Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible?
You don’t need to be flexible.
Unless you were a gymnast or dancer as a child, or you were born flexible, most people start yoga feeling stiff, often with niggling aches and pains which is often why they begin in the first place.
The intention is to create more ease, stability, mobility and comfort in your body.
Can I do yoga if I have no strength?
If you’re feeling weak that’s ok – a physical yoga practice will help you develop strength and stability through your whole body and develop a stronger core.
Can men come to your classes?
Men often think yoga is a women’s thing, that it’s easy and that they won’t be welcome.
Men do practice yoga and men frequently attend my classes.
Athletic, fit men come to my classes and find it hard because even though they’re strong, yoga has a different way of moving and breathing than they’re used to.
With regular practice it becomes easier and there is always challenge and development.
I welcome every person who comes through the door, male or female.
Am I too old?
I have people come to my classes of all ages.
If you can breathe and move your body you can do my classes. If you’re concerned, try my beginners class.
Can I come if I’m nervous and worried?
Try not to let self-consciousness and self-doubt rule your decision to do something good for yourself.
Listen to the thoughts “yoga is good for me” and “yoga will help me”.
Can I come if I feel shy?
Its ok, you don’t need to talk to anyone. I will welcome you to the class.
After that be on your mat and never utter a word to anyone if you don’t want to.
Will I be able to do it?
Everyone starts at the beginning.
You will be breathing and moving your body that’s all. Its best to persist, even if you find it hard.
No-one achieves anything by giving up too early.
Try a beginners class first, also ideal if your health or fitness has changed or you haven’t practiced for a long time.
Can I do it if I’ve never done yoga before?
Many people start my classes without any experience and now come every week. We all start at the beginning.
Try a beginners class first.
I’m returning to yoga after a long time out
You could start with a beginners class or dive back into the level 1-2 class if you previously had enough experience.
Let me know if you have any worries or book-in and I’ll see you in class.
Can I join the class if I’m pregnant?
If you have been practicing yoga regularly for quite some time you’re welcome to attend my class.
The caveat is: you must tell me you are pregnant. This is essential.
If you’ve never done yoga, or haven’t done it for a long time, then its best to join a pregnancy yoga class.
Can I join the class after giving birth?
If you’ve been given the all-clear by your doctor to exercise that’s great.
If you had complications involving injury or illness please let me know before class.
I’ve got an injury or recovering from surgery should I take part?
It may not be the time to practice yoga unless your physical therapist or doctor has recommended yoga.
If you are rehabilitating or recovering, get advice first and let me know in advance about your situation.
I have a physical disability can I still come to your class?
Currently my group classes and events are designed for people who can move their body and don’t need much assistance or adaptation, although I will always offer help when I can see its needed.
I do offer one-to-one yoga tuition so perhaps that would suit you if you’re worried about your physical ability.
Another option is a yoga therapy class which I don’t teach but there are teachers who do. Let me know if you want recommendations.
How often do I need to come to yoga?
If you want yoga to help you then attend at least once a week.
Consistent and regular practice is the path to finding what you’re looking for.
Start with one class a week and see how you go.
I offer an unlimited class membership if you want to practice more than once a week.
Will your class be hard enough for me?
I give options to challenge people ready for more, within the setting of a level 1-2 class.
The postural practice is dynamic and synchronises breath to movement which helps you get deep into your body but it isn’t a purely flow (non-stop transitions) class.
Will yoga make me stronger and more flexible?
With frequent and consistent practice increased strength and flexibility throughout your whole body is highly likely.
Does yoga help with anxiety and depression?
With frequent and consistent practice your mental and emotional wellbeing is highly likely to improve.
Be patient with yourself and see yoga as a tool to help you find more inner calm, strength and balance.
Will yoga help me with my back issues?
If you suspect your back issues are to do with too much sitting, sedentary lifestyle and general stress, yes it’s highly likely to help you.
If you have a specific condition or injury please check with your physical therapist or doctor before you attend class and let me know of any problems so I can help you modify your practice.
How many people are in your class?
The number of people in my class varies week-to-week.
Rest assured I will always know you’re in the class, and give you help if you need it.
What style of yoga do you teach?
Weekly classes are physically dynamic with plenty of tips to help you with your alignment and breathing.
I encourage synchronisation of breath to movement which creates a feeling of a moving meditation.
Each posture is linked to the next through an intentional sequence, some postures are held, some flow.
By the end of the class my aim is to leave you feeling more mentally, emotionally and physically balanced and relaxed.
What do I wear?
You’ll be moving your body quite a bit so wear loose clothing such as leggings, shorts or lightweight trackies.
I don’t have a yoga mat
I have spare mats and you may want to buy a mat if you attend regularly.
Can I drop-in?
All bookings are online in advance of the class. You can book here.
Booking can be made up to 30 minutes before the class starts if there is space available.
I don’t take cash or drop-ins.
Can I try the class to see if I like it?
Yes you’re welcome to book a taster class, which is just £5 and you get the full experience.
Where I can I find out more about you Rachel?
Click here to read my About page.
Questions about class credit and membership
I’ve bought a membership, how do I book a class?
Do my classes roll-over into the next month?
Nope not if you’re on a membership subscription but there are 4 classes per week to choose from.
How do I cancel my membership?
Open your original subscription confirmation email, there’s a link to cancel.
I forgot to cancel my subscription and a payment has been debited, can I have a refund?
Please check the terms of subscription cancellations in your original confirmation email.
How do I cancel or re-schedule a class?
Open your class confirmation email, inside there’s a cancel or re-schedule link (up to 2 hrs before class) and makes sure you read the class cancellation policy.
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