Yoga by the Sea

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for just the right yoga class to meet your needs? Still not sure which level is best for you? These FAQs can help. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out.

Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?

No. Flexibility will come as a result of a consistent practice.

How many times a week should I practice yoga?

This is a personal preference and comes down to the way your body feels and schedule. Some weeks, you may be able to do more hours then others. Decide according to the way your body feels as this varies for women depending on their menstrual cycle. Above all aim to have a consistent practice.

Can I lose weight doing yoga?

Yoga burns calories as we lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles during the sequence. During an hour of a Hatha Vinyasa flow you can expect to burn anywhere between 350-500 calories. This will depend on factors such as effort, age and weight.

What type of yoga is offered?

Many types of yoga are on offer from beginner, open (mixed level), hot, yin, mums and bubs aswell as prenatal. For classes on offer and schedule refer to Book Online Tab in Home Page. The category of yoga taught will include Hatha Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.

How long before the class should my last meal be?

It would be ideal to come to class with a somewhat empty stomach as the sequence will include twists and inversions which may result in a nauseas feeling if on a full stomach. Last meal should be anywhere between 1-3 hours before class. This is a personal preference and also depends on the time of the class.

Can I bring my child to class?

If you need to bring your child to class then book a mums and bubs session. Others mothers will have their children with them during this session.This allows the mothers to stop and start as needed and work around the needs of their little one(s).

Can I book a private class?

Yes, a private session can be arranged for groups or one on one clients. For private group bookings please email us. For one on one sessions book through Book Online Tab. If the dates and times display do not suit your schedule feel free to reach out to us via email or phone to find an alternative.

Is yoga a religion? Will it go against my religion?

Yoga has many physical and mental benefits and because of this improves the quality of thought, speech and decisions. It is ultimately a combination of Asana (poses) and Pranayama (Breathing techniques). Yoga is derived from ancient Indian spiritual practices. Yoga is not a religion but is practiced in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism as a means to attain a level of concentration and meditation and achieve a higher state of consciousness. 

For many yoga practitioners it is a point where you achieve stillness in your mind, or understand the true nature of the world and your place in it. During a session, the only thing that matters is the connection you have with your mind, body and soul; the outside would does not exist. Whether that is compatible with Christianity, Islam and other religions is debatable and comes down to personal intention. Many religions require the individual to be in good health physically and mentally. Yoga can definitely be used as a tool to improve wellness. The benefits to the body and mind are endless. 

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga has many benefits that when summed up improve the overall quality of life. These benefits including and are not limited to 

  • Promotes good heart health through the improved circulation of blood 

  •  Improves Lymphatic drainage which in turn reduces swelling and water retention. Improved lymphatic drainage results in a stronger immune system due to the important elimination of toxins.

  • Increases bone density and lubricates joints

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Reduces chronic pain

  • Improves spine mobility and flexibility and promotes good posture

  • Improves digestive issues and detoxifies the gut. Healing the gut has numerous benefits for the body and mind

  • Improves vagal tone by constant stimulation of vagus nerve. Hence aids to combat anxiety and depression

  • Breathing techniques such as deep belly breathing, Ujjayi breath (ocean breath) and nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing); teach one how to calm the nervous system down through the control of breath and slowing down the the heart rate

  • Promotes sleep quality

  • an overall immune system booster