ॐ Don’t be scared. Everyone has a first time.
ॐ Do not eat heavy food two hours before the class, if you need to eat though, a banana or yoghurt is an option.
ॐ Dress comfortably. Avoid heavy cottons and keep your clothing light and fitted, it’s important that I can see your knees.
ॐ Bring a water bottle (don’t drink during the practice), a towel and some warm layers to put on after your class. Drink lots of water before, and especially after to replenish yourself. Your body will love you for it.
ॐ Be on time so that you can start a class in a relaxed way and you do not disturb other people by walking in late.
ॐ Please do not wear strong perfumes whilst practising as this can be unpleasant or distracting for those next to you.
ॐ Fully invest in the experience. Go to class and leave your outside worries and stresses at the door.
ॐ Don’t base your opinion or judge yourself on your first class. Or second. Or even third.
ॐ Make sure your phone is on silent.
ॐ Have fun, really Have fun!
Do I need to make a reservation?
Consider your space reserved! I can’t wait to see you!
You don’t need to call or email me to make reservations at this time.
All students should be in the yoga room 10 minutes before the class starts.
Drop-ins are welcome all year long.
More important than your ability level is your enthusiasm to learn.
All classes are open level.
You can rent a yoga mat from our studio (1 euro). However, if you practice yoga for a longer time, you might want to invest in your own yoga mat, as well for hygienic as for energetic purposes.
Minor aches, pains, and injuries are part of life, and your teachers can help you heal by modifying postures as needed. If you have major problems, please consult your doctor.
Inform me immediately when you are pregnant.
During menstruation you can still practice yoga, though you need to be careful with certain asanas and with some practices of pranayama. Inverted poses are not recommended as the blood will flow back into your body, while your body is expelling the blood during menstruation. Most women find that they benefit from a mild practice for the first 2-3 days of their period. Other than that you can practice yoga as normal.
What if I’m not very flexible?
If you want to improve your flexibility, yoga is one of the best ways of doing it. Flexibility is a process that evolves with one’s yoga practice. The body will develop in flexibility and strength at an individual rate, and a commitment towards regular practice will enhance anyone’s flexibility.
Will the course be taught in English?
The course will be taught in English and Sanskrit, but also French, Spanish and Dutch are possible if needed.
HOW YOGA WORKS
Stress Relief: The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol, the stress hormone, from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Pain Relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
Better Breathing: Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasized slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Increased Strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
Weight management: While most of the evidence for the effects of yoga on weight loss is anecdotal or experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the country find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Many teachers specialized in yoga programs to promote weight management and find that even gentle yoga practices help support weight loss. People do not have to practice the most vigorous forms of yoga to lose weight. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. A study from the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that regular yoga practice was associated with less age-related weight gain. The lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50 covered 10 years of participants weight history, physical activity, medical history and diet.
Improved circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body cells.
Cardiovascular Conditioning: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
Presence: Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.