FAQ

yoga questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

These are questions that I have genuinely been asked. If you have any questions you would like to see answered here please email me at emma@samadhi-yoga.co.uk

1. I can’t even touch my toes, will I be able to do yoga?

2. I’ve never done yoga before. Can I still come to your class?

3. I’m a little worried I might have to do a headstand and I might hurt myself.

4. I am pregnant and have never done yoga before but would love to learn. Can I come to your class?

5. Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

6. I’m really interested in your classes but I can’t make it during the day. Do you run any evening classes locally?

7. When you introduce the postures in class you say the name in English but also in another language, what language is that and why do you use it in your class?

8. Do you travel to India a lot?

9. I have a male friend who is interested in coming to yoga with me, are your classes also suitable for men?

10. I am used to high energy aerobic type activities, I’m not sure if I will find yoga boring. Is it for me?

Answers

1: Q: I can’t even touch my toes, will I be able to do yoga?

A: If you can’t touch your toes then it sounds like yoga is definitely for you!! You would be surprised at how quickly you would progress in this particular movement and you’ll be touching your toes in no time at all. Sounds like your hamstrings are perhaps a little tight and yoga will work wonders on freeing them up! Obviously yoga will increase flexibility around all of the joints so you will feel an improvement in many different areas of your body.

2: Q: I’ve never done yoga before. Can I still come to your class?

A: Of course!! Everyone has to start somewhere and I totally welcome and encourage beginners to my class. I run mixed ability classes that suit both absolute beginners and more experienced practitioners. There is something for everyone in yoga and everyone works at their own pace. I will instruct a posture and offer plenty of modifications to keep both the beginner and the more experienced yogi happy.

3: Q: I’m a little worried I might have to do a headstand and I might hurt myself.

A: I would never make anyone do a posture that they were not comfortable with. Headstands are quite an advanced posture and something that might be better suited to a workshop where we could explore it in more depth. If people in class wanted to learn how to do a headstand then those who wanted to try it could do so with plenty of guidance and for those who didn’t there are many simple preparatory poses that could replace it instead and which don’t involve standing on your head!

4: Q: I am pregnant and have never done yoga before but would love to learn. Can I come to your class?

A: Please click here for information regarding my pregnancy and post-natal yoga offering.

5: Q. Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

A. If you don’t currently have a yoga mat then there is no need to purchase one for your first session. I always bring a handful of mats with me to  each class but if you do have your own mat then please do bring it along. Not only is it nice to have your own mat, it is obviously also more hygienic. Even though I do clean my yoga mats there is still an element of “sharing” with other people. Should you wish to purchase a mat at some stage I have written an article on how to choose a yoga mat and I do hold a small stock of new good quality mats that I sell in my shop. Click here to visit my shop. These can be purchased from me in person.

6: Q. I’m really interested in your classes but I can’t make it during the day. Do you run any evening classes locally?

A. Yes! I run several evening yoga classes. Please see my Classes page for more information.

7: Q. When you introduce the postures in class you say the name in English but also in another language, what language is that and why do you use it in your class?

A. It is Sanskrit, which is the language of ancient India and an integral part of Yoga. All the classic yoga texts were written originally in Sanskrit and the English names for the yoga postures (or asanas) are in fact merely translations of the original Sanskrit terms. Not all yoga teachers use Sanskrit names in their classes (although many of course do!) but I feel it is important to know their original names and thus my students have the opportunity to hear both the English names and Sanskrit too. I also feel it lends a feeling of authenticity to one’s practice.

8: Q. Do you travel to India a lot?

A. I wouldn’t say a lot, but I have been a few times, most recently (in February 2016) I was very lucky to have the opportunity to spend time in an ashram in Kerala in South India. This was an amazing experience and one that I learned a great deal from. You can read about some of my experiences here.

Prior to this I went to Mumbai way back when and to Goa for a few weeks in my twenties which was an amazing, colourful experience and a real treat for all the senses. A lasting memory I have is of walking along the street with huge cows walking along beside me and feeling ever so slightly intimidated! I also remember cows walking freely up and down the beaches. Both surreal and wonderful at the same time!

9: Q. I have a male friend who is interested in coming to yoga with me, are your classes also suitable for men?

A. Of course! It is a popular misconception that only women go to yoga classes. Men are definitely welcome in my classes and the class itself and what we do is suitable for both men and women. In addition, I run a Men Only yoga class for guys who prefer to practise among peers.

10. I am used to high energy aerobic type activities, I’m not sure if I will find yoga boring. Is it for me?

A. There is something in yoga for everyone. If you mostly do “high energy” forms of exercise then yoga would be a wonderful complement to your existing exercise regime. On a physical level the deep stretches of yoga would help to lengthen your muscles that might become tight and contracted from your more energetic activities and help protect you from injury by creating greater range of motion around the joints and strengthening them. We always include sun salutations so these raise the heart rate and also holding postures creates strength so it’s not all just laying on the floor 🙂 Also if you are always busy and on the go then the “mindfulness” of yoga – with the breathing focus and savasana relaxation would do wonders for you. Understanding that it is okay to slow down and take your focus inwards sometimes would help to bring balance to your life and counter the high energy side.