Fat Belly Yoga

Our Unique Welcome And Introduction To Yoga

We will be honest here from the start! If you are a size zero, extremely flexible, master Yogi who knows all the postures, can do them perfectly and who can fold themselves up into a suitcase. Then our classes are not for you, although we can recommend some excellent teachers nearby.

When I started on my journey, I knew how beneficial yoga would be, but I didn’t understand the history of yoga. I was overweight; so my belly got in the way of every posture and I was completely inflexible.  This put me off going to a yoga class, especially as I was a man, but also because every posture I done I looked like a potato, big and round!

When I became a Yoga Teacher, I wanted to help people who were like me then, starting out on their yoga journey. Creating a fun, safe and welcoming class environment, where we all try our best and where the potato posture is celebrated, and inflexibility is adapted for.

Come along and give yoga a try with as at Fat Belly Yoga. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

 

Yoga Class Frequently Asked Questions

There are always a lot of questions when it comes to fitness. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received. There are obviously a lot more questions, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask away.

I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?

Yes! In fact you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

I'm not fit - can I do yoga?

Yes, absolutely. There is no assumed level of fitness required for the yoga classes and workshops we teach. You could be a couch potato or an athlete, yoga can benefit everyone. Yoga can help you gain a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

What should I bring to class?

Just bring yourself, in appropriate clothing (see below), and maybe bring a small bottle of water.

What should I wear?

Some people wear baggy, loose fitting bottoms or shorts and a t shirt. Other people wear tight, stretchy leggings + tops. The only thing that matters is that you wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. It's good to have clothes that keep you cool when you are active in yoga, but to bring a jumper for relaxation, when the body rapidly cools down. Some people also bring socks and a jumper  (maybe even a small blanket) for the relaxation.

Do I need a yoga mat?

All the equipment, including mats, you need for class is provided.  If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat that's fine too. If you want to also practice at home then having your own mat is a great idea, they are available from lots of places and we also have ones you can buy like the ones we use in class.

When should I eat before a class?

When it comes to food and digestion, each individual is different and needs to find out what works for them. In general we do not recommend eating a large meal within 2 hours of a class - if you must eat within 2 hours of a class then a light meal or snack that it easily digested is best. Its recommended to be hydrated before a class so drink some water.

What if I am late for a class?

Ideally, please arrive a few minutes before  the class starts. But things happen, and sometimes people are late, we totally understand. If you can let us know beforehand, but if not please still come to class, and just quietly enter the class so as not to disturb others.

Can I drop in to a class?

If there is space in a class you may be able to drop in, but you would need to check beforehand to see if there is space.

What type of yoga do you teach?

We teach Hatha yoga, which includes moving the body into different yoga postures (seated, standing and lying) to help improve the bodies strength, flexibility and balance, along with simple breathing exercises and relaxation to help calm the mind. We aim to make yoga relaxed, enjoyable and accessible to everyone, adapting the yoga practice to the individual's needs and ability.

How is yoga different from stretching, or other kinds of fitness?

Unlike stretching or other fitness training, yoga is more than just physically working your body. Within the physical practice of yoga we connect the movement of the body to the rhythm of our breath, which helps to focus and relax the mind by directing our attention inward. Yoga can improve your bodies strength, flexibility and balance, whilst also calming your mind and improving your posture and how you breath.

I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?

Yes! In fact you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

What is yoga?

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to enhance both physical and mental wellbeing. It originated in India many hundreds of years ago, and has continually evolved towards the form that is popular throughout the world today. There are many different styles of yoga practices today. My approach although rooted in this amazing centuries old  tradition, is modern and straightforward in approach to make it accessible and welcoming to all.

Do you have changing rooms and lockers? Where can I store my things?

The venue has toilets where you can get changed. You can bring personal items into the hall area when you come in. There are no specific lockers.  Never ever leave valuables in your car.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes.  Existing participants can bring a friend or relative with them for a free taster session anytime.

I'm too fat/unfit/old to come along?

Most definitely not! The whole idea of a class is to help you reach your own individual and specific fitness goals. People of all ages, abilities and weights attend  and the exercises  will be adapted specifically to your level

Can I bring my child to watch?

To maintain safety, children are not allowed to be in the hall while classes are in session. If you bring your child they may wait in the foyer, but you take full responsibility for them  and we would love if you provided them with a quiet activity. Children who are 14 years old or older are welcome to participate in group classes.

Can I join a class once it’s in session?

Participants can enter classes up to 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

How and when do I pay?

We prefer you to pay via credit/debit card via our booking system, but you can if you wish, pay by cash or via a BACs transfer.  All monies are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled.

What if I need to cancel a session?

A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for all classes, so we can reallocate your session. Notice of less than 24 hours will incur full payment of the session fee. To cancel please either use the online tool, email or text us.

What if I’m running late?

If the client is late for a session the session will not be extended and will end at the appointed time. If the trainer is late, additional time will be added to the session.

 

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