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Yoga Common Questions

I don’t think I have the right body for yoga, is there any point trying a class?

There is no ‘right’ body for yoga. Yoga means the union of the breath and of the body, there is no discussion around the type of body required to practice. The practice of yoga was created to help us sit in a cross-legged position for longer so that we could extend our mediation practice comfortably and safely.

Some positions may feel more comfortable then others, as a teacher I will modify the asanas (yoga poses) to suit you and your body so your joints feel comfortable and protected and you feel like you are really benefiting from practicing yoga.

I’m not very flexible, will I struggle in your class or with a yoga practice generally?

There are lots of images on social media that makes yoga look like a form of contortion! Daily yoga practice for the majority of us, looks nothing like this. We practice yoga to create space in our body through breathing in different asanas. Overtime this creates strength and flexibility in our body as well as bringing a sense of calm to our minds.

As someone who has struggled their whole life with tightness in their hips and hamstrings I can assure you that yoga is literally for every body and it will increase the fluidity of your movement and create a more flexible and open body.

I’ve never tried yoga before, will I be able to do your class?

Yes. My Portslade community class is ideal for beginners. It’s a gentle yoga class that will introduce you to different yoga asanas (positions and poses) and get the maximum benefit for your body. This class is 90 minutes which give us plenty of time to explore poses fully. I will also demonstrate positions as well as give verbal cues so that you always feel guided.

I have an injury is yoga safe for me?

Based on your injury I will be able to advise you on modifications to ensure that you practice safely. Make sure you let me know at the beginning of class and I will make suggestions for you. If you have a serious injury or recovering from major surgery please ensure you speak to your GP or medical specialist before trying any new form of exercise or yoga.

Why is breathing in yoga really important?

When we breathe deeply we activate our parasympthetic function. This functionality flicks a switch in a our brain that tells us it’s ok and we’re safe to relax and let go. As a hypnotherapist I guide the breath of all the people I work with to help them relax deeply, even those that have told me they find it impossible to relax.

Feeling relaxed during yoga is fundamental, the breath lets our body know that it’s safe to move into different asanas which means our muscles are more likely to relax and allow us to mindfully drift deeper into the position safely. Our muscles are connect to our nervous system through our breath. The more relaxed we feel, the happier our body is to be guided in to position and rest there.

I don’t know how to breathe like a yogi, will you teach me?

Yes. At the beginning of every class I will guide you as you begin to practice your yogic breath. It’s a form of natural deep breathing. Thoughout the class I will also cue you to inhale and exhale through out the asanas.

During savasana (deep relaxation at the end of the class) I will also guide your breath to help you melt into a beautiful, tranquil space.

What will I get out of yoga?

Yoga helps calm the nervous system, again through the breath and through activating our relaxation response. Through moving our body into different positions we can process and release any tension that may feel trapped in the body. Yoga also fuels detoxification in the body. Twists are especially good at helping us release toxins from our body.

Taking some time out to relax and move also boosts our energy and raises our levels of happiness.

Will my body ache after yoga?

There is a strong chance that this will happen, especially if you’re moving your body in a new way and stretching your muscles. This is natural and I always advise that you drink plenty of water after your yoga practice and the following day to ensure your body is hydrated.

What do I wear to a yoga class?

Loose and comfy clothing is best. Layers are ideal. At the beginning and the end of the yoga class you’ll be relaxing so you’ll want to feel warm. As you move, you’ll be heating up the body so leggings/ shorts with a vest or t-shirt generally works best.

Why did you make the decision to teach yoga?

I feel like I’ve benefited so much from practicing yoga that I wanted to share this with others. As a therapist I see the connection between the body and the mind in almost every session and so I decided that I wanted to train in a more physical form of therapy. I chose yoga. Yoga is wonderful at building resilience emotionally and physically, it’s a wonderful way to de-stress and nurture yourself away from all your responsibilities. As a hypnotherapist I see how much difference 20 minutes of guided relaxation can make, that’s why I run 90 minute classes, so that you can truly benefit from deep relaxation as well as moving your body.

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