A need to be flexible is one of the great many myths that exist around yoga. Yoga is about working with what you have – if you commit to a regular practice, you will be surprised at just how fast things change. You may never be able to get your feet behind your ears, but the good news is you don’t need to!
While we grade our classes in terms of levels of difficulty, this is by no means the only criterion distinguishing one class from another. There are quite literally, dozens of different styles of yoga – we’re offering just 3 of them.
When choosing a class, it’s obviously important to pick something that you can participate in safely, so if you are a complete newcomer to yoga, or if you have health problems, especially problems with wrists, shoulders or blood pressure, our Rocket classes probably aren’t for you at this time. Likewise, if you have real difficulty sitting still and absolutely no interest in overcoming that, our Yin class will be a real challenge.
If you’ve already tried a bit of yoga, are reasonably fit and healthy, your best bet would be to use your Trial Pass to experience as many of our classes as you can attend. You can then work out which style best suits your needs.
Each of the class descriptions indicates the level of experience it is intended for – Beginner, Mixed Ability or Intermediate-Advanced. Mixed Ability implies that the class is suitable for all participants, but it’s important to remember that the teacher will offer modifications of poses for those new to yoga and variations for those who are able to take their practice a little further. If you’re new to yoga, you aren’t expected to go the full range; indeed, it’s important that you recognise your natural limits and stay within them. Doing so will mean that you enjoy the class more, avoid injury and slowly progress to a point where you can do all the fancy variations.
Don’t allow yourself to be driven (or defeated)by ego!
While yoga can be used during the rehabilitative phase of recovery from an injury, it’s important to realise that just as with any other physical activity, it’s possible to aggravate a condition if you don’t give it proper attention.
Please complete your health screening form honestly and inform us if anything, no matter how small changes in your physical health. Let us know if you have niggling injury so that we can provide a workaround. It’s especially important that we know about problems like abnormal blood pressure, diabetes and eye problems, so that we can monitor your wellbeing. We also need to know if you are pregnant.
If you have a particularly chronic condition, it might be more beneficial for you to consider taking private yoga classes, where the work will be adapted to meet your specific needs. Sessions of 30 or 50 minute duration are available
The faster paced classes, especially the vinyasa-based classes will definitely see you getting very warm. It’s wise to come in layers – as you begin to warm up, you can take off layers and put them back on again during quieter moments such as the relaxation period (savasana) at the end of the session.
As far as type of clothing goes, the key is to wear what you’re comfortable in. If you’re a woman, it’s generally best to have your lowest layer of clothing reasonably body hugging, so that you don’t have to worry about tops riding up or down. T-shirts, crop tops, vests, shorts, leggings etc are all acceptable, but guys…if you’re wearing loose – fitting shorts, please make sure you have something on underneath them! Generally speaking we work in bare feet – socks prevent you gripping the mat adequately and trainers are a definite no-no.
We have a fair amount of basic equipment including mats, blocks band/straps and blankets, but you may prefer to bring your equipment if you have it,especially a mat. If you’re doing a vinyasa-based class, you may find a mat towel (special towel with rubberised dots on the underside) particularly helpful in preventing your hands and feet from slipping . A yoga bolster is very useful for use in the Yin class.
Water is a good idea, but get used to sipping rather than taking deep slugs.
The word “yoga” means “union”, so we don’t encourage you to push yourself beyond your natural limits, even in our fast-paced Rocket classes. It’s very important that you honour your body rather than strive to match a beat which isn’t your own. Everyone, even the most experienced of yogis takes a break every now and then. If you find that you need to rest, try doing so in Child’s pose; on your knees with your forehead resting on the mat. Alternatively, you can just lie down. Take a break for a minute or two, then just join in with the rest of the class.
The short answer is – beyond showing a general respect for others…no!
We only ask you to use basic common sense really – avoid private conversations during the class unless we’ve broken up for buddy work, turn off mobiles etc. You don’t have to sit cross-legged, offer namaste or stop eating the stuff you love to do yoga!
Of course – your class pass means that you can attend any class you want (the exception being the 45-minute Pass,which is only valid for 45-minute classes). If you have a Trial, 10 or 20-Class Pass, you have the option of taking a a week or more* off without penalty, as these have built-in “holiday” periods. This not available for the 4-Class Pass.
*check the terms for each pass, as the length of the holiday period varies for each pass type.
All the class passes have a limited length of validity. Trial and 4-Class Passes last for 4 weeks, 10-Class Passes last for 12 weeks and 20-Class Passes last for 24 weeks. If you leave it longer than this for your pass, it will have expired and can no longer be used. If you know ahead of time that you won’t be able to attend class for a number of weeks, you are probably better off purchasing a PAYG Pass.
If you know you have to leave early for some reason on a particular day, try to position yourself close to the door so that you don’t disturb others. It’s important to remember that savasana, the relaxation period at the end of the class is an integral part of the yoga experience, so try to get into the habit of allowing yourself the luxury of 5 minutes of rest before dashing off to your busy life.