Are classes on zoom for group and 121 classes?
The option is there to have one to one private lessons in person or on zoom. Group classes are taking place on zoom and weather permitting outdoors on the terrace.
Do I still experience the full benefits of yoga via zoom?
Yes! You experience the full benefits of a physical and mental practice, working the body, stilling the mind. The group sizes are small and as long as your device is positioned appropriately I can make adjustments and comment as needed. One to one sessions can also take palce on zoom and I have done this with complete beginners who continue to practice since the start of the pandemic.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, loose clothing is usually a good idea so that the body can move with ease.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have your own yoga mat then yes please bring it along. A small towel especially in the summer is advisable. Water and tea are provided but of course feel free to bring your own bottle of water.
Can I do yoga after breakfast or in the evening after dinner?
It is best to do yoga on an empty stomach. Make sure you eat your last full meal ideally two hours before a class. I would recommend no breakfast before yoga in the morning and a light evening meal if you are coming to an evening class.
How do the classes work?
The group classes and 1-2-1 classes run for 60 minutes.
The class begins with a period of silence followed by a body scan, this allows us to bring ourselves to connect with the body, the senses and slowly still the mind as we connect with the breath. There are warm up stretches followed by a sequence of standing and seated postures. The sequence of movements are all governed by the flow of the breath and vary from dynamic to mellow. All classes end with a period of silence and relaxation.
Please always listen to your body, work around your own abilities and not beyond them and try not to worry too much about what the person on the mat next to you is doing, focus on your body, your mind, your breath!
I’m not flexible at all, can I still do yoga?
Flexibility in the body is not a pre-requisite. The more you practice though, you will start to develop strength, flexibility and improved breathing. The main focus however is flexibility of the mind, that is where the greatest benefits of yoga lie.
I’ve never been to a yoga class, could I do some 1-2-1’s to build my confidence?
Joining a group class can sometime be daunting if yoga is completely new to you, but you have to start somewhere and a group class can be the start of that journey. Some people opt for a series of 1-2-1 lessons to explore yoga, get familiar with the basic sequences and then either continue with 1-2-1 sessions, or choose to attend a group class some time later.
Will yoga and mindfulness help me deal better with stress and anxiety?
Yoga is the union of the mind, the body and the breath. Mindfulness in its simplest form is an awareness of our experience moment to moment. Once we start to cultivate this synergy yoga can help temper anxiety whilst also releasing physical tension.
Over time we start to become more grounded and balanced on and off the mat. You will notice that you are less prone to stress and anxiety, and better able to manage those moments where stress or anxiety are triggered.
What if I need to cancel my booking?
Please give as much notice as possible. Let me know by 16:00 if you need to cancel a class the following morning. For all other classes please provide at least 4 hours notice. If there are late cancellations or no shows there is no refund, if you have a class card a stamp is forfeited.
Does Satty mean anything?
In Pali, the ancient Indian language of the Buddha’s time, the term sati is usually translated to mean mindfulness. Satty sounds like Sati. A lifelong practice 😉