What will happen at the class?I don't know anything about yoga or meditation. Will I feel left out?
Michelles classes are based around Iyengar-style Hatha yoga. All sessions include sitting and standing postures and they all end with about half an hour of breathing exercises and meditation. Each class is different and always includes a good mix of familiar and new postures for everybody.
Pupils are talked through all the postures and exercises. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions at any time during the class. No one will feel excluded or silly. No one is pushed further than their ability. No one is asked to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or uneasy.
Do I need any special gear?
You will need something to work on. If you do not have a yoga mat a large towel or blanket will do at first. Yoga mats are made of thin rubber and give a good grip so that you do not slip. You can buy these from Michelle. You may also like to work on a thicker foam mat for some of the sitting or lying postures. At some classes it is suggested that you have a small block of foam and a yoga belt, these are not necessary items, but it is sometimes helpful to have a pair of socks with you.
What should I wear?
You will be most comfortable in some loose-fitting trousers, jogging tracksters or leggings that do not restrict your movement, and a t-shirt. Leggings and a leotard are also acceptable. Shorts and skirts are not suitable.
Are all the pupils women?
The classes are open to everyone, though at the moment the men are outnumbered by the women.