A Yoga mat, blanket (for relaxation), and any of your personal Yoga equipment that you like to use (e.g. blocks for sitting, belt etc.). Bring any necessary medication (e.g. Asthma inhaler). Please let me know in advance if you wish to borrow a mat until you purchase your own.
FEES: I currently charge £8.50 / 90 minute session. It is only possible to keep prices this low when the group book for the whole term.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS A FEW CLASSES?: Everyone has to miss from time to time. There is no obligation to make up a missed session however if you wish to do so, I offer you a free session at one of my other classes the same week or in any other week of the same term, subject to space being available. This generates a lot of extra admin for me and works best when people let me know in class, via e-mail or text (not Facebook or WhatsApp please) that they are going to be away, or would like to substitute a class.
BOOKING FOR THE TERM: I ask people to book for the whole term to keep prices down for everyone, to minimise Yoga time spent taking money and to manage numbers in the space. When we make a commitment to a term or course of Yoga, it encourages us to make time for our regular practice and allows progression within the term in the lesson planning. It is a privilege to welcome a beginner to their first Yoga class but it is not ideal when this happens mid-term as it limits what the teacher can teach to keep everyone safe. Techniques previously learned by the group have to be revisited (although it is always good to revisit the basics from time to time). For this reason I favor teaching termly 'courses' of Yoga.
I have been a self-employed Yoga teacher for 14+ years and manage all my classes without a leisure centre-style reception and booking system. Booking by the term keeps things manageable. Many people do not wish to commit to courses through the holidays so my terms usually coincide with school term times. As a self-employed Yoga teacher the following all have to come out of the termly takings: hall hire costs, professional body fees, advertising, insurance, admin, accounts and lesson planning time, travel expenses, continual professional development/training costs, holiday and sick pay etc. etc. (pension? What pension!). I love my work but it is also my livelihood, not my hobby. I have a family to support and the uncertainty of numbers from term to term is difficult to manage. Therefore I really appreciate people booking well in advance to enable me to make decisions, in advance, about whether classes are viable. The tools that Yoga gives us are precious, infact invaluable. I am so gratefull to my teachers.🙏
Absolutely yes! Most of us are not naturally flexible. Yoga strengthens and stretches the body improving your health and wellbeing on the inside, whether or not you look flexible on the outside. However, you should be careful about which style of Yoga you choose. There are very strong and fast flowing styles of Yoga that are generally best suited to younger bodies without injuries. It is best to check with the teacher if they will offer modifications when required for any condition that you may have.
Yes please give me as much information about your injury as you can. If you have concerns, please seek advice from your doctor or a health care professional to advise you whether Yoga is an appropriate form of exercise for you. It is also helpful to ask your doctor/physio if there is any type of movement or exercise that should be avoided.
Yes. Every class contains a mix of ages, body types, injuries and experience levels. My style of teaching is to offer modifications to poses where necessary to keep people safe and to develop those who can to more advanced versions of asana.