What happens in a yoga class?

My classes are 1.5 hours long and are suitable for all levels of ability, beginners and improvers. Our latest classes are listed, right.

I begin by introducing a ‘theme’ for the class, this will help you understand the style of yoga we are doing and how it fits within history and modern everyday life.

After that ‘centering and warming up’ we will have a short settling relaxation to prepare the mind, breath and body, followed by a gentle sequence of exercises to warm up the muscles and joints in preparation for asana (posture) work.

Asanas (yoga postures) work to stretch, strengthen, tone and improve stamina and flexibility both physically and mentally.

We will then focus on Pranayama (breathing) exercises and techniques to develop awareness and full use of our breath. Be patient, it will come!

To wind-down we will finish the class with a meditation or relaxation, stilling and quietening the mind.

Appropriate modifications of the postures can be offered for beginners or people with health issues.

Class etiquette

Please switch off your mobile telephone upon arrival, enter the class quietly and try to avoid chatting during the practice.

Some people are sensitive to strong perfumes so please keep personal fragrances subtle.

Punctuality is appreciated, classes start and finish on time, please arrive at least 5 minutes before so you have the chance to calm yourself before we start.

A light snack, fruit/nuts 1 hour before a class is good, a heavy meal is not advisable.

Be respectful of other students in the class and the space we share on the mat and between. Honour their feelings and their personal progress and growth within their own practice.

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?

Yoga is practiced on a special mat, if you have a yoga mat, bring it along… if not, you can borrow one. You might want to consider buying your own mat – as commitment to your practice, to allow you to practice at home and for hygiene reasons.

You may want to remove big jewelry and watches for your own comfort during the class and avoid wearing heavy zips, buttons or belts.

Most people wear a T-shirt and tracksuit style bottoms, not too loose and bulky and not too snug. Light and comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely, warm in winter but cool in summer.

For safety reasons we practice in bare feet but bring socks, a sweater and a light blanket for the relaxation at the end.

Yoga is detoxifying so it is important to bring water and stay hydrated.

Yoga and you

Be kind to yourself and try not to compare yourself with others in the class.

Yoga is non-competitive and non-judgmental; each person works to their own ability. There is no ‘perfect’ posture. Be gentle, listen to your body, work at your own pace and within your own capabilities.

Please feel free to speak up if you have a question or if something isn’t right for you.

You will be asked to complete a health declaration before joining the class. It is important that you let me know if you have any injuries or medical conditions and I can offer appropriate modifications or props.

If you have a serious injury or health condition and are unsure, please check with your GP or health care provider before attending a yoga class.