Hopefully, this section will answer some of the questions you might have about joining a yoga class.
Q:  What are the prices and how do I pay?
A:  The classes at Carl Irwin & Associates, are run as a 10 week beginners courses   Currently a 10 week course costs £110.00 payable in advance (non refundable).  The classes are limited to four people per class to provide more individual attention.  
Monday morning at the Watling Community Association is a drop-in group costing  £7.00 per session and has space for 10 students.
Monday evening is a drop-in group costing £7.00 per session and has space for 10 students.

Thursday afternoon is a drop-in group costing £7.00 per session and has space for 10 students.
Q:  What do I need to bring?
(1) A non slip mat is essential for safety and I usually have a few for sale or can order them for you.
(2)A block and a strap are very useful and again I can order them for you.
(3)  A light blanket is very nice for the final relaxation or meditation in the cold weather
(4)  A bottle of water, especially when its hot.
Q:  I'm just staring, can I borrow a mat?
A: Although I always have spare mats, blocks and straps, it is much nicer to have your own as it becomes your space and work area.  There is also the hygiene issue as well.
Q:  What should I wear?
A:  Loose fitting clothing, nothing restrictive around the body.  Layers are good in case you get too warm.  We also work in bare feet. 
Q:  I have back problems, can I do yoga?
A:  Students are often recommended by their doctors or chiropractors and osteopaths.  Most back pain is caused by compression of the discs and spinal nerves.  As we age, gravity takes its toll, combined with modern living, bad posture and stress.  Yoga and working with the breath wakes up the deep postural muscles, slowly allows the disks to hydrate, increasing spinal mobility and freeing up the hips and shoulders.
Q:  Do I inform my teacher if I am on medication?
A:  Yes, please do.  This is very important, especially if you are taking pain relief, which masks symptoms.  Also, if you have any accidents or injuries, you teacher can modify certain postures for you.
Q:  I suffer from Asthma.  Will yoga be beneficial?
A:  As the yoga I teach looks at correct breathing from the outset and asthma is faulty breathing, all sufferers who come to my classes get substantial benefit from practicing.  However, if you are concerned about shortness of breath, you should always consult your GP first.
Q:  Am I too old to start yoga?
A:  As long as you are alive, its not too late.  Many people take up yoga late in life and I've known people in their 90's who still regularly practice.
Q:  Can I eat before a yoga class?
A:  Yoga is best performed on an empty stomach, so don't eat for at least 2 hours before class.
Q:  Do you have a general class format?
A:  Yes, we always start with a quiet time focussing on the breath, usually lying on our backs with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.  We usually have a theme to work to and then finish with either Pranayama/breathing and relaxation/meditation.
Q:  Will yoga help me to relax?
A:  If yoga does nothing else, it will certainly help you to relax.  A common remark is "I never have any trouble sleeping after yoga".
Q:  Can I do yoga at home?
A:  Yoga is an excellent daily practice, start slowly with some easy postures and stretches.
Q:  Are yoga teachers regulated?
A:  Yes, the British Wheel of Yoga is recognised by the Sports Council as the governing body in the U.K.
Suzanne has attained the BWY teachers diploma, and is a member of the Register of Sports Professionals.