Frequently Asked Questions
What is HAtha Yoga?
Most forms of modern Western yoga can be classified as hatha yoga. Hatha can simply refer to the practice of physical yoga postures (asanas), for example Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Bikram and Power Yoga are all styles of hatha yoga. The word 'hatha' can be translated in two ways: as 'wilful or forceful union method' or the 'yoga of activity', and as sun ('ha') and moon ('tha') - the two dominant energies of our body-mind: the solar, heating energy, and our lunar, cooling energy. Traditionally, hatha yoga sought to integrate these two and bring us to a state of wholeness and balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation.
What to expect
My classes incorporate safe and healthy alignment principles, delivered with a gentle sense of humour, playing with a curious exploration of asana (physical poses) and fostering an awareness of breath in order to align body, heart and mind.
Students of all levels are encouraged to discover their own unique experience in each pose in a way that maximises a sense of inner spaciousness and openness.
Classes include the use of props to allow for necessary modifications and provide additional support, and generally conclude with a deep and restorative relaxation or meditation.
Which class/style is right for me?
Contrary to what you may have heard, modern yoga (as it is being practiced in the West) is very young and is evolving all the time.
My approach/interest is in how we integrate a very old philosophical and meditative tradition into a modern Western (urban) environment and to teach with authenticity, honesty and relevance concerning the origins of modern postural practice.
There are so many different styles to choose from and it can be overwhelming!
Try out some different classes and see whether the teacher and the style feels 'good' to you and match it to what you are looking for in a class.
What Do I wear/eat/bring TO class?
Please come to class wearing comfortable layers - nothing too baggy and no jeans, please - ouch!
Please avoid coming to class after a big meal but a light snack beforehand is fine.
Please avoid bringing your mobile phone to class unless you are expecting a super urgent call....this is one time in your week where you can leave technology aside and turn inwards.
For my classes at the YogaNest, props and mats are provided; just bring yourself!
Of course, do feel free to bring your own mat and eye bag if you have one.
I'm not flexible/ I've never 'done' yoga before...
Great! That's the perfect place to start...and as you'll discover, there is no such thing as an "arrival" point - come and enjoy the experience of being in your body and the flexibility will come!
From time-to-time I will be offering 6-Week Beginners' Courses for new students or those who have not been on the mat for a while and wish to refresh the essential poses and safe alignment principles.
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