What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha is a sanskrit word meaning sun 'ha' and moon 'tha'. Referring to the masculine and feminine aspects within all of us; it can also be translated as forceful. It incorporates a sequence of asanas (physical postures) with breathing techniques (pranayama) and relaxation, working towards balance in the body and stillness in the mind.
What is the difference between Yoga & Pilates?
Yoga and Pilates develop strength, balance, flexibility and good posture. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali form the foundations of a yoga practice which were originally meditation and philosophy. However today a yoga class incorporates asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation working on the musculoskeletal body, deep tissue, fascia, internal organs, the endocrine and nervous systems.
I'm not very flexible can I still do yoga?
The wonderful thing about yoga is anyone can do it regardless of age. It's not about how flexible you are. Yoga will improve your flexibility and ability to move more freely.
How many students will be in a class?
In my adult classes there are a maximum of five students and in my children’s classes a maximum of eight. Whether I'm teaching adults or children I feel it's really important to have smaller class sizes so I am able to adjust and correct alignment to keep everyone safe.
What do I need to bring and wear?
Wear comfortable clothing you can move in, including a cosy jumper for relaxation. Yoga is practiced bare foot and I provide all equipment needed including yoga mats at my Edinburgh based studio. However these that would like to, are invited to bring their own yoga mat.
Refrain from eating a large meal before the class. I recommend not eating for two hours before a yoga class.