What is yoga?
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as union. The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into a philosophical guidebook, The Yoga Sutras, an estimated 2000 years ago. It outlines the eight limbs of yoga including asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) and dhyana (meditation).
Today most people practising yoga are engaged in asana, which is a series of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
Can I still do Yoga if I’m not flexible?
Yes, you are a perfect candidate for yoga! If you have tight muscles, generally or due to physical exercise, yoga can help to lengthen and release them. Flexibility is a by-product of yoga and can be achieved through regular practice.
Can I eat before the class?
It’s a good idea not to eat at least 2 hours before a class to allow adequate digestion time. If you are prone to hunger or feeling weak during physical activity, a light snack such as yogurt or fruit is fine to consume 30 minutes before practise.
What should I wear to class?
Stretchy or loose clothing that is comfortable and non-restricting. Wearing layers is a good idea so that you can easily take off or put back on depending on your temperature during class. You may also want to bring socks, a warm jumper and/or blanket for relaxation at the end of class, as the body tends to cool down rapidly.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat?
I have some mats available if you don’t have one, but if you’re making the commitment to practise yoga regularly it’s nice to have your own to accompany you on your journey, and it’s also more hygienic. I recommend the mats and yoga related products at Yoga Bliss as they offer a great variety at affordable prices. Cristal Yoga students also get 10% off all orders with Yoga Bliss, just ask for the code next time you’re in class.
How do I book?
You can reserve a place by calling 07774 222107 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org you can also book & pay online here
How much are the classes?
A single pass/drop-in session is £9. A 4-week pass (valid for 6-weeks) is £30 and an 8-week pass (valid for 12-weeks) is £55. You can pay at the class or book online here
Do you do a concession rate?
Yes, I offer a 20% discount to students and anyone on a low income who feels they can’t pay the full price
When are the classes?
10:45am Gentle Yoga at The Vault
7:30pm Mixed Level Yoga at Ouseburn Community Centre
5:45pm Mixed Level Yoga at The Vault
There really are no stupid questions so if there’s anything I haven’t covered here In the FAQs then please get in touch.