I am a complete beginner, which classes can I attend?
The 6 week beginners course is a great way to begin your yoga journey. We will break the physical postures into categories so you will understand the form and functions of the postures. And you will be surrounded by other beginners so will feel comfortable to learn and ask questions in a friendly environment.
The open-level Rise and Shine and Slow flow classes are perfect if you want some gentle yoga that will both stretch and strengthen the body. Or if you want a more dynamic, faster-paced style then you would also be welcome to the open level Vinyasa Flow class. The class moves fairly fast so be prepared to build heat but feel invigorated! All these classes are open to all and modifications are offered for each posture so you can adapt the posture to what feels right for you.
View the timetable for up to date information about class times and locations.
Am I too old for yoga?
Definitely not. People often start yoga in their 70s and often say they wish they had started sooner. There are yoga classes for every age group. Yoga is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed from childhood to your advanced years.
Do I have to be fit to do yoga?
No, you can join a class that’s suitable to your fitness level. For example, to join an open level/mixed ability yoga class, you need to be able to get up and down from the floor.
Don’t I need to be flexible to do yoga?
No! Yo don’t do yoga because you are flexible, you become flexible from doing yoga =) Yoga will improve your flexibility and help you go beyond your normal range of movement, so that you then feel more comfortable during normal daily activity.
Can I injure myself doing yoga?
The most common yoga injuries are caused by repetitive strain or overstretching. But yoga is the same as any other exercise discipline; listen to your body and don’t force beyond your comfort level. In yoga we “find the edge” of a stretch; the place where you feel sensation but without any pain. We emphasise being able to keep the breath smooth and soft. If you notice you are straining or holding the breath then you are probably working too hard and should ease back. Learning from a qualified yoga teacher and choosing a class appropriate to your level will ensure that you remain injury-free.
What style of yoga should I do?
There are many different styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Hatha and Iyengar. Some styles are more vigorous than others. Some may have a different area of emphasis, such as posture or breathing. Many yoga teachers develop their own practice by studying more than one style. No style is necessarily better or more authentic than any other. The key is to choose a class appropriate to your fitness level.
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