FAQs for Yoga and Somatics Classes

We’ve put together a bit of information in response to questions we are often asked.  If you still have questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

The majority of our yoga and Somatics classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners.  We suggest modifications to the yoga postures depending on your level of fitness and ability so the class feels appropriate for you.

Somatics movements are performed very slowly so you’ll be able to gauge what you can and can’t do.  The classes are mainly floor-based, so you’ll need to be able to get down onto the floor (and back up at the end of the class).

I’m not sure if I should come to a Yoga class or a Somatic Yoga class

If you’re looking to get fit, tone up, strengthen and stretch your muscles and chill out, we’d recommend one of our yoga classes.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain or discomfort, then Somatic Yoga will be more suitable for you. Somatic exercises are performed slowly and are mostly floor-based, so you’re not having to hold up your body.

What should I wear to a class?

Wear loose fitting clothing that you can move in easily – most people wear leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, and a fleece in case it’s a bit chillier.  Yoga and Somatics are best done in bare feet.

What should I bring to a class?

For yoga, you will need a specialist yoga mat.  You may also like to invest in a yoga strap, a yoga block and a yoga blanket.   For your first few sessions we can loan things to you.   It is best to have your own equipment though, and you can buy these from us – please ask.

For Somatics, you’ll need a thick yoga, pilates or exercise mat as most of the class will be floor-based, and you want to be comfortable when lying down.  We also recommend something to support your head so that lying on the floor is more comfortable (this could be a soft pilates cushion, soft yoga block, cushion or pillow or a rolled-up towel or blanket).

You may like to bring a drink, such as a bottle of water, to your class too.

Are classes suitable for beginners?  I am also overweight and not very flexible

Yes, our classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, even beginners, as have people of all fitnesses and abilities in most of our classes, and can suggest modifications to the postures we do.  Please note that our Somatics classes are mainly floor-based, so you’ll need to be able to get down onto the floor and back up again.

I have joint pain – is it still ok to practise yoga?

A lot of our students suffer from joint problems or restricted mobility, and find that regular yoga practice helps them.  We are used to treating people with such problems in our clinics every day, and a lot of people in our classes come to us via our clinic.

When you first start doing yoga, sometimes your body may feel uncomfortable in a posture/movement.  As you learn to breathe and let go, it will become easier.  Feeling uncomfortable is OK, pain is not.   Stop and ease back a little if it is truly painful and speak to your teacher about it.

Please note – Ultimately your health is your responsibility, so if you are in any way unsure, please be advised by your GP or healthcare provider.   Although we are in the business of helping to treat injuries, we are not trained medically to make a decision about what exercise you should or shouldn’t do.   We are experienced teachers and will advise you and offer alternatives to exercises where we think it is needed, and encourage you to practise safely under our guidance.

How much are the classes?

Our hour long yoga classes are the equivalent of £7, and £8 for the 1¼ hour classes.

Somatic Yoga is the equivalent of £8 a class.

We ask that you pay for the full block of classes in the first class of the term (if you’re new, you can pay as you go for the first class).

The blocks follow Nottinghamshire County Council school terms, so vary between five and eight weeks.  We list the term dates on the class timetable page.

Weeks in a term 1 hour Yoga Classes 1¼ hour Yoga Classes Somatics
5 £35.00 £40.00 £35.00
6 £42.00 £48.00 £42.00
7 £49.00 £56.00 £49.00
8 £56.00 £64.00 £56.00

I cannot commit to attend every class in the term block so can I just pay for those classes I come to?

No, we’re sorry but many of our classes are fully subscribed and you are paying for your place, even when you are unable to attend every week.

If you cannot attend your regular class for some reason, you can come to one of our other classes (subject to there being a space available – please speak to your teacher) free of charge.

If you’re new to a class, you can pay for the first one, and then pay for the rest of the block when you’re sure it will be suitable for you – we want it to be the right thing for you.

Occasionally we can help in special circumstances, such as illness or jury service where you have paid for 6 weeks and missed 4 or 5, or are on a low income and can only afford to pay weekly.

Should I let you know if I cannot come to a class?

Yes please, if you can.  It’s nice to know how many people we can expect in a class, and for fully-subscribed classes, it means we can make your place available that week to another student who cannot attend his/her regular class. You can call, text or email us – whichever option suits you best – see the contact us page for our details

Where can I find details about where the classes are held?

We run Yoga and Somatics classes in Nottingham.  Click on the links below for address details and a location map.

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