What is yoga?

Yoga derives from the Sanskrit word ‘yu’, meaning to ‘yoke’ or ‘unite’, the mind, body & spirit. Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition dating back 5000 years. It is an entire system of moral codes, bodywork, breathing practices & meditation techniques.

Modern yoga is known as ‘Hatha’ yoga that balances the opposing energies; Ha the hot energy of the sun & Tha represents the cool energy of the moon. Contemporary physical types of yoga, from Iyengar to Ashtanga, can be considered Hatha yoga.

 

Who can practice yoga?

Anyone of any age, religion, culture, fitness, illness or injury can practice yoga. You do not need to be fit, strong or flexible before practicing yoga as these will develop & improve as you progress with your practice.

 

What should I wear?

Clothes that are comfortable & that will not restrict your movement e.g. leggings, shorts, jogging bottoms & T-shirt.  Wearing a few layers will enable you to feel comfortable whether warm or cooler. It is practiced bare-foot but you may want socks for relaxation at the end of the class.

What do I need to bring?

At Surya Yoga studio & the gym mats are provided but you are most welcome to bring your own.  Other props will be provided.

 

Can I eat before class?

Do not eat for 1½ – 2 hours before class. It can be very uncomfortable to practice yoga on a full stomach.

 

Pregnancy

Unless you have an established practice, yoga is not recommended in the 1st trimester of pregnancy. Yoga is considered safe from week 14. At this time Sarah is not teaching antenatal, postnatal or children’s yoga.

 

Illness & injuries

You will be given a short questionnaire to complete at your first class, detailing prior yoga experience, illnesses & your yoga goals.  This is to ensure Sarah keeps you safe during the yoga class, as some poses are contra-indicated for some health conditions.  Please also inform Sarah of any new injuries or conditions as they occur.