Recently a lot of friends have been asking me for yoga advise. Maybe this is because my instagram feed is littered with stretchy upside down yoga style pics. I would just like to say, I am no yoga expert. I used to be a dancer, so you might say I have a little bit of a head start. Last week I went to Shoreditch house for a yoga class with Steffy White. She is my yogi inspiration, her class last night was yin yoga. It was like an hour of therapy. Yin is a calm floor based yoga practice, you hold each of the poses for 3-5 minutes. Steffy’s reassuring voice helps you to relax, focus, and forget about your life away from the mat. Let’s be honest, for many people the real challenge in a yoga class, is not being able to check your phone for 60 minutes. It can be really difficult to completely switch off and just do nothing. Every now and again it is really useful to unplug, no music, no chat, no kids.
So I thought I’d put your questions to Steffy, here’s what she had to say.
Q. Will yoga help me to lose weight?
A. It depends on what type of yoga you are doing. If weight loss is one of your goals, then you need to do a flow class like Vinyasa or Rocket. Ideally you would need to do 2-3 classes per week. Yoga is definitely a great way to tone up and strengthen your core muscles.
Q. Do you need to be flexible to do yoga?
A. No. If you are not very flexible, then this is a great reason to go to yoga. Practice and in time you will improve. It’s really rewarding to master a new pose and to see your body change.
Q. Help, I’m worried about going along to a class. What if I’m useless?
A. Firstly, go to a beginners class. Secondly, let go your ego and any expectations you have for yourself. Everybody was a beginner once. Just go for it!
Q. Can I afford it?
A. You should expect to pay between £8-£18 per class. Most places have good introductory offers for beginners, like 30 days for £30. Signing up for a block of classes is usually cheaper than pay as you go.
I can’t wait for my next class and in the meantime I am going to be practising yin at home. Namaste!