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Practicalities & FAQs

STUDIO PRACTICALITIES

  • Guarantee your space by booking studio classes online in advance (and cancelling no later than 2 hours before if your plans change).
  • Bring your yoga mat, or you can rent one of ours for £1.
  • The studio will open 15 minutes before class. We regret that late-comers cannot be admitted. 
  • We are a small studio and don't have shower facilities, and have limited changing facilities. 
  • Please remove your shoes (we practise bare-foot).
  • Please turn off your mobile phone.
  • Always stay until the end of class both for your own safety and for the sake of others around you.
  • Please let your teacher know before each class if you have an injury or medical condition.
  • Mat spaces are marked out in the room and your mat is your space during class. At peak times, classes can be busy so please be prepared to accommodate your neighbours.  
  • Some studios require silence before and after class.... (we don't!). We encourage you to chat to your neighbour, have fun and make a new friend.

STUDIO FAQs

Q: Should I eat a meal before class?
A: We advise not eating heavy meals two hours before class. If you need to eat before class, have something light like fruit and nuts.

Q: Do I need a yoga mat?
A: Yoga mats can be rented for £1. You can of course bring your own.

Q: Do I need to bring anything else?
A: A bottle of water is good and a towel for your mat to catch the sweat. Small towels can be rented for £1, and we sell mat sized 'hot yoga' grip towels.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Lightweight clothing is best and we practise in bare feet. Women tend to wear leggings or shorts and a tank top. Men tend to wear shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a loose t-shirt or vest.

Q: What is hot yoga?
A: Our studio is heated to help the body work out safely and effectively, whilst encouraging sweating. Classes are challenging and have a big focus on breath. Our dynamic yoga classes contain a flow from posture to posture and each class is sequenced differently by the teacher. The studio is heated to approx. 30 degrees.

Q: Do I need to book?
A: Yes. Our classes get busy and we limit the amount of mat spaces. You can create an account with us and book your space online. We recommend you arrive at least 5 minutes early to class as late-comers can not be admitted.

Q: How do I pay?
A: We accept payment online with Visa or Mastercard when you book your class, this reserves your space in class.

Q: I'm not bendy, can I still come?
A: Yes! You wouldn't go to a French lesson if you were already fluent. The best thing you can do is get on the mat, we will guide you through the rest. If you commit to a regular yoga practice your body will begin to open up and you will gain more flexibility in every area of your body. 

Q: Is yoga for guys?
A: Absolutely. There seems to be a myth that yoga is only for women but that's simply not true. Modern yoga is booming and thousands of sportsmen including football and rugby teams use yoga to supplement their training - resulting in less injuries and sharper reactions.

Q: Do you play music during your classes?
A: No. Our lives are full of stimulation already so our classes aim to provide a purer experience away from any distractions.

Q: What is OM?
A: We chant OM to open and close each class. OM is an ancient sanskrit word that was used by the rishis when they meditated. The chant was shared as an experience rather than something tangible. It's said that OM contains every aspect of the universe and by chanting OM we are gaining awareness of our physical being in the moment and the oneness with others around us. On occasion, we chant OM Shanti to close the class. Shanti simply translates to peace, so by doing this chant at the end of class we are wishing peace for all living and non-living things in our universe. Both are completely optional.

Q: What is the entrance and exit music?
A: Before and after classes the music we play may include devotional music to certain Hindu deities in line with the origins of yoga. The reason why this music is used over something more westernised, is that the words in these songs and indeed the names of these deities (Krishna, Shiva, Ganesha ect.) help to remind us of good qualities of living and acting to which they represent, qualities that do already exist within ourselves but that we can always be reminded of.

Q: I am pregnant. Can I do hot dynamic yoga?
A: If you had a regular yoga practice before pregnancy then it may be suitable for you to continue to do so during pregnancy, adapting certain poses when necessary. However, if you are brand new to yoga, it is recommended not to start with a physically challenging style like our dynamic yoga during pregnancy. This is because it will be too much for the body to start finding and strengthening muscles from not having them developed before hand. Please know that our teachers are not specifically trained in pregnancy yoga, so can only suggest basic alternatives in poses for you, and you practise at your own risk. Please get permission from your doctor before attending a class if you are pregnant.

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