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I like Mindfulness, What else do you do?

We teach breathing, movement and meditative practices for Qigong, Taichi, Hatha & Restorative Yoga. We also teach core and spinal rehabilitation (DNS), neuromuscular movement therapy (Somatic Movement), structural deep tissue bodywork (KMI), and other stuff from our mind-body toolbox, which contains 35years of experience.

I’m new to breathing, yoga and TaiChi. Where do I start?

Absolute beginners are advised to attend a beginners course in Yoga. The Qigong and Taichi class is open to all levels, so this is fine too. Big Morning and Practice and The Big Still are for all levels as well as the meditation classes. You can also do a 1-2-1 session. But whatever you do, it gives us an idea of your requirements and capacity, and we are happy to make recommendations to suit your needs. If you are unsure please contact Nicky or Rajan and we will be happy to discuss it further.

What are the benefits of training mind-body, breath and energy ?

You learn to build strength and stamina, improve flexibility, muscle tone and posture and calm the mind. Regular practice develops awareness and concentration and promotes general wellbeing. There is so much literature and research based on these practices – you can find some in our MindLab blog. Training these components together can be far more beneficial than just training the physical body.

How often should I come to classes?

As often as you like. At least once a week is recommended. But if you want do deeper with practice then twice a week, or attend one of our longer workshops like the Big Morning Practice or The Big Still. You need to attend regularly to make good progress.

Do I need my own mat?

Yes. However, we will try and provide as much equipment as we can carry, including yoga mats! Most students prefer to bring their own, whether it be mats, straps or blocks. Your own is great if you want to do your own practice at home, which is highly recommended if you want to deepen your practice.

What should I wear to classes or events?

For all of our events we recommend you wear clothes that allow you to move freely. Avoid anything too baggy or too long or restrictive like jeans. Most people wear tracksuit bottoms, shorts or leggings and a T-shirt. We recommend bare feet but the choice is yours.

Do I need to book in advance?

Only where it is indicated with the event information. All events and classes on our website will be marked either bookable or drop-in. Even though Taichi and Qigong is a 4 week payment it is not a course but a way of committing to the practice sessions. OR you can simply do drop-in.

What if I’m late for class or a workshop or event?

For bookable events it’s best to come at least 10 minutes before they begin. To avoid overcrowding, we limit numbers. Please try not to be late as it disturbs the class. If you are up to 15 minutes late it is best to miss the class unless you have experienced a completely unforeseen stressful journey, in which case, class is the best thing!

Can I eat before yoga classes?

All movement practices or bodywork sessions should be practised or undertaken on an empty stomach, so leave at least three hours after a main meal, or two hours after a snack. Try and have breakfast after class if it is early morning practice.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please switch off mobile phones. Place your personal items/valubles away safely.
    • Food, chewing gum and soft drinks aren’t allowed in the classroom. Only water.
    • Please keep jewellery to a minimum, or remove for practice, and avoid wearing strong perfumes.

I’m pregnant. Can I still practise yoga or any of the other movement classes?

Yes, but if you have not done any yoga before, you should go to a specialist Yoga pregnancy class. However if you wish to come to class you should wait until your 14th week. You may join at any time up to the 28th week.

I have an injury, a bad back, or other health problems. Can movement classes or movement therapy help?

The simple answer is yes. Many students start practising with back pain, or other common ailments. They have found a lot of benefit from our movement practices. Please do tell us about any injuries or health problems before the class starts, or remind us if we have discussed via email. For more serious conditions, it is advisable to do 1-2-1 sessions to find the best way forward.