Frequently asked questions
What should i wear to a class?
Wear something that is comfortable and that allows you to move freely. Sweatpants or leggings are a good option along with a singlet, t-shirt or exercise top. Socks can be worn, however are not required.
What should I Bring To A Class?
A water bottle, towel and yoga mat if you have one. If not, mats to be borrowed are available.
Can I Still Do Yoga If I Am Pregnant?
The short answer is, yes. Yoga is a wonderful way to connect to both your body and your baby during pregnancy in a relaxed, casual environment. Yoga encourages your body to stay both strong and supple during pregnancy in a way that is low-impact and beneficial for both your body and your mind. Stretching and breathing exercises also help to prepare the body for birth. However, when pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby it is best to seek a medical professional's approval before starting any new exercise technique. It is also important that you inform the instructor before coming along to a class as certain exercises will not be appropriate.
What if I have a medical condition or injury?
The thing I love the most about yoga, is that absolutely anyone can do it. What I would recommend is to inform the instructor before coming to a class and simply participating in what you can. If you have a dodgy knee or a weak shoulder, even more reason to start doing Yoga or Pilates! If you have a serious injury, disability or medical condition please seek advice from a medical professional before coming to a class.
...But I can't even touch my toes!
Great! Somewhere to start then! Being inflexible or unfit is not an excuse not to do yoga, it is a reason to. I love seeing how people grow and develop through yoga, and how something that at first seemed impossible is now a part of their weekly routine. You will be amazed at how fast your body will adapt and change. Don't believe me? Come along to a class and see!
Will Doing Yoga Help Me To Lose Weight?
Yoga, is at its core, a form of exercise, and like any other exercise, it burns calories and can help you shed some weight. Something unique about yoga is that it helps to balance your metabolic rate and hormone levels. Cortisol is a hormone that you have probably heard about in relation to the fight or flight response that is triggered when we get stressed. In our cave man days, this response was very important, and often saved our lives. In today's world however where the response is triggered by road rage or work pressure as opposed to a rabid beast or a cave-in, the production of that much cortisol, can cause a few upsets within the body. Symptoms such as insomnia and most frustrating of all, weight gain. Yoga Asana's and breathing exercises help to slow down your heart rate and lower your levels of stress, therefore lessening the production of cortisol and allowing your weight to balance out once again.
Copyright Alice Posner 2015