Updated: Jul 13
Help on deciding which Yoga class to sign up for.
Hatha Yoga? Gentle Yoga? Outdoor Yoga? Yoga For All?
You've decided to finally (re-) try this Yoga lark!
Good for you.
Coming to class for the first time can feel a bit daunting. We've all been there. Even coming back to class after a long hiatus can feel like 'beginning again'.
We all have to start (or restart) somewhere. To give ourselves the permission to actually be a beginner. To be receptive to the state of being in 'not knowing' awhile. Learning to be ok with all the 'moves', names, poses, practices being something we will learn over time, in our own good time. To be kind to ourselves & be patient with the process.
Yoga IS a practice. Yes, it does get more doable; more familiar; that bit more comfortable & even relaxing & FUN. However, it will not necessarily 'make sense' or be 'easy-peasy' or 100% enjoyable for awhile. And Yoga always remains a practice; as in, it only helps us if we do it; it only 'works' if we actually practice the practice!
Be patient with yourself & be patient with the practice. There is no 'end-point' or 'goal'; other than bringing some ease, flexibility, balance & strength into our bodies, minds & spirits; each time we step onto our mats & over time.
Know that you are not alone in perhaps feeling a little awkward, or ill-at-ease or perturbed! We've all been there.
Maybe we feel that way after having moved house; or having a baby; or changing job; or going through Covid-19/lockdown; or recovering from injury or illness; or resuming a fuller life after some mental, physical, emotional or financial trauma, upset or mourning.
Recently, a woman who has been coming to a specific closed-group course I am teaching told me after her 5th class (just last week) that she NOW loved it, really enjoyed it & was beginning to 'get Yoga'. But up til then, it sure had been a challenge; it wasn't easy for her & she needed to keep motivating herself to come along.
First of all, I was delighted she told me.
Second, I was even more delighted that she now was feeling she was reaping the benefits of her practice.
Third, I was super-delighted that she had committed each week to keep coming along.
This is an 'older-adult' group, with a lot of 'aches & pains' & different physical challenges. But they are such an enthusiastic & fun group & are really keen on learning & doing 'more'. We can all hopefully channel some of their 'joie de vivre' & willingness to learn.
We humans can be very demanding & impatient, both with ourselves & with new experiences. We can have expectations that are not rooted in reality but on guesses, illusions or assumptions.
Imagine going to a restaurant, having one not-so-great meal & deciding not that that was a one-off experience, as one 'dud' meal, but that FOOD ITSELF wasn't for you! Based on that one meal, in that one place, that one day. Madness eh!
EveryDay Yoga IE classes may well not be for you. You won't know that til you try. And I would suggest (for your benefit) trying Yoga more than once & trying more than one 'type' of class if you can; whether with EveryDay Yoga IE or with other teachers/studios. There is usually a Yoga for 'everybody'.
If you take a look at the reviews on Google My Business, that information there might help you decide. These reviews are from real people who come to class & they are perhaps the best informed people to help you make up your mind.
We also need to bear in mind that we 'take ourselves with us'.
So if we arrive into a class, cranky, tired & riled up, well, how our class goes is more up to us than anything else that really transpires during class.
Are we going to let our day go & actually surrender to the practice? Can we get mindful, cultivate awareness & actually let our class/practice help us?
Can we, like the woman mentioned above, be ok with the practice being 'uncomfortable' or discombobulating & still being willing to give it a go?
Now to be balanced about it, I do have to mention that two new brand-new-to-Yoga Yogis have just started coming along to class of late & from their very first classes, took to the practice like ducks to water, had fun & are loving learning about Yoga.
So that is also a very valid real experience that could also be yours! Being aware that we may well fall into the middle of these experiences is maybe a more likely occurrence. So why not explore the possibilities now? What are you waiting for?
Maybe you also need to factor in whether you are a morning person? An evening person? When do you have free time?
Do you need to relax more, have some quiet time & let go of tension as opposed to getting into the deepest back-bend known to living humanity? Maybe try a gentler slower class.
Do you feel like you need to get up & about & moving & help 'undo' some of the sitting you do for work all day, every day? Then maybe try one of the more energetic Outdoor or flow classes.
Think realistically about what it is you CAN commit to, based on your usual schedule & personal preferences. Sometimes the most suitable class for us is ultimately the one we know we can get to each week, without stressing/rushing, over-scheduling ourselves &/or being late all the time.
Knowing all this, you still need to figure out what class to try & when they're on!
So, right now, the most suitable classes right now that I would suggest both for Beginners & returning-after-a-long-break-Yogis are as follows:
Monday - Community Yoga @ 9:00am - from mid-July OUTSIDE & when weather changes, this will go back INSIDE
Monday - Gentle Yoga @ 6:30pm - ALWAYS INSIDE AT THIS TIME
Tuesday - Morning Yoga Flow @ 7:30am - ALWAYS INSIDE AT THIS TIME
Saturday - Yoga For All @ 10:30am - ALWAYS INSIDE AT THIS TIME
There are two other classes on In-Person too:
Wednesday Outdoor at 6:00pm OR if the weather is not great, INSIDE at the slightly later time of 6:30pm.
Saturday Outdoor at 9:00am & again, if the weather is not great, INSIDE at the slightly later time of 9:30am.
There are now so many kinds & types & brands & lineages out there in Yogaland. The EveryDay Yoga Ireland classes are rooted in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga as well as Accessible Yoga.
Yoga is Yoga. Classes are classes - they are not 'bootcamps', challenges, or 'workouts'. There's a time & place for everything Yogis - so we don't 'run' around our mats or try to make Yoga into something other than Yoga.
Classes do vary from week to week; sometimes more standing Poses; sometimes more focus on hips; sometimes more focus on stretching/strengthening our backs.
Some classes will be bit 'pacier'; some a little slower/steadier. Our bodies & our heads need variety so do occasionally switch' classes & you might be surprised at the benefits. Sometimes we might focus a little more on breath-work (Pranayama) & on relaxation/meditation.
Try & keep an open mind & heart.
The class day & time information mentioned above is viewable on the homepage of the website; just scroll down a little & you'll see the Class Schedule window that you can tab across & search by day/time:
The information on the Class Passes/prices/booking in as well as info/descriptions on the different Yoga classes (In-Person, Zoom Live Online), how to book, & more is all available online. Under Class Selections on the Book Online page, you can click Read More, & you'll get a little more class specific information:
Classes can be enrolled in using one of the Class Passes: 6, 10, Regular or Unlimited Class Pass. Over the summer months, classes can be booked into via Drop-In (this is not the case year-round).
Once you’ve enrolled, just show up at the Clubhouse on the given day/time a few minutes early for your class & bring your own Yoga mat with you.
You can also 'attend' virtually by opting for the Live Zoom class - when you book that specific option, you'll receive the Zoom link. Handy for when time is constrained & you want to practice live with others but can't get along In-Person. Or for when you simply want/need to stay home.
Dress in comfortable clothing that lets you move; layers are best. Bring water & sunscreen to the Outdoor classes over the summer & maybe consider wearing a hat too.
Please message or e-mail with any queries you may have . Note there are no classes over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Sat 30th July & Mon 1st August).
Many thanks & look forward to seeing you in class sometime soon.