Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What type of classes do you run?
A. The classes are introductory / beginners classes. They are set at a pace designed for those who have not tried Yoga before, or are still new to Yoga.
They are suitable for all ages, men and women.
Q. Why should I attend a Yoga Physio class?
A. Sarah is a fully qualified Yoga teacher with CYQ level 2 and 3. Her level of Yoga training is approved by the YMCA, Yoga Alliance, International Yoga Federation and The European Yoga Alliance. Sarah is also an experienced, specialist physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are known and respected for their extensive knowledge of the body. They are able to use this knowledge to safely encourage people of all ages and ability to maintain and improve their physical health. Sarah's in depth knowledge of injury and repair ensures that you work at a safe level that is right for you. As a result you can participate safely in Yoga, despite pain or injury.
Q. What are the benefits of Yoga?
A. Although Yoga originated in India, it is now commonplace in leisure centres, healthclubs and schools. Its main focuses are to improve strength, flexibility, balance and breathing control. It helps to improve posture and body awareness, and helps in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injury. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Yoga in the management of low back pain. As such, many health professionals and doctors often recommend that their patients attend Yoga - not only to improve their pain levels and control their symptoms long term, but to prevent injury. These classes do not involve any meditation techniques, however there is time for relaxation which can help reduce tension, stress and anxiety.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Loose comfortable clothing that you can move in. You will be exercising in bare feet, so you will not need any footwear
Q. Do I need to bring any equipment?
A. You will need a Yoga mat, a Yoga belt (or alternatively a long belt, strap or tie) and maybe 2 Yoga blocks.We have a few spares that you can use, but for hygeine reasons, it is better to have your own.
Q. I've got arthritis. Can I do Yoga?
A. Of course. Depending on which joints are affected, some poses may need to changed a little for you, but that is very easily done! Please, be reassured that you wont be the only one in the class with aches and pains!
Q. Am I too old?
A. No, of course not. Yoga is suitable for all ages, as it doesn't involve any high impact work, and you will be working at the level that is right for you.
Q. Do I have to be fit or flexible to do Yoga?
A. No. The only thing you must have is the desire to be a little more flexible, and willing to try something new.
Q. Can I injure myself doing Yoga?
A. Yes. If you push yourself too hard, you can overstretch. However, the class is run by a chartered physiotherapist, who has expert knowledge in injury prevention, so you are in safe hands. You will be under expert guidance to ensure that you complete the session safely.
Q. I'm worried that I may not be able to keep up with the rest of the class
A. Don't worry. The class is for beginners, so everyone else is at a similar level. If you are unable to complete a pose fully, you can do an easier/modified version of it. The easier poses will be demonstrated to the whole class, and you can choose to do what's right for you. But you won't be alone in doing the easier version!
Q. Im pregnant. Should I do Yoga?
A. If you have been practicing Yoga prior to becoming pregnant, then you can continue as long as you are feeling well. Pregnant ladies are encouraged to remain active during pregnancy, but if you have never tried Yoga before, then now is not the time to start something new.
Q. I would like to learn a little more about Yoga and its benefits
A. Read the latest guidance from the NHS, with unbiased information about Yoga here - www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/yoga.aspx or view UK/national guidelines on the recommended management of common conditions, diseases and injuries (e.g arthritis and low back pain) here www.nice.org.uk
Q. I'm an athlete and I am considering introducing Yoga into my training programme
A. Yoga is currently becoming an integral part of elite and amateur athletes` training regimes. Research has demonstrated its effectiveness in maintaining physical health, and as such regular Yoga practice is widely encouraged across the world of sport. If you, or your team would like Sports Specific Yoga tuition with a Chartered Physiotherapist then contact us for details.
Have another question? Or still not sure ?........
Please feel free to contact Sarah here. We can discuss any concerns you may have - no matter how big or small.
There is also an option to have an assessment with Sarah in your own home. This will provide you with an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have face-to-face. Sarah can assess whether you would be suitable for the class. You will also be able to try some of the poses individually.