What to Expect at your Yoga Therapy Session
You will be asked to fill in a registration form and health questionnaire. This will provide some information to start to prepare for your session. Please discuss with your doctor before scheduling a session.
Sessions mostly run for 60 or 75 minutes, some start with 45 minutes.
The practices we will use incorporate breath awareness, movement and relaxation. Throughout the session you will be reminded to focus on your breathing and sometimes to use your breath to help with movement. Caring for your body is of utmost importance.
You will be shown how to set yourself up in a relaxing pose. This is an opportunity to begin to relax your body and bring yourself into the yoga space, leaving your outside thoughts and stresses behind. You will also be shown a resting pose which can be used at any time you feel you need a break.
Most sessions end with a relaxation practice (yoga nidra). This is to allow your body and mind to take in the changes that have occurred during the session. This is many students favourite part. When I first started yoga it was the thing that brought me back to my mat regularly - I couldn't believe how relaxed I felt after yoga nidra. You will find the techniques in the yoga nidra session useful at other times - when you find it hard to sleep, when you are stressed, or when you have to stand up in front of an audience.
What to Wear
You should wear slightly loose, comfortable, stretchy clothing. Yoga is practised barefoot, so you don't need to go out and buy expensive sports shoes! We ask you to leave your shoes at the door. In cooler months you may want to leave your socks on at the beginning of class, but ask you to remove them when necessary. Don't worry, the room will be gently heated or cooled when necessary.
You will be moving your body, probably lying down on a mat on the floor, maybe sitting. You need to be able to do this comfortably.
Avoid eating for around 2 hours before your session, this allows your body to be prepared to move without nausea. If you need a snack, try having some fruit or something very light.
Please disclose all limitations and health issues, and discuss with your doctor before coming along.