FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you require more information or just want to find out more
- What should I wear / bring to class?
Wear shorts or leggings that do not restrict your movement - avoid baggy bottoms that hang over your ankles. The class is done in bare feet.
You are welcome to bring your own yoga kit, but all equipment is provided for those who don't bring their own. Water should not ordinarily
be consumed during a class as this can interfere with the asana (posture) work.
- Can I eat before a class?
Where possible, yoga should be done with an empty stomach, so 4 hours after a large meal or 2 hours after a light snack.
- Do I need to be fit / super-flexible to come to class?
No! This is a beginners' class where we will work on improving flexibility, strength and stamina gradually and in harmony with your body's current state.
However, you do need to inform your teacher of any injuries or illnesses that may affect you during your asana class. In the case of serious injury / illness
you will need to attend remedial classes to learn how to work safely with your condition before you can attend ordinary beginner's classes. If in doubt, ask!
- Should I come to Beginners or Level 2?
As a rough guideline Level 2 is suitable for those who have a year's experience of Iyengar yoga and are able to remain in
shoulder stand for 5 minutes, in preparation for learning the other inversions. For those people who have learned with another school
of yoga, it is likely it won't be necessary to do a full year of Beginners, but it is a good idea to do some so that you learn the different
ways of doing things before proceeding to Level 2 - where it is assumed you will already know the basics.
If in doubt give me a call or e mail and I'll be happy to advise.
Level 2 students are welcome to pick and choose between Beginners and Level 2 as their needs dictate - it is not necessary to
stick with one course or the other.
- What should I expect?
A typical class will start with a few moments sitting and settling ready for the asana work. The teacher will then guide you through a series of asanas (postures),
beginning with standing poses. You will start with simple poses and progress to more demanding ones. These are active classes, at times quite strenuous, at other
times relaxing. Each class will finish with five to ten minutes of Savasana - relaxation and recuperation time. A good class will leave you feeling energised and
toned with a deep seated feeling of well-being.
- What is the difference between Iyengar Yoga and other types of Yoga?
Broadly speaking, all yoga comes from the same place. However, the emphasis varies according to which type you do. The Iyengar method is a dynamic and precise form of yoga.
Classes are active and there is a lot of emphasis on the correct alignment of postures. Props are used to help achieve this so that students who, for example, are very stiff,
can use a wooden brick to place their hand on if reaching for the floor will cause them to lose the correct alignment of the pose.
- I am of a particular religion, will yoga cause me to compromise my beliefs?
Absolutely not. This is a common concern, yoga does not subscribe to any one religion and can only improve your spiritual journey.
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