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.
Its a great time to start! There are different levels of classes available to suit.
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.
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.
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.
How do I find your class?
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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!!
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.
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.