What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy (dating back over 5,000 years). In Sanskrit the world yoga means union and through our yoga practice we are working on uniting our mind, body and soul, boosting our physical and mental wellbeing and helping us to live in the present.
The asanas (physical poses) help us maintain a healthy body and the breathing exercises (pranayama) help to calm and focuses the mind. Yoga helps us build strength and flexibility and helps us look after our internal body by massaging our organs and stimulating our nervous and cardiovascular system.
I've not done yoga before how will I know what to do?
Don't worry if you don't get a pose straight away, when we go to a yoga class we call it practicing, and that's exactly what we're doing. It's not about trying to look perfect it's about listening to your body and seeing if you can develop your practice. Although the classes have different elements each week there is a structure to the class that you'll soon become familiar with allowing you to think less and feel more.
Do I have to be fit and flexible to do yoga?
If you are new to yoga, you may find it challenging to begin with it is OK to rest at any point during the class and you'll find that you are able to do more each week. Yoga will help you improve your flexibility and strength so you don't need to be able to touch your toes to begin with as the classes will help you to improve your normal range of movement.
What should I wear and is there anything else I should know?
Wear comfortable, light clothing that you can move in. Try not to eat anything heavy at least 2 hours before you come to a class and drink plenty of water after class.