Yoga FAQs

Classes

 

What class should I take as a beginner?

As a beginner we strongly suggest you start with the classes that are described as all levels/gentle.  The Hot 26 is also a great class for beginners as the poses are more static. Best not to attend anything that says not suitable for beginners or is Level 1-2 or 2 when you are new to Yoga. 

How often should I practice?

Yoga is the type of practice/exercise you can do daily so come as often as you can. The more you practise the greater the benefits. The time and effort you put into Yoga will be returned to you tenfold.

How long are classes?

Class lengths vary from 60 - 120 minutes. Please check the schedule. 

What if I am late for class?

To minimise disruption to the class and the teacher we are not able to allow late entry to class. This is for your safety, especially if you are new and have an injury or illness, and to cause the least disruption to the other students in class.

Can children come to class?

YogaVenue is not equipped to receive children under the age of 16. Children 16-18 must have a parent or legal guardian come to the studio and sign a waiver for them in the presence of a teacher.

Will it be busy in class?

We hope that as many people as possible will be able to enjoy practicing Yoga at YogaVenue and working with others can be fun and inspiring – groups create a dynamic atmosphere and support your individual practice and effort. Sharing space is part of our urban make-up and we should celebrate working closely with our neighbours; perhaps we may even make friends! Evening classes are naturally more busy than daytime classes and you should expect to be close to another Yogi in these classes. This means your mats may only be a few inches away from your neighbours. However, we do have a maximum number for each studio and we will not ‘pack the class’ with as many people as possible. For the comfort and safety of our Yogis we do not go over our limit.

Do men do Yoga? Is Yoga for men?

The simple answer is ‘Yes’. Traditionally the majority of Yogis were men being taught one to one or in very small groups by a male teacher. While there were women teachers of Yoga and women Yoginis they were relatively few. It is only since the renaissance of Yoga in the West and East in the last 100 years that men have become the minority in classes. However, around the globe there are millions of men enjoying, and being surprised by, the positive effects of Yoga for them. Not only do men feel better from these benefits but the effects can reach wider with improvements in concentration, relationships, and in the work place. Come and try out any of our classes or feel free to have a chat with any of our teachers any time about which class is right for you.

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates are both great forms of exercise; there are many similarities between the two as both are good for developing strength, balance and flexibility. Yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and some classes integrate a component of meditation into the class. Yoga and Pilates are both great forms of exercise, try both to find out what is the right one for you and which you enjoy.

Practicalities

 

Do I have to register or book in advance?

You can book online to all our classes and workshops and it is recommended that you do this if it is your first visit or you are a regular. Some of our classes are very busy and the places fill up quickly so to avoid delay book before hand. If it is your first visit you can register online and purchase your intro offer so you are ready for class. We still recommend arriving at least 15-20mins before your first class so you can meet your teacher and discuss your history. 

What should I wear to class?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Gym clothes are fine. Try to wear clothes that are tighter fitting otherwise when you fold forward your shirt will be in your face! Women mostly wear leggings, capris or shorts with tank tops or short tops. Men usually wear shorts and T-shirts. A full range of products are available in our small shop.

Where do I change and is there space to store my belongings?

We have male and female changing rooms for your use including showers. Please leave your bags in the changing rooms. We have small lockers available for hire for personal effects like phones and wallets.  YogaVenue cannot accept responsibility for any lost or stolen articles.

Can I store my yoga mat at YogaVenue?

We currently offer mat storage at the studio for £10 per month. You can sign up for this at reception. 

How do I prepare for class?

Arrive in good time for your class. You should come to class on an empty stomach but not hungry. It is recommended that you do not eat anything heavy 2-3 hours before a class. Ensure you are well hydrated before class. Although you may drink small sips of water during class, the real hydration happens before and after. Herb teas, coconut water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices can all help you to achieve your daily hydration levels.

Are classes busy?

Some classes are busier than others. Currently the evening classes are busier than in the day. As long as you have space to lay your mat down then you have enough room to do Yoga. At YogaVenue we have a limit on the number of people who can fit in each of the studios. Sometimes a class reaches capacity but we do not squash extra people in. This is for your comfort and safety. Obviously when it is busy it feels different from a quiet class but it is good to enjoy both experiences, especially the dynamism of a large class.

Hot Yoga

 

What should I expect from my first Hot Yoga class?

Expect to sweat! If you have taken a yoga class before, the poses used in the Hot Yoga class will be familiar to you. Hot Yoga has a set sequence of postures that do not change and are always practiced in the heat. It was designed this way. It may take a few classes to get used to the heat, or you may fall in love with it after your first class.

Why the heat?

The heat allows you to go deeper into your body allowing your stretches to open the body and go deeper with less chance of injury.

Can I lose weight doing Hot Yoga?

Yes. The postures used in Hot Yoga speed up your heart rate giving you a cardio workout as well as stretching and detoxing your body. While the primary aim of Yoga is not about losing weight, it is about finding and regulating the body’s systems. As part of this process if you carry excess weight this will drop with regular practice, and if you cannot keep weight on this regulation may help to do so. How much weight you lose depends on your physical condition, your lifestyle, your eating habits and how much effort and commitment you put into it.

Health questions

 

Am I too old to practise Yoga?

You are never too old! Yoga is for all ages from children to retirees. As long as you are prepared to listen to the teacher as well as your own body for guidance then anybody can benefit from attending Yoga classes. Children 16-17 must have a parent or legal guardian come to the studio and sign a waiver for them in the presence of a teacher. Before beginning any new activity it is wise to consult your doctor as to its suitability for you, especially if you have any pre-existing or chronic conditions.

What if I have had an injury or surgery, or if I am suffering from a pre-existing condition?

Please let the teacher know if you have a specific medical condition or injury before class. Yoga can support the healing process safely but the teacher needs to know to be able to help you. Do use your common sense, don’t push too hard initially and don’t be afraid to sit down and rest whenever you need to – after all, you know your body better than anyone else and you should listen to it.

What if I am pregnant?

Yoga can be extremely beneficial in terms of helping you to relax, learn breathing techniques and keep fit and healthy while pregnant. However, it is not recommended that you practise Yoga during the first 3 months of your pregnancy.  So much is happening to your body during this time it's important to give your body the time it needs to create a new life. After 3 months, and you are fit and healthy with no complications it is recommended that you attend a specific pregnancy Yoga class. Please check our workshops and events page for information on Pregnancy Yoga classes in the studio.

Regular Yoga classes are not recommended if you are new to Yoga unless you have a strong practice and have attended class at YogaVenue for at least 6 months prior to pregnancy approximately 3/5 times a week.

For more information on practising Yoga while pregnant please contact Caroline on info@yogavenue.co.uk

Can I practise Yoga while I am on my cycle (have my period)?

There is much discussion in Yoga circles about whether to practise on your cycle or rest, and whether to do inversion postures (when your legs and hips are higher than your abdomen). Opinions range from not practising at all during your whole cycle (e.g. for a full 5 days) to practising throughout the cycle. Some opinions are backed up by medical and health reasons, some by energetic reasons. A sensible middle ground may be to rest on your peak cycle days when your body is involved in other processes and return when your energy is once more at full potential. While we have not found any scientific data to say you should not practice at this time, ultimately the decision is yours and you should use common sense and listen to what your body needs at this time.

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