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. It’s a mind and body practice that supports your health and wellbeing on many levels.
I'm not very flexible can I still do yoga?
The wonderful thing about yoga is anyone can do it regardless of age and flexibility. 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 offer modifications, 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 all equipment needed including yoga mats can be found in my Edinburgh based studio.
Refrain from eating a large meal before the class. I recommend not eating for two hours before a yoga class.