If you are new to Yoga, You may have so many questions that you don’t even know where to begin. I know how it feels. I been there.
Here I offer you some of the most common questions and answers.
Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email if your question isn’t answered here. There is no such a thing as silly question to me! I want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come to practice with me.
Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion. Though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. You only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that keep pulling us down. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our core; our inner most nature of that who we are and to all that there is…
What does Hatha Yoga mean?
Hatha Yoga is path towards creating balance and uniting opposites. In which our physical bodies will develop a balance of strength and flexibility. It also teaches to balance our effort and surrender in each pose and ideally take that off the mat in to the world. Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
What does Tantra mean?
Tantra – the ancient science which uses specific techniques (pranayama, bandha, mudra, meditation) to expand and liberate the consciousness from its limitations by direct control of Prana (life force; breath, awareness, consciousness…call it as you wish)
Where the Classical Yoga tradition says ‘’Yogash-citta-vrtti-nirodhah’’ or ‘’Yoga is the control of mental fluctuation;’’ the Tantra/Hatha tradition says ‘’Prana-vrtti-nirodhah’’ or ‘’the control of the fluctuations of prana.’’ This core of understanding of Tantric methology can be found in the Rig Vedic and early Upanishadic vision of the body as the gateway to self-mastery.
What is Meditation?
Please know, that meditation does not mean the absence of thoughts. Meditation is a process where you slowly teach your mind to become more one-pointed. And in time the mind will be able to see beyond itself. Beyond its regular distractions.
What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation where we practice entering and staying with the alpha waves of the brain. This allows us to work more consciously with the subconscious mind – where we can work with long-held beliefs and patterns, among other aspects of ourselves and learn to relax on deeper levels of our being. The best part – we practice it in laying position called Savasana and all we we have to do is to relax into to the practice.
What is the difference between Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga?
The fundamental difference between Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga is their goal. Yin Yoga focuses on stretching the deep connective tissue of our fragile or less flexible joints such as hips, knees, and ankles. It’s called Yin Yoga as a contrast to stronger, more “Yang-like” movements of the muscles. Yin Yoga is slow paced, mainly floor based practice -calm and still. It teaches us patience and finding an appropriate and safe edge of holding the postures for extra lengths of time (3-5 minutes) to really reap the benefit of the practice.
On the other hand, the goal of Restorative Yoga is relaxation. This practice is soothing, comforting, relaxing and renewing. It is excellent for reducing chronic stress, anxiety and exhaustion. Props are used to support the body so poses can be held longer (5-10 minutes), allowing the body to open through passive stretching. Postures and their shapes are modified to your individual self with blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps to eliminate unnecessary muscular effort.
Can complete beginners attend my classes?
Absolutely, we all have to start somewhere. I welcome you as you are, providing a space that nurtures and supports you on your yoga journey, whether you searching for a good stretch, peace of mind or just a space for your being to just be… There is a small exception though, my Flow and Restore classes are a bit more tuned for people who have been practising with me for a little while.
I can’t sit still, my mind wonders all the time and I can’t touch my toes. Is it yoga for me?
One of the greatest things about yoga is that it brings us all to commonality - we all have the same struggles and worries, and through everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to walk, to make our life a more comfortable place to live in and be. We are all constantly learning, growing and evolving… Modification of the poses are always given, to suit everybody. Yoga invites you to make the practice your own, honouring your body, accepting your restrictions and doing what is best for you.
Hands-on adjustments are often given, but I am also respective if you would rather not…
What should I wear and do I need to bring anything?
The Yoga studios are fully equipped. You will find there everything you need there for your practice. In the long term I would highly recommend you to purchase your own mat for better comfort. It’s more hygienic and, most importantly, having your own mat will make it much more likely that you will unroll it at home J
Wear comfortable clothing so you can move and you can easily add or lose another layer. Yes! You can keep your socks on, but it may be slippery on the mat…
Can I just drop in or do I have to book?
Morning classes are drop in. If you would like to stay for brekkie afterwards, just send me a message as I usually prepare them beforehand.
The rest of the classes are pre-book. Some of them online and some through contacting me directly (details are always in the class description).
I have to cancel my booking, what should I do?
Please note that there is 24 hours cancellation policy for a class or 1 week for the Special Events or workshops. If I manage to fill up the space, I am always happy to forward your payment to the other session.
I am ready to come along, how early should I come? Where can I park?
Please arrive about 10-15 minutes before the beginning of the class to get familiar with the place. If you are new I will ask you to fill it up a health questionnaire that allows me to know your physical conditions/injuries, etc. and then settle on to your mat.
The Yoga Tree Studio; please note there is no onsite parking available. Sainsbury's on Queens Road is very close by and the easiest option. There is also Pay and Display on Surrey Street & Ber Street.
Happy Om studio; Toys r Us carpark for free up to 2 hours and pay and display opposite Toys r Us ...(easy on Sunday mornings)