FAQs & concerns
What do I wear to class?
Wear something comfortable and stretchy. Not too tight.
I get terrible cramp!!!
Me too. And for me, it’s possibly diet related. There were two ways I approached this painful interruption to my yoga practice.
OMG, I farted in class!!
If you can introduce me to anyone who has never farted in their life, I will give you a lifetime free pass to classes.
Everyone farts! Have a laugh if that makes you feel better, or better still, just ignore it. Honestly, chances are that nobody will notice because we all focus on our own practice during class.
That said, it would pay to be conscious of avoiding foods that result in the old “silent but violent” fart. Stink bombs are not so pleasant (or funny) in a warm, confined space. So prevention is better than cure. Maybe stay off the curry the night before class.
If it happens, it happens. Nobody ever died from smelling a fart.
I’m worried about getting smelly when I sweat.
Please be considerate of your fellow yogis and make sure you are clean before class – especially feet and armpits.
Please do use deodorant (natural or standard, I’m not bothered), but avoid wearing strong smelling cologne or perfume when coming to class.
Power Yoga is a physical practice. There’s a good chance you’ll get a sweat up in a class. Don’t worry about it. As long as you’re not flicking your sweat onto other people, there’s no problem.
I clean the mats and blocks after every class, but if you’re sensitive about sharing mats, feel free to bring your own, or perhaps a yoga towel to lay on top of our mats.
Isn’t yoga all about music and chanting?
You may have heard that yoga classes have strange music and everyone chants. Different styles of yoga and different yoga teachers have different ways of practicing.
I love going to a class where everyone chants Om or Aum at the beginning and end of class. But at this point in time, we don’t Om in Our Yoga classes. I’m keen if everyone else is, but I’ve tried to introduce it and it didn’t fly. Which might say more about me, than it does about my students.
I’ve heard that there are some classes here on the Kapiti Coast which do offer chanting and singing as part of the practice. Let me know if that’s your thing and I’ll give you some recommendations.
Music is a tricky one. Personally, I prefer to practice in silence. However I tend to play quiet background music during class. Mostly, that music is either instrumental or sung in a language other than English.
The reason for the latter is I have taught classes with modern English language songs and it has sometimes brought up some ‘stuff’ for students. Music has the ability to uplift us, but often also has an emotional memory link to some past event or person. By using mostly foreign language music, students can hear the beat and melody, but are not emotionally connecting to it.
I’m expecting a call – can I leave my phone on?
Short answer . . . no, you can’t.
I’m going to be late – I need to leave early.
Try to get to class five minutes before we start.
It’s a courtesy to your fellow yogis to be on time because some need class to run on time so they can leave on time. So please let me know if you’ll be late for class and we’ll start without you. My phone is on silent ten minutes before class begins, so try to let me know before then.
I close the gate as class begins (so our dog doesn’t roam), but if I know you’re on your way I’ll leave it open for you. Then you can close the gate behind you when you come in and join us.
If you need to leave early once in a while, that’s cool. The only thing I ask is that you do not leave during Savasana. I will always let you know when we are about to take that final pose, so that is your opportunity to quietly pack up your things and head off.
I can’t touch my toes.
Simple answer: that’s what you come to yoga for.
I want to do my own thing in class.
Those who have a solid practice under their belt may have developed a favourite Vinyasa or way to enter a pose. For example, I quite fancy taking Three Legged Dog before stepping forward into Warrior I. I find it helps me get more lift, so I can get my foot forward easier. So, if I’m a student in a class, and my teacher asks us to step forward into Warrior I, I’ll probably take Three Legged Dog to get me there.
I’m exhausted and need to take a break.
You’ll probably find, from week to week, that you come to your mat with a different energy level. You may have had a rubbish sleep the night before. Or your diet has been a bit deficient. There are many reasons for low energy levels. Sometimes it is emotional or stress-related.
Can I ask questions during class?
I absolutely welcome questions. But timing is everything.
The Beginner’s or Level 1 Power Yoga class, in particular, is a place where questions arise quite often. If we’re in the midst of a flowing sequence and you’re unsure of something, just take a break until we next pause, then I’ll come to you and see what’s going on. That way, the rest of the class isn’t interrupted mid-flow.
I will be watching everyone practice, so you can easily get my attention during class if you need to know something. Just catch my eye or give me a wave and I’ll come to you.
If your question is one that I feel the whole class could learn from, I might share it if that’s okay.