Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj which means bind or unite. It is a multi-disciplinary practise that incorporates breathing, movement and meditation. There are many different styles to suit a person needs – mentally, physically & spiritually.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga born from the Ashtanga lineage. It is taught as a moving meditation, rather than focussing on breathing and then getting into a posture, in Vinyasa we try to keep the deep breathing & correct alignment consistent throughout all movement.
Absolutely and if your not flexible then that’s even more reason to be joining a class! There are many levels to the asanas -this ensures it is accessible for all abilities but also challenges students as they progress. I have blocks & straps to support students in reaching what is accessible for their bodies and what they want to achieve.
I have mats, blocks and straps to borrow, just bring:
✔bottle of water
✔something warm for savasana (blankets, pashmina or a big jumper)
✔a yoga mat (if you have one)
No, yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that provides a framework for spiritual, physical & mental growth. Yoga often overlaps with ideas from Buddhism & Hinduism but it is not essential to study any of these philosophies to practise yoga.
With lots of folding, twisting & stretching – its best not to eat any heavy meals at least 3-4 hours before yoga. if you get hungry or faint try a light snack of fruit, nuts & yoghurt or a rice cake with your fave topping.
Yoga can prevent sports injury by increasing muscle flexibility. When training to get stronger, muscles tighten leading to increased risk of injury.
Yoga can also be a great way to get back into sports after an injury. Yin yoga offers a more restorative approach with mainly floor based exercises.
Always inform your teacher if you are recovering from injury – There are lots of different styles & adjustments to try if certain poses aren’t accessible.