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Yoga Class
  • What is Yoga?
    In simple terms, yoga is a system that brings balance and harmony to your body and mind. It’s a way of living and paying attention. Yoga involves practicing physical postures called asanas, breathing exercises known as pranayama, and guided deep relaxation techniques called pratyahara. It also includes mindfulness, meditation, self-reflection, and studying yoga philosophy. These practices help us become more aware of ourselves and the world around us. In the Western world, yoga often focuses mainly on the physical poses, or asanas. While this is a great starting point, there is much more to explore and experience as you deepen your yoga practice.
  • What are the benefits of yoga?
    To learn more about the benefits of yoga click here!
  • Is yoga a religion?
    No, yoga is not a religion. While yoga has its origins in ancient spiritual practices from India, it is not inherently tied to any specific religious belief system. Instead, yoga is a holistic practice that encompasses physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, and ethical principles aimed at promoting overall well-being and inner peace. However, yoga can be incorporated into religious practices for some individuals as a form of spiritual discipline or as a means of enhancing their connection to their faith. Overall, yoga is accessible to people from all backgrounds and belief systems, and it can be practiced in a secular or spiritual context according to individual preferences.
  • What style of yoga do you teach?
    I teach a diverse range of yoga styles, from dynamic movement to restorative practices, primarily rooted in Hatha and Raja yoga. My classes incorporate influences from various teachers, traditions, and schools of yoga, as well as insights from Ayurveda, yoga's sister science. In my Hatha Yoga classes, I follow a unique progressive and staged approach that focuses on building strength in the body, mind, and heart without depleting your energetic resources. My restorative practices are based on therapeutic applications of yoga, heavily influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar's teachings. I guide you through structured rest and self-nurturing practices to help reduce the negative effects of chronic stress, enhancing your quality of life and longevity. My goal is to make yoga relaxed, enjoyable, and accessible to everyone, adapting the practice to individual needs and abilities. In my classes, you won’t be constantly moving without attention from the teacher or leaving the session out of breath and sweaty. Instead, we honor the transformation of body and mind through mindful movement, breathing exercises, and guided relaxation to help calm the mind.
  • What should I expect from a 90 minute general yoga class? Is the class more for sporty types or is it ‘proper yoga’ as it was intended?
    Each month in my classes is distinctive, offering a new perspective and depth to my teachings and style. No single class can fully encapsulate the breadth and depth of what I offer. Every session builds upon the last, creating a mosaic of experiences and insights that unfold gradually over time. Joining regularly allows you to immerse yourself in this evolving journey and gain a more comprehensive understanding of my teachings and approach. I teach Hatha Yoga using a unique progressive approach and in stages, focusing on building strength in the body, mind, and heart without depleting energy excessively. Each session includes a combination of breathing exercises (pranayama), physical postures (asanas), and relaxation or meditation. We follow monthly themed sequences that unfold gradually over consecutive weeks, catering to both newcomers and experienced practitioners on and off the mat. By aligning with yogic principles and branches and progressing safely through stages of development, our practice becomes mindful, regulated, and beneficial in the short and long term. The outcome includes improved strength and flexibility, as well as a calm, clear mind, and a greater sense of balance, harmony, and connection. Rather than categorizing yoga as sporty, proper, or real, I view it as a 5000-year-old ancient discipline aimed at freeing the mind from fluctuations. My intention is not to "teach" yoga but guide the student. We work on multiple levels—body, breath, mind, and spirit—in every class allowing you for full transition. My sessions are beyond being fitness classes. With regular attendance and practice, you'll experience a balanced blend of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, where asana (posture) practices are not prioritized but used as a vehicle. My classes offer an authentic, rich, diverse, sophisticated, and comprehensive yoga experience through sharing, discussion, practice, and inspiration.
  • Are your classes suitable for beginners?
    Yes, my classes are suitable for beginners! Whether you're brand new to yoga or have some experience, you're welcome to join. I offer modifications and variations to accommodate students of all levels, ensuring that everyone can practice safely and comfortably. If you're new to yoga, don't worry—I'll guide you through the poses and techniques step by step. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns before joining a class.
  • What class should I try on your timetable?
    I offer a diverse range of yoga classes, all of which are suitable for mixed abilities unless stated otherwise. It’s a good idea to try different classes to find the style that suits you best. No prior experience is needed to join any session. My Progressive Hatha Yoga classes are based on one of the main forms of yoga, from which many other styles are derived. These classes are ideal for learning the foundations and names of poses, and they guide you through the basics to advanced variations in stages. You'll learn how to move and flow with your breath, preparing you for other styles like Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. For those seeking more relaxation, my Hatha & Restorative Fusion and Restorative Yoga classes are perfect. These classes focus on stillness and quiet, making them ideal for those needing more headspace or those in recovery. I also offer specialized Yoga for Women classes, covering various topics related to women's health and wellbeing. If you're interested in one-on-one yoga sessions, Relaxation & Stress Management Mentoring, Personal Yoga Lifestyle Coaching, Personal Yoga Schedule Management, Teen Yoga & Mindfulness sessions, or Private & Corporate Group Classes, Workshops, Events, Yoga Retreats, and Holidays, please get in touch with me.
  • Can I drop in? Or should I book my place in advance?
    Drop-ins are welcome, however your space is not guaranteed if the class is full. Therefore, I recommend booking your place in advance whenever possible. This ensures that you secure your spot in the class and helps me prepare adequately for the session. Additionally, booking in advance allows me to communicate any updates or changes to the class schedule. However, if you find yourself unable to book in advance, feel free to drop in, and I'll do my best to accommodate you.
  • How are the payment terms? Do I need to book a block of classes ?
    I offer various payment options to accommodate different needs and ensure that you can enjoy my classes in a way that works best for you. While booking a block of classes is an option for those who prefer consistency and convenience, it's not mandatory. You can choose to pay per class if that better aligns with your schedule and preferences. Advance payment is required for all sessions. Your spot is only confirmed once full payment is received. To secure your booking, please ensure that all online payments reference the booking title, such as ZOOM / SINGLE / 5PASS / 10PASS / SOUND / EVENT / WSHOP. If you intend to pay with cash upon arrival, please inform me in advance. Please refer to the event descriptions for workshop and event fees. It's important to note that class rates vary and are not interchangeable. Fees are subject to change. If none of the available payment methods suit your needs or if you're unsure, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for further assistance.
  • What should I do if I can’t attend a class I signed up for?
    If you're unable to attend a class, you have the option to cancel your booking either through our Mobile App or by using the link provided in your confirmation email. I sincerely appreciate your advance notice, allowing me to open up the space for another student.
  • I feel shy / nervous about attending in a group class! What if I do wrong?
    I completely understand where you're coming from, and I still remember my beginner days very clearly. However, I want to emphasize that we’ve built a very supportive community here at YogaCrow. We all learn from each other with a beginner’s mind, free of competition and judgment. I assure you that my training and teaching approach will allow you to work within your own limits, with comfort and confidence.
  • Do I need prior experience to attend your workshops & events?
    No, prior experience is not required to attend my workshops & events unless notified otherwise. They are crafted to offer a complete learning experience, filled with enjoyment and opportunities for growth. All levels are welcome, and my workshops are designed to accommodate participants with varying levels of experience, from beginners to more advanced practitioners. Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing for years, you'll find value in our workshops. I provide guidance and instruction suitable for everyone, ensuring that each participant can benefit from the workshop regardless of their level of experience and with fun and confidence.
  • Do I need to be flexible / fit / slim to do yoga?
    No, not at all! Anyone who breathes can do yoga! Unlike many other disciplines, yoga is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. Your size, gender, level of flexibility, or fitness doesn’t matter. Over time, yoga can help you become more flexible and resilient—that’s why it’s called a practice. Yoga is about the journey towards becoming flexible and strong in body, mind, and heart. I will help you adjust poses to suit your body type and shape.
  • What sould I wear during the practice?
    Wear whatever feels most comfortable to you — leggings, sweatpants, or even loose trousers! The important thing is to choose clothes that you can easily move and stretch in without any restriction. Some people prefer baggy, loose-fitting bottoms or shorts with a t-shirt, while others opt for tight, stretchy leggings and tops. Bare feet are preferred during the practice for better grip and balance. It’s helpful to wear clothing that keeps you cool during active yoga, and to bring a jumper for relaxation when your body cools down. Many people also bring warm socks and a small blanket for relaxation. It's recommended to wear minimal jewelry and light or no makeup if possible. Additionally, always bring a hard-case cover for your glasses to store them safely when needed.
  • What equipment do I need to bring with me? Do I need to buy a yoga mat and yoga kit?
    If you have your own yoga kit (yoga mat, yoga blocks, yoga belt, blanket, bolster, eye pillow.) feel free to bring it. For Restorative Practices, I strongly recommend bringing a regular bed pillow / cushion, and two soft blankets or a throw. One blanket can be used to rest on, and the other to cover yourself for maximum benefit. The more props you use, the better the results. You can find a quick guide to making a DIY bolster in just 2 minutes here. Blue Ikea bags are a good option for carrying everything. If you don't have any prop yet, my Epping studio is fully equipped with yoga props. However, in Loughton, the availability of props is limited, so please inform me of your needs in advance.
  • I am very stressed out recently and my mind is always busy. Do I have to meditate to do yoga?
    Short answer is, no, you don't have to meditate to do yoga. While meditation is a valuable component of yoga practice, yoga encompasses a wide range of techniques beyond meditation that can help reduce stress and quiet the mind. Yoga incorporates physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), relaxation techniques, and mindfulness practices, all of which can be beneficial for managing stress and calming a busy mind. You can tailor your yoga practice to focus more on the physical aspects, such as gentle movement and breath awareness, while gradually incorporating meditation techniques if and when you feel ready. Ultimately, the goal of yoga is to cultivate balance and harmony in both body and mind, and there are many paths within yoga to achieve this. Experiment with different aspects of yoga practice to find what resonates best with you and supports your well-being. Remember, "Practise, practise, practise... and all will come!"
  • I have a health condition / pain / previous injury. Can I still do yoga?
    Yes, you can still practice yoga with a health condition, pain, or previous injury. However, it's crucial to approach your practice mindfully and adapt poses to suit your individual needs and limitations. Inform your yoga instructor about your health condition, pain, or injury before class, so we can provide modifications and support as needed. Consider seeking guidance from a healthcare professional or private one-on-one sessions and / or restorative healing practices for more complex health condititions that can offer personalized recommendations tailored to your specific situation. With proper guidance and modifications, yoga can often be adapted to accommodate various health conditions and injuries while still providing benefits for overall well-being.
  • Do I need to complete a medical form before attending my first class?
    Yes, it's common for yoga studios or instructors to request that participants complete a medical form before attending their first class. This form typically asks about any pre-existing medical conditions, injuries, or other health concerns that may affect your ability to safely participate in yoga sessions. Providing this information allows instructors to tailor the practice to suit your individual needs and ensure your safety during the class. If you're unsure whether yoga is a suitable practice for you, please consult with your doctors / medical health specialist first. You can download the medical form to join us on my website under the tab “bookings”. I will greatly appreciate if you can complete and return it (hard copy / electronically) before your first class commences with me. If no printer is available, just arrive to the session 5-10 min earlier than the start time to complete a copy that I will provide for you.
  • How often should I practise yoga in a week? As a beginner how long would it take to settle into the practice? Should I have few days gap between the classes to attend?
    As often as your body and mind require. Yoga is a practice that can be embraced 24/7. I often mention that every time you smile or breathe with full awareness, you are engaging in yoga. However, when it comes to practicing the physical asanas (postures) on the mat, consistency is key for reaping benefits. A brief practice— even just 5-10 minutes a day— done consistently is more beneficial than sporadic, lengthy sessions once a week. Ideally, committing to 2-3 sessions with profesional guidance per week fosters progress in the short term. Personally I recommend, striving for a minimum of 3-5 days of home practice, supplemented by at least 2 group sessions per week, along with a few monthly workshops to deepen your skill and knowledge. However, there are occasions when external factors prevent us from practicing, and we should never feel guilty about it. Don't fret about occasional gaps in your practice at this stage! What matters most is how you feel in your body, mind, and heart. Some weeks, you may feel eager to attend class the very next day, while in others, you may prefer to wait a few days. Your body will guide you on when and how to practice yoga also teaches us the importance of listening to our bodies. When starting out, it may be beneficial to choose days that allow for less commuting pressure in terms of transportation and time.
  • When is the best time to do yoga?
    Remember that Yoga is a lifestyle and practised 24/7. However, the best time to apply yoga modalities like postures, meditation, breathing practices and relaxation vary depending on individual preferences, schedules, and lifestyle factors. Some people prefer to practice yoga modalities in the morning to energize and prepare for the day ahead, while others find practicing in the evening helps to unwind and relax before bed. Ultimately, the best time to do yoga is when you can commit to it consistently and when you feel most comfortable and focused. Experiment with different times of day to find what works best for you and fits seamlessly into your routine. Remember, the benefits of yoga can be experienced regardless of the time of day you choose to practice.
  • When should I eat before a class?
    It's generally recommended to eat a light meal or snack at least 1-2 hours before a yoga class to allow for proper digestion. Avoid alcohol, sugary or heavy, large meals right before class, as they may cause discomfort or sluggishness during practice. Opt for easily digestible foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, or yogurt if you need a pre-class snack closer to the start time. Listen to your body and experiment to find the timing and type of pre-class meal that works best for you, as individual preferences and digestive systems vary.
  • Can I do yoga when I am mensturating?
    Yes, you can practice yoga during menstruation. However, it's essential to listen to your body and adjust your practice according to how you feel. Some females find gentle, restorative yoga practices beneficial during menstruation, focusing on poses that promote relaxation and ease discomfort. It's generally recommended to avoid inverted poses, intense core work, and deep twists during menstruation, as these poses may increase discomfort or disrupt the natural flow of the menstrual cycle. Ultimately, it's essential to honor your body's needs and practice self-care during this time. If you have specific concerns or medical conditions related to menstruation, consult with a healthcare provider or yoga instructor for personalized guidance.
  • Can I do yoga while I am pregnant?
    Yes, you can practice yoga during pregnancy, but it's essential to do so safely and under the guidance of a qualified prenatal yoga instructor or healthcare provider. Prenatal yoga classes are specifically designed to accommodate the changing needs of pregnant women and provide poses and modifications that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga can help improve strength, flexibility, and relaxation, as well as alleviate common discomforts associated with pregnancy. However, it's important to avoid certain poses and practices that may not be suitable during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Always listen to your body, communicate openly with your instructor about your pregnancy, and modify your practice as needed to ensure your safety and well-being. If you have any concerns or medical conditions related to your pregnancy, consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen, including yoga. Unfortunately, my timetable is fully booked, and I don’t have any available time slot to open pregnancy classes at the moment.
  • Can I learn yoga online?
    While learning yoga online can be a valuable resource, it's often best to complement online learning with guidance from a qualified teacher. Direct instruction from a teacher can provide personalized feedback, corrections, and adjustments tailored to your individual needs, which may not always be possible with online classes alone. Additionally, practicing with a teacher in person or with live online stream allow for a deeper understanding of alignment, technique, and the subtle nuances of each pose. It's also essential to be discerning when selecting online resources and instructors. Not all online teachers may have adequate training, experience, or accreditation, so it's important to do your research and choose reputable sources. Look for teachers who have received quality training from recognized yoga schools or institutions and who hold relevant certifications or accreditations for online teaching. By combining online learning with teacher guidance and being mindful of instructor qualifications, you can ensure a well-rounded and safe yoga practice. I offer both online group sessions and one-on-one sessions. Please feel free to get in touch with me for more details and to discuss which option best suits your needs and preferences.
  • Can yoga help me to lose weight?
    Although the main concern of yoga is a happy & healthy life, and primarily aims body positive practices, yes, yoga can be a helpful component of a weight loss journey. While it may not burn as many calories as some high-intensity workouts, yoga can contribute to weight loss in several ways. Regular yoga practice can increase muscle tone, improve metabolism, and enhance overall physical fitness, all of which can support weight loss efforts. Additionally, yoga promotes mindfulness and stress reduction, which can help to lower the cortisol elevel, prevent emotional eating and promote healthier eating habits. However, it's essential to complement yoga with a balanced diet and other forms of exercise for optimal weight loss results. Ultimately, yoga offers a holistic approach to health and well-being that can support weight loss along with other benefits for the body and mind.
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