Do I need to be flexible or fit to practice yoga?

Absolutely not. Yoga is suitable for all ages and abilities. You just need to adjust your yoga practice to suit your level or ability. The yoga teacher will normally offer modifications for asanas so that they are accessible to everyone in the class.

What should I wear to yoga?

It is best to wear comfortable clothing that stretches easily as you move. Yoga is also practiced barefoot so that you can move safely on your yoga mat.

Can I eat before a yoga class?

It is advisable not to eat a large meal before practicing yoga as a full tummy may feel uncomfortable in certain yoga poses. Generally try to leave at least 3 hours before practicing yoga. If you do feel hungry before a yoga class, it’s fine to have something light, such as toast or yoghurt or fruit which is easily digestable and won’t leave you feeling heavy and sluggish during class.

Do I need any equipment to practice yoga?

You are welcome to use your own yoga mat or props if you prefer. Yoga mats are provided however, as are blocks, bricks and straps to assist you in the various yoga asanas.

I'm pregnant, can I practice yoga?

It is advisable to get permission from your doctor before starting yoga, (especially if you have previously had a miscarriage). If you have never done yoga before, it is wise to wait until after the first 15 weeks of your pregnancy to ensure the pregnancy is well stabilized. If you do already have a regular yoga practice then it is best to practice gentle yoga poses and restorative yoga during the first 15 weeks for the same reasons. The most important thing during this time is to allow all your body’s energies to focus on creating a healthy baby. If you are healthy and your doctor then gives you the all clear in the 2nd trimester then this is a great time to practice yoga as it will teach you how to relax and breathe well. It is advisable at this point though, to not restrict the tummy in any way, so no deep twists,strong backbends or core strengthening work. You should also modify sun salutations if you practice these. It is best to focus on hip opening yoga asanas and breath awareness. Generally, it is advisable to attend a specific pregnancy yoga class at this point, but if you would like to join the class, please speak to the yoga teacher beforehand.

I have an injury or health condition, can I practice yoga?

If you have suffered an injury or have a health condition that you feel may affect your ability to practice certain yoga positions, you should always let the yoga teacher know beforehand so that poses can be modified to suit your needs. It may also be advisable to seek your doctor’s permission before taking a yoga class, especially if you have never done yoga before. You may wish to take private yoga classes before joining a group class so that the yoga teacher can assess your ability and modify the yoga class specifically to suit your needs.

Will practicing yoga conflict with my religious beliefs?

Absolutely not. In fact, yoga can help strengthen your ability and desire to live your life according to your spiritual beliefs. Yoga is a personal practice for each individual and helps to develop greater self-awareness and helps you live in a more conscious way.

Please note, that no advice on this website is intended as medical advice. You should always seek the professional advice of your doctor or medical advisor with regards to your health and ability before undertaking any new physical activity.