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 can improve your fitness and give you inner strength, clarity and calmness

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 Ashtanga and PiYO LIVE power yoga .

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic, more active type of class suitable for athletes and sportspeople as well as beginners. We also offer a Slow Flow ashtanga class on Thursdays at 6pm.

PiYo LIVE power yoga classes combine the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. PiYo speeds everything up – including your results – by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility.

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?


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