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DO I HAVE TO BRING ANY EQUIPMENT WITH ME?
Bring your own yoga or pilates mat with you if you have one, plus any blocks or straps you may use as part of your normal yoga practice. I have a limited number of mats, blocks and straps available to borrow if you don't have your own but please let me know in advance if you need one.
You may also wish to bring a water bottle and a small towel.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOGA AND PILATES?
Yoga is a flowing sequence of postures with emphasis on connecting breathing with movement, improving flexibility and clearing the mind through meditation. Pilates focuses on strengthening core and postural muscles whilst improving flexibility however we don't tend to go into such bendy positions as yoga and whilst there is some focus on breathing there is no meditation in pilates.
WHAT TYPE OF YOGA DO YOU TEACH?
Vinyasa yoga - this means a following sequences of postures linked with our breathing.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO ATTEND?
You need to be able to get on and off the floor safely and be happy in kneeling positions and putting some weight through the wrists, pretty much everything else can be adapted. If you're not sure please drop me an email.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN EACH CLASS?
There is a maximum of 10 people in each class to allow individual feedback and guidance.
IS THERE ANY MEDITATION/BREATHING/CHANTING IN THE YOGA CLASSES?
There will be a short (5-10 minute) meditation at the end of each yoga class and correct breathing taught throughout. Some classes may include specific breathing exercises. There will be no chanting other than the occasional 'Om' to open and close the class.
WHAT HEALTH CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM YOGA AND PILATES AND WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR ME?
Yoga and pilates both work on posture, strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation, although the emphasis is slightly different in each class so try both and see which style suits you best.
Yoga works more on flexibility and so is a great choice if you feel stiff or stressed after a day at the office. Its main benefits come from the relaxation and breathing techniques which can help lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes. Yoga also helps to improve the focus and clarity of your mind and regular practice will strengthen and tone the whole body. Please avoid yoga if you have sciatica and discuss all other health conditions or injuries with the instructor so that we can keep you safe in the class.
Pilates focuses more on strengthening and toning our postural muscles. Its a great place to start if you suffer from back pain, neck pain, shoulder issues or hypermobility. In just a few classes you should be feeling taller, straighter and more toned.
If you are unsure which is best for your health needs please drop me an email.