What should I wear for individual yoga therapy sessions or for the Minded Yoga 6 week course? You can wear anything that is comfortable and that doesn't restrict movement - slouchy clothes are fine (no lycra required!). You may want to bring warm clothes and socks for relaxation (although blankets are always provided for extra warmth).
Do I have to bring my own yoga mat? No - yoga mats, blocks, cushions for meditation and blankets are all provided. However, please feel free to bring your own favourite mat if you have one!
The 6 week course seems expensive compared to normal yoga classes - why is that? The cost of the course is actually comparable, pro rata, to the cost of regular yoga classes which tend to cost around £8-10 per hour. The course consists of 6 two hour sessions, so at an overall cost of £120 that works out at £20 per session (even less if you take advantage of the early bird discount). The cost of the course is also comparable to most MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) courses. However, the 6 week course is also quite different to a regular yoga class ......
How is the Minded Yoga 6 Week Course different from other regular yoga classes?
It is focused on improving mental and emotional well-being as well as helping you develop greater physical strength and flexibility
It offers a comprehensive course manual and audio recordings to help you practice at home during the course - and forever more after that!
It is based on scientific evidence about how mind-body practices work (see here for a brief outline)
It provides psychoeducation about how the brain, body and nervous system work
It provides you with a toolkit of practices which you can use to help regulate mood and access states of calm both on your yoga mat and in your everyday life
It devotes a full 30 minutes each week to relaxation/meditation – this is significantly longer than in most regular yoga classes.
Do you use touch (eg. to adjust postures) either in individual sessions or in the Minded Yoga 6 Week Course? Whilst some people appreciate the use of touch, for example to guide them in a posture, and find it helpful and soothing, others can find it very unnerving and/or triggering, so my rule is not to touch people in group sessions at all - it is not necessary. In individual sessions, I would only do so if you were entirely comfortable with that and had expressly stated that you found it helpful, and would always ask your permission to make any hands-on adjustments.
How is yoga therapy different to normal yoga? It is different to yoga in its more general form in that it aligns practices with the needs of the individual in a very holistic way, taking into account all aspects of their wellbeing. So, for example, a person with anxiety may benefit not only from breathing practices to help calm their nervous system and mindfulness to help them slow down, but also from physical movement and relaxation to help reduce the physical tension that often accompanies anxiety. Similarly, a person with back pain may benefit not only from physical movements to improve mobility but also from breathing, relaxation and mindfulness practices to ease pain and tension, both mental and physical.
If I book the 6 week course and then find out I can't come to some of the sessions, can I get my money back? No - sorry. I do understand that circumstances change, but this is a course where each week builds on the learning and practice of previous weeks. This also means that, in terms of my practicalities, I cannot offer the space you leave to anyone else as they would be starting part way through the course.