Beginners Yoga (level 1)If you are new to Yoga, start here.
The prospect of joining a yoga class for the first time can be quite daunting. Here we will try to answer some common questions and put right some common misconceptions.
You will need to register online to book and pay for your class place; Click here, or click ‘MY ACCOUNT’ at the very top of this web page. We also offer passes for 5 classes within 70 days that give you a small discount to help your commitment (Please check the pass matches the class you are planning to attend). We have quite a large hall and we’ll always find a space for you. If you are a student, unemployed, or are experiencing financial difficulties, please talk to the teacher who may be able to off you a discount. We can accept cash, or credit card payments at the door, however we would still prefer that you register an account first.
There are no rules about how often you should come. You will benefit most from a regular practice. Once a week to begin with is fine. When you are inspired by your journey into yoga, you may want to do more.
You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga. Flexibility, strength and balance are by-products of a process that gets your mind and body working together. Once you are in touch with how you are already, you can begin to release the resistance to becoming your best potential. Yoga is not ‘laying about, chanting’. While one of the most important aspects of yoga is to learn to relax, it can also be quite vigorous. At The Yoga Hall we practice intuitively – it’s a new adventure every time.
Please bring your own mat; We have mats at The Yoga Hall that you can use until you get your own. We also have cushions for support if you need them. There is no other equipment necessary to practice yoga. Wear loose comfortable clothing that you can stretch in. Usually people practice in bare feet, but socks are an option. Shoes are left outside the hall.
A class will consist of mindful breathing exercises and gentle preliminary stretches, before variations of flow sequences called Sun-Salutation. This is followed by Yoga postures called Asanas which, through stretching and strengthening, promote extended range, energy, and health, in so many ways. We end with a deep relaxation and a short meditation. Most other people in the class are beginners too, so you will be in good company while you get used to this basic format and common positions. Our beginners classes serve as an introduction to other styles of Yoga practiced at The Yoga Hall, including Hatha Yoga (level 2), Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Seasonal Yoga, Integral Satsang, and some workshops.
Enjoy a new experience and try a class.