Do I need previous experience in Yoga?
Start where you are. Yoga is non-competitive and students are encouraged to work at their own pace within a class. Yoga postures can be modified for each student's level of practice, health conditions and body constitution.
What do I wear?
Students wear shorts, sweats and t-shirts or workout pants and tops. Yoga is done barefoot. Some students bring an extra layer of clothing and socks for the relaxation practice.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring an exercise mat and a water bottle to each class.
What are the classes like?
Classes begin with the Sun Salutation, a series of movements designed to limber up the body. Following this warm-up, students are guided to learn and practise positions or postures, called Asanas. These postures improve flexibility, strength, co-ordination and balance. Often, these postures are held to benefit the organs and glands, and to slowly relax the muscles so they lengthen and strengthen properly. Deep breathing is encouraged during the postures to replenish tissues and eliminate tension and toxins. Some classes will include specific breathing exercises, called Pranayama. Breathing practice revitalizes, energizes and calms the mind. At the end of class, there is a period for deep relaxation which may include sitting meditation and visualization exercises while lying still.
What if I have a medical condition?
Check with your doctor about your interest in practicing yoga. Ask for specific information about whether there are any movements that should be avoided. When you are doing yoga postures, make sure you are working within your own comfort zone.
What if I am pregnant?
Many of Axel's pregnant students have taken their classes right up until their delivery and return soon after the baby is born. Poses can be adapted throughout the pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby and the changes in a woman's pregnant body. As yoga aids in relieving stress, this benefit is particularly helpful during pregnancy.
Can I eat before class?
You can have a light meal 1 1/2 - 2 hours or a snack 1 hour before class, depending on your digestion. You should be fuelled but your stomach should be empty.