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FAQ'S ABOUT YOGA

 


What is Yoga? | Top

The word Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union". The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into a philosophical guidebook, the "Yoga Sutra", an estimated 2,000 years ago. It  outlines the eight limbs of Yoga including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) and dhyani (meditation). 

Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

 

Is Yoga a religion? | Top

Yoga is not a religion, it is a philosophy that began in India 5,000 years ago. Patanjali, who wrote the "Yoga Sutra" provided these scriptures as a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. 

Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice Yoga.

It is also not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.



What are the benefits of Yoga? | Top

Yoga has both preventive and therapeutic cures over the mind and body:

  • Increases flexibility in muscles and joints,
  • Strengthens the spinal cord and recovers back aches,
  • Improves muscular and skeletal conditions, digestion and elimination,
  • Regulates glands and endocrine system (hormones),
  • Improves heart conditions,
  • Stimulates blood circulation,
  • Recovers breathing disorders,
  • Boosts the immune response,
  • Relieves symptoms of IBS
  • Decreases cholesterol & diabetes,
  • Maintains blood pressure levels,
  • Increases stamina,
  • Maintains physical and emotional balance,
  • Eases depression,
  • Releases stress and fatigue,
  • Calms the mind and promotes positivity,
  • Helps concentration and relaxation,
  • Frees the spirit.

 

Among other things!


How is Yoga different from stretching or other types of exercise? | Top

Yoga is more than just physical postures. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. 

Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. 

The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.

 

I'm not very flexible, can I do Yoga? | Top

Yes, you are a perfect candidate for yoga! If you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but rather to become more flexible over time. 

Yoga is not like gymnastics, in which the most flexible person gets a medal. It is a personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs. So come as you are and feel your body change.

 

I have a bad back/dodgy knees, is yoga suitable for me? | Top

We strongly recommend you seek advice from a health professional before starting up Yoga but in many cases, it can be a safe way to exercise. In Yoga we practice body awareness and continuous breathing so you're less likely to strain something. Also there are no violent movements, so gentle stretching combined with strengthening of the muscles around the problem area can be very beneficial.

Please let your instructor know before the class as there may be some postures that aren't suitable for you or that need to be adapted. 


Can I do Yoga when I'm menstruating? | Top

Doing yoga whilst on your period is a very personal decision as each woman experiences her cycle differently. Some prefer to take the time to nurture themselves at home, whilst some find a slightly more gentle and restorative Yoga class is actually beneficial because it relieves cramping, swelling and headaches.

However it is generally recommended not to practice inversions as this can reverse your flow. The choice is yours, however always make sure your instructor is aware so he or she can help you adapt some of the postures.

 

I'm pregnant, can I do Yoga? | Top

Yoga during pregnancy is very beneficial, however it is not recommended you practice for the first 14 weeks as there is an increased risk of miscarriage. It is best to attend a specific pregnancy class where the postures and breath work are specifically adapted to your needs.

For more information, please visit our PREGNANCYpage.

 

How often should I do Yoga? | Top

Yoga is amazing – even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will still experience the benefits. If you can do more than that, the better you'll feel and the quicker you'll see the difference.

You could start with once a week and build up to two or three times. 

The good news is you can never overdo Yoga but this doesn't have to mean a hour everyday. If you can only fit in 20 minutes, that's fine too. With Yoga, consistency is key so little and often will be more beneficial than a long tiring session every now and again. Don't let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle, do what you can and don't worry about it. You will likely find that after a while, your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.

 

What kind of yoga is taught at Yoga with...™ ?| Top

At Yoga with...™ all our instructors teach a variation of Hatha Yoga.

We share the belief that Yoga is for everybody and should be accessible and relevant to today. We teach in a friendly, non-competitive way and our classes are relaxed and down to earth.

In a Yoga with...™ class you will be working on physical postures (asana), breath control (pranayama) and relaxation. However, each teacher’s style and influence will be slightly different so please check their individual profile page for more information or simply come along to your local class and experience it for yourself!

 

Which level is right for me? | Top

At Yoga with...™ we like to keep it simple, that's why we only have 2 levels: Beginners or General.

We don't like to put people in "advanced" or "level 3" boxes as this can encourage feelings of inadequacy or competition.

 

A Beginners level class is suitable for those who are new to Yoga. You will learn the basic postures & breathing and be introduced to the Sun Salutation flow. This level is also perfect for those who haven't done Yoga in while, feel a bit out of shape or wish to refresh the foundations.

 

A General level class is suitable for everyone, whether you've completed a Beginners course and want to try some new moves or even if you're new to Yoga but have a basic level of fitness. It is designed to let everyone work at their own pace and rhythm. Adjustments are always offered to tone down a posture or take it to the next level.

 

If you are still unsure which level is right for you, sometimes coming to a class and experiencing it for yourself is the the best way to find out!

 

Can I eat before the class? | Top

For your own comfort, it's important not no eat a heavy meal at least 2 hours before a class. In yoga we practice twists from side to side, we turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice no later than 30 minutes before class.

 

What should I wear to class? | Top

Whether tight or loose, clothes should be comfortable and non-restricting. Wearing layers is helpful so you can easily take off or put back on depending on what postures you're working on.
You may also want to bring socks and a warm jumper for the initial and final relaxation as the body tends to cool down.


Do I need to bring a Yoga mat? | Top

If you don't have a mat, there are some available for you to use at your venue.

However, if you're booking a course, we do recommend buying one as we find it's nicer to have your own mat to follow you through your development and it's also a bit more hygienic! 
At Yoga with...™ we sell exclusively EKOTEX mats as they're the best eco-friendly, latex-free and non-slip ones we've found. They are available to buy from your instructor for only £25.


How and when do I pay? | Top

As spaces are limited and tend to book up fast, payment needs to be made before the start of the course, either by cheque or bank transfer, in order to guarantee your space. 

Please contact your instructor for their relevant details. 

 

Can I drop-in instead of booking the full course? | Top

We usually recommend block booking a course, especially if you're a beginner, as your instructor takes you through specific poses each week, building on what you've already learnt. It also guarantees your space and is more cost effective for you. 

However, it is possible to come along on a pay-as-you-go basis but please check availability with your instructor first in order to avoid disappointment on the day.

All prices are displayed on our Prices page.

 

Is it a problem if I've missed the start of a course? | Top

Depending on availability, you can still join a course if you've missed the first few weeks and your instructor will deduct the missed classes off the price of the course.

However, if you're wanting to book onto a Beginner's course and you've missed four or more classes, then we recommend you wait and book onto the next term as you may have missed some important basics.

 

What if I can't make the same class each week? | Top

Once you have committed to a course it is your responsibility to attend the scheduled number of sessions. However, we understand that having to make the same class each week can sometimes be difficult so we try and be as flexible as possible by giving you the opportunity to make up any missed classes within the period of your current course. This can be used at any point during the course, not necessarily on the same week as the class you've missed.

We ask that you please inform your instructor to find out about availability first.


Terms & Conditions: | Top

If you've paid for a course and you don't like your first class, we'll happily offer you a refund, minus the cost of the class you have just attended. You must inform your instructor straight after the first session as no refunds can be given after this point. This offer applies to 10 or 12 week courses only.

 

If you have paid for a course but haven't attended any of the classes we cannot offer you a refund and payments are non-transferable.

 

If you haven't paid for a course but would like to drop-in, we cannot always guarantee there will be a space for you and we reserve the right to refuse admission if the class is full.

 

If your payment has not been received before or on the first day of the course, you will be charged a drop-in fee, which will later be refunded once the money has cleared.

 

Once you have committed to a course it is your responsibility to attend the scheduled number of sessions.

We offer you the possibility to make up for missed classes by attending another session instead. This is only valid for the current term and we ask you to please check availability with your instructor first, as we cannot always guarantee there will be space.

 

If you have booked a block of ten one-to-one classes, they must be used up within 14 weeks of the first session.

 

It is your responsibility to tell your instructor of any injuries or medical issues that may be relevant before practicing Yoga and keeping them updated throughout the course.

 

If you are pregnant or fall pregnant during a course, you must tell your instructor as soon as possible as we do not recommend you practice Yoga for the first 14 weeks. We regret that no refund can be given.

 

If you are unsure whether or not you can practice yoga, please seek the advice of a health professional.

 

If you're attending a Yoga with...™ class you will be asked to fill in a registration form and we will assume that you'll have read and agreed with these Terms and Conditions and our website terms of use.

By attending our Yoga classes, you understand your own body’s challenges and take full responsibility for your own practice.

Yoga with...™ will not be responsible for any act or omission on the part of an instructor. Your agreement for yoga instruction is between you and the instructor directly.

 

 

 

 

 

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