Mandala Preston Yoga & Wellbeing
Mandala Preston Yoga & Wellbeing  

New to Yoga - Everything you wanted to know and maybe we're too afraid to ask?

What if I've never done yoga before?

Good, this guide is for you - you're in the right place. 


What do I bring?

We provide mats for you to borrow, or you can bring your own. As you start to build your yoga practice you'll very likely find that you buy a mat that you love and will want to use that one all the time, but if not - that's fine - you can use one of ours forever.

 

What do I wear?

Whatever you're comfortable stretching and moving in. T-shirt or vest top and leggings, shorts or jogging bottoms. We practice bare foot - so no need for fancy trainers, you'll be leaving them downstairs anyway :)

 

How do I pay?

Most of our classes are drop-in (except for where indicated on the timetable) so you will pay the teacher in cash when you arrive. The teacher will have a box or bowl by their mat. 

 

How long before class should I arrive?

The doors are generally open 15minutes before class, so from then up until class start time. If you're running late just creep into class quietly.

 

What do I do when I've arrived?

When I arrived at my first class I was pretty nervous and I just copied everyone else and hoped for the best, I lived to tell the tale and loved it (well I became a yoga teacher so...), but here's a guide.
Pop your shoes in the crates by the door and walk into the class, pop your class fee into the box/bowl. Either say "hi I'm new" to the person who looks like the teacher if you feel like it, or if you sit or stand on a mat the teacher will spot you as new and come and have a chat. All that said, we're  pretty good at spotting whose new and making sure you're not lost!

 

Which class should I choose?

Whichever one sounds as though you would like it (expect if you're not pregnant - then you shouldn't go to the pregnancy class, or if you're a woman - then you won't want the male only class!)

 

The timetable indicates whether a class is gentle, energetic or inbetween. The class descriptions give more detail.

 

If you want a slow class, holding postures for 5-10 minutes, with soft music - go for yin. If you want something energetic and challenging seeped in tradition go for Ashtanga, something in the middle - go for any of the other classes.

 

What if I want to get flexible?

All the yoga classes build flexibility so take your pick.

 

What if I want to build strength and fitness?

Then you're better opting for Ashtanga Yoga, or Energetic Hatha.

 

What if I want to feel calm?

The Yoga for Anxiety course and the Release and Relax courses are perfect for calming, especially for beginners.

 

If you've completed those courses, don't fancy them, or you just want a drop-in class the right one depends on what works for you. If you think that it would help to be still and quiet with small movements, holding postures for several minutes - go for Yin. If you think that it would help to be moving and focusing on matching your breathing and movements - go for Ashtanga. If you think something inbetween would work - go for Hatha.

 

What if I'm shy?
Most humans are a bit wary of new stuff, we recognise that and we're super-friendly and welcoming and help to make you feel comfortable. Our students are all also very lovely.

 

What if I'm not flexible, strong, fit and can't balance?
Good! Yoga will help you to become more flexible, strong, fit and well balanced. More importantly though it will also help you feel healthy, sleep better, feel calm, focus more and generally feel good. Most of us fall out of postures sometimes and have a giggle, that's all part of the yoga.

 

What if I'm very flexible, strong, fit and great at balancing?
Good! All of the above applies to you too.

 

What happens in a yoga class?
It depends on the class but something like....a calming opening maybe some guided breathing and body awareness, maybe guidance on calming the mind. Some gentle warming up stretches. Then the yoga postures - the teacher will explain them all and demonstrate them if needed. Then a lovely relaxation at the end, you might even get a blanket! Then you go home feeling happier and calmer.

 

Are your teachers qualified?

We're pretty proud of how well trained, highly qualified, experienced and specialist our teachers are. We're a pretty geeky yoga-obsessed community of teachers who continue to undertake continuining professional development.

 

All of our teachers are trained by registered yoga tecaher teaching bodies - either Yoga Alliance or British Wheel of Yoga and many also hold additional yoga teaching qualifications.

 

For example, Emma (Ashtanga) was trained to teach by world-renowned Ashtanga teacher John Scott and deepens her learning with Scott Johnson as well as studying trauma, neuroscience and the body-mind connection. Alison (Yin) was trained in yin by internationally-respected Yin teacher Sarah Powers. Danielle (Pregnancy, children and post-natal) has extensive qualifications in teaching pregnancy and postnatal yoga and health. 

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