Q: What should I wear?
A: We practice with bare feet. Just wear clothes that will allow you to move freely and are comfortable. Layers are a good idea in cooler months.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring your own yoga mat if you have one (if not you can purchase or lend one), water bottle, cushion or blanket to make sitting more comfortable (if needed)
Q: How soon before class can I eat?
A: It is best to practice on an empty stomach due to the massaging effect the postures have on the digestive system. So don't eat at least 2hrs before a class, longer if it is a heavy meal. Fruit at least an hour before is OK.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: If it is your first time come 15 mins early to allow time for registration otherwise 10 mins early is best to give time to get settled before class begins.
Q: What if I’m late?
A: You are still welcome to come in but try not to disturb the peace of your fellow class mates.
Q: I’m not fit or flexible can I still do yoga?
A: All the more reason to come along! Yoga is a non competitive activity that makes you feel great. You are encouraged to do what is comfortable for your body allowing a gentle unfolding.
Q: How often should I practice yoga?
A: The ideal would be a daily practice however 1-2 classes a week is a good start until you learn and gain confidence with the practices.
Q: How old does my child need to be before they can come to class with me?
A: This can be different for each individual. The answer to this is when the child is able to be settled, quiet and focused for the duration of the class.
Q: What is yoga?
A: Yoga is not a religion. It is an ancient science that has been practiced for thousands of years. “Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental and spiritual. It is a practical method of making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble.” BKS Iyengar – Light on the Yoga Sutras. In a yoga class we touch on just a few aspects of the whole science that is yoga – Asana (postures or movements), pranayama (breathing techniques), Yama and Niyama (guidelines and observances), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation).
A: The purpose of Yoga is to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. The mind and the body are one, and if we are given the right tools and provide the right environment, we can find harmony and the body can heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body's posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stressful environment. This is one of the main reasons why people want to start practicing yoga - to feel fitter, be more energetic, be happier and more peaceful.