Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Empowering Yoga for me?

 

 


Do I need to be flexible to come to Yoga?

You don’t need to be flexible already to join a class. Every student works within their own capabilities and with practice will become more toned and flexible. Flexibility is only one benefit of regular Yoga practice – Enhanced core strength, physical and emotional confidence and overall well-being to name a few bonuses.

I haven’t done exercise since having a baby, is Yoga a good idea ?

Absolutely. If you had a natural birth, doctors usually recommend waiting 6 weeks before doing any exercise. This time will be longer if you had a caesarean. In either circumstance  you must get the OK from your doctor first before you start.

Yoga will help you to slowly get back into shape. It is really important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. Yoga practice will not only give you a ‘little time for yourself’, but will encourage a rebalancing of the hormones as well as regaining muscular strength and tone.

Is Yoga a religion ?

Yoga is non-religious and all inclusive. There are many eastern spiritual practices which combine breath, movement and meditation; including Tai Chi, Yoga, Martial arts and qigong. Like Yoga, they also quiet the mind and awaken the subtle body.

The word Yoga is a Sanskrit word that pervades all of the Vedic/Hindu scriptures. It means to yoke, join or union of the body, mind and soul. The names of the postures (asanas), and breathing techniques (pranayamas) etc are all in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit; hence yoga’s connection with India and its main spiritual practice of Hinduism; whose original texts are also in Sanskrit.


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About your class

 

 


I have my period, can I still practice Yoga ?

You can practice Yoga during your menstrual period. However, it is suggested you should not perform any inverted postures like headstand, downward dog or shoulder stand. Some say that you should take the opportunity to rest the body during menstruation but others find it beneficial to continue with practice as it can help with soothing out cramps and calming the nervous system. At the end of the day, it’s really down to you.

What shall I wear to a class ?

Comfortable clothing which are either loose or stretchy.  Leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt with or without sleeves are perfect. Please make sure you are modestly dressed bearing in mind you will be bending forward and possibly taking an inverted (upside down) posture. We wouldn’t want to give the person behind you a surprise !!!

Can I use my exercise mat or do I need a Yoga mat ?

Yoga mats are used because they are textured and ‘sticky’ so your hands and feet won’t slip. Exercise mats tend to be very smooth with no grip and will also slide around on a hard floor, which is dangerous. For this reason, we recommend you purchase a Yoga mat for your practice. You’ll end up loving it, I promise. Click here for more details.

Can I buy a Yoga mat from you ?

Yes, I sell a selection of coloured Yoga mats at £15. I should have a couple of mats with me at each class, but contact me in advance to make sure, if you wish to buy one. Click here for more details.

Can I eat before a class ?

You should never practice Yoga on a full stomach. You should wait approx 3 hours after eating a meal and approx 1 hour after a light snack. The reason for this is because you don’t want to disturb the digestion process. Through the movements, which often consist of inverted postures, twisting the torso and forward bends the internal organs including the colon and stomach are massaged and this can result in you bringing up the contents of your stomach.

Do I need to bring water to the class ?

Yes, please bring a bottle of still water with you. The class can become quite dynamic is places and you may get thirsty. It’s really important to hydrate yourself after the class as this will help the body to transport the toxins and impurities for elimination from the body.

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Can Empowering Yoga Help me?

 

 


Why do people say Yoga is good for anxiety and stress ?

Well, simply because it’s true!!!  Most people don’t realize that improper breathing can cause a lot of problems ranging from general fatigue and anxiety to heart disease. This is because cell health is dependent on sufficient oxygen supply.

Shallow breathing has become a bad habit in our lives, We’re actually too busy to breathe. This heightens the body’s stress response and leads to anxiety.  Practicing Yoga postures and guided breathing techniques regularly will help to calm and soothe the nervous system, bringing it with it a level of stillness within and clarity .

I have asthma, can I practice Yoga ?

Yes, absolutely. You must always advise your Yoga teacher that you are asthmatic and ensure that you take your inhaler / ventilin with you to class. Several studies have shown yoga to be a powerful adjunct therapy to reduce the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks as well as to decrease medication use.

Regular practice of yoga postures and pranayama (breathing exercises) increases the lung’s airflow, air capacity, stamina and efficiency.

I have problems with my knees, can I do Yoga ?

Yes, you can practice Yoga but it is very important that you tell me or your yoga teacher at the beginning of the class so that alternative postures or variations can be explained to you. Of, course all knee problems are different but a lot of them can be helped by strengthening the muscles of the quadriceps (fronts of thighs) and abdomen as these muscles are largely responsible for stabilizing the body.

Take note that pushing yourself to pain is not the best way to recover. Yoga should be practised only during recovery and not when the injury is still new. It’s really important to listen to your body and not to push yourself too hard.

I have chronic fatigue syndrome, will Yoga help me?

Yoga is a recommended form of exercise for helping symptoms associated with FMS and ME/CFS. It can be a good, gentle way to stretch your body and loosen up tight muscles and joints. Most importantly, it will make you feel more connected, grounded and empowered.

Incorporating the breath with the postures will help the transportation of oxygen around the body which is vital for all the bodies systems to function efficiently.

I have back pain, is Yoga suitable ?

A lot of back pain is caused by stiffness in the vertebrae and muscles, often brought on by incorrect posture and repetitive movements. Yoga will not only help to stretch out tight muscles, ligaments and tendons but will strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen and along the length of the spine to support the physical weight of your frame.

Regular Yoga practice can reduce lower back pain with specific postures. Make sure that you speak to the Yoga teacher ahead of the class.

Is Yoga good for my posture ?

Absolutely. For students who continue regular Yoga practice, it will maintain a good, strong posture and prevent the back from bulging, slouching, and crumbling !! Yoga asanas (postures) will keep the body (and mind) strong and flexible and keep the shoulders and hips fully mobile. It will also produce stability in your frame by building strong core muscles, being around the abdomen and back.

Do you recommend Yoga for weight loss ?

Yes, all types of Yoga are going to help you tone and sculpt your muscles and in addition, dynamic flowing yoga that raises the cardiovascular activity in the body is going to help burn more calories for weight loss.
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