Yoga FAQs

1. What is yoga?

Yoga unifies the mind, body, energy and breath. It has a special quality that makes it very different from Western ‘workouts’. Yoga gives you both fitness and an inner strength, clarity and calm.

2. What are the benefits of yoga?

On a physical level yoga helps to tone and strengthen the body and improve flexibility.  It also helps to improve breathing, energy and metabolism, increasing your fitness levels and bringing a general sense of well-being. Practising yoga is also a great way to develop strength and flexibility to complement other forms of exercise such as running, cycling, football and swimming.

Yoga has mental benefits too. As you practice you begin to feel more balanced, emotionally calmer, and more connected to your body. Yoga encourages self-confidence and helps you to focus your energy.

On a spiritual level, yoga teaches you to be aware—aware of what is going on inside and outside of you, to be present in your surroundings and in the present moment.

3. What type of yoga you do?

At Hands-on Health we have classes in AshtangaVinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga.

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic, more active type of class suitable for athletes and sportspeople as well as beginners.

A Vinyasa class flows through a sequence of positions or asanas that are connected to the breath and focus on building strength and flexibility.  Each class will be different but you can expect to sweat! It’s a fluid practice with a dance-like flow and some classes are also taught to music.

In a Hatha yoga class we are working towards a classical yoga posture in one session. The class starts relatively easily, then builds up. We work slowly, but intensively, so that an awareness of the body and stilling of the mind can be experienced in every class. Yogic breathing is taught with every activity we do and in each class a concept of the yoga philosophy is connected to the practice.

4. I am not flexible; can I do yoga?

Yes. Inflexibility makes you a perfect candidate for yoga. You will be amazed how flexible you can become in just a few classes, making your life generally easier. All bodies are different, so anatomy and previous injuries will influence this.

5. I have never done yoga before. Where do I start?

Any of our classes, are open to all levels. You should not feel intimidated, because everyone has to begin somewhere and yoga is not a competitive sport.

If you are worried bring a friend along.

6. What should I wear?

Clothes that you can move freely in. You will not need any footwear.

Bring something warm to put on afterwards.

7. I have injuries, aches and pains. Is yoga suitable for me?

Yes.

Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow can be practised with injuries, aches and pains but please tell your teacher about your injuries or problem areas. There are always modifications that can be made to asanas which might otherwise aggravate an injury, or to accommodate a physical health problem that may make some positions inaccessible.

The Hatha classes are particularly suitable for people with injuries and ailments. We work with a lot of modifications to match each practice to each individual student, to rebuild strength and avoid further aggravation or risks.

8. I am overweight. Can I do any of your classes?

Yes. Although losing weight should not the goal of yoga, if you need to, it is a good side-effect. Size and shape have nothing to do with yoga. The media image of yoga is not a reflection of reality.

There is no posture you will not be able to achieve and gain something from. You will not be judged in any of our classes.

If you are interested in finding out more about the yoga classes available at Hands-on Health in Exmouth, see the class timetable, call 01395 224207 or email info@hands-onhealth.co.uk.