1. Q: Is yoga a religion?
A: No, yoga is not a religion; it is non-dogmatic; it has no creed or fixed set of beliefs; nor is there a prescribed godlike figure to be worshiped in a particular manner. The practice of yoga does not conflict with any religion, sacred Church or anyone’s faith. It is an aid to the personal practice of the spiritual truth whilst cultivating virtuous way of life. Yoga is for all, and is universal. You may hear reference to scriptures in some specialised classes, but this is for the wisdom value and not religious. Yoga is often mentioned in relation to Hinduism. Historically, peole were born into Hindu religion back when yogic philophy was prominent and so it is only natural that yogic philosophy plays part in Hinduism. Yoga classes taught at YogaGenie are non-dogmatic. We welcome believers of all faiths or no faith. All students are equal in our classes.
2. Q: I haven’t done any exercise in ages, feel stiff and unfit. Is yoga suitable for me?
A: Absolutely!! No-one is expected to be super flexible. You will soon see the benefits and discover new ranges of motion, increased strength and other positive changes. All you need is an open mind and the rest will come.
3. Q: I have injuries, is it safe to practise yoga?
A: It is always advisable to check with your GP but more often than not, yoga is suitable for people with injuries, as long as the practitioner is mindful of their own limitations. Modified poses will be offered where possible.
4. Q: Can children attend your classes?
A: We do not offer children’s classes at present time but hope to do so soon.
5. Q: Is yoga suitable for pregnant women?
A: Yoga is extremely beneficial in improving the expecting mum’s own health and in preparation for giving birth as well as learning postures that relieve discomfort during pregnancy. It has been proved that women who practise yoga have shorter, easier and calmer births, less painful and the recovery time much shorter. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend yoga classes. Please let your teacher know that you are pregnant,so the safe modifications can be offered to you.
6. Q: What should I wear in the class?
A: comfortable clothing which does not restrict movement such as leggins, tracksuit bottoms, shorts, T-shirt. Yoga is practised barefoot. If you are coming to one of our more dynamic classes such as Vinyasa flow/Power yoga, you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you and drink before and after the class.
7. Q: Can I eat before the class?
A: No food should be ingested at least 2 hours before the class, however, a piece of fruit or tea/juice is allowed.
8. Q: I have a disability or suffer from chronic condition, can I come to your classes?
A: Please let us know before you come, just to ensure that we can cater for your disability or chronic condition.
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