Frequently Asked Questions
What is yoga? Is yoga a religion? What is Hatha yoga?
Yoga is the science of wellbeing. Yoga is not a religion. Yoga makes you more physically fit as well as more mentally and emotionally balanced. Yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago. Yoga is a great way to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, improve posture and release the stresses of the day by calming your mind. Better posture helps to relieve your body of any aches due to poor posture for example from sitting or standing for long periods during the day. There are several styles of yoga. Hatha yoga focuses on physical postures (asanas) and is also combined with breathing techniques (pranayama) and a short relaxation or guided meditation (yoga nidra).
I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?
Yes, of course you can! Lack of flexibility is probably one of the best reasons to start doing yoga. Yoga is suitable for everyone. It’s a low impact, relaxing exercise which is adaptable regardless of age or mobility. Increasing flexibility with yoga helps to improve your posture and it reduces tension or aches that may be caused by poor posture. Once you start stretching, energy blockages are released and through regular practice your body naturally becomes stronger and more flexible. Yoga helps you become more stress free and generally happier.
What if I have health concerns or a medical condition, can I still do yoga?
If you are unsure about any health issues, or haven’t done any exercise for a while, please check with your doctor for advice before doing any yoga. Please also contact us before coming to a class to talk about what would be the best form of yoga for you e.g. gentle yoga, relaxation and meditation class or a one to one session. Before the start of each yoga class or workshop it is important that you advise the yoga teachers of any change in your health or medical information. It’s also important that you only do what feels comfortable for your body and let the yoga teachers know if you experience any difficulty. Always practice yoga mindfully and in a safe, comfortable way for your body.
For Covid-19 health and safety, please keep aware of and follow the latest Government guidelines. When doing yoga or any exercise, the wearing of a face mask is not necessary, although it is optional if you prefer to.
What do I need to bring to a yoga class?
Bring along the enthusiasm to discover the wonderful benefits of yoga; along with a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated, especially after the yoga class. Please also bring your own yoga mat; this is good practice for Covid health and safety reasons. If you like, you can also bring a towel or blanket to use as a cushion for your knees, hips, head and neck; it can also be a lovely extra comfort or warmth during the relaxation.
What shall I wear?
Please wear loose or comfortable clothing that you can move freely in whilst bending and stretching for example tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a T-shirt. Bring something warm to put on during the relaxation such as a fleece or sweatshirt.
Can I eat before yoga?
It is recommended that you practise yoga with an empty stomach so it’s advised that you eat at least two hours before yoga for a light meal and at least one hour before for a snack (e.g. a piece of fruit). Certain movements or yoga postures can feel uncomfortable if practised on a full stomach.
Will I feel stiff after a yoga class?
No you shouldn’t feel stiff after a yoga class as long as you’ve mindfully practised within your own comfortable range of motion. If you’re new to yoga, choose the gentle variation of a pose, within a slight range of motion. Naturally, you may feel aware of muscles that you haven’t used for a while. Water helps fuel your muscles, so drinking water (at least half an hour before yoga and immediately after yoga) will help keep your muscles flexible as well as help boost your energy levels. It’s important to always practise yoga mindfully and in a way that’s comfortable for your body, within a class that’s suitable for your fitness level and never work into pain. Inform your yoga teacher if you experience any difficulties. If you do experience any pain please check with your doctor for advice before continuing with yoga.
Am I too old to start yoga?
Yoga can be enjoyed by any age group and many people start yoga after the age of 60, often wishing they’d started sooner. Yoga poses can be adapted for every age group and to suit different fitness, strength and flexibility levels.
Can I do yoga whilst I’m pregnant or soon after giving birth?
We recommend that you consult your doctor for advice before starting yoga. Yoga is not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy. After your first trimester, adapted yoga poses can help to keep your body healthy, flexible and strong during your pregnancy. It’s advisable to wait 8 to 10 weeks after giving birth to begin yoga practice and depending on your doctor’s advice; if you’re ready then you’re welcome to join us for yoga. During pregnancy, we recommend you search for a specialist pregnancy yoga class e.g. at Ironstone Wellbeing Centre.
How old is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient philosophy that originated in India; it is the science of wellbeing. The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5000 years ago. Yoga is not a religion and can be practised by anyone of any faith. To say that the word Yoga itself is a religion makes as much sense as saying that the words ‘union’ or ‘holistic’ are religions, which of course they aren’t. Yoga means union; we unite the breath with the mind and body while mindfully practising yoga postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Through regular practice of yoga you’ll discover how to tune into and listen to your body in order to improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, and cardiovascular health, as well as self confidence and overall well-being.
We’re happy to answer any further questions about yoga – get in touch with us with any queries by calling or sending a text message to 07985591370.
Yoga and Your Health: if you have any health concerns or haven’t done any exercise for a while, please check with your doctor for advice before doing any yoga. Please also contact us before coming to a yoga class to let us know any health concerns and talk about what may be suitable for you.