. At other venues, bring a yoga mat if you have one, though I usually have a spare one or two that can be borrowed. Particularly in the cooler days of winter, I would recommend you dressing in layers so you can adjust your temperature as required.
I’m not fit or flexible or young or female or … or … – can I do yoga?
“When we realize that what we are advancing toward is not some physical form but an inward recognition of the truth of who we are, then we will not feel ourselves to be failing if we cannot attain difficult postures.” (Donna Farhi, Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living)
“Yoga is an invitation to explore, not a command performance” (Danna Faulds)
Regular Yoga practice gives direct benefit to everyone, regardless of ability, age or levels of fitness. If it is some time since you did any form of exercise then naturally, it will be best to start off gently. Ahimsa, the yogic practice of non-violence should be followed when practicing yoga – respect your body’s limitations and inner wisdom, if something feels wrong, please do not do it. We are all different. Yoga is not competitive – even with yourself!
People who come to my classes come with a varied range of experiences, ages and flexibilities and my approach is to suggest different levels within most of the postures, so that everyone can listen to their own body and respond accordingly. I offer suggestions to work with breath awareness, which from my own experience enhances your connection to your inner voice.
Can those with health problems do yoga?
Yoga can benefit many common dis-eases. Before you start the class, especially if you have a particular health challenge, you may wish to consult your health practitioner. I will ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire and discuss any issues that may affect your safety and welfare in the class. Naturally, anything you tell me will be treated in strict confidence. Please remember to let me know before each session of any changes or injuries that may affect you.
Are there any other guidelines?
You should practice with an empty stomach, though a light snack of fruit or juice is fine. Remember to turn off your mobile phone during class!