Yoga according to the possibilities, interests and well-being of each person
For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our group yoga classes
What are the benefits of practising yoga?
Yoga can bring about a wealth of benefits with regular practice. Physically it can improve strength, stamina and mobility. It can help the body recover from illness or injury. It can both energise and calm the system. Yoga can help to manage stress and anxiety. It can help to improve mental focus and concentration enabling us to enjoy the 'now experience'.
Who is yoga suitable for?
Yoga can be practiced by all - young or old, stiff or flexible, athletic or deskbound, male or female. Yoga is simply defined as 'containing the movements of the mind' - universal in it's philosophy.
What does a group yoga class generally involve?
Our group classes often follow a theme inspired by Yoga's rich philosophy. They always incorporate āsana (yoga postures) which are practiced both dynamically - slow movement with emphasis on synchronising breath with movement and statically, again with an emphasis on breathing slowly, fully and mindfully. Often we teach prāṇāyama (seated breathing practices), sometimes we'll use sound work. We offer variations and modifications where needed and if necessary sensitive adjustments. Generally people find our classes enjoyable and relaxing.
How do I know which level of class to choose?
If you haven't practiced yoga before we suggest joining a Beginners course. If you have an established practice but are new to our approach we suggest joining a Beginners course. Click here for a description of each class level.
I am pregnant. Can I practise yoga?
We advise you not to practise yoga in your first trimester whilst your body is adapting to change. From your second trimester onwards, we are happy for you to join a beginners course with the prior approval of your medical practitioner. We will offer modifications where necessary. Zoë teaches Yoga for Pregnancy on a one to one basis.
Can I drop-in to a class?
As we pride ourselves on offering small group classes we do not offer drop-in places. It is essential to pre-book to guarantee your place. We also find it encourages consistency and we are able to deliver the teachings in a methodical way.
What should I wear?
Dress in comfortable clothing in which you are able to stretch and move freely. We practice with bare feet.
Do you provide equipment?
Yes! Mats, blocks and chairs are provided. Many students prefer to practise on their own - mats are available to purchase from us or you're welcome to bring yours with you.
Should I eat before class?
Like all exercise, yoga is best practised on an empty stomach. We recommend that you do not eat for at least 2 hours prior to class, though juice or fruit are okay if you need a quick energy boost. We suggest that you avoid drinking during class.
What if I have an injury or medical condition?
On booking we will forward you a Confidential Health Form which we ask you to fill in and bring along to the first session. This is really important as it helps us know how to assist you, give you modifications, and keep you safe. We, reserve the right to ask you not to participate in a class if we feel that it would be inappropriate because of an injury or medical condition. If you are uncertain about whether or not yoga is suitable for you, please contact us.
I’m under 18 years old, can I come to class?
Our adult classes are only suitable for over 16 year olds.