What should I bring to class?
Mats and props are provided at Y Ffwrnes Theatre. You might find it useful to bring a blanket, and are welcome to bring any favourite props of your own.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise. Make sure you will be warm enough for the quieter parts at the beginning and end of class. Form-fitting clothes, such as leggings, allow the teacher to see the body more easily and therefore give more specific instruction. Most important is that you feel comfortable and are not restricted in your movement. Clothing with zips, belts or buckles is best avoided.
Can I eat before class?
The general advice is to leave a 3 to 4 hour gap between a meal and your yoga practice. A full stomach can get in the way of yoga poses and make you feel nauseous. If you must eat, it’s best to keep it to a light snack until about half an hour after practice.
Can I come to yoga if I’m pregnant?
Please consult your GP or midwife before starting yoga (especially if you have a history of miscarriage). Generally, take it easy during the first trimester; if you don’t already have a yoga practice, this is not the time to start. If you already practise yoga, please work very gently at this stage and give time for the pregnancy to stabilise. The second and third trimesters are a great time to practise yoga, providing you are healthy and your doctor or midwife agrees. Adjust postures so the belly is not restricted and avoid deep twisting, deep backbends and abdominal strengtheners. Concentrate on standing poses, postures that open the pelvic floor and hips, and breath awareness. The best place to do yoga during your pregnancy is in a specific pregnancy yoga class. If you cannot find a suitable pregnancy yoga class, talk to the yoga teacher before the class to make sure it is suitable for you to attend. Always inform your teacher of your pregnancy.
N.B. This is not intended as medical advice. You should always consult a medical professional regarding your health and any potential risks.
What if I have an injury or medical condition?
Please always let your teacher know before class starts of any injury or medical condition that may affect your ability to do the different physical postures. Please also check with your GP before starting yoga. In most cases, it will be possible for the teacher to modify poses to meet your needs. In some cases, it’s better to start with private yoga lessons so the teacher can address your needs in more detail, before you are then ready to join group classes.
What style of yoga do you teach?
People today practise many different styles of yoga. Some are very vigorous and gymnastic, while others are much gentler, with a focus on relaxation. Some place a lot of attention on alignment, while others concentrate on moving from one posture to the next without much alignment instruction. You may wish to try various styles to see which best suits your temperament and requirements. Lucy’s teaching combines precise attention to alignment and sequencing along with elements of flow and movement. Her approach is rigorous but appropriate to students’ various levels and abilities. The sequence of poses changes from class to class, so students will experience the different groupings of postures: standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions and restorative postures. Class always ends with about 10 minutes of relaxation and all classes include an element of breath awareness. Lucy will occasionally include a short meditation.