Frequently Asked Questions

 

What shall I wear?

  • Wear some stretchy or loose fitting clothing to enable you to move with comfort throughout the class.

What Shall I bring?

  • A yoga mat if you have one, or feel free to use the mats provided until you have your own.
  • A blanket or warm clothing for relaxation.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is of a combination of postures, flowing movement, meditation, breathing techniques and relaxation. When which practised together improve bodily awareness, create a balance of strength and flexibility, and connect and calm the body, mind and breath making you happier, healthier, and a generally fitter person.

 

I am stiff/overweight/advancing in years/a man, can I still do yoga?

The simple answer is yes to all of the above.  Yoga is for all ages, shapes, sizes, sexes, and abilities.  There are many different styles of Yoga, some strong and fast paced, some slow and gentle with lot of variety in between, so there is a style of yoga to suit most peoples needs.

 

Is Yoga predominantly about stretching and making you more flexible

It is a commonly held myth that Yoga is just for contortionists. There is so much more to Yoga than just improving your flexibility and tying yourself in knots. That is a very small part of Yoga.  A well thought out and balanced Yoga class should improve and balance both your strength and your flexibility.  It will also improve your awareness of your alignment changing unhealthy patterns of movement the healthy ones preventing and in some cases reversing the effects of "wear and tear" and bad postural habits. these things combined create balance and calmness in both body and mind.

 

Why do I need to refrain from eating a meal 2 hours before the class?

Practicing Yoga on a full stomach can make you feel nauseous as you twist, turn, backward bend and fold forward. Practicing on an empty stomach will help prevent this.  If you feel you need to eat something to keep you going a light snack such as a yoghurt or a hand full of nuts half an hour before class is fine.

 

Why do I need to refrain from eating a meal 2 hours before the class?

Practicing Yoga on a full stomach can make you feel nauseous as you twist, turn, backward bend and fold forward. Practicing on an empty stomach will help prevent this.  If you feel you need to eat something to keep you going a light snack such as a yoghurt or a hand full of nuts half an hour before class is fine.

 

 

Pregnancy/Prenatal Yoga

 

When can I start coming?

If you’re new to Yoga, it’s best to wait until 16 weeks pregnant until you start attending a Yoga class. If you’ve practiced yoga regularly before, then its fine to continue before 16 weeks providing you feel able to do so. By 16 weeks the placenta is fully developed and nurturing you baby and so the pregnancy is considered established. This is when most people start to feel more energised and nausea tends to subside. 

 

Can I eat before class?

It’s best to leave 2 hours after having a meal before practicing Yoga. This is especially important during pregnancy as the digestive system slows down a little. However, if you’re hungry just before class it’s fine to have an easily digestible snack such as a fruit, nuts or biscuits.

 

Can I PracticeYoga over 37 weeks

It’s fine to practice Yoga in late pregnancy, with some changes to aid your comfort and meet your needs in the class.  Continuing to Practice Yoga in late pregnancy can help to mobilise and stabilise the hip and pelvic area. It can also help you become more familiar with helpful birthing positions and breathing techniques to aid you through the birth of your baby. It’s a good chance to rest and relax before welcoming your baby into the world.

 

General advice

It’s normal to feel muscles that you’re not used to using especially if you’re new to Yoga. Move slowly to a position where the breath is easy, and the joints are comfortable. Never force or strain.  Rest and come out of a pose when needed.

 

For those of you who have practiced yoga regularly before your pregnancy, you may notice that you feel more supple. However, it’s important to back off a little from where you are used to going to in a pose. You will notice that some poses and practiced are practiced differently.  

 

The hormones of pregnancy relax the ligaments that connect and support the body, making them more stretchy in preparation for the birth of your developing baby.  Although this is centred around the pelvis, all the joints are affected.  For this reason, it’s best not to overstretch in a pose, but instead back off a little to a place where you can build strength, stability and comfort. 

 

Everyone is different so Yoga poses and practices that suit one, may not suit another. Listen to your body and baby, always coming to a place of comfort. There’s lots of alternative techniques and poses to suit everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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