Am I capable of doing yoga? I'm too old/stiff/inflexible/male/injured/overweight/pregnant
The best thing about yoga is that it is simply about discovering your breath and your body and moving to that simple rhythm.
You've probably seen the facebook videos of the grannies hitting 100 practicing and even teaching yoga? Yoga is ageless.
Too stiff? Join the club! I am the most inflexible yoga teacher around with super tight hammies from running marathons. People like us need yoga to counteract the overuse of short muscle fibres.
Would like to lose weight? Yoga will tone up your body and raise your heart rate. If your body means you can't access a pose as easily, your teacher can help you with a variation. All body shapes are welcome in yoga classes.
Most people are not injury free. So if you have a slight physical limitation, come to class anyway and work around it (always inform your teacher at the start of class if possible). Pregnancy is not an injury, it is a miracle and if you already have a good yoga practice do come to class and inform the teacher before you start how many weeks pregnant you are. If you have never done yoga before now is not the time to start anything other than pregnancy yoga. Please contact us for recommendations for local pregnancy yoga classes.
I know the stereotype of yoga is white, female, slim, middle class. Unfortunately this is still the way most yoga classes appear, but MEN you are most welcome and we love having you in class. The face of yoga is slowly changing and please feel you can come to class no matter who you are. Everybody is scared to go to that first class, but once you pluck up the courage you'll find yoga is friendly and fun and you may just get hooked!
Do you have yoga mats?
Yes, we offer complementary use of high quality natural rubber tree mats. These are waiting for you in the yoga studio, no need to reserve your mat.
What are the different types of yoga?
What does vinyasa yoga mean? How many different types of yoga are there? When you first start yoga you have no idea what all these esoteric terms mean. I’ll attempt to demystify the types of yoga below.
Traditionally, four paths of yoga are recognised (karma, bhakti, raja & jana).
A more modern interpretation includes diverse forms of yoga such as these:
- Pre & Post Natal
At Henham Yoga studios, we offer a very popular & dynamic style of yoga called vinyasa. This is a fast flowing yoga practice, linking your breath to movement in a choreographed sequence. Class will always start with a short pranayama (breath) practice followed by a warm up and building up to the more challenging poses before slowing down and taking savasana (relaxation). The class is carefully structured to blend forward folds, twists, backbends, inversions and balancing poses. Options are given continually and props may be used, allowing all abilities to move together on the mat. The core foundation of the class is the sequence of poses that constitute a 'vinyasa' (think simple sun salutation).