Our philosophy is yoga for all! There are lots of different styles of yoga and lots of different teachers so there is something that will suit everyone! Whatever your gender, weight, age, illness, injury, you can start yoga at anytime. Just find a class that you like the look of and take that first brave step!
We understand that when you start yoga you are completely out of your comfort zone, physically and mentally. Here’s our beginners guide to starting yoga. We hope it helps you feel more comfortable as you start your yoga journey!
1. Wear whatever you are comfortable in
Baggy clothes, fitted clothes, no clothes (joking, definitely wear clothes!). Seriously, don’t worry about what you are wearing, just make sure you feel comfortable and that you are able to move easily.
2. Set your intention
At the start of the yoga class think about why you are there and set an intention. For example: to stretch, to feel good in my body, to calm my mind, to try something new, to strengthen my lower back, to meet good people. Create an intention that means something to you.
As you move through the yoga postures you may find your breathing becomes very shallow, or maybe even stops completely. Just keep breathing. Take slow, steady breaths. Breathe in and out through your nose whenever possible.
4. Don’t overthink it
There will be lots of instructions and maybe lots of different options throughout the class. Although you want to keep up as best you can, don’t overthink it, just start by moving your body. Move in a way that feels good for you and don't worry about what other people are doing.
5. Listen to your body
Your body will tell you when a posture is too intense, listen to the signals that it sends you. There is no rush and you have nothing to prove so just take your time. If you have any injuries or existing health issues speak to the teacher before the class and find out if there are any parts that you should miss out or modify.
Take rest whenever you need to. This might mean sitting down, lying down or taking a resting posture that feels good for you. Rest for a few moments and once you feel ready come back into the postures.
7. Have Fun
There is no need to take it too seriously. Keep it light and enjoy this new experience. You have stepped out of your comfort zone, well done! Smile and enjoy the process of learning something new.
At the end of the class everyone will lie in stillness in a posture called savasana (corpse pose). This is likely the only time all day that you will simply be and let yourself rest. Allow yourself to let go and enjoy these few moments of stillness after all your hard work. If you feel like you might fall asleep, don’t worry, it’s happens all the time! Enjoy your nap!
All the best for the start of your yoga journey! If you are already a yogi, share this blog with a friend that you’d love to come and join you on the mat.
Love Sarah, Jane & Vic Xx