Yoga with Rachael, Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga has many benefits including: increased strength and flexibility, reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy, increased vitality and concentration, increased self-esteem, improved posture, self-awareness and overall mental and physical well-being.

What does ‘Yoga’ mean?
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ meaning ‘union’ – to put it simply it is the practice of uniting mind, body and spirit in order that we may experience life in a more balanced, and ultimately more fulfilling way.

What do I need to bring to class?
Yoga mats and other equipment are usually provided, however you may like to bring your own mat and a blanket or shawl for relaxation.

What should I wear for class?
Wear comfortable clothes (not too loose) in which you can move easily, with additional layers to put on during relaxation.

Can I eat before class?
Try not to eat within 2 hours before class, however if you do need to eat before class make it something light and easily digestible.

Am I too overweight/old/inflexible to practise yoga?
Anyone can practise yoga. Postures and sequences can be modified to suit any ability or body type and will provide just as much benefit to those who find it challenging, provided they practise carefully and within their individual limitations.  The yoga class is a non-competitive environment and students are encouraged not to compare themselves to others.

How can I avoid injury?
Practising mindfully, listening to your body and working within your individual limitations are the best ways to avoid injury – if in doubt about whether any pose is suitable for you always ask the teacher.

Can I practise yoga with an injury?
This depends on the injury and should be discussed with the teacher on an individual basis – always alert the teacher to any injuries or medical issues, even if you consider them to be irrelevant or insignificant.  Also, if you have any doubts as to whether you should practise please consult your GP.

Can I practise yoga in conjunction with other sports?
Yoga can really benefit people who take part in any sports and wish to complement their training with yoga in order to enhance their performance, prevent injury and/or assist with rehabilitation (eg runners, cyclists, swimmers, golfers etc).

What if I don’t like the class?
There are many different types of yoga and I am convinced that there is a yoga class out there to suit everyone,  If you decide that a particular teacher or style of yoga is not for you, don’t give up, just try a different class (however sometimes it is worth persevering with a class for several sessions as you may find that the teacher or practise ‘grows’ on you).

Should I practise yoga at home?
Use your attendance at regular classes to inspire a little home practice, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day.  It is better to practise little and often rather than only coming to a 90 minute class every few weeks.

Is yoga religious?
Most yoga classes (including mine) are secular, although there may be a ‘spiritual’ dimension to the way some classes are taught.

(For more information on Yoga take a look at the British Wheel of Yoga website)

FAQ for Yoga with Rachael
FAQ for Yoga with Rachael

‘If you breathe, you can practise Yoga’

BKS Iyengar