Hopefully we have answered all the common questions here but do get in touch if you have anything else you would like to ask or just to have a chat about classes.
What do I need to wear?
Comfortable clothing such as leggings or sweat pants with a t-shirt or other thin layer.
We generally work in bare feet but you can wear socks with sticky pads if you need to.
What do I need to bring?
Due to Covid-19 restrictions you do need to bring their own yoga mat. Once you are a regular participant it can also be helpful to have some blocks and a yoga strap (a dressing gown belt will do instead).
A blanket can also be nice for the deep relaxation time at the end and also used instead of knee pads or blocks.
I’ve got health/medical issues. Can I still come?
Many people have problems with their backs, knees, hips, shoulders etc that they find are eased by yoga. Marie will chat with you at the start of the class and will amend postures to work around any challenges you may have. If in doubt please drop her an email.
I’m not remotely flexible or fit. Will it be too much for me?
Marie is very used to working with non bendy beginners. You will be able to work at your own pace and take breaks if needed. The classes are not high intensity and yoga is not a competition to see who can get into the deepest pose – we work with the body that we have and gently coax it into more flexibility through the practise.
Do I have to come every week?
No – you can drop in to classes whenever you like but most people do find that a regular commitment works better for them than very occasional classes.
Can I come to any class or do I need to stick with the same one?
You can come to whichever classes you like and flex around times and days that work for you. Simply book your classes using the booking app.
What can I expect in a typical class?
It is Hatha yoga so a varied set of postures each week. Each class starts with a gentle warm up. You will then be guided through a series of yoga postures (called asanas) that will include:
- Forward bends
- Gentle back bends
- Side bends
- Easy twists
- Inversions (where the head is below the heart such as in downward dog pose)
Postures may be in a standing, seated or lying position. Sometimes we gently flow from one posture to another and sometimes we hold a posture for a short time. Nothing is compulsory – you work with what is good for your body.
An awareness of the breath is an important element of yoga and we will often include some simple breathing exercises to enhance our breath control.
How long are the classes?
Each class, which lasts for an hour, finishes with a few minutes of deep relaxation.
What about Covid-19 precautions?
We follow government and British Wheel of Yoga advice with social distancing and no touching. Students bring their own equipment. Indoor class space, door handles and similar are cleaned before and after each class with hand sanitiser also available as you enter the building. Please wear masks as you enter Mill End Community Centre. These can be removed for the class itself.