I am new to yoga, which classes would be suitable for me?
Our next Yoga for Beginners Course (4 week block) starts on Monday 9th January at 7:30pm. This course offers an introduction to yoga in a safe and friendly environment. We will cover breathing techniques (pranayama), explore asanas (postures) and experience meditation techniques to aid relaxation.
We currently offer a number of free accessible yoga classes every Wednesday including floor based yoga at 9:30am and chair yoga at 1:30pm if you are new to yoga and are worried about transitioning from standing to the floor. We also offer a free floor based yoga class
We also offer a Gentle Hatha Yoga class every Monday at 9:30am that you can attend either in studio or online that is suitable for beginners.
Some classes are more dynamic than others. If you fancy something with a bit more movement but still beginner friendly, a Slow Flow class on either a Wednesday evening at 7pm or Friday morning at 9:45am might be more suitable.
All our teachers strive to offer appropriate modifications for beginners, and you are very welcome to take breaks when you need to and go at your own pace. It’s always worth letting the teacher know when you arrive that you’re a beginner, don’t worry you won’t be singled out, it’s just useful for the teacher to know.
We would encourage you to try a few different classes to find what works for you, always listening to your body and not over exerting yourself.
If you have any medical issues you may need to check with your GP or another health professional such as a physiotherapist before starting your yoga practice.
One of our yoga teachers, Anushka is also a physiotherapist please contact Anushka directly for a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well being. The main components of yoga are asanas or poses (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonly practised by people of all ages throughout the world.
Why should I start practising yoga?
Yoga is one of the most effective methods of stress relief. Research published in peer-reviewed journals and a recent BBC experiment found that a six week programme of yoga reduces anxiety and lowers blood pressure while increasing emotional well being and resilience to stress.
You do not need to be bendy to do yoga!
Numerous studies have found yoga to be effective in banishing aches and pains. Practising yoga helps you gain awareness of your body and its capabilities.
What should I wear for a yoga class?
Wear something comfortable that you can move easily in, leggings/loose trousers and a t-shirt or vest top will be absolutely fine. You will need warm clothing and/or a blanket for the relaxation (as your body does cool down quickly afterwards).
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Our studio is fully equipped with mats and lots of different yoga props, you might want to bring a warm jumper for the relaxation (savasana) at the end of the class. You might also want to bring a bottle of water especially if you are attended a hot yoga class! We have drinking water (lovely Highland tap water) on site