- 1 Jan – 1 Jan 2118
- £0.00 (GBP)
Join us for our private yoga 1-2-1/ 2-2-1 Beginners Yoga sessions, where each week we will have a different key emphasis. We offer face-to-face teaching in our studio or you can have a private Zoom Class from the comfort of your own home. We only teach in our studio ion Walton on Thames at this time.
Some examples of what we have been doing include: Breathing Awareness; Sun and Star Salutations; Standing Postures; Balances; Hip Openers; Forward Bends; Backward Bends; Pranayama/ Breathing Techniques; Seated Postures, Twists; Inversions; Advanced Posture Challenges; and then we bring it all together… It is never too late to start your yoga journey.
We will guide you through the foundation poses; you will feel the correct alignment of a pose and understand the benefits of the poses. We will also teach you how to breathe, so that you can soften into postures and feel calm. You can also enjoy a relaxation, with our Yoga Nidra sleep, at the end of the class.
Some of our group classes may also be available to you. To discuss please contact us.
If you are an absolute yoga beginner, you will definitely benefit from some private 1-2-1 yoga classes before you join a group class, as we want you to feel confident that you are moving and breathing correctly and that your practice is safe. Private Beginners Yoga can be tailored to your specific needs and ability. After just a few of these sessions all of our classes are open to you, subject to availability.
Our beginners introductory private sessions are perfect for people new to yoga, and as you will have our full attention, you can ask questions and focus on your specific needs, aims and requirements. You can also get to know your teacher, and feel confident in your postures, in anticipation of starting a group class.
Please contact us and we can discuss with you what classes may be suitable for you, and where we have availability. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Before Your Class
Yoga is practised on an empty stomach, so try not to eat for 2-3 hours before a class. this will make your practice more comfortable.
It is best to practice yoga in bare feet, so please take off your shoes and socks. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom, so we can feel the earth beneath us. Practising in bare feet also helps our balance and provides a natural grip. Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing, so that there are no restrictions around the limbs, joints, or waist and try not to wear a hood. A top with an elastic waistband is also a good idea so clothing doesn’t ride up, when you are upside down. Before commencing your practice please remove spectacles, watches or any jewellery. Please wear layers, especially if you are practicing yoga outside or taking part in the more gentle classes to ensure that you remain warm and comfortable.
The only things that you will need in an online yoga class are: a warm comfortable and safe space to practice in and where you won’t be disturbed, a bottle of water and a yoga mat; and you can think about buying blocks, belts, bricks, blankets and eye pillows. In the more flowing and tougher classes and workshops you may also like to a towel. In the gentle classes you may like an extra blanket for warmth and comfort. If you need some extra padding under knees, for example, try folding up a blanket and you can also make a bolster by rolling up a towel and blanket together to place under your knees in savasana when you relax.
If you are coming to a session in the garden, please bring your own yoga mat, bottle of water, blanket, eye pillow, any blocks or props you would like to use and please wear layers to keep you warm or that you can remove if you get warmer during the yoga practice. Do please ask if you need to borrow anything so that we can make sure you have all you need.
Tell the teacher if it’s your first class—you probably won’t be the only one. If you do have a pre-existing health problem or conditions, please tell your teacher as there are ways to adjust the postures to suit you. Please listen to all instructions and be kind to yourself.
Early arrivals are fine
Please try to attend your class a few minutes early. If we are live, we go live 10 minutes before the start time. Consider being prompt as part of your practice. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed before you start.
Turn off your phone
Please turn off your phone so that you do not disturb your own practice.
During Your Yoga Class
Everyone learns at their own pace. And we are all made differently so some people are naturally more flexible, supple or stronger than others. Do your best, but let go of a competitive mindset.
Always remember to breathe in and out of your nose unless asked to do otherwise; but f you have trouble doing this, breathe through your mouth. Some classes will include different types of breathing/ pranayama techniques, so give them a go and please ask your teacher if you need more guidance.
Throughout your yoga practice try and be aware of what you are doing. Try to concentrate on the sensations you feel in the body and on your breath.
Don’t pull or strain
Never force or strain. Relax briefly between each posture if you need to. If you feel pain or strain, stop. Listen to your body. As you do yoga more regularly, you may notice that you become increasingly supple and stronger.
Injury or illness
If you have an injury / illness / medical condition, you should advise your teacher. If your medical condition changes then it is for you to let the teacher know of any changes or deterioration in your condition. If in doubt please also consult you GP / medical adviser.
Some people advise that you don’t do inversions, for example: handstands, shoulder stands, headstands; and alternative positions will be provided in class.
Please tell your teacher if you suspect that, or if you are, pregnant. If you find out you are pregnant then we strongly recommend that you rest until your first scan. Your body may naturally tell you to rest in any event! From around 13/14 weeks you can rejoin the class, which can be adjusted to suit you. However, it is important to check with your doctor or midwife that yoga is suitable for you, at each stage of your pregnancy.
When you return to the studio your teacher may adjust you into a more suitable position or apply pressure so you are pushed deeper into position. If you would prefer not to be adjusted please let your teacher know before the class starts.
The class will end with a relaxation session. This is an important part of the class and students are encouraged to stay for the duration of the lesson. Relaxation gives the body an opportunity to assimilate all of the benefits of the postures you have just done; and also counteracts stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Enjoy and try again
We hope you enjoy our classes and hope to see you again. Do tell us if there is something that you particularly enjoyed or disliked!