I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?

I’m not fit?

I’ve never done yoga before?

What can I expect?

What is the difference between Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga?

What if I am away on holidays and will be missing a couple of classes?

Do I need to book my place in a class?

What happens after I complete a course of Beginners class?

How much are the classes?

What do I need to bring?

What should I wear?

Do you have toilets at each of the locations?

Can men do yoga also?

How do I find your class?

Is yoga for me?

Injuries?

How often should I come to yoga?

If Pregnant?

How close after I’ve had my baby can I come to Mother & Baby Yoga?

How close after I’ve had my baby can I come to a Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga?

When can I look forward to seeing progress in my yoga practice?

What does Namaste mean?

Will I loose weight doing yoga?

I’m not flexible, can I still do yoga?

Absolutely, this is the most common question I get asked and this is the reason many people are afraid of doing yoga.  Firstly yoga is not just about flexibily.  It is about creating a mind body connection which for many of us we do not have.  It is learning to be grounded so that we can fully reef the benefits of life.  Flexibility comes from doing yoga asana(postures) and then helps to prevent physical aliments in the body.  When I started doing yoga many years ago I could no way touch my toes!!

I’m not fit?

Yoga will help you get fit so even if you are not fit please do not get put off.  Yoga encourages you to take each posture at your own pace, listening to your bodily intelligence.  Do not worry if the person next to you is super fit and super flexible, we focus on our mats, connecting with our body.

I’ve never done yoga before?

Its a great time to start!  There are different levels of classes available to suit.

What can I expect?

Each style has a slightly different structure and emphasis, please click on style below to learn more:

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Mother &  Baby Yoga

Toddler & Preschool Yoga

What is the difference between Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga?

.Vinyasa Flow is tradionally a faster style of yoga, each posture moves into the next, synchronised with breath.  Whereas Hatha is a slightly slower style of yoga, there is more time spent in relaxation and with breath work.

Read more about Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Read more about Hatha Yoga

What if I am away on holidays and will be missing a couple of classes?

If you miss a class you are more than welcome to make up for it in another one of The Yoga Tree classes, texting first to ensure there is space.

Do I need to book my place in a class?

Booking is essential in order to secure your place.  Some classes book out very quickly.

What happens after I complete a course of Beginners class?

You have 2 options, you can either stay at the same level and ensure you have the fundamentals correct. This can be hugely beneficial if you have already found this class challenging.  Yoga is not competitive and about levels we encourage you to always work within your comfort range, never pushing yourself to the point that you may injury

However if you felt very comfortable at this stage and ready for another challenge you can move to Level 2.

It is worth discussing with Hazel what she suggests is the next best step.

How much are the classes?

The Yoga Tree runs on 8 week courses and cost €90 for the 8 weeks.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself!  If you are new to the class we should have emailed you a copy of the registration form so that we are aware of any injuries etc.  Please bring this with you.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes, similar to what you would wear to the gym or excercing for the Vinyasa class as it is a little more heated. For the other classes again comfortable clothes that you feel comfortable to stretch in.

Do you have toilets at each of the locations?

Yes

Can men do yoga also?

Absolutely, in almost all the classes(bar Prenatal and Mother & Baby!!!) we have a good number of men

How do I find your class?

For Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig – click here

For ICA hall, Douglas – click here

Is yoga for me?

I believe there is a different style for everyone:

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

Mother &  Baby Yoga

Toddler & Preschool Yoga

I always suggest giving yoga a proper go and trying to not miss a class and waiting to hold judgement until you have completed an 8 week course.  I am sure you will be hooked!!

Injuries?

Please discuss any injuries with Hazel and we can decide whether you are safe to do yoga.

How often should I come to yoga?

To start off with try to come at least once a week and once you have a good understanding we encourage you to practice at home along with your weekly class.

If Pregnant?

You are safe to practice Pregnancy Yoga after 14 week

How close after I’ve had my baby can I come to Mother & Baby Yoga?

6 weeks or 8 weeks caesarean

How close after I’ve had my baby can I come to a Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga?

We suggest doing Mother & Baby Yoga until around 6 months post natally.  At this stage we will show you modifications that are safe. We encourage honouring the postnatal body, building up strength inside first before you work on exterior.

When can I look forward to seeing progress in my yoga practice?

You should see progress within a couple of weeks but it depends on the individual.  Also if you practice at home this will speed up your progress.

What does Namaste mean?

This is a traditional part of a yoga class performed at the very end of class.  We place our hands in prayer and bow..  The direct translation is ‘I bow to the divine in you’.

Will I loose weight doing yoga?

Regular yoga practice can influence weight loss, but not in the “traditional” sense of how we link physical activity to weight loss. Typically, weight loss occurs when a person’s calorie intake (i.e., food and drink consumed) is less than their caloric expenditure (i.e., energy is expended all day and more is expended during exercise).

Most individuals need to change both their energy intake and energy expenditure to lose weight.

Many yoga practices burn fewer calories than traditional exercise (e.g., jogging, brisk walking); however, yoga can increase one’s mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.

Vinyasa Yoga is one of the best styles of yoga for burning fat.