What's Vinyasa vs Hatha yoga?
When yoga first started (estimated 2300 years ago) there were no physical poses as we know them today, other than sitting for meditation.. Hatha yoga (15th Century) was the first classical tradition that included various poses, or 'asanas', but still as a means of enabling better meditation and spiritual growth. So all modern styles of physical yoga (eg. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar) have grown from, and fit under, the Hatha Yoga methodology, though sometimes you might see Hatha listed as a style in itself, representing a slow, gentle style of yoga practice. Vinyasa means 'sequence' and is a type of physical yoga with a flow from one pose into another.
What if I'm a complete beginner?
All beginners are welcome, AND you also qualify for a 1/2 price one-to-one before you drop in to the group, which can give you a great foundation. Yoga is very much about the breath, it's not about getting your foot behind your ear. You might often hear "if you can breath, you can do yoga"! Everyone is different
What if I have an injury?
Yoga is adopted by more and more athletes because enough research has recognised that the body recovers better in more relaxed states. The general rule is, if you have sharp pain from an injury don't battle through it - your body is telling you loud and clear to get the hell out of whatever position you've put it in. Many people practice yoga with all sorts of past injuries, shoulder and knee being most common. Often yoga is part of their rehab. Yoga teachers aren't qualified to provide a diagnosis, but I can certainly suggest to you what poses to avoid, or how to modify them, assuming you do have a proper diagnosis.
If you suffer from a specific injury or are managing a condition please remember that it is up to you whether or not a practice is right for you, but if you aren't sure please call me 07703129723 and I can give you some general guidelines that may help. If you have recently had surgery please make sure you check with your physician before you do the class.
Is yoga a form of religion?
No. It is open to people of all faiths as well as atheists. It has always however, since its inception, been a spiritual practice, though today it can be practiced purely as a physical exercise, and no one will ever tap you on the shoulder and ask if your quest is for Enlightenment. It is suggested in certain texts that it helps if you believe in some God or 'ultimate reality' or just 'something bigger' but you don't have to. Hatha yoga has strong Buddhist influences (moreso than Hindu as research recently found) and is centred around the idea of understanding our body, our mind, why we struggle, and cultivating contentment by expanding our awareness of Self and the world we live in. All you need is an open mind and you are encouraged to experience and adopt whatever works for you rather than accepting teachings in a dogmatic way.
So at a minimum it'll make you stronger, more balanced and more flexible on the mat, and it's totally up to you how many layers of life philosophy you want to unpeal.
ONLINE YOGA FAQ'S
What will I need?
Ideally as big a screen as you have that's movable, eg. a laptop or tablet, a mat if you have one, don't worry if you don't, a cushion and a blanket (optional)
How does registration work? Once you register, you'll be sent a confirmation email with the link to Join the Class. If this is your very first Zoom meeting, when you click on this link, it will first install it, just this first time ,and most people do so with no problem at all.
How do I pay? payment is by donation (suggested £5 or £10) but whatever you can afford using paypal.me/florendiayoga or online banking F.Buckingham account 01570436 sort code 30-96-96
Does my camera have to be on? No but....We all sometimes feel like we just want to 'hide away' and it's totally your prerogative. Mostly students will have their screen on, because they prefer a live class to a pre-recorded youtube so that they get a sense of 'aliveness' and 'community' by visually practicing alongside their fellow students. Also it allows me to stay in tune to whether you are in synch with the my choices of movement that I give, and to make sure you are practicing as safely as possible, rather than teach a bunch of still emojis...
IN-PERSON YOGA - FAQ'S
When and Where are the classes ?
Friday 6:15pm David Lloyd Brooklands (members only)
Private classes are in my home studio in Weybridge. Covid government guidelines will be adhered to
Monday 5pm-6pm class at 1st Weybridge Scouts Hut , 20 Springfield Lane, Weybridge, KT13 8AW, off Baker street .
New live Tuesday 6:15 class at St Andrews URC Main Hall, Hersham Road, Walton, KT12 1LG
Sunday Young Adults 16-25 classes 5:30pm hybrid zoom + Home studio in Weybridge
Last updated July. Though the rules are more relaxed today, I'm keeping with 10 people max in the Scouts Hut capacity, and in the St Andrews URC the hall is very spacious. No masks necessary during class but obviously it's your choice if you want to wear one. Bring your own mat or let me know if you don't have one.
<None at the moment with Covid> Occasionally I may offer a super gentle physical assist - While many people love to receive help to get a different feel of a pose, plenty of folks feel uncomfortable with physical contact or translate it that they are somehow 'failing' which is so not the case, since yoga is not about that at all. I will always try to ask your permission and will always appreciate a heads up from you or a sign that you would rather not be assisted.
By donation £5/£10/£15 depending on your circumstances. (you can pay monthly or intermly batches for discount)
Do I need to sign up or can I just turn up?
An email or text in advance so we can keep to capacity
Where do I park?
Baker Street has recently been made a no-through road. Usually there's space and if you come from the top end, there's a small car park on your right behind Morrisons.
What do I bring?
Your own yoga mat. If you don't have one let me know in advance.
For maximum enjoyment of the class, best not to eat within 1.5-2 hours