Are classes on zoom for group and 121 classes?
All classes are on zoom until further notice. Once the situation changes and yoga studios are open again, classes will be provided in person. Classes on zoom will also continue as this is more convenient for some people, (especially those living abroad!).
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. A number of new 121 clients and group class clients have signed up during this period and are happy with their yoga practice on zoom. Other clients who would come to the studio, continue on zoom until the studio re-opens.
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?
Just bring yourself and maybe a small towel. There are mats, blocks, cushions and blankets available.
Can I eat before yoga?
It is best to do yoga on an empty stomach. Make sure you eat your last full meal ideally 3 hours before a class. If this is not practical for you then keep the meal light and leave a good 1.5 hour gap at least.
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 18:00 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 😉