I'm not flexible or fit. Can I still do yoga?
Yes you can! All yoga postures can be adapted and are beneficial for everyone no matter the level. If you practice regularly you will improve your flexibility and strength.
What should I wear?
Something comfortable that gives you freedom of movement (e.g. shorts or leggings and a tank top). Yoga is practiced barefoot.
What do I need for the class?
Your yoga clothes, yoga mat, a towel and water.
Can I eat or drink before class?
It is recommended to refrain from eating a couple of hours before a class, but drink plenty of water before and after class.
I have an injury. Can I still do yoga?
We recommend you consult your doctor, osteopath or whoever is treating you. However yoga has been proven to be beneficial and help healing injuries and prevent new ones. Always inform your teacher of any injuries or medical problems, so that they can help you with posture modifications.
Here are some tips to help those who practice with injuries and to prevent new injuries:
Listen to your body, be your 'own teacher'. You should feel a stretch of your muscles, if it feel painful you should stop. It is normal to feel a bit of discomfort due to the stretching but you should never feel pain.
Make sure you are doing the pose correctly. An incorrect pose can cause misalignment and injury. Never compromise the alignment for a deeper stretch. It is not about looking good, do the posture well for better results.
Remember yoga is not a competitive sport. Don't look or compare yourself with the person on the mat next to you. You don't know how long they've practiced yoga or what their physical background is. Practice for yourself.
How often should I practice?
As any other form of exercise, the more you practice the quicker you will see the results, but even if you practice for one hour a week you will experience the benefits. If you can, practise every day. If your lifestyle does not allow you, do as much as you can. Don't let time constrains be an obstacle.