Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some frequently asked Yoga questions...
It's my first class, what can I expect?
As a new student to RoseHip Yoga you will need to complete a Health Questionnaire at the start of the class so aim to arrive 10 minutes early - if this is going to be difficult please contact Gemma and she will email you the questionnaire in advance.
All classes follow the same basic structure - breathwork and focusing in, warm up, sun salutations, standing postures, seated postures and relaxation to end.
What is the Health Questionnaire?
The Health Questionnaire is an opportunity for you to highlight any health conditions you may have so that exercises can be appropriately adapted for you during the session, e.g. asthma, sprained wrist, high/low blood pressure, old knee injury etc. All information given is strictly confidential.
Do I need to be bendy to do Yoga?
No, forget the stereotypes! You don't have to be thin or super bendy! Anyone can do Yoga whatever size or shape, and by attending classes you will notice over time your flexibility will improve along with your strength, balance, mental focus and co-ordination.
Do I need to warm up before the class starts?
No, every class has a warm up at the beginning and relaxation section at the end
What should I wear to a Yoga Class?
Loose or stretchy clothes suitable for exercising in. Layers of clothing are good so you can keep your body at a comfortable temperature.
Do I have to go bare foot?
Yoga is generally performed in bare feet for grip however you can wear socks if you wish; slipper socks with rubber grips on the sole are preferable as they provide some traction.
What do I need to bring?
All equipment is provided however if you have your own mat you are encouraged to bring it along. If attending Pregnacy Yoga please bring your own pillow or cushion for the relaxation at the end of the class.
When can I start Pregnancy Yoga?
Pregnancy Yoga is suitable from 14 weeks right up to full term.
Do you accept payment by card?
Not currently so please bring cash.
Where are classes held?
RoseHip Barn more details including directions can be found on the Venue and Contact pages.
Will it improve my posture?
Yes over time it will strengthen your postural muscles, improve alignment and posture.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Both Yoga and Pilates develop strength, posture, balance and breathing technique. Pilates was founded in the 1920's whereas the tradition of Yoga dates back some 2500 years ago to the Ancient Indian Vedas. Gemma has experience of both Pilates and Yoga throughout her dance training; she chose to concentrate her energies as a teacher of Yoga as it offers a holistic approach which extends beyond purely a body exercise system. Ultimately the best way to decide which is for you is to give both a go. However due to the history and nature of Yoga you may need to attend a few different classes to get a true feel for what Yoga can be, as it can range from highly physical to the passive with a focus on relaxation. Gemma aims to blend a range of postures, breathwork and relaxation into each class so that participants leave feeling rejuvinated and relaxed whilst also having had a good physical workout.
Who does Yoga?
Yoga clients at RoseHip range from those still in the womb through to the retired. Builders, housewives, farmers, office workers, artists, students are just a few that come along to classes at RoseHip. There is no particular 'type' of person, what characterises them is a willingness to 'give it a go' and an appreciation of good health for their personal wellbeing.
So can absolutely anyone do Yoga?
Yes absolutely anyone can do Yoga, it may be that you need extra support to develop a practice which will work for your personal needs but this is something Gemma can help with. Gemma has experience of working with all ages and abilities including those with mental and physical impairments. She takes a open approach, talking with clients directly to discover what works for them and what they hope to achieve from practicing Yoga.
Can Gemma lead a workshop or series of classes for my place of work/school/community organisation?
Yes, Gemma has taught a range of different groups including Camelford YFC and Pipers Pool Ladies. You can arrange for your group to come to the Yoga Studio at RoseHip Barn or if you have the space she can come to you. In addition to her Yoga teaching qualifications Gemma has obtained QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), holds an up to date DBS certificate and has her own public liability insurance.
Yoga is excellent for developing mental focus and promoting relaxation. It is increasingly being recognised by big business as a means of increasing employee satisfaction and productivity levels. You can discuss the needs of your group with Gemma to ensure you get the results you are looking for. As a qualified Laughter Yoga facilitator Gemma will make sure you have fun whatever the outcome!
If your question isn't listed above please get in contact and Gemma will do her best to answer.
Still worried about attending your first class?
Why not do a One to One session with Gemma first?
This private session can assess your abilities, give you an understanding of what a group session will be like whilst boosting your confidence, all at your own pace and at a time that suits you!