Do I have to wear lycra? And other modern myths about Yoga.

I recently read an article that suggested those new to Yoga wear 'tight fitting clothes that you can sweat in'. That's enough to put anyone off downward dogging! The truth is, you can wear anything - as long as it's comfortable and you can move freely then you'll be just fine (do keep in mind that t-shirts tend to ride up in certain poses). It got me thinking about class etiquette and how your first foray into Yoga can be pretty daunting. Here's some other tips to help get you started:

  1. What do I wear on my feet?
    Yoga is practiced in bare feet. If your tootsies haven't been out since 1984 then you're welcome to wear socks with sticky pads on the bottom. You can buy these from most sports stores.
  2. Do I need to be flexible?
    You don't have to be flexible to practice Yoga - you get flexible practicing Yoga!
  3. Will I have to do all that spiritual stuff?
    In a word, no. While I love all that stuff, I realise it's not everyone's cup of tea (but I'm more than happy to talk about it if you ask me - you have been warned!). I do weave through Yoga Philosophy but in a way that’s relatable. It's important to note that Yoga is suitable for all, regardless of faith.
  4. What else do I need to know for my first class?
    Leave your ego at the door, take off your shoes, turn off your mobile phone and enter the room quietly to respect other students who may be relaxing. Avoid eating for two hours before. Drinking alcohol before class is a big no no and avoid strong perfumes or aftershaves. Other than that, relax, enjoy and always always go at your own pace!
  5. There are so many styles of Yoga - what do you teach at This Yoga Life?
    We teach Hatha which is a gentler, slower form of the practice suitable for all. If Bikram or Power classes are calling you then our beginners/foundation course will be perfect to get you started on your Yoga journey. Be aware though that slowing down and mindfully practicing movement can be just as challenging as a fast paced class!