You will need to bring a Yoga mat to practice on. If it is your first time attending a class please check with the teacher beforehand to see if there are any available to borrow. If you wish to attend future yoga classes you can then decide on which equipment you may wish to purchase.
Do I have to bring any equipment with me?
What happens in a Yoga class?
The majority of classes run for a duration of 1.15-1.30 hours. They begin with a short, basic relaxation that allows everybody some time to settle down and centre themselves. A warm up session follows, using yoga based movements geared towards the main content of the class, the yoga asanas (yoga postures). The class will include pranayama (yoga breathing exercises) and ends with yoga relaxation. Modifications and adjustments are offered for beginners or people with health issues.
I am very unfit and not supple. Will I be able to do it?
Yoga is for everyone. You may find that some things need to be modified by using various props to ensure it is safe for your individual body. Certain movements and asanas may not be suitable for you but you will be advised what these are and you will be guided with alternative movements until you are able to achieve those poses.
Is Yoga just for women or can men practice too?
Whether adding into an existing fitness plan or wanting to add some exercise in their life, Yoga is suitable for everyone. Yoga is a full-body workout that creates both strength and flexibility. It is often thought that men may prefer more dynamic or sporty activities, but this can lead to over-training in one sport, which can in turn cause repetitive stress and other more serious injuries.
It strengthens muscles that get less attention during workouts, such as the lower back and knees, and also stretches out the hips, hamstrings, and shoulders, often very tight in men, leading to injury or weakness.
I have health issues. Can I still come and is it safe for me to take part?
If you have a health condition you should seek medical advice from your GP before coming to the class. In the majority of instances, you can still attend and practise safely. Certain movements and asanas (yoga postures) may not be suitable for you but you will be advised what these are and an alternative option offered. You may also find that some things need to be modified by using various props to ensure it is safe for your individual body.
Do I sit around chanting? I'm not comfortable with this.
Chanting may be a feature of some classes but British Wheel of Yoga Teachers will not ask you to do anything that makes you uncomfortable.
I'm not a very spiritual person but I've heard that Yoga is for spiritual people. Does this matter?
Yoga is not a religion. Most classes provide a healthy balance between philosophy and asana (yoga postures) and it is up to the individual as to whether they find the philosophy interesting and take it on board.
What class is suitable for me?
If you’re just starting to exercise or have a health problem, look for a gentle or beginner’s Hatha yoga class. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and a strong healthy back, maybe a middle-level class or mixed ability. Those with a good level of fitness who want something challenging should opt for an advanced class or more strenuous Ashtanga yoga.
What are the differences in the Yoga styles you offer?
- Hatha – The term ‘Hatha Yoga’ covers all types of physical yoga. Placing an emphasis on postures with breathing and relaxation, it’s suitable for all ages and levels of ability, making it ideal for beginners. Classes that are described as ‘Hatha’ tend to involve slow-paced stretching with some simple breathing exercises and meditation.
- Viniyoga – This type of Hatha yoga is based on the guru/student model, in which an experienced teacher works with a student on an individual basis, making a personalised yoga programme based on their age, health, fitness and needs. While it still focuses on postures and breathing and concentration, it’s ideally meant for those wanting an individual yoga programme for daily practice or a specific health concern.
- Iyengar – This type of yoga puts an emphasis on postural alignment and poses or ‘asanas’ as a way of deepening relaxation. Physically demanding, it’s most suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness. Iyengar’s method teaches a correct way to do each pose, sometimes through the use of props, such as blocks, straps, pillows and chairs. Once postures are done to perfection, the balance in the body is reflected in the mind.
- Ashtanga – Ashtanga uses a fast flowing, dynamic sequence of 75 poses (which take around an hour and a half to two hours to complete) with a focus on breathing. It’s physically demanding, so is best for those who have a good level of fitness to begin with and enjoy a more athletic work out.
What should I wear?
Something loose and comfortable that allows you freedom of movement. Yoga is generally done in bare feet but bring socks to wear especially during the relaxation.
Is there parking available?
The venue has it’s own car park so there is plenty of free parking.
I am pregnant. Is this suitable for me?
Whilst Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy a general class can have many unsuitable postures that will not be suitable for you. It would be more beneficial for you to attend a class specifically designed for pregnant women, although I am able to guide you through alternative postures should you wish to attend a general class.