DO I HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO TAKE PART IN YOGA?
You don't have to be able to touch your toes to enjoy yoga sessions. The movements are not strenuous but you should always let your teacher know if you have had or have any medical conditions (for example; heart disorders, high blood pressure, back problems) or are pregnant. Practice is to your own pace and ability - yoga is not a competitive sport!
WHAT DO I NEED?
Nothing special. Just a comfortable top or T-shirt and comfortable loose trousers or joggers. Practice is in bare feet and anything you need (mats, blocks etc) is supplied. But always make sure you have a bottle of water with you.
CAN I TAKE PART IN YOGA SESSIONS IF I'M PREGNANT?
Absolutely. Yoga will help you relax and remain as flexible as possible. Naturally, you should advise your yoga teacher if you are pregnant. There is no doubt that yoga helps women get through their pregnancy with less discomfort, including when giving birth to your baby.
CAN I TAKE PART IN YOGA SESSIONS AFTER I’VE HAD A BABY?
Yes, but it must be at least six weeks after you have had your baby. Seek advice from your doctor or yoga teacher before you resume (or start) yoga practice. Postnatal yoga strengthens muscles taxed in delivery, relaxes stiffness from carrying your baby, and helps ease the stress of sleep deprivation and other postnatal life changes.
I'D LIKE TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT - WILL YOGA HELP ME?
Yoga is a positive way to improve fitness, but if you want to lose weight you'll also need to exercise. Including yoga as part of your regular exercise routine, together with a healthy diet, is a wonderful discipline, and regular practice helps maintain flexibility, improve coordination and eliminate stress.
CAN I PRACTICE YOGA AT WORK?
Working in an office or at a computer for prolonged periods of time puts a strain on the neck, shoulder and back muscles; this leads to tension and stiffness. Tension can cause headaches that, left unattended, would impact on your ability to function effectively at work. A short yoga session during the working day is the perfect way to relieve stress and strain.