Yoga is suitable for most people but you should always consult your doctor or medical professional if you have any concerns. Body and Soul Yoga provides mixed ability classes. However, some conditions (eg pregnancy) require specific lesson plans and specialised training which Body and Soul Yoga does not offer at this time.
There are many different styles of yoga and you should find the one that suits you best. The yoga practised at Body and Soul Yoga is a gentle form of classical flowing Hatha incorporating Dru sequences and principles.
You will be asked to complete a short, confidential health questionnaire before your first class and, whenever necessary, you will be offered adaptations.
Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Leggings are probably best and layers you can easily take off/put on. Always bring something warm to put on for savasana (relaxation) at the end because even on a hot day your temperature will drop. This is especially important outdoors. Yoga is traditionally practised with bare feet to connect with the earth and really get to grips with the asanas. You can wear socks for the seated asanas but it's best to take them off for the main phase asanas. If you really must wear socks you can buy ones with individual toes and slip proof soles.
You really only need a yoga mat. For Body and Soul Yoga a standard sticky mat is best. You can buy mats in Home Bargains, Romford Market Place (near Aldi) for £4.99.
Yoga is big business at the moment and it seems like there is no end to the amount of "must have" yoga products on the market. Don't rush to spend money on these products but eventually you may want to buy a block or brick and a yoga belt which will help you get into poses more easily. Watch out for my blog entry on equipment.
Of course, and lots of men are starting to discover its benefits. Body and Soul Yoga would like to encourage more men to join in. We can promise you a warm welcome in our small and supportive classes.
It is best to email first to check availability but new students are always welcome.
It's your choice. Many yoga traditions discourage participants from drinking water during their practice. The idea is to build your internal heat and drinking water will interfere with this process. At Body and Soul Yoga we leave it up to individuals. If you feel you need to drink water sipping is fine especially in hot weather but, in normal conditions, it is not necessary.
The exception to this is the Mindfulness and Movement class where drinking lots of water is necessary to aid the detoxification process.