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So you're considering beginning a yoga practice but don't know where to start or what to expect? Then It's Yoga is the place for you!
Our classes are accessible to all levels - we always instruct to who's in the room and are here to answer any questions - big or small - that you might have as you embark on this fantastic new journey!
You can find our most frequently asked questions below.
Yoga is union. As such, Ashtanga Vinyasa in particular is all about combining breath with movement in order to get out of your thinking mind and into your feeling body.
Our Ashtanga and Rocket classes will begin with Sun Salutations as a warm-up - this is the most active part of the class as we have one movement per breath. Sun Salutations warm up the joints of the body and begin to build up heat. We then move into the standing sequence, which further creates heat and connects you to your breath, before coming into a series of seated poses structured around a particular function depending on the sequence we are practicing.
The instructor will give lots of verbal cues and adjustments based on what they see in the class and may give you light physical adjustments as well - our philosophy is based on letting students feel the poses themselves rather than 'putting' you into a pose, so that we work towards a self-practice. At the same time, sometimes we do need a little help from our friends!
Expect to breathe A LOT, to move in ways you may not be used to, to hate it at some points and love it at others and to feel much better afterwards than when you walked in the door!
As for our more restorative classes, expect to spend a lot of time in stillness and to go into a more meditative, relaxed and connected state.
At It's Yoga, we don't distinguish between 'advanced' and 'beginner' classes. All levels practice together in the same room and take the modification or variation that is the most suitable for their bodies on that day. You may be an advanced practitioner in one pose, and a beginner in the next - and the following day it may even be the other way round! That beging said, some classes are slower and shorter than others - without a lot of the 'upside down' options - and as such are a great way to jump in, at least for your very first class.
A good place to start is the Modified Primary Series (Ashtanga), which happens at different times every day and builds a strong foundation for those at the beginning of their journey. Slower than The Rocket and more accessible and digestible than the traditional Full Primary Series, the MPS is still dynamic and gets you moving and breathing while introducing you to all the elements of our longer and more fast-paced classes, building up strength, flexibility and breath awareness.
For those looking for a gentler approach, we also recommend taking Yin or Restorative Yoga sessions with their long holds - perfect for rejuvenation, increased somatic awareness, flexibility and relaxation - emotionally, mentally and physically.
If you already lead an active lifestyle or know that you are able to listen to your body and take a break whenever you need it or have been to at least one Modified Primary, we also invite you to come our Rocket 1, 2 and 3 classes, which are a lot of fun and get you 'there' faster!
While the name "The Rocket" might suggest something intense or advanced, the real reason behind the name is simply that these sequences tap you into your Inner Guide and make the practice accesible to all levels. They were named "The Rocket" by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead because they 'get you there faster'!
Like all our classes, The Rocket is accessible and instructed to the students who are attending. Rocket 1 focuses on forward folds and is based largely on the first series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The Rocket 2 brings in poses from the second and third series, bringing emphasis to heart- and hip openers as well as more arm-balancing options, while The Rocket 3 is our "Happy Hour" because you get two classes in one - Rocket 1 and 2 - 90 poses in 90 minutes!
Always remember, there is never any pressure to do every pose and that there are modifications for everything! You can even come into a childs pose or lie down whenever you like. So it's really about how much you're up for getting out of your comfort zone and the possibility of people going upside down around you!
The majority of students coming to yoga don't start a yoga practice already being flexible or strong - rather these are things that come with a consistent practice. They are not at all a requirement to begin with and The It's Yoga system is designed for you to build these qualities.
Your facilitator will guide you through the sequences, offering modifications that will enable you to practice yoga without having to be super flexible or strong and simultaneously in a way that will increase those qualities.
We generally say that 3 months of a regular practice (2-3 times a week) will result in you seeing a big change in your flexibility, strength and overall health.
We provide mats, blocks, bolsters and blankets and also offer complimentary herbal tea and water. You're welcome to bring your own mat and even leave it at the studio but that's entirely up to you.
We recommend you wear something comfortble - you don't have to wear clothes specifically designed for yoga, as long as they allow you to move with ease, it's all good.
If you are a first time student, we recommend our introductory offer, which gives you 30 days of unlimited access to our full timetable of 23 classes per week! This is the best - and most affordable - way to experience how powerful and transformative a regular yoga practice can be without committing long-term and allows you to experiment with the different class types and times.
You're also welcome to drop-in at £13 a class or opt for a block of classes, keeping in mind that the intro offer is for new students only.
For all our pricing options and current special offers, click here.
In most cases, yes - however, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or physiotherapist first, especially if your injury or condition is acute. Just let us know when you come in so the instructor is aware of your situation during the class and make sure to listen to your body and take a break whenever you feel you need a rest.
If you have any concerns, you are very welcome to come in or call us for a chat. It might also be a good idea to book in for a private session or two before coming to group classes so that we can take more time with you to go through certain techniques in more detail - including the foundations of a safe and effective yoga practice and any modifications specific to where you're at at this time.
Yoga is a wonderful practice for expectant mothers and can help to connect to your body in this time full of changes. If you have an existing yoga practice and have passed the famous 12 week mark, it is completely fine to come to any of our classes - but we do recommend that you book in for a one to one class with our pregnancy yoga instructor first so you can go over any modifications suitable for you.
If you have never done yoga before, we recommend coming to Yin and Restorative Yoga, which is suitable for all. Always let the instructor know that you are pregnant and how many weeks - and again, if this is the first time you have practiced yoga or have any concerns, always check with your doctor or midwife first.