What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. A good test is to make a squat shape with your legs and to raise your arms above your head (not necessarily at the same time). If those clothes feel comfortable in those shapes, they'll do nicely.
If you're coming to a hot yoga class, thinner, quick drying layers are advisable for comfort.
We usually practice barefoot as this gives us a better feel and connection with the ground but if you want to keep your socks on, you're very welcome to.
What do I need to bring?
We've got most things covered. The studio is equipped with mats and other props but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
It's advisable to have a water bottle handy for all classes.
For hot and warm classes, please bring a couple of towels with you; one to cover your mat and the other to dry your hands etc. This is for both safety (we don't want you to slip) and hygiene (particularly if you're using the studio mats, though these are cleaned after each use).
Other than that, just your smiley face.
I can't touch my toes. Can I still come?
Joking! Not being able to touch your toes is a good reason to come in the first place. There are no prerequisites. Most postures can be adapted to suit you, your body and your energy levels at the time.
Can children come?
Children can benefit massively from a yoga practice too. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. We welcome children over the age of 12 to any regular or warm yoga class when accompanied by an adult. We welcome anyone over the age of 15 to our hot classes too. Anyone under 18 must have a registration form completed by a parent or guardian.
Do I need to prepare?
Not really. All we'd suggest is that you keep yourself hydrated before hand and avoid eating at least two hours before class, or three hours if you've had a big meal.
I find all these pictures of people wrapped up like pretzels quite intimidating. Will I have to try to put my feet behind my head?
No! Being able to contort yourself is not a prerequisite. We work on gently increasing your flexibility and strength over time, amongst lots of other stuff. For some this might mean introducing feet and forehead, for some it may not and both are perfectly ok. Our bodies are all different and we work within our own bodies limitations on any given day. It's really not about making crazy shapes, unless that floats your boat of course.
I'm injured/have a sore *insert name of body part here*. Can I still come?
Yoga can be very supportive of healing and recovery in many situations. Every injury is different though. Please consult your doctor and get in touch to discuss before coming to a class.
I'm pregnant, can I still come?
Yoga is a great idea for expecting Mums but you do have to adapt your practice, not all styles are suitable and hot yoga is off the cards for the duration of your pregnancy. Please get in touch to discuss before coming to a class.
I'm worried that I won't be able to keep up with the more challenging classes...
That's absolutely fine. Everyone is at the class doing their own version of every posture, the aim isn't to resemble a synchronised swimming troop and yoga is definitely not a competitive sport. You'll see people stop for drinks and little breaks throughout. This is encouraged, we want you to work at your pace. Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable and enjoy it, it's your hour out of your day after all.
It's mostly for girls isn't it?
Nope, definitely not. Did you know that ladies were not traditionally encouraged to practice yoga? It was reserved for the guys, considered too demanding for girls. It can be quite physically challenging, it also doesn't have to be. We cover all bases and you can make it what you need it to be each time.
Will we listen to Enya for an hour?
We like Enya but no. We do usually play music during classes which will vary to suit the pace of the practice each time. We welcome requests...
Will we have to sing/hum/chant stuff?
No. Collective chanting does have it's place within some yoga practices but it isn't usually part of our regular timetabled classes. We may explore this more in some classes and workshops but there's never any requirement to participate. Just like the physical practice, we want you to be comfortable and enjoy it.
Will there be lots of sitting still with our eyes closed?
Definitely not in our flow classes. We're on the move most of the time. We do stop and stay still at the end for a short period to relax the body, cool down and consolidate but otherwise we stay active. In our restorative classes, it's mostly personal preference. We often dim the lights so it's up to you, no one will notice either way.
Is yoga a religion?
In a nutshell, no. Yoga is more a science of the self. It can help us understand ourselves better through various techniques including postures (asanas), breathing, focused awareness, meditation, and certain rules of behaviour. The history of yoga philosophy is quite rich and complex. Although aspects have been mirrored and incorporated into a number of belief systems it is not attached specifically to one, so should not conflict with any belief system of your own.
Any other questions?
Please get in touch. We're very happy to natter through things and answer any queries you might have.