all your questions answered
DO I HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE TO PRACTICE YOGA?
Don’t be discouraged if you find that you are unable to perform some of the asanas fully to begin with, Yoga is progressive, as you continue your practice you can only improve. Always remember Yoga is not competitive – the extent of flexibility achieved does not necessarily determine success. Success is measured by the degree of inward attention paid to the body and the mind whilst in the pose. Your best Yoga on any given day is the best Yoga or you.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO?
Please follow instructions carefully and do not anticipate, even when you become familiar with the postures. Careful attention to body placement and alignment is essential if you are to gain the full benefits of the asanas; this may take some time to develop. Never try to exceed your limitations, as this will only hinder your progress. If you proceed with an awareness of your own capabilities, with patience and moderation you will be far more successful than if you attempt to do too much, too soon.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF HATHA YOGA?
Relieves physical tension, especially back pain
Lowers blood pressure
Helps with strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance
Calms the mind, reduces stress and anxiety
Increases metabolism and energy
Can help reduce depression, panic attacks and insomnia
Strengthens the immune system
Slows heart rate
Strengthens the spine
Increases blood circulation
Helps to detoxify system
Improves function of internal organs including digestion and elimination
Relieves physical tension
Promotes a state of relaxation and inner contentment
I HAVE HEARD THAT BREATHING CORRECTLY IS VERY IMPORTANT IN YOGA, HOW DO I BREATHE CORRECTLY?
In most postures you will be instructed to breathe deeply and slowly, without straining, so please do not hold your breath unless instructed to do so. Always breath in and out through the nose, unless otherwise instructed, as this not only filters out many impurities and germs in the air, but also helps you maintain important control over the length and smoothness of your breath.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Your clothing should be completely unrestricting in order to permit complete freedom of movement. Try not to wear belts, watches, glasses, hair ornaments and jewellery. Practice in clean, bare feet.
DO I NEED TO BRING A MAT?
A thin rubber ‘sticky’ mat or a thin foam rubber mattress covered with a large towel or a folded blanket makes an ideal surface. If you do not have a mat, one can be provided for you.
IS IT OK TO EAT BEFORE YOGA PRACTICE?
Yoga postures should be practiced on an empty stomach – two to three hours after a main meal, and an hour or so after a light meal or snack.
READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENCING YOUR YOGA CLASSES
If you are in any doubt regarding the effects of the Yoga techniques upon you, if you are elderly, if you are obese or if you have a history of illness or disability, it is always advisable to check with your doctor before proceeding.
Please advise your Yoga Instructor If you have had an operation, confinement, injury or special medical care within the last six months, if you are pregnant, are currently under heavy medication or if you suffer from any of the following:
Asthma or other breathing problems
Past or present neck or back injuries
High or low blood pressure
Any heart problems