Read my answers to the most commonly asked questions or concerns.
What style of yoga do you teach?
This is how I describe my weekly group classes:
The beginners class introduces you to several of the foundational Hatha yoga postures and teaches you how to breathe in yoga. The pace is slow and the sequencing uncomplicated. This is a class for complete beginners and experienced beginners, or if you’re returning after time out or feel more comfortable in a slow paced class.
Intermediate Hatha Flow
The intermediate class is also Hatha, taught as a dynamic ‘flow’, which attracts active people who like to be strong in their practice, with an ability (or a desire) to move with presence and breath. The sequencing requires energy and knowledge of several of the key postures in most categories. It’s not an advanced class but you will be offered challenge if ready / willing. Ujjayi breathing is encouraged.
In every class we end with Savasana (relaxation). Learn more about my classes here.
Do you offer a trial price?
Yes your first class is only £5 which you can buy here.
Do I need a yoga mat?
I have spare mats and you may want to buy a mat if you attend regularly.
How many people come to a class?
The number of people in my class varies week-to-week. Rest assured I will always know you’re in the class, I’ll learn your name quickly and give you help if you need it.
How long have you been teaching yoga?
Have a quick read of my About page.
How do I cancel or re-schedule a class?
Please click the ‘cancel’ or ‘reschedule’ button in your class confirmation email up to 2 hours before class starts.
How do I cancel my monthly subscription?
Firstly please know it is not a direct debit so you must not cancel via your bank. Subscriptions are agreements to debit your payment card.
To cancel your subscription please click the cancel link contained in your subscription confirmation email.
If you’re not sure please contact me.
For further information please refer to my terms and conditions of purchase and participation, and cancellation policy.
Can I have a refund?
Please refer to my terms and conditions of purchase and participation, and cancellation policy.
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 usually why they begin in the first place. The intention is to create more ease, stability, mobility and comfort in your body.
I’m not strong
If you feel 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 attend?
Yes. Men sometimes presume yoga is only for women or that it’s easy or that they won’t be welcome. All of these things are wrong 🙂 Men do practice yoga, yoga can be challenging (physically and mentally) and men frequently attend my classes and are welcome.
Am I too old?
People come to my classes of all ages. If you can breathe easily and move your body comfortably you can do my classes. If you’re concerned, try my beginners class.
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”. I will welcome you to the class and after that be on your mat and never utter a word to anyone if you don’t want to.
What if I can’t do it?
Everyone starts at the beginning. Try my beginners class if you’re not sure. You will be breathing and moving your body that’s all. Even if its hard, if you feel better afterwards there’s your answer: you can do it.
I recommend you attend a pre-natal yoga class, unless you are an intermediate to experienced practitioner and know your body well. In my classes you must tell me you are pregnant as soon as you find out. There will always come a time in your pregnancy when pre-natal yoga is recommended over general classes.
I recently gave birth
If you’ve been given the all-clear by your doctor to exercise you are welcome. If you had complications involving injury or illness please let me know before class.
I’ve got an injury
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
If you are looking for personalised yoga tuition I offer one-to-one classes which means I can tailor every class exactly to your needs. Currently my group classes are designed for people who can move their body comfortably and don’t need adaptation. Let’s talk if you’d like to explore one-to-one classes.
Does yoga help anxiety or depression?
With consistent practice your mental and emotional wellbeing is likely to improve. Be patient with yourself and see yoga as a tool to help you find more inner calm, strength and balance. Yoga is a helpful adjunct to counselling or therapy.
Can yoga help back pain?
If you suspect your back issues are to do with too much sitting, sedentary lifestyle and general stress, yes yoga is 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.
Do you offer private or workplace yoga classes?
Yes I offer private or workplace classes (one-to-one or groups) on:
- Tuesday daytime, within a 10 mile radius of Woking.
- Other days of the week – dependent on my availability – within a 10 mile radius of Brighton.
How do I contact you?
I welcome enquiries – send me a message here.