Trying something for the first time can be daunting, so here are the answers to frequently asked questions about a yoga class
What is the format of a class like?
In a nutshell:
When you arrive you will say hi to the teacher so they can either take your payment or check you off the class list
Then you can chat or sit/lie on your mat until everyone is present and class starts
You will usually do some gentler poses to begin with to warm you up
As you move into different poses, the teacher will move through the class to 'adjust' you and make sure you are doing each pose safely
Towards the end of the class you will notice the pace of the class slow down a bit - like a cool down, and you will usually finish the class in 'shavasana' where you lie down for a minute or so to really benefit from the exercise you have just done
To read more about the different style of each yoga class click here
Do I need to bring any equipment?
Nope we provide mats. Do bring some water though, as with any exercise.
What should I wear?
Anything comfortable and stretchy. We love baggy t-shirts and leggings, but you might feel better in a tank top and tracksuit bottoms. As you wish!
How long before class should I arrive?
Anywhere up to 10 minutes is fine, people often like to lie down on their mat until we are ready.
Is there somewhere I can leave my stuff?
There will usually be a designated area in which to leave your stuff, so it will be safe.
What if I have an injury?
The teacher will ask at the beginning if anyone has an injury, but feel free to go and inform them when you arrive. During the class they can show you variations of a move so that you don't injure yourself further. It is also a good time to listen to your body and do what feels comfortable for you.
How do I know which class is right for me?
You can read about all the different types of yoga here.
Do I need to be a certain level of fitness?
Nope, anyone can do yoga! If you have never done yoga before and go to an intermediate class you might find it a bit much, but 'all levels' and 'beginners' classes will be just fine for you.
What if I can't keep up?
That's totally fine, you can stop whenever you want. There is a pose called 'child's pose' that you can relax into if you want a break. It looks like this:
What if I don't know a position or how to do it?
Also not a problem. You can watch others around you to get the idea or signal to the teacher you are unsure and they can come and help you. You can also skip the move if you feel better doing that. Do what you feel comfortable doing, this is your practice.
What if I look silly?
If you look silly, then everyone else looks silly too, because they will be doing the same moves as you. Each person tends to focus on how they themselves look, therefore they are unlikely to be thinking about how you look. Yoga is a time to concentrate on yourself, so don't worry about what others think.