|I generally spend a good part of my day answering people's
telephone and e-mail enquiries. Please don't stop contacting
me because it's nice to chat, but hopefully this section
will be of help. - Jackie
|What are the costs and how do I
|The yoga classes are run as
courses and follow the school term dates. Currently most
classes are £11.00 per session paid in advance and the
average term would be 12 weeks in length. All classes are
paid for in advance however, if there are places available,
a student could start during a term and pay for the classes
which are remaining.
|Can I pay as I go? I am a
|No. There are several reasons
- the course consists of structured yoga sessions,
designed to offer a student progressive learning of some
aspects of yoga. If a student attended only
periodically, it would disrupt the teacher's class
planning and would not be fair on the other students who
would be prevented from moving on.
- the static teaching costs and hall hire.
- dealing with small currencies is time consuming and
not cost effective.
- the courses are usually full as the hall can only
cater for a limited number of students.
|I am an experienced student and
would love to attend a few classes with you on a drop in
basis to learn more about the Scaravelli inspired approach
to teaching yoga, but can't come on a regular basis?
I have some experience but am unable to commit to a course.
Could I drop-in periodically to a basic practice class?
|Wonderful, but give me a ring
or e-mail first to check for spaces. The cost would be £13
per class payable on the night.
|If your classes are full, how
can you accommodate drop-in students?
|All students advise me when
they cannot attend. That way they can make up any missed
|I am going on holiday for 2
weeks, can I deduct the cost of the classes?
|No. However, you can make up
missed classes by attending an extra class on another
evening or during the day in the same term.
|What about if I don't like it?
|If after the first session
you decide that Yoga is not for you, then you can have a
refund of the remaining weeks.
|What do I need to bring?
- A non-slip mat is essential for safety and I usually
have them for sale.
- A block and a strap are very useful and again I have
them for sale.
- A light blanket is very nice for final relaxation or
- A bottle of water, especially in the summer months.
|I'm just starting; can I borrow
|Although we always carry
spares, it is important to have your own mat, because it
becomes your space and work area. There is also a hygiene
issue as well.
|What should I wear?
|Wear lose fitting clothing,
nothing restrictive around the body, Layers are good in case
you get too warm and we work in bare feet.
|I have a verruca; can I still
work in bare feet?
|Yes, but make sure that it is
well covered with a plaster.
|Can you recommend a video?
|No. I am really quite anti
videos because they are invariably watched while the student
is practicing which puts necks and spines in precarious
positions. The yoga practitioners on videos, without
exception, have wonderfully bendy bodies, which encourages
the student to copy a shape and not to feel the position
|What sort of yoga do you teach?
|It is often called Scarvelli
inspired yoga, but as I never met Vanda during her lifetime
and my main tutor is John Stirk, who certainly was initially
inspired by Vanda, but is now very much his own person; it
is a really difficult question to answer. We practice Hatha
yoga, which is the yoga of postures/asanas, with great
emphasis on how the breath releases the spine. It is a
softer approach, but not a soft option. We do all the
postures, but work more from the inside out, trying to let
go and soften the often tension ridden exterior layer of
|How long are the classes?
|Each class lasts for 1 1/2
|Do you have a general class
|Yes. We always start with a
quiet time focusing on the breath, usually lying on the back
with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor. We will
slowly work up towards the lesson aim and finish with either
pranayama/breathing or meditation and always relaxation
depending on the experience of the student.
|What level do you teach and
which level would suit me best?
|The Yoga on offer is Basic
Practise, which is accessible to a beginner and can also
move on the student with some experience. Some classes are
completly geared initially to beginners, but the teacher
always has to follow the general ability of the students.
The Wednesday 8pm class is for students who have worked with
|Can you recommend any books on
|The book which I always
recommend is Vanda Scaravelli's "Awakening the Spine", which
is not a book of 'how to do it', but of inspiration and
images, published by HarperSanFrancisco. Other books in no
particular order are:-
- "Breath - the Essence of Yoga" by Sandra Sabatini
- "Yoga and You" by Esther Myers
- "Yoga Practise Handbook" by Chloe Fremantle
- "Structural Fitness" by John Stirk (an early book but
- If the philosophy of yoga interests you, the following
may be useful:-
- "The Bhagavad Gita" by Mascaro
- "The Bhagavad Gita - A Walk Through for Westerners" by
- "The Ten Principal Upanishads" translated by Purohit
Swami and WB Yeats
- "The Heart of Yoga" by TKV Desikachar
- "At the Feet of the Master" by Krishnamurti
- "The Original Body" by John Stirk
- "Intelligent Yoga" by Peter Blackaby
|I have a bad back. Can I do
Often students are recommended to yoga from their
doctors. Most back pain is caused by compression of the
discs and the spinal nerves. As we age gravity takes it
toll, combined with bad posture, stress and modern living.
We become shorter as the discs compress. Yoga and working
with the breath to wake up the deep postural muscles,
slowly allows the disks to hydrate, freeing up the hips
So the answer to this question is a giant yes, providing
the back is not in acute pain. Never work through pain. It
is the body's message telling us to stop and rest.
|Do I inform my teacher if I am
|Yes please do. This is very
important, especially if you are taking pain relief, which
|I am pregnant. Can I start yoga?
|Yoga with Jackie does not
offer specific Yoga and Pregnancy classes. However existing
students do continue to practise in my general classes very
successfully during pregnancy. For new students it is
advisable to wait until after the first Trimester, usually
12/13 weeks and then find a class which specialises in Yoga
|How soon can I start yoga after
|The body normally needs 6
weeks for the estrogen levels to return to normal after
giving birth. However, experienced students can return to
simple practice before then, provided they do not
overstretch their ligaments.
|I suffer from asthma. Will yoga
|As the yoga we teach looks at
correct breathing from the outset and asthma is faulty
breathing, all sufferers who come to classes get substantial
benefit from practicing. However, if you are concerned about
shortness of breath, you should always consult your GP
|Can I have a meal before yoga?
|A light snack is fine.
Personally I would never eat anything 2-3 hours before
|Am I too old to start yoga?
|No. Vanda Scaravelli was
still practicing at 92 years old, a short time before she
died and she did not start until she was 50.
|What is the age range in your
|Enormous - from teens to 70
year olds. Everyone benefits.
|Are there any men practicing
|Yes, Yoga is becoming much
more popular with men. Sometimes nearly half the class will
consist of men.
|Are there women only classes?
|No. Its hard enough getting
men to start, without restricting them to certain classes.
|Will yoga help me to relax?
|If yoga does nothing else, it
will certainly help you to relax. A common remark is that "I
never have trouble sleeping after yoga."
|Will yoga tone my body?
|Depends what you mean by
'tone'. If you are looking for Madonna 'muscles', then
forget it, however, if your idea of tone is a yoga body,
which looks grounded, with good posture and core strength
then the answer is yes.
|Will yoga help me to lose
|No, only eating less,
however, if your overeating is due to stress, then yoga can
help. The improvement in posture will also lose you 7 lbs.
|Will yoga get me fit?
|No, but if combined with a
good diet and an exercise programme it can help.
|Can I come and watch?
|No. Would you like someone
watching you? You have to experience yoga and feel it from
|How big are your classes?
|The rooms we work in can
accommodate 25 students and the average number of students
in a class is about 18-20.
|Can I bring my young daughter
with me to do yoga?
|Yes, if the child is well
behaved. Young children, provided they can be still for the
10 minutes of relaxation and be attentive are very welcome.
The youngest child has been 9 years old.
|Do you have crèche facilities?
|No, sorry. It would be too
costly to implement, however, there is a nursery during the
day in the Cavendish grounds.
|Are there changing facilities?
|Yes, both venues offer
spacious toilets to accommodate any change of clothing.