Q— What is yoga?
In very simple terms, yoga is a system for bringing balance into your body and mind, for health and happiness. It involves the physical practice of yoga postures called asanas, and breathing exercises called pranayama that you can practice anywhere. Yoga also includes meditation, self-enquiry and the study of yoga philosophy. 'Yoga' in the Western world tends to focus mostly on the physical asana practice &the yoga poses. This is a great place to start but there is so much more to discover as you develop your yoga practice. Q— Can beginners attend to yoga classes?
Absolutely, come as you are, we all start somewhere. Q— What type of yoga should I begin with?
We teach multiple styles of yoga. Our "Yoga for beginners" course takes you through the basics and is based on Hatha Yoga. It's a great place to learn the foundations and names of the poses. You'll also learn how to move and flow with the breath, which will prepare you for our Vinyasa flows. More relaxing forms of yoga include Yin yoga and softening Slow flow. Read our Yoga style guide
for a quick overview for more in-depth info. Q— How do I know if I'm doing it right?
If you're practicing yoga at home without a teacher you might wonder if you're doing the poses properly at first. It's good to bear in mind that our bodies and bone structures are all very different so there isn't just one 'right' way to do a pose. The poses are meant to get you in touch with specific parts of the body, so yoga is more about feeling it in the right places than the perfect pose. It's about finding out what works for our own bodies. Developing this body awareness takes practice so follow beginners' yoga classes at first for more in-depth extra instructions and variations offered. The main thing to know is that yoga is not meant to be painful & that goes for whether you're at practicing yoga at home on your own or in a class with a teacher. You will probably experience different sensations than you're used to, and you may feel your muscles working, but if you feel any type of "warning" pain, such as sharpness or pinching, listen to your body and come slowly out of the pose. Over time, if you listen to your body, it will allow you to go further and deeper in the poses. Q— What is a typical yoga class like?
Read about our classes and teaching style hereQ— Are you going to touch or adjust me during class?
Maybe. Maybe not. If you don't want to be touched, we offer a system on how to let us know that. If you have an injury, do tell us ahead of time because we will be much more careful when adjusting you.Q— How often should I practice?
Ideally, yoga is meant to be a daily practice, but it isn't like training for a marathon with set goals you're ticking off your list. It can be quite overwhelming to a beginner at first, so we encourage you to set an intention you can realistically keep. Consistency is key &it's far better to attend one class per week without fail than to attend four classes one week, none for the next two weeks, one the next week, etc. It's a practice, which means your focus should be on being present each time you come to the mat, not on the end product (ie: "getting" a pose). It is also common that people that are new to yoga get injured in some way. This is mainly due to that people push their bodies beyond what it is ready for. So, in every way, a good rule of thumb is to really feel into it. Obviously, if you stick with it, your experience will change &you will become more flexible and stronger, and poses that were once impossible will start to come with ease! Q— What if I'm not flexible and can't do a pose?
Yoga is about baby steps, we must crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run. Ask us for a modification if one is not offered. We invite you to make the practice your own, & honoring your body and doing what is best for you ¬ forcing yourself into a shape that you aren't ready for. Q— I'm not into spirituality, can I yoga anyway?
Absolutely. You do not need to be anything else than yourself to practice. Although yoga at its ancient roots is a spiritual practice, many in today's world do it for its physical and overall wellbeing benefits. There is something in yoga for everyone who is curious. Q— Do I need to bring anything?
We provide mandukka yoga mats, straps, blocks, bolsters and blankets. But we recommend you to please bring a hand towel with you in case you get too sweaty. In case you want your own mat, you can buy a mandukka mat in our studio. They are a little more expensive than "regular" mats, but they last forever, are free of toxins, and are insanely beautiful. You might also want to bring water, though we suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice. Q— What should I wear?
The only thing that matters is that you wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. Q— Do you have showers?
Unfortunately we don't have showers, please arrive with your body and clothes clean. We sometimes get comfy with our other yogis, so keeping yourself clean and odor free as a courtesy to yourself and others while in the studio. Q— How big are your group classes?
Max 6 persons (in our studio)Q— When should I eat before a class?
Avoid eating a full meal for at least two hours before class. Preferably even longer. 4 hours is optimal. A small snack is fine, but a heavy meal might not feel so great when you're upside down or twisting! It is also recommended to be hydrated before a class so drink water. Q— How much rest does the body need between yoga classes?
Although especially yang yoga styles induce stretching by muscular activity, the strain put on the body is much less than in high-performance sports where supercompensation is an important means of performance enhancement. For yoga, rather the contrary is true: in order to feel improved flexibility and mobility, constant practice is required. Q— Is meditation involved during the practice?
We bring our focus primarily to our physical practice and connecting with our breath throughout the classes. During slower paced classes and meditation we take a deeper exploration of the mind through different mindfulness exercises. Read more about it in meditation. Q— Can I leave during class?
In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the class and stay for the entire class. If for some reason you need to leave early, please let us know in advance. You are of course allowed to use the restroom if you need to. Just make a mindful exit from and return to the class. Q— Do I need to sign up in advance?
Yes. For regular classes you can sign up for a class one week ahead but at least 75 minutes before the class start time. If you'd like to attend a workshop or event we do suggest you register in advance. Sign up in hereQ— How much does a class cost?
Group yogamovement classes cost 150:-
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and klarna. Q— Where are you located?
Tofta strand, Gotland. Our Gps oordinations are: 57°29'10.9"N 18°08'21.8"E. And the adress of the building opposite of us has the adress Toftavägen 353, 62266 Gotlands Tofta. If you come by car, there is a large parking lot around the corner at the entrance to Toftagården at Spireavägen 14, 62266 Gotlands Tofta. Q— What are the studio hours?
The studio is open 25 minutes before and after each scheduled class.
Q— I'd like to bring yoga to my workplace. Do you offer that service?
We do. We are committed to offering yoga anywhere and everywhere we can. To arrange a corporate yoga class please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Q— Ok. So I am ready to take my first class, what should I expect?
Please arrive at the studio about 25-15 minutes before class time. Upon entering, we will guide you where you can leave your personal items, reminded to turn off your phone and you will be asked to sign a registration form. (You will sign in and pay for your class via swish (in case you haven't already paid online). We will show you how and where you set up your mat and stretch, lay down and relax or meet the other students in the room. Arriving early will also give you time to ask us any questions you might have, or let is know of you have any physical conditions. It is imperative we know if you are pregnant or are dealing with an acute injury.