I’m not flexible
That’s ok, most people aren’t. Unless you were a gymnast or dancer as a child, or you were born flexible, most people start yoga feeling stiff and is often why they begin in the first place. Yoga helps you get more flexible. The intention is to create more ease, mobility and comfort in your body.
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.
I’m worried I’m too old
Stop right there with that one! Yoga is for E V E R Y O N E. I’m 46 and practice yoga nearly every day. I have people come to my classes of all ages. If you can breathe and move your body you can do my classes.
I’m a man, can I come to your class?
YES! Men often think yoga is a women’s thing, that it’s easy and that they won’t be welcome. It is true that more women come to classes than men, but men do practice yoga and men do attend my classes. Yoga practice is not easy in the beginning. Athletic, fit men come to my classes and find it hard. Unfit, non-athletic men come to my classes and find it hard. Women too. 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, it doesn’t matter to me. Please let all this stuff go. Yoga is not ‘gendered’.
I’m worried about looking stupid
We have continuous inner dialogue throughout the day. Try not to let self-consciousness rule your decision to do something good for yourself. Listen to the thoughts “yoga is good for me” and “yoga will help me”.
Will I be able to do it?
Everyone starts at the beginning. You will be breathing and moving your body that’s all. Try not to let self-doubt rule your decision to attend class. Trust you have enough breath and ability to move well enough to complete the class.
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. Let yourself be a beginner.
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. Yoga is about being with ourselves rather than a social event.
I’m returning to yoga after a long time out
Welcome back! Let me know if you have any worries or book in and I’ll see you in class.
I’ve had a baby
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.
Congratulations! 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.
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 create the changes you are seeking then a minimum of once a week. I mean that’s absolute minimum. Consistent and regular practice is the path to finding what you’re looking for. 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 mixed-level class. Group classes attract intermediate level through to beginners. If you want fast vinyasa, lots of arm balances and advanced backbends it’s not the right class for you. I will be offering workshops for more experienced practitioners in 2019. Message me if you’re interested. I also offer a monthly Slowdown Sunday, 2 1/2 hours of yoga.
Will your yoga classes make me stronger? Will yoga make me more flexible?
With frequent and consistent practice increased strength and flexibility throughout your whole body is highly likely.
I tend to feel in a low mood, and get depressed, will yoga help? I feel anxious, tend to think alot, and can’t ‘shut down’ my mind, will yoga help?
With frequent and consistent practice your mental and emotional wellbeing is highly likely to improve.
Will yoga help me with my back issues?
It depends on the problem. 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 physical with plenty of cues to help you with your alignment and breathing. Each posture is linked to the next through an intentional sequence. My intention is to leave you feeling more spacious, still and connected from within. If you know your yoga ‘styles’, I teach a fusion of vinyasa flow and traditional hatha, which means a fusion of flow and static postures. Slowdown Sundays feature more subtle aspects of yoga practice such as pranayama and meditation.
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. Booking can be made up to 30 minutes before the class starts if there is space available. I do not take cash or drop-ins. You can book here.
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.
I have a question about a class I’ve booked
How do I cancel or reschedule a booking? Open the confirmation email, inside there’s a cancel or re-schedule link – remember to do it in time (less than 2 hours before class you’ll lose your credit, someone else could be able to attend instead and I like to know if you’re not coming).
I have a question about my membership subscription
I’ve just bought a membership, how do I book a class? Click here
Do my classes roll-over into the next month: nope.
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? Sorry that’s not possible. Full explanation of the terms were explained before purchase.
I have a question not answered here.
No problem, send me a message here.