Is yoga useful for everyone?
Yes, yoga works on all systems of the body. Different people require different practices because we are all individuals. My job is to spot what you need and assist you in developing the best practices for you: whether your aim is to lose weight, stop smoking, enjoy your pregnancy more fully, spend time with your partner or children, develop your social life... or whatever else you want to work on. Yoga can provide a therapeutic structure that works specifically for you.
Is yoga only for adults?
Yoga is especially useful for children and young people, including vulnerable adults, because of its ability to regulate hormones. It allows space to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviour. It has a proven track record of success with cases of ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Discorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Starting yoga young and continuing into adulthood gives a child the tools for living well with stress and dispelling stress that isn’t useful.
How often should I practice?
As with all systems for increasing health and well-being, yoga should ideally be practised once a week to begin with and then perhaps twice a week after a year. Some people choose to keep their personal practice on track with a monthly or even three monthly one-to-one session to help them to develop a daily practice that meets their needs. These daily practices can range from 10 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Am I allowed to laugh in class?
There are a lot of different styles of classes because as people we respond to a range of methods. Personally, I think smiling and laughing and being social is part of the meaning of yoga. The Sanskrit root of the word 'yoga' is 'union', so classes should be about bringing people together. In my opinion that means ultimately that it should be enjoyable!