1. Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?
No! Although yoga can work towards improving flexibilty, it is not a pre-requisit to be flexible or be able to touch your toes! The aim of yoga is to work to your own abilities and expand them, then maybe with time you will!
2. What do I need to bring?
If attending classes at The Yogashed, all equipment is supplied. However many people prefer to use their own yoga mat for hygiene reasons and this is encouraged.
Classes in other venues- You will need a yoga mat, a blanket and possibly some yoga blocks. If you do not have a mat or blocks, just ask, we may be able to lend you some for the first few classes.
3. What shall I wear?
Loose, comfortable, non restrictive clothing. It helps to wear layers too as sometimes you will work harder and feel hot, whilst other times you will cool down, for example during relaxation.
4. How much will it cost?
Most classes (although not all) are offered on an enrolment only basis. Costs will vary according to location, duration, class sizes and of course yoga therapy sessions are more specialist in nature. As a guide you would expect to pay approximately £80 for an 8 week term, but please contact us for specific class prices.
5. Where are the classes?
The majority of classes are now held in Akeley at The Yogashed, a fully equipped garden studio offering small class sizes, under floor heating and a tranquil setting.
6. Can I eat before a class?
Due to the nature of the activities practiced it is advisable NOT to eat for 2 to 3 hours before a yoga class. In a yoga class you may be asked to twist, bend or even turn upside down! If you still have undigested food in your system this could make you uncomfortable or even feel sick! So best to avoid eating too close to the class – however a light snack may be OK up to 30mins before, depending on the indiviual.
7. I have a medical condition – can I still do yoga?
Many medical conditions can be improved by a regular yoga practice, others could be made worse. First it is essential to seek advice from your GP or specialist and then talk to your yoga teacher. If a general class is not suitable then perhaps they can suggest a yoga therapy session. The best advice here is ask! There are many adaptations for a general yoga class that can make it possible for people with some medical conditions to attend. Some see real improvements in their health, but it is essential that you first notify your teacher and follow their advice where applicable.
8. Who can attend the classes?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have any classes suitable for children (under 18) or any classes suitable for pregnancy.
We have many men as well as women in the classes.
9. Is it necessary to book in advance?
Yes. All of the classes, even drop in classes, do have a limited number of spaces and due to the popularity of the classes are often full. Therefore please call to book a place for any class in advance.
10. Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is an ancient Indian philosophy developed as a framework for spiritual growth and a system to balance the body, mind and emotions. Evidence of yoga philosophy dates back thousands of years, but one of the first sages to record any definitive system of yoga was Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, these are still in use today. Certainly many religions have influenced the teachings and delivery of yoga in the past, but this is a matter of perspective as yoga itself can be used with or without belief systems and is in itself seperate from them. Yoga can be seen to reflect many ideals – for example Buddha’s influence on yoga was to highlight meditation techniques, choosing to use specific elements and ignore others. Therefore yoga can be integrated in to your own belief system but is not a religion in itself.