I teach a a mixture of Power Vinyasa classes and Ashtanga Yoga classes. Please read below for more information.
How do I join your classes?
In the first instance, please use the contact form on the Contact Me page. I will be able to answer any questions and send out a brief health questionnaire and payment form.
What is Ashtanga Yoga and how is it different to other Yoga types?
The practice of Ashtanga is a fast-paced series of sequential postures practised by yoga master K. Pattabhi Jois, who lives in Mysore, India. The system is based on six series of asanas which increase in difficulty. For more information on the different types of yoga, see this Yoga Journal article.
What is Power Vinyasa Yoga?
Power Vinyasa flow means to weave the posture together through a sequence, building heat in the body and activating the core. The class will be challenging in a way that nurtures and builds the body’s balance between strength and flexibility. As flow yoga is fluid and a moving practice it is advised to try it more than once before coming to a conclusion.
What should I wear and bring?
Clothing should be loose and comfortable, but not too baggy. You don’t want to get caught up in it. You may want to wear a more form fitting top underneath a looser one as the shirt can ride up when doing inversions. You will need to bring your own mat and some people prefer to bring a drink.
When should I practice?
You should practice on an empty stomach or at least 2 hours after eating.
How will I benefit from Ashtanga Yoga?
- Reduces the impact of stress
- Increases coping skills
- Increases vitality and overall ABUNDANCE
- Improves the health of your joints
- Improves strength and flexibility
- Improves immune system function
- Can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases
- Strengthens the cardiovascular system
- Improves digestion, metabolism, hormone production
- Alleviates depression and anxiety
- Increases feelings of health and well-being
- Promotes weight loss and weight regulation
- Improves athletic performance in all endeavours
- Greater sense of clarity and concentration
- And in the case of Ryan Giggs, it helps you play premiership football at 39!
Is it suitable for everyone?
Yoga is suitable for almost everyone, young and old!
If you are newly pregnant and not an experienced yoga, it is recommended that you wait until your second trimester to begin practising pre-natal yoga. If you have any injuries, you need to speak to your yoga teacher prior to starting the class and they will recommend precautions for you to take or recommend another form of exercise if they do not think Yoga is suitable. Most Ashtangis prefer not to practice during menstruation. If you do practice during menstruation, take it slow and easy. If you have heavy periods, you may want to avoid any inversions as that can cause the flow to become even heavier.
Will it be uncomfortable or painful?
It should NEVER be uncomfortable or painful. You have to listen to your own body and if a pose feels uncomfortable or painful, come out of it safely. Please do not stay in any position that is not good for you or your body.
What can I expect in one of your classes?
I try to keep my classes upbeat, with an element fun. You can expect lots of laughter and camaraderie during the class and expect to leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and full of energy. I take the time to adjust the poses of my students.
Do I need to practice at home?
You will reap more benefits from the class if you can manage to practice some of the sun salutations at home. You will enjoy increased flexibility and energy, as well as feeling more relaxed!