I am new to yoga, which classes would be suitable for me?

Our beginners yoga course is for those that may have a little yoga experience, none at all, or a lot and just want to take it back to basics. The course covers the fundamentals of yoga including postures, breathwork and meditation to help you develop your home practice between each session.

Our classes are limited to 10 students and in this small group setting students receive individual support to help them explore how modifications and the use of props can be used to support their own unique practice. Verbal adjustments are given throughout each class so you will progress faster in your practice.

We currently offer Gentle (Hatha) Yoga classes if you are new to yoga and are worried about transitioning from standing to the floor.

 

All other classes are mixed level, and some are more dynamic than others. If you fancy something with a bit more movement a Slow Flow class 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.

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Women Practicing Yoga

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).