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What to expect when you join a yoga class at The Studio

8 Mar 2017 11:29 AM -

No balance? No strength? No flexibility? No worries!  Joining a yoga class can be a daunting experience for many, particularly if you're concerned about your level of fitness or your ability to bend and stretch. However, it is such a great way to improve your physical and emotional health it is definitely worth adding yoga to your life (or at least giving it a try). 

It is important you feel welcome and relaxed when you join a yoga studio, regardless of whether you are a first timer or an experienced yogiYoga is all about taking time for you, to reconnect with your body, calm your mind and feel revitalised at the end of the class.   

Our goal in The Studio at LaVida Health is to help you reach your full health potential by acknowledging, without judgement, your current fitness, strength and flexibility and by working with you to get the most out of your yoga practice.  

As naturopaths we often talk about the importance of relaxation and meditation as part of a healthy lifestyle and so these practices are also a big part of our yoga classes.  Being able to practise a calm mind is just as important as being able to practise the physical aspects of the yoga.

So what can you expect when you join a yoga class at The Studio? 

You will be welcomed by me with a smileThat’s of course if you notice me while you take in the beautiful outlook! 

I will ask you a few questions such as whether you have any injuries or pain that I should know about, or any other conditions that might affect your practice, such as pregnancy.  That way I can make sure you are moving into the postures safely and give you modifications when required.  I will also let you know where to put your belongings and tell you where the amenities are. 

You don’t need to bring anything but yourself 

Yes that’s right.  We have mats and yoga props for you to use free of charge. There is no hiring fee.  Of course you can bring your own if you prefer.   The room is already set up so you don't need to worry about what props to grab or where to put your mat.

Wear something comfortable such as leggings or loose pants and a t-shirt.  You will be bare foot on the mat during class so wear whatever footwear you like.  We don’t have ‘hot yoga’ classes at this studio so you won’t find students in what appears to be swimwear! 

You won’t get lost in a crowd of other yogis’ 

Our studio is capped at 9 students per class which means you get individual attention to ensure you are moving safely into the poses and can ask questions if you are unsure.   

I realise that being visible might be one of the reasons you might avoid a small class environment, because there is no 'hiding in the back’.  However; it won’t take you long to feel comfortable, especially when I often start a class with some relaxation. 

The style of yoga I teach is Purna Yoga 

Purna Yoga means integrated or complete and takes a holistic approach to yoga.  This means that classes include the physical postures but also pranayama (breathing exercises), relaxation and meditation.  A key focus of Purna Yoga is correct alignment, so I often talk through each posture explaining where your body needs to be.   Plus I might use props to help you move into a posture safely or use for more restorative and relaxing positions.   The props I use include; blankets, straps or blocks. 

You don’t need to be flexible, balance on your head or have super strength 

I know that the above statement may not fit in with what you think yoga is all about, but trust me, all you need to be able to do is turn up to class.  I always give a few options for more challenging postures and show you what postures to come back to and rest should you need to at any point in the class.  Within 5 weeks of regular practice you will notice an improvement in your body, whether it be more flexibility, better balance or more stamina for standing poses.  It’s a bold statement I know, but I see it time and time again. 

At the beginning of the class I will ask how the students are feeling.  Sometimes I can tell that the students are tired or flat and I will incorporate postures that will help the students feel more energised, or nourished.  I like to change up my classes so I don’t have a ‘set routine’ that I work through, rather I adjust and adapt as we go so you get as much out of the class as possible. 

I hope the above has allayed some of your fears about starting a yoga practice.  I have always enjoyed introducing yoga to new students and seeing how much their physical or emotional health changes over a relatively short period of time. 

If you are still unsure about whether yoga at The Studio is right for you, I am happy to have a chat about our classes or perhaps you would like to set up a time to come and check out The Studio and see it for yourself before you sign up. I can be reached on 03 9620 9503 or via email lee@lavidahealth.com.au

For more information about our classes and timetable etc visit yoga classes.

Love yourself; love your health! 

 

Lee Copeland
Naturopath & Yoga Teacher
Melbourne CBD 

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