FOSTER YOGA INFORMATION
There are a number of questions our Clients frequently ask before starting a class, workshop or retreat with us. To get you the information you need, we've put the answers to these queries below and should you have anything else you would like to ask us about, don't hesitate to get in touch via the Contact page on the menu bar.
What do I need?
For all our classes we provides mats, blocks, blankets and belts. If you have a bolster or another prop that you frequently use, you are welcome to bring these, your comfort is the priority.
What should I wear?
We advise wearing something that fits to the body and that is flexible so as not to compromise your movement. If you have long hair it should be tied up.
Please note trendy leggings are not an essential item, wear what you feel most comfortable in!
What time should I arrive?
To make the most of the session, classes begin punctually, so we request that you aim to arrive 5 minutes before the official start time.
I'm pregnant, can I do yoga?
If you are less than 15 weeks pregnant we recommend that you put your feet up for a while and let your body adjust to all the exciting changes going on. From 15 weeks we would be delighted to welcome you at our Pregnancy Yoga classes.
I have just had a baby, when can I start yoga again?
It's advised that you give yourself six weeks until you start yoga again. At that time when you and your baby join us for a postnatal classes we encourage you to listen to your body and do what feels right for you (as is the case with all our classes).
MORE ABOUT FOSTER YOGA
Foster Yoga was set up in 2018 by Jo Foster, after returning to Wiltshire where she grew up, and is where she now lives with her husband and two girls. Jo came into teaching after a career in finance, when after a riding accident, she became fascinated not only by the practice of yoga but the science of it. She now loves her job helping others experience yoga and deepen their practices and knowledge of all it has to offer.
How Jo teaches
Jo first and foremost looks to teach her students to create a practice that is individual to them. She equips her students with the knowledge to make informed and mindful self-adjustments to their practice so that they are confident to 'freestyle' as they feel their bodies need. During classes, Jo offers manual adjustment, articulates the details of alignment and enlightens Clients with some of the science going on in the body. Her classes, kept small to ensure integrity of the practice and ensure proper attention and support is given to Clients, are empowering, focussed and fun. She aims to leave you feeling stronger and more balanced, both physically and mentally.
How Jo Practices
Jo began practicing yoga regularly in 2005 after a serious horse riding accident. Since then Jo has explored and practiced a wide range of yoga styles to suit her lifestyle and balance her needs. This means that at times her focus has been on fitness, stress management, injury rehabilitation, pregnancy, postnatal, children and getting some headspace. This range of application and experience makes Jo a diverse teacher who brings the range of knowledge to all her classes.
How Jo qualified
Jo qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher in 2014 with Bahia Yoga. Jasmin Bahia’s roots in Sivinanda and Ashtanga gave her training a unique balance between precision and the mindfulness of yoga. It was here that Jo began to really understand how the mind and body are intrinsically intwined and need to be exercised and nurtured as a whole. Jo herself has since then delved deeper into Ashtanga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga, Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga and has been influenced by many great teachers such as John Scott, Bernie Clarke, Jason Crandell, Tiffany Cruickshank of Yoga Medicine and many more.
How Jo continues to learn to ensure her Clients have the most contemporary teaching and support
Jo also dedicates herself to self-study into the science behind yoga. As well as enjoying the vast array of books on yoga Jo goes deeper into her learning by reading medical journals, published research studies in regards to yoga and mindfulness in a medical application and literature on, nutrition, bio-mechanics, neurology, endocrinology and more. This thirst and passion for knowledge, often comes out in Jo's workshops and teaching on retreats, where she brings together themes that help ‘join the dots’ between what we do on our mats, our every day lives, in our mindset and how this impacts the body, mind and our pursuit of personal goals. If 'knowledge is power’ then the more we learn about ourselves the greater the power we have to assert change and find our happy medium.