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Yoga Beginner's Information

 

Which Yoga Class?

Level 1 Iyengar Yoga classes are suitable for beginners, or people who haven't practised yoga regularly for a while. Level 2 classes are suitable for people with 6-12 months yoga or more. If you want to attend a Yoga Inspiration class in Glasgow, but are unsure which one would suit you best, email: mauricefinn@gmail.com or phone Maurice on 07950 010 783. Enquires welcome.

 

What to wear for yoga?

Loose clothing, e.g. jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts and T-shirt or similar. Something that won't restrict movement. No need for expensive foot wear, we practice in bare feet.

 

How often do I need to attend a yoga class?

It's up to you. It depends on how much time you have, how committed you are and how quickly you want the feel the benefits. Most people come to a class once a week, some more often, some less often. You can also practise what you have learned in class at home!

 

Yoga Equipment?

The main thing is a yoga mat. If you don't have one I can bring one for you for your first lesson. If you decide you're going to keep it up after that you'll have to get your own mat. There are many other types of equipment that can be used, but the main items in level 1 & 2 classes are 4-5 yoga blocks, 2 yoga bricks, 1-2 yoga belts and a cotton blanket. None of these need to be purchased straight away, but can be built up as you continue your yoga journey. Yoga equipment can be purchased directly from the class teacher at very competitive rates. You can also sample most equipment before purchase, this means you can actually try out sample mats, belts, etc. to help you decide which one is best for you before you buy.

 

Food and water before yoga?

Allow at least 2-3 hours before class after a light meal and 3-4 hours for a heavy meal. Water should not be consumed during class because some postures are inverted (upside down) and in others, like spinal twists, the stomach is manipulated, squeezed or stretched. It can cause discomfort or vomiting if the stomach is full of liquid or food.

 

What to expect in a yoga class?

If you're new to yoga don't worry. You won't be asked or pushed to do anything you can't do or that you find too difficult. Iyengar yoga is done carefully to avoid injury. In level 1 classes you will mainly do stretching exercises, relaxation and some basic Pranayama (yogic breathing). You decide how far you want to stretch and what you limits are. Level 1 classes are mainly standing postures, seated forward bends, some basic twists and relaxation. My classes are well organised and structured, but open, relaxed and friendly. Yoga is about enjoyment as well.

For a full list of yoga classes in Glasgow click here. To book a place in one of these yoga classes phone Maurice on 07950 010 783, or email: mauricefinn@gmail.com

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