Elli

Yoga is an age old practice which originates from India. According to legend, it was developed in order to help humans cope with the inevitable suffering brought about by mortal life.

Hatha Yoga's combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings a sense of wellbeing after just one class, and durable health benefits with regular practice. Participants report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. The breathing aspect of yoga can benefit heart rate and blood pressure. 

I believe that every body deserves Yoga - young or old, large or small, flexible or inflexible, fit or unfit. As long as you can move and breathe, you can practice Yoga.

New to yoga?

Be patient with yourself - Rome wasn't built in a day and Yoga will challenge you in all sorts of different ways! The first few classes are all about settling in and adapting to the practice, which is why I recommend persevering for a few before deciding if yoga is for you.

Although we practice together as a group, yoga is an individual practice. We all have different strengths and weaknesses based on our life story and that is not something to be embarrassed or self-conscious about. Don’t feel that you need to impress anybody – just start where you are, do what you can, don’t push yourself beyond reason, and harmony will come – in body and mind.

I offer classes suitable for the majority of the people present each week, with options to increase/decrease intensity to suit your needs. Although I am keen to help all individuals progress, the nature of group classes sometimes doesn’t allow me to cater for physical states or issues requiring a higher than average level of attention. Some things can be worked around just by varying the position or using a prop, others require a completely different approach which can be delivered in a 1-2-1 class.

Etiquette - Please arrive a few minutes early to leave enough time to settle peacefully before the class starts but also chat with me about any health issues that may affect your practice. If you are a little late, please arrive and roll out your mat as quietly as possible.

Clothing - Wear anything that doesn't restrict your breath or movement and that you can be yourself in. There's nothing worse than being distracted by an uncomfortable zip or a fancy gym outfit! 

Food/drink - Yoga works as strongly on the inner organs as it does on the outer shell of the body, so please make sure you keep food to a minimum in the 2 hours before the start of the class. As with any physical exercise you'll need to arrive hydrated - drinking during the class isn't recommended but it's a good idea to bring some water anyway to replenish fluids afterwards.

Equipment - Please bring a blanket - they come in very handy as wedges and knee protectors and all sorts of other things! I carry a few mats with me just in case anyone needs to borrow one, but it's worth bringing your own if you can.

Most importantly... There are no expectations other than trying to be present - be prepared to leave your oughts and shoulds at the door. Yoga isn't about being the best or achieving perfect poses but about seeing the bigger picture and finding harmony. Come with your sense of humour and an open heart - yoga is a beautiful, profound and transformative practice but that doesn't mean we can't be down-to-earth about it all.