The first thing people want to know before they go to a yoga class is ‘what type of class is it?’. Whether you’re new to yoga or experienced, it’s an understandable line of inquiry.
When I meet somebody new and tell them I teach yoga, it’s naturally the first thing they ask.
So here’s my answer...
The long version
I give my students a bit of everything. I was trained to teach Vinyasa but I slow things down a lot for beginners/gentle classes.
A class might include any combination or all of the following ingredients:
Stillness & silence.
Classes are adapted to each person in the room. Lesson plans change on the day. You’ll learn how to be more aware of your body, focus your mind and slow down. You’ll have a chance to leave life’s stresses outside and relax on your mat.
When I first started going to yoga classes in 1998, it was a Hatha style class. Over the years, I’ve tried Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Laughter yoga. These names don’t really mean anything unless you’ve experienced them yourself. So my advice is not to worry about the type or style of a class but just try it. See what you like about it and then make a decision on whether you want to return.
Sometimes, it depends on the teacher and whether you connect with them or whether they assist you too much or too little. Maybe your body will decide for you... does it feel better/happier/looser after a class? Was it too long or too short or just the right length of time? Did you have an amazing sleep later that night? ...All sorts of different factors can affect whether you like a class or not.
But again, does any of this really matter? If you’re giving yourself the chance to get on a yoga mat (or chair!) then that’s the most important thing. You may also find that you reconnect with yourself, the world around you and other people.
Yes you need to make sure that the level of class is suitable to you but this can easily be done by contacting the teacher or simply checking if it’s an ‘all abilities welcome’ or ‘advanced’ class. Arranging a 1-2-1 is a good way to start too.
The short version
Curry yoga. There are so many types of curry and I love most of them (not sure a chip shop curry counts!?). It depends on my mood. Thai, South Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Katsu.... They all contain various combinations of the same ingredients and all are delicious.