FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions About Holistic Yoga
To book a class go to the Timetable Page and click the orange “Sign Up” button for your chosen class. Enter your email and mobile phone number if you wish to get a text reminder for the class. You can pay by credit or debit card. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after booking. If it is a Zoom class it will have the Zoom link in this email.
Yoga can be practised by anyone, it makes absolutely no difference whether you can touch your toes or not! Holistic yoga and somatic movement is an ideal type of yoga for beginners as there is plenty of detailed instruction. Additionally, there is no sense of competition or need to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. The practice will help you to relax, breathe more comfortably and become more body aware. Many students have found that, with regular attendance, backaches and other joint aches and pains simply cease to be. It is a practice well worth starting and continuing regularly. Before class you will be asked to fill out a medical form. If you can click on this link to open the pdf file, print it out and fill it in prior to class, even better!
Questions about Booking Holistic Yoga
When you book a class, you will receive a confirmation email. Keep this email as it has links that enable you to “cancel” or “reschedule” your class.
Choose “reschedule” if you’d like to book another class of the same type. If you wish to book a different class instead (e.g. Holistic Somatics instead of Holistic Yoga) then you will need to cancel the class and then rebook.
Questions About Suitability of Holistic Yoga Classes
If you have back pain, there are some “red flags” that you should know about. If you have any of these “red flag” symptoms then please consult a medical professional, they will advise about treatments that are suitable for you.
- Severe pain that gets worse over several weeks instead of better, or pain which never goes away, or if you are unwell with back pain.
- Difficulty passing or controlling urine
- Numbness around your back passage, genitals or inner thighs
- Loss of control and feeling from your back passage
- Numbness, pins and needles or weakness in both legs
- Unsteadiness on your feet
If you do not have any of these red flags, then it will most likely be fine for you to join the Back Care Course. You must be able to get down to lying on the floor and back up to standing again, with the aid of a chair if necessary. You will have a one to one private class before the course starts, so we can look at what you unique challenges are with your back. Please bear in mind you are responsible for your own movement throughout the classes. Remember to move slowly. Slow movement allows us to learn to control the engagement and release of our muscles. Improving your understanding and control of your muscles helps you to come out of habitual movement patterns. Habits of movement, posture and holding tension are a large contributory factor in back pain.
I cannot fix your back pain, or any other ailment you might have.
This work is an inside job. I am your guide, I will give your ideas, information and practices to try that have a sound bio-mechanical reasoning behind them. However, it is up to you to do the work.
If you are looking for a magic cure, then please look elsewhere.
You will need to engage with the work, do your home practice and relaxations and keep coming to class regularly. If you have had back pain for a long time, then don’t expect it to disappear overnight. It takes regular practice and in many cases lifestyle change. Learning why you have back pain and how to change your movement and lifestyle habits to become free of back pain is fun and relaxing. However, it’s work that you do for yourself. No one else can do it for you.
In the back pain classes and courses we use a modality called Hanna Somatics alongside regular yoga techniques. Hanna Somatics is a muscular re-education system that tunes up your ability to connect with muscles and parts of muscles that you may not have used in years! This process should be pain free, or at the very least it should not increase pain. If pain is there, it is a sign to stop what you are doing immediately and rest. By listening to the tweaks, twinges, and uncomfortable sensations and not moving through them but finding a way to move without setting them off you will recalibrate your Somatic Nervous System.
You will be starting very gently and progressing at your own pace. There is no need to feel pain, in fact it is a a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. LESS IS MORE!