Welcome to Yoga at The Connection Project! We are excited to be connecting with you!
What is Yoga?
Yoga has been practised for thousands of years but is ever evolving. Yoga means ‘union’. It’s about co-ordinating the breath, mind and body. It is a practice to connect to yourself and your body, to exercise the body plus relaxation and breathing techniques to still the mind.
Benefits of Yoga
There are many benefits to regular practice of yoga which include developing strength, flexibility and stamina, both physically and emotionally. Yoga will tone your muscles and improve your posture. The relaxation and breathing techniques will help to reduce stress and aid sleep. The poses also stimulate your internal systems to improve overall health. Yoga is an entire way of life when applied and practiced fully that leads to greater connection with yourself, others and the world around you. It encourages one to live with kindness, compassion, creativity, courage and joy.
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga is for all ages and is not competitive. It is about respecting how your body is now. Poses can be adapted and props can be used to help. A yoga prop is any object that helps to stretch, strengthen, relax or improve the alignment of the body such as blocks, bricks, belts, bolsters, blankets, walls and chairs. These will be provided for you where possible and you will be told when a prop may be useful. Mats can be provided however you may wish to buy your own in the long term.
In yoga, the student takes responsibility for their own practice as only you know how your body feels. You need to listen to your body, work within your limits and be patient. With regular practice you will see important changes. Yoga is not a forceful practice; it meets you where you are at and allows you to journey further.
Tell Us About You
If it’s the first time you are attending the class you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire so the teacher knows any important information. These are usually filled in online prior to attending. If for any reason you don't fill this in before your first class, please let the teacher know when you arrive. This helps us make sure the class is suitable for you. If you suffer any new injuries, aches, pains, illnesses etc, please always let the teacher know at the start or class. If you have any health concerns that may affect your yoga practice please see your doctor first to make sure you are able to practice yoga.
Format of the Class
Classes generally start with breathing and gentle stretching to prepare for the poses. We practise poses then finish the class with breathing and relaxation.
What To Wear
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, nothing that restricts your movement. Too loose clothing can sometimes get in the way. No socks will be worn during the class however it is recommended to bring along socks and a warm top to wear during relaxation.
Preparation for the Session
It’s recommended not eating for around 2-3 hours before the session as it is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. If you must eat, eat a small or light snack, for example, a banana or health bar. For women, be aware if you are menstruating this may affect your practise so feel free to let the teacher know or modify the practice for yourself.
Arriving at the Class
Ideally please arrive 5-10 minutes before your class so that you can make yourself comfortable before we start. It is an opportunity to be quiet and enjoy letting go of all that has gone on before coming to class. If you do arrive late, please enter the room and settle yourself as quietly as possible.
Please note our yoga studio is up a flight of stairs. There are also a few low doorways around our building as it is an old listed building. There are two toilets on ground floor level. We do have mats and props available however if you have your own, it is recommended you bring them. You can bring water with you, and we have tea and coffee making facilities on site.
To maintain the peaceful atmosphere of the class please check that your phone is switched off or on silent for the duration of the class.
Most of all enjoy!!! We look forward to connecting with you!