Essential info for beginners

If you’ve never been to a yoga class before, not knowing what to expect can be intimidating. Here are a few things you should know:

What should I do before the yoga class?

Avoid eating for 2 hours (4 is best); beg/borrow/buy/steal a non-slip mat; wear stretchy/loose clothing; bring a warm layer for relaxation; advise me about any physical conditions, injuries or pregnancy. (Please don't steal. That is a joke).

What will happen in the yoga class?

Every yoga class will be a bit different but generally you should expect some posture work (stretching, balancing, strengthening), breathing exercises and guided relaxation.

You don’t need to be flexible

Flexibility is a benefit of a regular practice, not a pre-requisite. Nothing magical happens when you can wrap your leg around your head, it just looks pretty cool to people who can't. Flexibility without strength is not much use to us -  my classes are focused on building both.

You can’t be rubbish at it

You can’t fail at yoga – yoga is a practice not a finishing line. In time, you will learn to listen to your body and not to worry about the person grunting or bending all over the place on the mat next to you. 

I will be hands on (with your permission)

I will not physically adjust you without obtaining your permission first. I use consent chips in some of my classes. If consent chips are not present, I will not offer any physical adjustments. As a general rule, if you do not feel comfortable with being touched by a teacher in any yoga class, you should let that teacher know. A yoga teacher should respect your judgment and if they don’t, leave - immediately! This is not a yoga class.

Sock to yoga is like tennis ball to badminton

Not even the toeless ones with extra grip. You can try to convince me but it won’t work. 

Yoga is for everyone but this yoga class might not be for you

Yoga is a diverse practice and so are the styles, teachers and classes available. It is important to find the right type of class and the right teacher for you, so if you would like to get more of a feel for who I am, check out my blog, or my Facebook page to see the kinds of things I like to share with my students. There are many excellent teachers in and around Oxford - if you would like some help, I can put you in touch, or point you in the right direction.