Getting started

Getting started

Our yoga classes, courses and workshops are delivered in an inclusive, compassionate and friendly manner. The description for each class, course and workshop, provides details about whether any prior knowledge or experience is needed. If you need guidance or would like to talk through your individual needs and circumstances, please do get in touch.

Health

New students for yoga classes and courses are asked about their health and any injuries. If you book online, please complete the electronic health questionnaire before your first session. This only needs to be completed once unless you develop any new health conditions or injuries. A paper form is also available if you prefer. Questionnaires are important so sessions can be adapted to meet the needs of all students and a private and confidential conversation can take place with you if needed. Modifications are given in sessions so everyone can work at a level that is safe and comfortable for them. If any new health conditions or injuries arise, please let us know either before or at the start of your session.

What to bring

Mats and various props are available at The Drawing Room and a small number of mats will be available at other locations.  It is a good idea to invest in your own mat as part of the commitment to yourself, your practice and health and well-being.

You may get hot in yoga sessions. If you find that sweaty hands cause you to slip on your mat, yoga chalk or climbing chalk can be a great solution. Just rub a small amount onto your mat and your hands before you start. It is widely available online. Another option is a yoga towel.

What to wear

Yoga is practiced in bare feet. If you need to wear socks due to a health condition, you will need to buy specific non-slip socks for yoga or trampolining so you don’t slip. They are widely available online.

Clothing should be comfortable and allow you to move. Specialist yoga clothes are not needed; leggings or shorts and a T-shirt are ideal. Some people like to bring a blanket to cover themselves with for relaxation but a warm sweater or hoodie also works well. Avoid wearing anything flowing or jewellery that could get in the way and be uncomfortable. Long hair should be tied back.

Yoga etiquette

Yoga is a time to focus on you away from the pressures of modern life. Please switch your phone and any electronic devices off before coming into class. If you might need to be contacted in an emergency or you’re on call, let us know at the start of the session so an arrangement can be made that doesn’t disturb others. If possible, arrive 5 minutes before the start of the class to prepare.

All yoga classes and courses end with relaxation or deeply relaxing yoga nidra (yogic sleep). These are key parts of the session that calm the body and mind, reduce fatigue and allow the muscles to release any remaining tension so you feel rejuvenated.

Our approach to yoga is non-competitive. Our classes offer respite from the busy, competitive world. We work together on staying present, accepting ourselves and others, and on letting go of expectations and judgements. Our bodies and minds are all unique and so are our practices and individual journeys.

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