Yoga for beginners


Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

No – it really is about exploring comfortable movement and allowing that to develop into flexibility, strength and balance over time. Yoga is also about encouraging qualities of mind and being in your practice so you can bring your whole being on to the mat exactly as it is.


What should I bring?

If you are coming to Jan de Jong classes in the city you only need a drink of water if you need one - the floor is a huge padded mat! For other locations please bring a mat if you have one, although I always have mats to borrow.


What should I wear?

Best to wear something comfortable and stretchy - you're going to be moving around a lot! In cooler weather you might like to bring something warm as you’ll be lying still for a while at the end.


I have trouble bearing weight on my wrists/hands, what can I do?

Firstly let me know and I will be able to help during the class. Secondly get some blocks when you arrive at class- under your hands they can take some weight off or allow you to wrap your fingers around the edges for some grip. Take it slow and steady and you may be surprised how much you change over time.

I have an injury, can I still come?

Yes. Best to get in touch before the class or arrive early to discuss your injury and any concerns.  Many minor injuries can easily be accommodated with modifications.  I always encourage you to own your practice and listen to your body.


How many times per week should I practice?

Well the more the better generally but really anything is great. The more you practice the more familiar you will become with postures and movements.  Twice a week will help achieve that and developing a simple home yoga practice will be a great help. 


How is yoga different to stretching or pilates?

Yoga is not just stretching, it incorporates the full spectrum of movements, balance, breathing, strength and can be practised joyfully! Whilst pilates breaks down the session into specific exercises, yoga utilises the transitions between positions as much as the positions themselves. Yoga is for your mind too.


Can I join a normal class if I am pregnant?

Please contact me prior to a class if you are pregnant and I can advise you.  Some teachers offer specific pre- and post-natal classes and will be able to offer you classes that support you fully during and after your pregnancy.

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