New Students

Here are a couple of points to take note of to prepare for class:

  • Remember to wear clothing that will not restrict movement. Tights, leggings, shorts.
  • Clothes should not be too tight that they restrict blood flow and movement, but fitted enough to enable the instructor to observe the correct alignment in the poses
  • No shoes. Yoga is done barefoot so that the unnatural shape of the shoe does not disrupt the body further up.
  • Empty stomach required! One should generally wait 3-4 hours after a meal before practicing yoga, and 30 minutes after a light snack. Doing yoga soon after eating will disrupt your practice and cause nausea, lightheadedness and fatigue.
  • No water or towel is necessary.
  • Arrive at class 5-10 minutes early to get the necessary props and be ready to start on time.
  • If it’s your first time, please arrive 15 minutes early so that you can mention any injuries, limitations or concerns you may have.

See you on the mat!

What is Yoga?

Extension, expansion and ascension: this is the meaning of Ayama and it summarises what yoga is about. The word yoga means to connect or join in ancient Sanskrit. This connection or joining refers to the connection and joining of the mind, body and spirit, and ultimately of the mind, body and spirit with the supreme consciousness, or the universe.

The practice of yoga is a discipline, most famous in the West for its asanas, or postures. These postures aim to bring about self-realisation to help create a state of union, peace and harmony of oneself with the outside world, and oneself with the divine. The practice of yoga aims to purify the body so that it becomes a fit vehicle for the soul. Through asana one begins to access and train the mind, and as such yoga becomes a method of mindfulness. Yoga is meditation in action.

Why Choose yoga?

Yoga has many benefits for the mind, body and soul. The longer one practices yoga, the more subtle and energetic the improvements. The first noticeable benefits tend to be physical; lessened back pain and increased strength. Continued practice results in increased energy, vitality and a better sense of well-being. Years of practice begins to work on the inner sheaths of the body, mind and soul, and one can begin to benefit from mental clarity, connection to the higher self, or God, and a blissful state of being.