What should I wear to a Yoga/Pilates class?
Wear clothes that do not restrict your movement in any way. Comfortable loose, stretchable clothing is best such as a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms or leggings. We work with bare feet in yoga, so please be prepared to remove your socks.
What do I need to bring to a Yoga/Pilates class?
You will need to bring a non-slip yoga mat, a yoga belt and two yoga blocks.
Where do the classes take place?
The classes take place in various locations around north west London. See timetable for further information
How much does a class cost?
The prices vary depending on which class you decide to attend. Contact yogawayof life for further information about the pricing structure
Can I eat before a class?
Yoga/Pilates should be practiced on an empty stomach, so leave 2-3 hours after a main meal. It is okay to have a light snack (i.e. a piece of fruit).
Does Yoga/Pilates help relieve stress?
Yes, Yoga and Pilates is one of the best ways to reduce stress in your life. Yoga and Pilates teaches you methods to relax and focus within your practice. With a little time and discipline you can apply this to everyday life. Meditation which is incorporated into a yoga class specifically helps to lower stress levels.
What's the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Yoga has a philosophical, spiritual focus that differentiates it from the more workout-based Pilates. Though it’s a holistic practice steeped in ancient Indian culture that unites the mind, body and spirit through exercise, breath and meditation. Yoga is a way of life. The focus of Pilates is physical. It’s a conditioning program that improves deep core strength, muscle control, flexibility, coordination, and body tone, while producing long, lean muscles. It relies on six principles
- Centering (Bringing the awareness to the center of the body,abdominal muscles, pelvis, buttocks and lower back)
- Concentration (bringing full attention to each exercise)
- Control (using complete muscle control)
- Precision (every movement has a purpose)
- Breath (exercises are coordinated with the breath)
- Flow (movements are smooth and graceful)
Which one should I choose Yoga or Pilates?
If you’re seeking inner peace and fitness, yoga is for you. If you want to condition the body without the spiritual aspect, then Pilates is the choice for you. If they sound equally appealing, do both! Yoga and Pilates complement each other well, you can strengthen your powerhouse through Pilates and learn to quiet the mind in your yoga practice aswell as toning the body. Bottom line? They’re both dynamic workouts that deliver tangible results. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to look
Can I do Yoga/Pilates even though I am not flexible?
Yes, in fact yoga is just the thing for you. If you have tight muscles yoga will help to loosen them up. The point of yoga is not to show off how flexible you are, but to become more flexible over time whilst enjoying the health benefits of yoga.
Is Yoga a religion?
No. It's a philosophy that has endured 5,000 years. “Yoga” comes from the Sanskrit verb yuj, to yoke or unite. The word yoga means union or joining. With increased awareness, the asanas become meditation-in-action with awareness of the breath flowing through the body. Physical tension and imbalances are brought to the minds eye and released.