frequently asked questions
HERE WE HAVE A FEW OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, However, IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUERIES, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT US, AS WE’D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP YOU.
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Why choose Just Yoga?
What is different about Just Yoga and the thousands of other yoga apps, and online yoga tutorials available?
Am I suitable for the course?
How can yoga benefit me?
Yoga for children
Yoga for seniors
Beyond the yoga mat
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The answers are easy if you have the right questions.– Haresh Sippy
We agree, there are indeed thousands of fantastic yoga tutorials to follow. I (Mimi) have downloaded many over the years. Then, I start with the right intentions to get myself motivated and find some time to get on my yoga mat. Nonetheless, my busy lifestyle gets in the way and takes over, leaving my apps and tutorials redundant without the inspiration, and the proper motivation needed to get me into gear and achieve my goals.
However, Just Yoga’s online course is tailored just for you, for precisely those reasons. By not only fitting to your timescale, and environment but, by also giving you the inspiration, and motivation you need through, video coaching calls, online focus group support, weekly Zoom hangout’s, surveys, personal messages, emails, feedback, and more (You can find the full course break down here).
You tell us precisely what you desire, whether it is a physical aspect, or just simply wanting more peace in your life, then we design the course to cater to your needs and wants.
Yes. Absolutely, as the 30-day course is entry level; yoga for beginners, with more advanced courses coming soon. Therefore, if you’re looking to get into yoga, or you just want to lead a healthier lifestyle, then this course is perfect for you. As again, the course was created to cater for the beginner, with modifications to every pose to suit your level of skill.
This is precisely why we have created Just Yoga, this is one of the key central components of the course; to help you fit your yoga programme into your daily lifestyle. As we guide you as to where you can make any small changes, or adaptations to spare a few minutes each day to change your life for the better.
The yoga flows are designed to be short so you can fit them into your busy schedule; and then when you have a bit more time on your hands, you can line up yoga flows back to back in a video playlist, creating your own longer duration yoga flows to suit you.
Don’t worry, there is no failure on our course, you’re on a personal journey, it’s not a race, nevertheless though, just by taking the first step to a healthier body and mind, you’ve already won. Here at Just Yoga, we have a firm belief in acceptance of oneself. The development of your own personal practice, at your own pace, is what’s more important to us, rather than you being a perfect student.
We understand that for one reason or another, you might not be able to fit your daily practice in. It’s no ‘biggie’ if you’ve missed a day or so, it’s not the end of the world. We can accept it together, and move on, getting back onto the programme when you feel ready to. We’re always here to give you that helping hand, or that little nudge that you might need. Through video coaching calls from Just Mimi, group focus support, and inspirational emails.
However, if still, you’re having trouble sticking to your yoga programme. Then you can gradually get through the rest of the course at your own pace, and even tailor it to your own liking post-course, as you get unlimited lifetime access to all course content, materials, and future updates. Plus, we offer post course private yoga tutorials and one to one online coaching sessions too.
Yoga is for everyone! Asana (yoga postures) are actually only 1/8 of ‘The 8 Limbs of Yoga’ (an eight-fold path leading to liberation), which together complete yoga as a lifestyle. Yoga is moving meditation, if you’re doing breath work (Pranayama), you’re doing yoga.
For each yoga pose, we offer a beginner modification to cater for the absolute yoga novice. Yet, it’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you’re comfortable with; there’s no pressure. One of the things you will soon learn from yoga is, we leave our limiting belief systems (ego) at the door, and focus on our strengths, not our weaknesses.
Nowadays there’s hard scientific evidence to show that both meditation and yoga can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress symptoms.
As you can see in this study from the Michigan Technological University, whereby, as the survey shows; “Even a single hour of meditation appears to reduce anxiety and some of the markers for cardiovascular risk”, Says John Durocher, assistant professor of biological sciences.
Additionally here, in this article by Harvard University Medical School, whereby; the effects of Yoga this time, show to be ‘helpful for both anxiety and depression’; ‘reducing the heart rate, (and) lowering blood pressure’. Finalising the article on mental health with…
“For many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent.” – Harvard Mental Health Letter, May 9, 2018
As both studies suggest, not only are yoga and meditation great for your mental health but, they’re also heart healthy too; and as Harvard University Medical School says in their article, psychological and physical health is practically the same thing.
A healthy body, a healthy mind, and vice versa; and that’s what Just Yoga’s all about!
Yoga with Mimi has helped me a lot with my anxiety. I am a recovering heroin addict and anxiety and depression is one of the most difficult symptoms after many years in active addiction. I would recommend to anyone recovering from addiction or trauma, and mental health issues to try yoga, it can make a big difference. The yoga classes with Mimi are fun and relaxing. Thank you for everything, I will be back soon to do more yoga xox. Adi – Facebook Testimonal
Yes! As explained on our about page, yoga yields a whole host of fantastic health benefits on both the physical and mental level, for adults and children.
To name but a few, yoga; can support mental health by decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone), curtailing depression, stress, and anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks. Advanced sleep is also seen through yoga practice; with a decline in insomnia symptoms too.
Physical improvements include; the lowering of blood pressure and lessening of cardiovascular risk, enhanced balance and flexibility, healthier posture, and the preventing of cartilage and joint breakdown by strengthening the muscles. Rejuvenating aches and pains; including chronic back and neck pain, furthermore, supporting weight loss.
Research has even shown yoga to have cancer-fighting properties; ‘yoga can produce invigorating effects on physical and mental energy’, whereby; ‘with cancer and survivors of cancer suggests that yoga interventions may be beneficial for reducing cancer-related fatigue’, thus aiding the fight against cancer.
As can be seen in this study of ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Mindfulness, and Yoga in Patients With Breast Cancer with Sleep Disturbance: A Literature Review’, published in December 2017. Concluding; ‘Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, mindfulness, and yoga are 3 behavioural health interventions that have been recommended in the treatment of sleep disturbance in patients with cancer.‘
For a more in-depth review of the outstanding health benefits of yoga, check out Medical Health Today’s article – ‘Yoga: What is yoga? How does it work?’
The exceptional benefits of yoga for children physically range from; again, improved balance, strength, stamina, and aerobic capability. To mental benefits such as; ‘improved focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.’
As quoted from this Harvard University Medical School’s article – ‘More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children’, published in January 2016.
Yoga is also great for physical health, boasting a whole host of benefits ranging from building muscle strength, better posture, preventing cartilage and joint breakdown, improved balance and flexibility, lowering blood pressure, and healing aches and pains; especially back pain.
As this study exhibits from the NCCIH (The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health), whereby; a ‘study of 313 adults with chronic or recurring low-back pain suggested that 12 weekly yoga classes resulted in better function than usual medical care.’
In addition, this further study shows that; ‘evidence suggests that yoga interventions appear to be equal and/or superior to exercise in most outcome measures.’
As you can see, yoga is an excellent addition to a healthier, fitter lifestyle.
Yes. Yoga can aid, and support weight-loss management as part of a healthy lifestyle. As this particular study from Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India suggests, whereby; 90 minutes of yoga a day, for just 15 days shows a ‘decrease in: BMI, waist circumference, hip circumference, lean mass, body water, and total cholesterol.’
A systematic review of ‘a total of 19 studies, including 13 randomized controlled trials and 6 observational studies’, evaluating mindfulness (meditation) on weight-loss concluded. ‘Significant weight loss was documented among participants in mindfulness (meditation) interventions for 13 of the 19 studies identified for review.‘
We’re here to help you manage your time. Before each course, we have a personal introduction video meet up with all our members. Whereby, we discuss all your needs and wants throughout the course, then we’ll work out a plan or a time schedule that works best for you.
All the tutorials are designed to be short, so you can comfortably fit them into your busy schedule.
Yoga is great for kids too, we’ll even suggest some parent and children sessions together with family yoga games.
My 13-year-old daughter and I had a session with Mimi yesterday at her beautiful home studio – we learnt so much in just an hour to help with our flexibility and yoga practice. We’ll definitely be booking again soon! X. Denise – Facebook Testimonial
article, whereby – ‘Yoga and mindfulness (meditation) have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children (ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children.
Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.’
Furthermore, this study by the Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and New School University, New York; ‘present(ing) research literature suggesting that yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being. Similarly, yoga in schools helps students improve resilience, mood, and self-regulation skills pertaining to emotions and stress.’
We are super excited to be launching a Just Yoga for kids course very soon, as Mimi has over 25 years of combined yoga and dance teaching experience, teaching children of all ages.
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Again, yes. Yoga is for everybody of any age!
Our yoga instructor Mimi has over 25 years of experience teaching people of all ages, from school children up to seniors. Qualified as an OTAGO Exercise Programme Leader, Mimi is certified to lead exercise for frailer, older people on a one to one basis and in a group setting.
No matter what your age, yoga can benefit your health.
However, a few of the specific benefits of yoga for seniors are as follows:
Yoga has been found to regulate hypertension (high blood pressure) in the elderly.
As this study shows, yoga was observed to be, ‘an effective means to reduce oxidative stress and to improve the antioxidant defence in elderly hypertensive individuals.’
Oxidative stress is one of the fundamental causes of hypertension (high blood pressure).
Another study found that; ‘evidence suggests yoga may help sedentary individuals with arthritis safely increase physical activity, and improve physical and psychological health and HRQOL (Health-Related Quality of Life).’
Furthermore, an additional study showed that; ‘Yoga significantly reduced the depressive symptoms of elderly participants and improved their quality of sleep after 6 months.’
Extra benefits of yoga for seniors that are seen across the board of all ages are again; Improved flexibility and joint health (Osteoarthritis), and enhanced balance and stability.
We do understand that mobility may be an issue for some seniors, and therefore we cater to those needs with modifications such as Chair Yoga. This is Yoga that is practised seated in a chair or standing next to a chair for support. Consequently modifying each yoga pose to be performed with a chair.
Does Chair Yoga host the same benefits of regular yoga?
‘Absolutely‘, says ‘Laura Malloy, director of yoga at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, part of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’, in Harvard University Medical School’s article – ‘Chair yoga can help you boost balance, flexibility, mood, and overall strength‘.
Malloy follows on to state; ‘you’re still focusing on your breath and being in the moment, so you’re relaxing, and you’re also getting a stretch and building strength, too.’
Laura’s conclusion being qualified by this further study concerning participants of Chair Yoga, recording that; ‘Over a 6-week period, our findings indicate yoga‘s potential for improving psychological health in older adults.’
What is Yoga, and how can it benefit me?
Yoga is a lifestyle that was developed 5000 years ago in ancient India to enhance one’s physical and mental wellbeing, through a practice of breathing techniques, postures and movements, mindfulness and meditation.
Which in turn, exhibits a whole range of fantastic health advantages for the body, and the mind; as can be seen on our Yoga Benefits page.
Meditation, in general, is the practice of gaining mental clarity from the technique of relaxing the mind through focusing on an object, or drawing the focus inward; learning to observe thoughts impartially, rather than dwelling on them.
Meditation opens up the door to an abundance of marvellous health benefits for all. Therefore the course will teach you how to meditate through various guided meditations, and meditation music, in order to experience all these wonderful benefits.
As shown in Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman’s best-selling book, Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. ‘MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) – a basic mindfulness meditation technique used in yogic practice – has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence’.
As can be seen above; meditation works and is a powerful medium to gain mental clarity, and moreover is highly recommended.
Additional benefit’s of meditation on top of depression relief is; similarly to yoga, heightening self-awareness (helping one to develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you); reducing stress, controlling anxiety disorder, reducing panic attacks, improved sleep, and furthermore, enhanced cognitive recognition.
Shown in this study – ‘Brief, daily meditation enhances attention, memory, mood, and emotional regulation in non-experienced meditators’, from New York University, and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute published in August 2018.
With one of the most compelling finds being that; ‘This study not only suggests a lower limit for the duration of brief daily meditation needed to see significant benefits in non-experienced meditators but suggests that even relatively short daily meditation practice can have similar behavioural effects as longer duration and higher-intensity meditation practices.’
Proving that only short daily meditation sessions are needed to see ‘significant benefits in non-experienced meditators‘.
Hence, this is why meditation is such a fundamental element within the yoga tradition, and all of our courses; as we know mindfulness (meditation) is a powerful mental tool, and we understand that time may well be of the essence in your daily life.
How will yoga benefit me beyond the mat?
Yoga doesn’t end when you finish your class or practise, it’s a lifestyle that benefits you on and off the yoga mat. As Harvard University Medical School shows this in their article on the ‘Benefits Beyond the Mat’, exhibiting the extracurricular advantages of yoga long after your session, or class.
Benefits ranging from having ‘A Better Body Image’, not worrying about how you look, resulting in yoga becoming an ‘integral part in the treatment of eating disorders’; to again, weight loss.
‘Researchers found that people who practised yoga for at least 30 minutes once a week for at least four years, gained less weight during middle adulthood. (And) People who were overweight actually lost weight‘.
‘Enhancing Fitness‘ is again shown to be a benefit, there’s also post-yoga ‘Cardiovascular Benefits‘, and there’s even research into yoga, ‘and improved survival from cancer!‘
Not necessarily, we do recommend a yoga mat just for safety reasons, as you’re much more stable on a mat and are less likely to slip while practising yoga poses.
However, it’s not absolutely essential, you can still practise yoga without one; so you’re all set and ready to join the course as you are.
If you’re looking to buy a yoga mat, you can purchase one in our shop. With cheap and cheerful ones for beginners, ranging up to the more high-end yoga mats for the professional yogi/yogini.
Contact us, and we will send you a PAR-Q (Physical Readiness Questionnaire), if you answer ‘yes’, to more than one of the questions, we ask you to please consult your GP for their advice on your suitability for the physical activity involved in this course. As your safety and wellbeing, of course, comes first.
Are there any Just Yoga classes Near me?
Just Yoga’s classes are mainly centred online, however, we do host retreats and workshops worldwide.
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