Frequently Asked Questions
- I’ve never practiced Yoga before, is YCT going to be too intense?
The Level 1 classes are tailored to meet the needs of those just starting out or returning after a break. There is always a chance that each practitioner is at a different level. To ensure that everyone is challenged within their limits, you will be given options for every exercise/asana (pose) that vary in intensity.
Over the course of several sessions, you will start to develop awareness of your body and this will also help you decide when you need to rest, increase or decrease the intensity/pace of your practice.
- I’m inflexible, is YCT for me?
There is a misconception that one has to be flexible to practice Yoga. YCT is a hybrid form of traditional Yoga and functional training. When these two are combined, your body benefits from increased endurance, strength, agility and flexibility.
Be patient with your body. Flexibility comes when we let go of stress and patterns in which our bodies have learnt to hold themselves. This again ties in with mental and emotional blockages within us that we may or may not be aware of.
- What is the difference between Hatha Yoga and YCT?
Hatha Yoga is a practice that aims at conquering the mind by first attaining control over the body. All styles of Yoga we come across today – Iyengar, Power, Ashtanga style, Bikram, Yin etc. are Hatha Yoga but the physical practice is different. The goal/intention is the same across all these branches.
YCT could be considered another branch of Hatha Yoga but here we’re taking all the benefits of a traditional Yoga practice and combining it with newer training methodologies and conditioning exercises that focus on quality, rather than quantity.
- What is the structure of the class?
Initially we will work on some basic functional movements like squats, lunges, deadlifts etc. We will also work on strengthening the core, back and upper body. During this phase, there will be emphasis on alignment and understanding the movements, as well as learning how to adapt the exercise to your body.
The next phase is to start combining movements to move through sequences. This will work on agility and coordination.
Finally you will be introduced to Yoga Sun Salutations and moving through postures in a flow.
Throughout these stages we will work on flexibility through typical Yoga stretches.
- What is the pace of the class?
The pace is largely determined by the participants and their level. For example, Mothers with babies will be in their postpartum recovery phase and require time to tend to their child’s needs. This class will be slower but will still be challenging.
- I’ve been working out consistently but am not seeing any progress. Why?
In cases like these, provided there is no other medical issue at play, a closer look at your nutrition might be helpful.
- Will classes take place during the school holidays? What about public holidays?
Classes will take place during school holidays but NOT on public holidays. You will not lose out on classes that coincide with public holidays. These will be carried over to the following week.
- Why do you not provide the option to buy a certain number of classes (e.g. 10 or more) so that I can decide when I want to attend?
To see the benefits of any exercise program/physical activity, one needs to be consistent – regardless if it is once or multiple times per week. Every week you will have progressed* in some way, for example, understanding proper muscle activation to maintain good form, or being able to do a few more repetitions, or a few extra sets. Maybe you feel that after each class your body is recovering faster or your energy levels are increasing.
Seeing progress keeps motivation levels high and this is what is going to help you make exercise a part of your life.
(*Each person is unique and the way their body responds to physical activity can be different.)
- What happens if I miss a class?
You may make up one class per month.
- I have signed up for the Level 1/Open Level/Yummy Mummy class, but can’t make it on the respective day, can I join one of the other groups to avoid missing a class?
Yes, I would prefer that you joined one of the other group classes to avoid missing your weekly practice.
Injuries and special needs
- I have injuries and severe/mild health issues. Can I practice Yoga/YCT?
Provided your doctor has given you the ok to begin an exercise program, you can attend the sessions. Some exercises/movements may need to be avoided in certain situations. Please ensure that you contact me (prior to attending a class) with details of your injury, rehabilitation/physio, and any other health issues.
Mothers with young children
- How soon after my baby is born can I start?
After your postpartum 6 week check-up, provided your doctor/midwife has given you the all clear
- I have Diastasis Rectii (abdominal wall separation), can I participate in YCT?
Yes, provided your doctor/midwife says it’s safe for you to start exercising. We will initially work on closing off the gap, and strengthening the core and pelvic floor.
- Is attending the class with my young children a bad idea? What if I can’t fully participate because I have to attend to my child’s needs?
Taking time for yourself to care for your health is essential. Exercising with your children is a great way to introduce them to exercise. They will grow to see physical activity as a normal part of the daily routine.
The mums and babies classes are 90 minutes long to allow enough time to tend to your child’s needs without feeling rushed or missing out on the “work” part of the class. There may be times your child is unsettled….just go with the flow. Pick them up or strap them in a sling/baby carrier and I’ll modify the exercises so you can carry on working out 🙂
- I feel very conscious/uncomfortable practicing in a group, what are my options?
One on one sessions are a good option if group classes seem intimidating. Another alternative would be YouTube videos which I can film and upload. I would recommend the latter option only after a few 1-on-1 sessions where we’ve worked on alignments and understanding how your body responds to certain exercises and stretches.
- Will the nutrition consultation sessions be consolidated with the training sessions i.e. on the same day within the 60- 90 mins?
Generally it is best practice to keep the two separate. This way you can focus on one aspect. That being said, we can talk about nutrition before or after the training sessions begins.
- I am not Vegan/Vegetarian, will I still benefit from the consultation sessions?
Certainly. My goal is to make healthy eating as simple and practical as possible. These sessions are not about changing your lifestyle and you will never be forced to adopt a complete plant-based diet
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