Getting Started

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Getting started

Getting started

Our yoga classes, courses and workshops are delivered in an inclusive, compassionate and friendly manner. The description for each class, course and workshop, provides details about whether any prior knowledge or experience is needed. If you need guidance or would like to talk through your individual needs and circumstances, please do get in touch.

For more detailed information about getting started with our emotional wellbeing and recovery courses and workshops, please also see the ‘Emotional Wellbeing and Recovery’ page and the joining instructions for each course and workshop.

Health

All new students for yoga classes and courses are asked to complete a health questionnaire. This is so sessions can be adapted to meet the needs of all students and a private and confidential conversation can take place with you if needed, about any specific health conditions or injuries. Modifications are given in sessions so everyone can work at a level that is comfortable for them. If any new health conditions or injuries arise after completing your questionnaire, please let us know either before or at the start of your session.

What to bring

A small number of mats and various props are available for beginners. Let us know if you would like to borrow a mat for your first few sessions.  It is a good idea to then invest in your own mat as part of the commitment to yourself, your practice and health and well-being. It is also more hygienic.

You may get hot in yoga sessions. If you find that sweaty hands cause you to slip on your mat, yoga chalk or climbing chalk can be a great solution. Just rub a small amount onto your mat and your hands before you start. It is widely available online.

What to wear

Yoga is practiced in bare feet. If you need to wear socks due to a health condition, you will need to buy specific non-slip socks for yoga or trampolining so you don’t slip. They are widely available online.

Clothing should be comfortable and allow you to move. Specialist yoga clothes are not needed; leggings or shorts and a T-shirt are ideal. Some people like to bring a blanket to cover themselves with for relaxation but a warm sweater or hoodie also works well. Avoid wearing anything flowing or jewellery that could get in the way and be uncomfortable. Long hair should be tied back.

Yoga etiquette

Yoga is a time to focus on you away from the pressures of modern life. Please switch your phone and any electronic devices off before coming into class. If you might need to be contacted in an emergency or you’re on call, let us know at the start of the session so an arrangement can be made that doesn’t disturb others. If possible, arrive 5 minutes before the start of the class to prepare.

All yoga classes and courses end with relaxation (savasana). This is a key part of the session that calms the body and mind, helps reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue and allows the muscles to release any remaining tension so you feel rejuvenated. Alternative approaches to relaxation may be taught in our emotional health and recovery courses and workshops.

Yoga and all our emotional health and wellbeing sessions are non-competitive. They offer respite from the busy, competitive world we live in and aim to equip you with your own individual toolkit to better manage your health and wellbeing; the aim is not to be able to get one’s leg round the back of the head! We work together on staying present, accepting ourselves and others, and on letting go of expectations and judgements. Our bodies and minds are all unique and so are our practices and individual journeys.

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