Welcome to our student resources page!
We would advise new students to arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of class to complete a short health questionnaire. Alternatively you could always bring this with you to class completed. You can find the questionnaire via these links, a Word doc and a PDF version;
Please also see our Information for new clients which give some information about what to expect from your yoga class;
From the British Wheel of Yoga Website;
“At its simplest, yoga is an efficient, safe and controlled method of exercise, increasing flexibility and building strength and stamina. As well as toning muscles and extending the range of movement in the joints, the postures also benefit the body internally; stimulating organs, glands and nerves as well, keeping all systems in radiant health.
Yoga can also lower stress by developing relaxation and breathing techniques. As physical well-being and bodily awareness improve, students develop deeper breathing and an ability to relax more easily. Many also experience an increase in energy levels, greater mental clarity and a general feeling of calmness and control.
Yoga isn’t easy. It is tough discipline but rewarding! And the benefits of yoga aren’t instantaneous but the result of continued practice. Yoga gives us the space to take the awareness inwards bringing the body, mind and spirit into harmony.”
Further Student Resources , other forms;
Here is a link to the British Wheel of Yoga Website: https://www.bwy.org.uk/
Recommended Reading / Books
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark is our favourite Yin Yoga book. It is a really comprehensive guide both to the poses and the theory behind it. Click on the link below to be taken through to the book on Amazon;
Brightening our Inner Skies by Norman Blair is another of our favourite Yin Yoga books. We trained to teach Yin Yoga with Norman. His book is not only aesthetically very pleasing but it is full of useful tips and represents a great practical guide. Check out our review of the book here: https://yogasmiths.org/2020/01/27/brightening-our-inner-skies-yin-and-yoga-by-norman-blair-book-review/
You can purchase a copy of Brightening Our Inner Skies on Amazon through this link:
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