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, a cushion and a blanket (optional)
HOW WILL IT WORK? If this is your very first Zoom meeting, you'll need to install it just this first time and most people do so with no problem at all. Once you register, you'll be sent further instructions.
HOW DO I PAY? payment is by donation (suggested £7) 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? We all sometimes feel like we just want to 'hide away' and it's totally your prerogative. HOWEVER, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YES, to properly enjoy the sense of 'aliveness' and 'community', otherwise one may as well take a youtube class, and also it allows me to watch what you guys are doing rather than teach a bunch of still emojis...
INJURY OR HEALTH CONDITION? 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.
PHYSICAL YOGA - SUSPENDED CLASSES - FAQ'S
When and Where are the classes normally?
Tuesday Adult Classes at St James School, Grotto Road, Weybridge 6:30-7:45pm
Friday Yin Classes are at David Lloyd Brooklands but unfortunately only opens to members
Saturday Youth 16-25 classes 12-1:15pm at Weybridge Scouts Hut, 20 Springfield Lane, KT13 8AW
Private classes in my home studio in Weybridge
Batch of 5-8 classes can be paid on pre-arranged dates (works out £8/session) or drop-in fee £10/session
Youth Yoga student rate £8 or pay monthly which works out £5/session
Do I need to sign up or can I just turn up?
An email or text in advance would be greatly appreciated, in case the class isn't on or is full
Where do I park?
For St James park outside the school on the road. For Manby park inside the school carpark on Queens road by the cricket green. For Scouts Hut park in Morrisons or there's 1 hour parking on Baker street which may be risky, or there's a Town Parking Lot off the high street, turn in by Lloyds Bank
What do I bring?
If you have a yoga mat bring it, but there's a few spares available if you don't but let me know in advance.
For maximum enjoyment of the class, best not to eat within 1.5-2 hours
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"!
What if I have an injury?
The general rule is, if you have sharp pain 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 are concerned or recovering from an op, get the OK from your specialist, and seriously consider a one-to-one so we can work out the best variations for you.
Is yoga a form of religion?
No. It is open to people of all faiths as well as atheists. It has always however 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 certainly 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 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 believing anything blindly.
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.