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by Elle

Unsure of what to wear, what to bring, what to expect? Below are some FAQ’s but if you still have some unanswered questions please feel free to send them over!

What do I wear?

‘Yoga With Elle’ isn’t a high intensity sweaty cardio workout, but sometimes holding postures for a while can get you heated and a little sweaty. I’d recommend sports-style clothing – leggings, shorts, tracksuit bottoms, vests, fitted t-shirts. Try to avoid jeans and restrictive clothing as this isn’t going to allow you to move freely! Leggings or shorts with a T-shirt are the usual choice of outfit

Shoes and Socks off please – If you really want to keep your socks on then that’s fine. However they’re not advised as they don’t allow us to grip the mat and are unsupportive in postures.

You might want your socks for Savasana (The best bit when you lay down at the end and relax)  you may get a little chilly, while laying down relaxing so feel free to pop your socks on then, or bring a jumper to wrap around you.

Do I need to arrive really early?

If you’re a newbie then please allow enough time to fill out a registration form before class starts. You may want to arrive a few minutes before class to make sure that you have time to remove shoes and socks and to be settled with a space for your mat – relaxed and prepared before practice begins.

I arrived just after the class time but the door was closed?

I close the doors on time so that we can begin practice together promptly. I recommend making sure you arrive with enough time to get into class so that you don’t miss out!

Do I need a yoga mat?

You are more than welcome to bring your own yoga mat. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from class for a small fee of £1 alternatively we have some that you can buy for £15 if you know you’ll be a regular yogi!

I’ve never practiced yoga before, can I still come?

Classes are designed with beginners in mind so please don’t worry that you can’t touch your toes! If you are a beginner, these classes are for you!

Do you give hands on adjustments?

Many yoga teachers do use hands on adjustments to bring your attention to a specific part of your body and employ gentle adjustment techniques. If you don’t want to be adjusted, don’t be shy to say! I completely understand, so just make me aware at the beginning of class in advance – I want to ensure that you are comfortable

Am I Too Old?

You are never too old to do yoga!

My Beginner’s classes are completely inclusive. It’s important to know your own limits – no matter what age! So come along and join in if you find that there’s any discomfort make sure you know when to stop. If, however, you would like a more specific practice tailored for you then I do offer private one to one sessions too!

I can’t touch my toes, I have no coordination and I’m really not flexible – can I do yoga?

Yes you can do yoga! You really don’t need to be flexible or be able to balance on a tight rope to start yoga. Yoga promotes flexibility so you will find that the more yoga classes you attend the more flexible and agile you will become anyway!

How many times each week should I practice yoga?

I’m biased but Yoga really is amazing – you’ll get all the benefits of yoga even in a one hour practice. But it’s like anything, how much time you choose to dedicate to your yoga practice is up to you, the more you practice the quicker you’ll begin to notice the benefits.

Will I understand the teachers instructions?

I like to use both Sanskrit terms and the English equivalent in my classes to give you an introduction to the names of the postures. So don’t worry – I’ll always accompany the names of poses with an explanation and cues on how to get into them.

I’m pregnant – can I come to yoga?

I would love to include everyone in yoga, but I highly recommend that you speak with your doctor first. They know what’s best for you and your situation. I would suggest seeking out a specific pregnancy yoga class or having private one to one sessions.  Be sure to always consult with your doctor before you take any group classes while pregnant.

You say Namaste at the end of class – what does that mean?

It’s an ancient traditional phrase “Namaste”. It’s an acknowledgement of one soul to another. “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. So Namaste literally translates as “I bow to you”. It’s a form of respect and a lovely way to end a yoga practice and acknowledge all of your hard work.

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