What is yoga?
- Yoga is an ancient system which is far more than just a series of exercises, it is a way of living and being that allows harmony and peace to be created on every level – a powerful means of maintaining health and well-being in a stress-filled world.
- The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, the language of ancient India, and means union, integration or wholeness. Yoga provides an approach to health which promotes the union of the body, mind and spirit working together in harmony for greater health and inner peace.
- Yoga therefore is an art and science that takes us back to the source of life itself. It helps us create a sense of connection and to deepen our understanding of ourselves.
Is yoga a religion?
- Yoga is not a religion, although it is often misunderstood as being one. Yoga is the ancient science of unity between movement and the breath. Yoga is more than just exercise, it is a practice where you take time out of your day for yourself. For some it becomes a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion. Everyone is welcome here.
Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?
- No flexibility or experience is required to practice yoga. Every advanced yoga student started out as a beginner at some stage.
- Yoga is a personal process. If you are consistent in your practice you will notice improvements. The most important thing is to be patient and kind to yourself.
How should I expect to feel after my ﬁrst yoga class?
- It will vary from person to person and depends on your level of flexibility and physical strength. Its normal to feel some soreness in the hamstrings, shoulders, back and quadriceps the day after a class. My yoga teacher always told us to embrace these “sweet pains” as your body wakes up unused muscles!
- Work at your own pace and level during class by listening to your body. It’s good to push ourselves a little bit out of our comfort zones, but do not force yourself into poses. Trust your body, you’re right where you need to be.
What do I wear?
- Wear comfortable workout clothing that you can move easily in and feel good in.
- As your body temperature changes throughout a class many people find layers are best.
- All classes are done in bare feet, although you may wear socks during the first 15min while we warm up.
What should I bring to yoga class?
- Yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we have mats available at every class.
- A jumper to put on during relaxation (yoga nidra) as your body temperature will drop. Blankets are also supplied.
- Water bottle (optional).
- Hand towel (optional – to wipe down your mat after use, if you sweat during class).
- Your smiling, happy face!
Can I eat before class?
- It’s best to avoid practicing with a full stomach. Try to eat at least an hour or two before you come to class.
- If you do feel you need something beforehand a small, easily digested snack (such as a banana or snack bar) is fine an hour before practice.
How early should I arrive before class starts?
- New students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early to meet the teacher, sign up for class and of course get answers to any questions you may have. You must tell the teacher before the class of any injuries so they can help you adjust your practice.
- Regular students should ensure they arrive 5-10mins before class starts to settle in.
What does a Satmya Yoga class consist of?
- A 1.5 hour class involves roughly an hour of physical postures (asana), 10min of breathing techniques (pranayama) followed by a 10-15min relaxation (yoga nidra).
Is it safe to do yoga if I have an injury or medical condition?
- Most of the time the answer is yes. Yoga is a wonderful tool to support the body in its healing process and can assist with rehabilitation helping to regain strength and balance body alignment. However, each injury or medical condition is different, so please call or email to discuss your situation so we can offer you the best support.
- You must tell the teacher before the class of any injuries so they can help you adjust your practice.
I look forward to meeting all new students. Yoga is such a fantastic way to move the body and improve health, happiness and well-being.