Frequently Asked Questions
If you aren’t flexible then you definitely need to do yoga! Most of the people who come to yoga are not bendy pretzels….and although I have good mobility, I am not super flexy! Yoga will give you greater mobilisation of your joints and free your movement up, if you are not flexible you are a perfect candidate for yoga.
Barre is a totally accessible class for all body types and abilities. We use ballet style movements combined with elements of yoga, Pilates, strength training and cardio to get a full body workout and really improve fitness. This is a great class for those who do other training or for those who only want to do barre, it really hits every area of the body and you will find yourself with more muscle tone and feeling, and looking, more elongated.
I aim for classes to challenge your body, otherwise you won’t feel the benefits! Pilates is core based, but it also incorporates strength and toning for the whole body and I always make sure we cover all the parts. Pilates is a great way to build strength, recover from an injury, be more body aware or to supplement other training.
Absolutely! My classes are accessible for those with a low or high level of fitness or injury. We come to class to get healthier, to become more aware of our bodies and increase our fitness and mind body health. If you have an injury, please do make me aware before class so we can modify the postures for you…. don’t worry this is really common!
If you come to a class in the studio you need to bring just yourself and a bottle of water for Pilates and yoga and either ballet shoes or a pair of socks for barre.
Whatever is comfortable and something you can move in. There is no need to spend money on fancy yoga pants…leggings, t shirts, vest tops, jogging bottoms….all of these are good! Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. I tend to wear yoga leggings and a loose top. Remember that in yoga inversions such as downward dog, tops do come up so wear something you can tuck in. For the relaxation stage at the end in yoga and Pilates, its always handy to bring socks and a jumper as the body can cool quite rapidly. I do advise that for ballet you wear ballet shoes or socks so that you can move fluidly.
When it comes to food and digestion, each individual is different and needs to find out what works for them. In general, I do not recommend eating a large meal within 2 hours of a class - if you must eat within 2 hours of a class then a light meal or snack that it easily digested is best. It is recommended to be hydrated before a class so drink some water.
Ideally, please arrive a few minutes before the class starts. But things happen, and sometimes people are late, I totally understand. If you can let me know beforehand, but if not please still come to class, and just quietly enter the class so as not to disturb others.
I teach Hatha yoga, which includes moving the body into different yoga postures (seated, standing and lying) to help improve the bodies strength, flexibility, and balance, along with simple breathing exercises and relaxation to help calm the mind. I aim to make yoga relaxed, enjoyable, and accessible to everyone, adapting the yoga practice to the individual's needs and ability.
Unlike stretching or other fitness training, yoga is more than just physically working your body. Within the physical practice of yoga, we connect the movement of the body to the rhythm of our breath, which helps to focus and relax the mind by directing our attention inward. Yoga can improve your bodies strength, flexibility, and balance, whilst also calming your mind and improving your posture and how you breath