WHAT IS VINYASA YOGA?
Unlike styles of yoga with fixed sequences like Bikram or Ashtanga, there are no set sequences in Vinyasa yoga - no two classes are ever exactly the same.
The aim is to create balance in the body and mind by connecting one posture to the next using the breath.
Classes tend to start slowly with a warm up gradually building pace towards peak postures. There tends to be very few long holds, focusing instead on movement and repetition before winding down to stretch and cool off.
CAN I JOIN AT ANY TIME AS AN ABSOLUTE BEGINNER?
Yes. All levels of ability are welcome to my classes unless specified. It's important for you to listen to your own body, slow down, rest when you need to and modify as you go. There are usually options given in class so that students can take a pose to their own edge.
I'M NOT FLEXIBLE AT ALL, CAN I STILL COME TO A YOGABIRD CLASS?
So many people ask this... if you don't feel flexible, that's all the more reason to come along.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A CLASS?
Just yourself, an open mind and a yoga mat! I provide straps, blankets and blocks. Socks and a warm top would be good for Savasana (time at the end of class to rest and let go). You are welcome to bring your own blankets and eye masks. If you like to drink water during practice, it's recommended that you bring your own as venues often don't have drinking facilities.
WHAT DOES A YOGABIRD CLASS LOOK LIKE?
The rooms we practice in are usually dark with candles dotted around. Equipment will be set out and ready for you to arrive, select your mat, relax and enjoy the music until the practice begins. Classes tend to start with some time spent centering ourselves with breath work, followed by stretching on the mat, warming variations of sun salutations followed by challenging standing postures, hip openers, twists, core work and inversions, not necessarily in that order.
The aim of a Yogabird class is to create a safe, friendly, non-judgmental space for people of all ages, gender and experience to come and enjoy the amazing physical and mental benefits of yoga.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?
Everybody has their own reason for coming to yoga - whatever the reason, people tend to find that once they experience the positive effects, it's hard to stop practicing.
I initially used yoga as a form of physical exercise to tone my body but found the calming of the mind (on and off the mat) a surprising side effect. I was able to deal with challenging situations with more confidence and clarity. I often find that when I haven't made time to practice, stress levels rise, lethargy appears, sleep patterns become disruptive and my patience levels start to fall - this is enough for me to know that yoga hugely benefits my life.
Because there is so much to focus on during a Vinyasa class (breath, movement, postures, mudras, sequences) the mind gains the ability to concentrate and quieten. It teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves, to love our bodies just the way they are and reduces anxiety. Physically, Vinyasa gets the circulation going, burns calories (quite a lot in my classes!) helps us to re-energize ourselves and release toxins, improves flexibility, tone and strength... the benefits of yoga are endless. Come along, give it a go and see how you feel - if it makes you feel better, keep practicing.
CAN I COME TO A YOGABIRD IF I AM PREGNANT?
I am not currently qualified to teach prenatal yoga.
If you are pregnant and have never practiced yoga before but want to start (which I highly recommend) you must attend a class with a qualified teacher in prenatal yoga. If, however, you have been practicing Vinyasa yoga for years, are past the first trimester and have a good understanding of asana modifications during pregnancy, you are welcome to continue your practice with me.
CAN I EAT BEFORE COMING TO CLASS?
Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, so you should give at least two hours after eating before practicing yoga.
WHAT DOES A CLASS COST?
Drop in classes are £8, or you can buy 6 classes for £40 (classes must be used within three months.)
ARE THERE ANY CLASS RULES?
Respect your body and your fellow yogis, try to be on time and if you need to cancel - just let me know. Where possible please book your classes online in advance.
Oh .... and please turn mobile phones off!