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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENTLE SOMATIC YOGA(r)

MAT PILATES

DO I NEED TO BRING A YOGA MAT?

Yes, please bring your own yoga or exercise mat to yoga or Pilates, plus TWO blankets or bath sheets to rest your head on + to keep warm during relaxation at the end of the class

 

THE F-WORD! FLEXIBILITY OR LACK OF!

You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga or mat Pilates! With regular practice, you may become more flexible 

DO I NEED ANY YOGA or MAT PILATES EXPERIENCE?

Absolutely not! I’ll be guiding participants through either super-slow, self-paced movements in GSY or exercises in mat Pilates classes. No-one’s looking at what anyone else is doing, so it’s very relaxed from that point of view as well

WHAT CLOTHES DO I WEAR FOR CLASS?

Clothing should allow for easy movement in all directions. Please wear layers to keep yourself at a comfortable temperature. No shoes are required, the class is done barefoot or with socks on

CAN I ARRIVE LATE/LEAVE EARLY? 

Unfortunately not. It's disturbing for the other attendees, for me and for you. Please arrive a little early to allow yourself time to settle to get the most out of the session.

A lot of preparation goes into designing a class with a Welcome, Centering, Pranayama, Movements + Guided Relaxation/Meditation + Closing. Arriving late or packing up early ruins the flow for everyone. It's also very unpleasant for some participants to have someone standing/moving around them when they're lying on the floor.

Thank you for your understanding, if you can't be there in time for the start of the class or need to leave early, please skip that week's class. I teach in 6 week blocks with one class being free of charge, so that if you can't make one week, you don't feel you've missed out financially

 

WHAT MAKES SOMATIC YOGA SPECIAL OR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?
Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) combines Hatha Yoga with Hanna Somatics, with influences from The Alexander Technique and The Feldenkrais Method.  The focus in this style of class is on small therapeutic movements to release muscle tension, dissolve chronic pain, improve flexibility and re-establish good posture. When I talk about good posture I’m not meaning walking with a book balanced on your head like a graduate from an eye-wateringly expensive Swiss finishing school! We're aiming to reduce muscular tension and fascial restriction in the front, back and sides of the body to take the strain off the joints and soft tissues of the body

 

GSY is remedial movement with a focus on what’s going on inside the body – rather than yoga poses with an emphasis on strength, flexibility or style - there’s no need to be able to do the splits or sit in lotus position! In fact, the movements are done with as little physical effort as possible

-all the movements are done lying on the floor

-you’re invited to close your eyes during the movements to make them more mindful

 

WHAT AM I LIKELY TO FEEL DURING THE CLASS?
I’m loving your choice of the word ‘feel’. That’s what somatics is all about, feeling what’s going on in the body from the inside out. My dialogue encourages participants to notice what’s tight, restricted, short or tense, highlighting what muscles are perhaps constantly slightly switched on. We’ll feel how shoulder tension impacts breathing. How much control we have over movements in our body. It’s fascinating and can be an eye opener!


HOW MIGHT I FEEL AFERWARDS?
Previous attendees have used the words...Less stiff, Longer, Softer, Soothed, more flexible, fluid, relaxed + comfortable

YOGA & PILATES T&Cs

if you can't be on time for the start of the class or need to leave early, please skip that week's class. I teach in 6 week blocks with one class being free of charge, so that if you can't make one week, you don't feel you've missed out financially

I appreciate that sometimes, unexpected things crop up such as illness. If you need to cancel your casual class pass, I respectfully request a minimum of 12 hours’ notice. ​Cancellation or re-scheduling less than 12 hours before class will incur the full casual class fee unless there's another student on a waitlist who can take your place. Thank you for your understanding

 

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