What do I need to know about yoga etiquette?

When entering a yoga space or studio, move quietly and mindfully. Arrive a bit early to your class so you can get settled and warmed-up beforehand. If possible, remove your shoes and turn off you mobile device. Roll out your mat gently and gather your props if need be, so that you can begin the class with everything that you need. Remember to pack away your props and clean down your mat at the end of class.

What clothing should I wear?

Comfortable, stretchy and breathable clothing is recommended, such as sports or athletic clothing. For restorative practises such as yoga nidra, you can wear any suitable comfortable, warm clothing.

What should I bring?

Bring along your own yoga mat if you have one, bottle of water and small sweat towel. Remember to bring something to keep yourself warm during savasana as well.

What are the different types of yoga?

The origins of yoga are said to have come from the Indian sage Patanjali, who collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. Today, many various styles and types of yoga are practised.

All types of yoga share similarities, but broadly speaking –

Hatha: A series of asanas practised with the breath to focus on alignment. It is normally slower than vinyasa class, with fewer transitions.

Vinyasa: An adaption of Ashtanga yoga, this is a sequence of asanas made to flow with fluidity throughout the practise, connecting mind and body in a moving meditation.

Ashtanga: Consists of six series of poses practised in a particular order and generally regarded as a fast-paced and physically demanding practise.

Yin Yoga: A slow type of yoga whereby poses are held for between one and five minutes. Yin encourages us to go deeper into our bodies and allow the fascia to release any tension.

Yoga Nidra: Also known as ‘yogic sleep’, this is a fully restorative and guided meditative practise that encourages the body to rest and the mind to remain awake. In this state of sleep and awaken, the body is deeply nourished and healed. This is a great practise for people who suffer with sleep problems and yoga nidra also boosts creativity, enhances memory and allows for the processing of stress and grief.

Iyengar Yoga: A classical, alignment focused practise founded by B.K.S Iyengar.

And many more, such as Power Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Acro Yoga, Prenatal Yoga.

Can I come to class if I am pregnant?

Every person is different, so go with what you know best for your body. In general, it is not recommended to attend yoga class under 14 weeks of pregnancy. It is very important to let the teacher know you are pregnant at the beginning of class, so that modifications can be provided for poses. Not all asanas are recommended to be practised while pregnant. Always seek medical advice before practising if you are unsure.

Can I come to class if I am injured?

This depends on yourself and the nature of the injury. Some yoga is restorative and if done in a particular way can help to promote healing of an injury. However, not all yoga poses or practises should be modified for injuries. You should always speak to a GP or specialist if you have concerns before taking a yoga class.