FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If you’re new to yoga, it’s common to have a lot of questions! It’s also not a silly question to ask what you should bring or wear to your next class. If we haven’t been able to answer your questions, please shoot us an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY CLASS?
It would be great if you could bring along your yoga mat and any other props and accessories you have that support your practice. These might be a bolster, block, blanket or an eye pillow. If you have a pre-paid yoga pass, please bring along your Medowie Yoga Card. We also recommend a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout your class!
What do you need to bring to class? (Check list)
+ New Student form (first class only)
+ BYO yoga mat
+ Props bolster and or blanket, Eye pillow etc. (optional)
+ Something warm to cover yourself during deep relaxation at the end of class i.e towel, blanket, jumper, socks etc.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY CLASS?
Clothes! Naked yoga is best practiced at home! In all seriousness, you should wear comfortable fitted clothing (you don’t want your t-shirt hanging over your head). Ladies might like to tie their hair back so that this doesn’t become an issue during class – keep in mind the positions throughout class mean that a top knot or high bun might prevent you being comfortable when using postures that have you resting on your head.
I’M NOT FLEXIBLE – CAN I DO YOGA?
Of course! One of the many great things about yoga is that your flexibility will improve as you continue your practice. In addition to gaining flexibility, you will also enhance your strength, co-ordination, cardiovascular health as well as a sense of overall well-being, physical confidence & inner peace! Phew!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA?
As often as you like is the simplest answer! The reason that we and so many others have fallen in love with yoga is because even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will still experience the many benefits that come from yoga!
If you can do more than one class per week, you will certainly experience more benefits. We suggest two or three times a week, is optimum. If you can only attend one class per week, that’s fine! Simply find some room at home, or your favourite park and move through the positions at your own pace and remembering advice and tips given to you in class. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and enjoy those minutes that you can steal away for yourself! You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
IS YOGA A RELIGION?
Yoga is a philosophy that began around 5,000 years ago in India – it is not a religion, meaning it is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutra. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
WHAT IS OM? YOU KNOW, THAT NOISE WE MAKE AT THE BEGINNING & END OF CLASS?
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions and is an important part of your class so don’t feel silly or self-conscious letting go of your Om!
Om is said to be the sound of the universe. Being the clever people they were, the ancient yogis knew what modern-day scientists have been telling us—that the entire universe is moving. Nothing is ever solid or still & everything that exists pulsates. Essentially, this is creating a rhythmic vibration that the ancient yogis acknowledged with the sound of Om. We may not always be aware of this sound in our daily lives, but we can hear it in the rustling of the autumn leaves, the waves on the shore, the inside of a seashell.
Chanting Om allows us to recognize our experience as a reflection of how the whole universe moves—the setting sun, the rising moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the beating of our hearts. As we chant Om, it takes us for a ride on this universal movement, through our breath, our awareness, and our physical energy, and we begin to sense a bigger connection that is both uplifting and soothing. So next class? Make sure you give us a nice loud Om.
Prepping for class:
+ Please arrive 10 mins early to all your class if possible. It will help you to prepare and centre yourself.
+ Wear comfortable fitted clothing (you don’t want your t-shirt hanging over your head)
+ Don’t eat a big meal for at least 2 hours before class. Small snacks are ok.
+ Yoga is traditionally practiced in silence however beginner classes are sometimes a little different and there may be some discussion involved within the class
+ Inform your teacher if you have an injury that you are working with or if you think you might be pregnant as there maybe some posture not suitable for you during the class
+ Listen to your body and know its limitations and capabilities
+ Come with an open mind