Frequently asked questions
Why do Yoga?
Iyengar yoga is a stimulating form of exercise which tones the muscles, strengthens and invigorates the whole system, thereby relaxing the mind and body.
What shall I wear?
Anything comfortable, such as t-shirt and shorts or leggings, loose trousers and top. Yoga must be performed in bare feet.
What about equipment?
All equipment will be provided. If you would like to purchase your own mats, blocks etc that can be arranged.
Can I have a meal before the class?
You can, but try to give a heavy meal four hours to digest. Leave one hour for a light snack or drink.
They won’t get me all tied up in knots, will they?
A well-trained teacher takes all the postures gradually. Yoga is a lot more besides the cross-legged lotus posture. Everyone works at their own pace – there’ll be other beginners in the class besides you!
What about my bad back/stiff shoulders/rheumatism/weak wrists?
Tell your teacher if there is anything you think she should know. All the postures can be made easier for medical conditions and may relieve them. If you are seeing a doctor regularly for a medical condition, ask their advice first.
Will they all be younger than me?
All ages come to yoga classes, so you won’t feel left out. If you are over 60, your teacher will take this into account.
I expect everyone else will be slim and sylph-like except me!
Yoga students come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter what shape you are, your muscles can stretch just the same. Yoga classes are not slimming clubs, but the postures do tone the muscles and help condition the body generally, so you’ll feel healthier.
I’m not so sure about meditating.
Yoga postures, done properly, mean that you concentrate and relax the mind while you are working in them, they are a meditation in themselves. Relaxation at the end of class usually means 5-15 minutes of total relaxation of mind and body. Don’t you feel like some quiet in the midst of all the rush?
I have a question that’s not answered here
Drop me a line (contact details at the top of the page), or come along to a class and ask me in person!