FAQ

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What do I need to bring?

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You will need a non slip yoga mat to practice but if it is your first time then please ask and one can be provided for your first couple of weeks of practice.  If its something you would like to continue then you will need to invest in your own mat.  A camping mat or foam padded exercise mat are not suitable for practice and without a proper yoga mat you will not be able to join in.  If you have a yoga strap or block, they can be useful to support your practice but there are some available to use at each class so these aren’t essential and I would recommend first getting to know your practice before buying what you might not need. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated and a small blanket is a useful prop and makes relaxation all the more luxurious!

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What should I wear?

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Wear anything that is comfortable and ideally stretchy and easy to move in.  A warm jumper and pair of socks is also recommended for when we start to cool down, especially in the cooler months.   No special footwear is required as you will be barefoot throughout the practice.

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Can I eat before practice?

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Due to the way we move in yoga, twisting the abdominal space and often being upside down, practicing on a full stomach can feel quite uncomfortable and even have adverse effects. It is ideal to practice yoga on an empty stomach, so the last meal should be 2-3 hours prior to practice.  However, if you are a person that tends to become light headed or weak from lack of food, practicing on an empty stomach may also not be a good idea.  If this is the case, try a light snack, like a banana or nuts, 30-60 minutes before class.

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Do I need to be flexible?

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NO! Unfortuantely this is a very common misconception when thinking of taking up Yoga.  Its a bit like thinking you already need to know how to drive a car before taking driving lessons!  If you are not flexible then you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Along with developing strength, coordination, concentration, physical confidence, cardiovascular health and a general sense of well being, your flexibility will also improve and this new found agility will manifest in many ways even off your mat!  People often associate being flexible with being able to touch the toes, and whilst tight hamstrings can take time and patience to open, you might just uncover that you have other areas of flexibility that you have never noticed before!

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What if I have an injury or medical condition?

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It is essential to let your teacher know of any injury or medical condition (including pregnancy) and in some situations it might be necessary to consult your Doctor prior to taking up a yoga practice.  Yoga, is for everyone though, and with the right modifications, patience and inner listening you can find a practice that suits you and may even become a therapeutic aid to your condition or instrumental in your injury recovery. It is not at any time a substitute for professional medical care but a useful practice to compliment such treatments.