What if I am pregnant ?
We do not recommend our general classes if you are pregnant. This is because the abdominal muscles are lengthening and separating to make space for the growing baby, so both Yoga and Pilates need modifying significantly to make them safe in pregnancy. However, we do run specific pregnancy yoga classes for women who are 12 weeks onwards.
Do I need my own mat ?
Yes – please bring your own yoga mat. The best mats are 4.5-6mm thick: anything thicker than this makes balancing very difficult. Avoid the very thick Pilates mats unless you only ever do Pilates because these are very thick and can be quite smooth in texture, which means that your feet can slip in some of the standing postures.
What if I need to cancel a class ?
There is no charge for cancelling a class up to 4 hours before the start time. This is to make sure that another student has time to take your place if you can’t make it. A late cancellation will incur the full charge.
How do I pay for my class ?
Choose the class you want to sign up for and click on ‘sign-up now’. There are a variety of different prices for the class depending upon whether you do a ‘drop-in’ or purchase a pass. All of the payments are done online using our secure MindBody Online software so you pay before you come to class. Its as easy as that - no trying to remember to bring the right money along with you or trying to find your cheque book.
What if I have an injury ?
Please arrive in good time to talk to your teacher about any injures that you may have. All of the exercises and postures can be adapted to suit individual problem areas, but be patient while you learn some of the different alternatives. If an exercise or a posture does not feel good then please just sit it out and join back in when you feel ready, or take an alternative to the one that is being taught.
When should I eat ?
Yoga and Pilates are best done on an empty stomach, so please avoid eating anything heavy for 3-4 hours before your class. A light snack (like a banana or a muesli bar) is OK up to 2 hours before your class, but avoid anything heavier than this or you are likely to feel very nauseous. Yin yoga is a little more forgiving, but it is still best to avoid practicing on a full stomach.
Your first class ?
Please arrive in good time to complete our health questionnaire and bring it with you already completed.
What do I need to bring ?
Although we don’t usually encourage you to drink much water during your practice, you might like to bring a bottle of water just to wet your mouth if it becomes dry. Please make sure you are well hydrated before your class though
If you have your own props (blocks, belts etc) that you like to use then you are quite welcome to bring these along.
If you are coming to our Yin Yoga class, then please a blanket and a cushion with you, as well as your yoga mat.
What do I wear ?
Anything that allows you to move freely: jogging bottoms, leggings, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts. The choice is yours. Wear lots of layers though, so that you can take a layer off if you are getting warm and so that you can stay warm for the relaxation at the end.