I know it can be intimidating trying yoga for the first time but I promise it is not scary!
I also know people have a lot of questions about what happens in a yoga class, what they need to take with them and what they should wear so I’ve answered a few of these below:
All classes are slightly different but in my classes we will:
- Start with a few minutes of being still and quiet, either sitting or lying down.
- I'll let you know what I have planned for the class while you relax and get comfortable, then we'll start with some gentle stretches.
- We will build up to more challenging poses and I will make sure there is always something for everyone so don't worry if you don't think you'll be able to keep up!
- At the end of the class we will cool down with some relaxing stretches then we get to the best bit - relaxation 🙂 Savasana is the final and most important part of every yoga class as you get to lay down and rest for a few minutes.
- A yoga mat. If you don't have one, please let me know as I will have a couple of spare mats each class but not enough for everyone.
- A blanket or towel. This is just to sit on or maybe to be used as a bit of padding for your knees.
- Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in. Generally people (both men and women) wear stretchy leggings and a fairly fitted tank top.
- Clothes to avoid are baggy tops (annoying when you bend forwards and they lift up) and see-through leggings (again, think bending over!)
It's best not to eat a heavy meal for about 2 hours before going to a yoga class, but you can have a small snack about an hour before if you need to.
In yoga there is lots of bending and twisting which does NOT feel good with a full stomach!
After yoga it's generally advised to wait a little while before eating, just to let your stomach settle again but after about half an hour you should be fine. Once you've been to a few classes you will get to know what your body is comfortable with.
This one is really important - it does not matter if you aren't flexible before you start yoga because that is exactly the point of doing yoga - to gain flexibility! Nobody is expected to arrive to their first class being able to touch their toes and fold their legs behind their head.
Health problems are a separate issue. It is crucial that you let me know BEFORE THE CLASS if you:
- have a medical condition
- have a physical disability
- are recovering from an injury
- are pregnant or have given birth recently
As a yoga teacher it is my job to make sure that you are safe in my classes so I can't stress enough how important it is for you to let me know if any of the above apply to you. Every student will have to fill in a brief health questionnaire before their first class..
If you have any more questions please let me know (even if you think it’s too silly).
You can fill in the form below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org