Frances Newman

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Yoga FAQ

When there is so much yoga around how do I choose a style and a teacher

Do I choose on budget, a special offer or what's closest to my home 

Do I choose on recommendation from a friend or colleague

Do I choose the time that fits with my other work / life commitments

Do I seek a teacher that I will get on with - one who could grow to understand me - one who might help me understand this YOGA thing


Yes you can... many people think you need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons.

Come as you are and you will find that the practice of yoga will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?

Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences designed to align your body and open the many channels —especially the main channel, the spine—so that energy can flow freely.

Hatha is also translated as ha meaning "sun" and tha meaning "moon." In our physical bodies we develop a balance between strength and flexibility. It is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to the breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.

What is Hatha Yoga?

For Hatha Yoga you will need a yoga sticky mat and a blanket.

For Restorative Yoga will will need a yoga mat, a bolster (I can lend you one) and a blanket. If you have any yoga blocks or bricks and a strap that would be useful too. I always recommend each student brings a personal eye covering.

Please wear comfortable layers that you can move in, no shoes are required as we practice bare foot.

For Restorative Yoga please bring socks.

What should I wear and bring to a yoga class or workshop?

Restorative Yoga is a mainly passive yoga practice, where we support the physical body in positions of ease and comfort in order that the body can release tension and old patterns of behaviour. Each posture may be held for between 3-20 minutes and our Basic Relaxation Pose may be held for 20-30 minutes.

 What is Restorative Yoga?

A Hatha yoga class is offered weekly for 75 minutes and you will feel the benefit by attending regularly, part of the class is given to meditation, movement and relaxation.

A Restorative Yoga workshop is offered monthly for 2.5 hours and clients use it to reset and rebalance their energy. The workshops are often attended by friends or partners wishing to share time relaxing together. 

What's the difference between a class and a workshop?

I may invite you to try an essential oil or two at a yoga class or workshop. The oils I choose are for specific benefits to our health and wellness, to enhance focus and concentration.

You might breathe oils in from a diffuser or simply from your cupped hands. I may also invite you to place essential oils on the soles of your feet to quickly feel the benefits in your body.

Will we use essential oils in our yoga class?