What's this yoga thing all about then?

Yoga is about having a strong, fit and healthy body, along with a calm balanced mind. It's not just about being bendy!

Do I have to be flexible?

Absolutely not! Yoga enables you to improve your flexibiliy at your own pace; classes are mixed ability, and all bodies are different. All postures have a range of intensity, so you can choose how far you go with each posture, from beginner to advanced. You are actively encouraged to work at your own level and never forced to do anything uncomfortable or unsuitable.

Do I have to be young, fit and skinny?

No! Anyone can do yoga. No matter how old or young, big or small, yoga is suitable whether you're a couch potato or professional athlete. Size and fitness level doesn't matter as there are choices for each posture and you work to your own level.

Are classes for men and women?

Yes! Classes are suitable for men and women. In fact, yoga was originally practiced by men; the popularity of yoga amongst women is a relatively recent phenomenon in the west. Classes focus in strength, core stability and flexibility: perfect for both men and women.

What should I expect in a class?

Classes are friendly, non-competitive and informal. You will learn how to combine breath and movement whilst practicing a variety of postures that will be clearly demonstrated for you to follow. You are expected to work at your own pace, and will receive lots of encouragement and support. Classes focus on strength, core stability and flexibility with a short relaxation session at the end.

I am worried that I won't be able to do some of the postures?

Yoga is non-competitive and suitable for everyone. Every posture can be modified for your own specific needs, and I will help you find a modification that works for you. The aim of yoga practice is to enjoy the process while improving your health and well being.

What shall I wear!?

Contrary to popular belief, we generally don't practise in spandex leotards, although if you desparately want to, please feel free. That includes you men, if you really, really want to!

Comfortable clothes that enable freedom of movement, such as t-shirt, jersey tracksuit bottoms / leggings are fine. Beware of t-shirts that are so loose that they end up over your head when bending forward!

Yoga is normally practised bare foot. Please bring warm clothes (jumpers, fleece, socks) so that you can "layer up" for the cool-down and relaxation at the end of the class.

What do I need to bring?

  • A yoga mat if you have one; if not I can lend one to you for the first few weeks. I sell good quality yoga mats for £10 each, but you can also buy them from sports shops or suppliers on-line, e.g. yogamatters
  • A bottle of water
  • Warm clothes for relaxation (jumper, socks etc)

Can I pay as I go?

You can pay for 5 consecutive weeks in advance, which also guarantees your place for those weeks. Or you can pay on a drop-in basis if you prefer. See here for prices.

Do I need to book?

You are welcome to drop in. Classes are run throughout the year - including school holidays - but please check here in case I am on annual leave when you plan to start.

If you have any concerns regarding your ability to practise yoga (e.g. you are pregnant or have a health problem) please contact me in advance to discuss your needs.