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Is yoga a fitness regime?
A.No, yoga is an ancient system of holistic health, which will bring harmony to the body, mind and spirit.
Do I need to be really flexible for yoga?
A.Absolutely not! People who start yoga arrive at many different stages – some are flexible and some are not. Yoga postures and sequences can be adapted to your body, wherever you are in the flexibility spectrum.
Am I too old to start yoga?
A.Generally speaking as long as you are in relatively good health you can start yoga at any age and gain
something from it.
I have some health issues, can I join a yoga class?
A.Depending on the severity of your health issues, you may well be able to join either a regular yoga class or a class that is run specifically for people with similar needs. Always tell your teacher if you have any health issues or injuries, new or old.
Is yoga a religion?
A.No yoga is not a religion. Some, though not all, yoga classes have a spiritual element which will enhance, not conflict with, any religious beliefs you have.
What’s the point of yoga?
A.Yoga means union and is a system of achieving wholeness through self-exploration. The system which includes physical postures, breathing practices, meditation and relaxation, brings a sense of unity with oneself and with the world in which we live.
Do I need to bring my own mat to class?
A.I do have mats to borrow, but if you decide to commit to yoga in the longer term, you will want to have your own mat.
What’s a typical class like?
A. Yoga teachers vary enormously and no two are alike even those who have trained in the same tradition. Generally classes will include work on postures (asanas), breathing practices (pranayama) and relaxation. Some classes (like mine) will also include sequences of postures, as well as occasional sessions of chanting, meditation and discussions of yoga philosophy. We usually find time each week to laugh as well!
Can I start your yoga classes part way through a term/block?
A.if you are completely new to yoga it’s best to start at the first class of the block, although a slightly later start may be possible – check with me. If you have some yoga experience you should find it easy to join part way through a term.
A.There is no reason not to! As mentioned before, yoga can be adapted to all needs and stages of life, for the young/old, flexible/inflexible, fit/unfit.
I’m a man…are your classes full of women?
A.Over the years I have seen an increasing number of men turning to yoga and although women still make up the majority of yoga students, it is now much more easy to find classes with men in too. Currently I have about 10 male students across my 4 classes and some of them have been with me for years!
What type of yoga do you teach?
A. I don’t teach any one “type” of yoga. I have practised yoga for many years and have experimented with many styles. The yoga I teach is an amalgamation of the things I like best! At the moment I am using a lot of breath co-ordinated flowing sequences in my classes. Sometimes I do less of these and more static postures with attention to alignment. Another time I may take a different approach.
Why don’t you offer drop-in classes?
I believe that yoga requires a certain level of commitment and discipline. Students often do not feel committed to classes if they are able to drop in and out of them at will.
Drop in students can change the tone and atmosphere of a class, especially if that group has bonded well already.
Drop in students divert my energy as a teacher away from my regular students, as those who do not come regularly will need more attention.
During each half term block of classes I develop themes over the weeks, so the classes are progressive. There is no sense of this if you are only attending occasionally.
I like to teach small classes to allow for individual attention and to keep the atmosphere friendly and informal.
I put time and effort into planning & executing my classes each week. Having students pay for a batch of classes enables me to concentrate on this without worrying about how many people might turn up.
The exceptions to this are the Gentle classes in Hitchin and Baldock and the monthly Yin class.