10 Things To Know Before Your First Yoga Class

The idea of going to a yoga class for the first time can be daunting. If you’ve always wanted to join a yoga class but are too nervous to try, read these tips to help set your mind at rest.


Why Yoga Might Be the Anything-But-Boring Adventure You Need

Social media might paint yoga as holding serene poses for ages, hushed whispers of “namaste,” and a peaceful vibe. But yoga is so much more! It offers tranquility, yes, but it’s also surprisingly dynamic and adventurous. Think of it as exploring a whole mountain range, not just the foothills. Ready to ditch the preconceptions and discover the yoga adventure you never knew existed?

Shatter the Stereotypes:

First things first, let’s break free from the image of pretzel-shaped yogis chanting in unison. Yoga boasts a diverse spectrum of styles, from the high-energy flow of Vinyasa, to the deep stretches of Yin. There’s also inversions and power yoga that’ll leave you feeling like you just conquered your own personal Mount Everest (in downward-facing dog pose, naturally). We are so fortunate to have so many incredible yoga teachers in Rugby and I encourage you to explore different styles, and discover what lights you up.

Embrace the Challenge:

Think yoga is all gentle stretches and holding poses? Think again! Vinyasa, with its uplifting spirit and touch of inspiration, pushes your physical limits as each posture seamlessly blends into the next, building strength, stamina, and flexibility you never knew you possessed. Get ready to build heat, and maybe even wobble a bit (it’s all part of the process!). You’ll emerge feeling empowered and accomplished.

Beyond the Body:

Yoga isn’t just about fancy contortions. It’s a journey inward, a chance to connect with your breath, quieten your mind, and explore the depths of your being. Through this harmonious vinyasa flow, you’ll find yourself de-stressing, boosting your mood, and cultivating a sense of inner peace.

Adventure Awaits:

Think of yoga as a gateway to new experiences. Once you tap into its potential, you unlock a world of possibilities. From outdoor yoga amidst breathtaking landscapes to partner yoga fostering connection and trust, or even candlelit yoga for a serene evening practice, yoga becomes an exciting exploration of movement and self-discovery.

You might just find yourself surprised, challenged, and exhilarated by the adventure that awaits. Remember, the only “boring” yoga is the one you haven’t explored yet.

Unleash your inner explorer with my yoga classes in Rugby!

  • Weekly Vinyasa Flows: Find your flow and build strength with these dynamic classes suitable for complete beginners to experienced students.
  • Monthly Deep Stretch Yin: Release tension and find deep relaxation in these sessions. No experience needed.
  • Special Events & Retreats: Immerse yourself in the practice with unique workshops and getaways.

Join me now for classes starting in April! Booking Page.


Why the Posture Names are Different in Yin Yoga

Forget picture-perfect poses and yoga rulebooks – Yin Yoga welcomes you to a quiet revolution on the mat. It’s a practice where intuition and self-exploration trump strict alignment and external expectations.

Instead of chasing fancy shapes, Yin invites you to sink into postures, hold them for longer stretches, and feel the effects deep within. Think of it as a gentle hug for your insides, releasing tension and nurturing your connective tissues.

So, why the different posture names?


Igniting the Inner Flame: A Tapas-Inspired Yogic Journey

Recall the last time you embarked on a new challenge—learning a foreign language or mastering a musical instrument. The initial stages demanded unwavering concentration and effort. Rarely does one nail it right away. The journey involves persistent attempts, much like the practice of yoga.

In the world of yoga, mastery is not an instantaneous feat but a dance of dedication and perseverance. This journey is an exploration of the self, a commitment to the mat week after week, year after year. It embodies the essence of tapas – a fiery discipline that nurtures transformation, not just in poses but in life.

Discovering alignment within each yoga pose is a profound journey. The body may resist, and the mind may wander, but through the practice of tapas, obstacles become stepping stones. With unwavering effort, each session becomes a step forward, leading to that moment when the pieces effortlessly fall into place.

Imagine the breakthrough – effortlessly sliding into a once elusive pose. It’s a testament to the fiery discipline of tapas, a commitment that brings about a newfound ease in breathing. As the breath flows seamlessly, you feel spacious, open, aligned, empowered, and free, marking a triumph over the struggles of the past.

Beyond the physical postures, yoga becomes a way of life infused with the spirit of tapas. It instills resilience, nurtures a mindset of continuous learning, and peels back layers of self-discovery. Yoga, with its tapas-inspired approach, extends beyond mastering poses; it’s about mastering the art of living.

As you unroll your mat, let the spirit of tapas infuse your practice. Recognise that yoga is not a swift destination but a continuous journey, unfolding with time, patience, and the fiery discipline of tapas. Embrace the process, celebrate the small victories, and express gratitude for the opportunity to engage in a yoga practice that brings alignment, empowerment, and freedom – all ignited by the inner flame of tapas.


Dates now released for Deep Stretch Yin Classes in 2024!

I’m delighted to announce dates for my January, February and March Monthly ‘Deep Stretch Yin’ classes have now been released for 2024!

Experience the Serenity of Deep Stretch Yin

Life can get hectic, but Deep Stretch Yin classes offer a serene escape.

What’s Deep Stretch Yin?

Yin yoga gently enhances flexibility and mobility through deep stretches. Plus, I’ve added Neal’s Yard organic essential oils for an extra touch of tranquillity.

Benefits in a Nutshell

  • Improved Flexibility: Slow, sustained stretches enhance your body’s flexibility.
  • Boosted Circulation: Deep stretches improve blood flow for muscle recovery and relaxation.
  • Stress Relief: Find peace and mental clarity through my meditative practice.


Join me at The Barn in Houlton for a blissful experience.

All Are Welcome

Whether you’re a complete beginner novice or experienced, you are welcome here.

Book Your Spot

All yin classes for 2023 are fully booked. Don’t miss out on this chance to prioritise self-care in 2024. Secure your spot in my Monthly Deep Stretch Yin classes today.

Read Up About My Most Recent Yin Class

Curious about what to expect? Why not read up about my most recent Yin class ? Get a taste of the serenity that awaits you.