Almost - with a few exceptions like Pilates and the HIIT classes (High Intensity Interval Training). It is all good mental and physical exercise. Our class descriptions aim to take away the mystery and give you the feeling of the class (and if you come out with a better idea, write it down and let us know.) Most of the different styles originate from plain and simple Hatha Yoga and have evolved to suit different tastes and needs.
We have grouped our classes under five headings, Hot, Strong, Flow, Gentle and Mending to help you find what you need. Some appear under more than one heading. Nothing beats a conversation with our helpful and skilled staff to help clarify your choices. Come and have a chat at our reception desk and we can guide you through them. Our very popular Intro Taster card is a brilliant way to try out a range of different classes in both our studios.
Easily. With very few exceptions, our classes work for beginners and experts alike. Newcomers can do at least part of all the postures and will soon develop their practice, helped by guidance from our skilled teachers.
Maybe you’re not bendy now, but you will definitely get bendier when you stick to it. You don’t need to be ‘in shape’ from the start. Yoga is about helping you stretch your body and to increase your flexibility. There is always room for improvement both physically and emotionally and nobody forces you beyond your limits.
Don’t give it another thought. Every student in the room will be focusing on themselves. No one will be judging you and the teacher will guide you. We are a community and everyone remembers their first class. You will feel their support - that is one of the great things about practicing together.
No. There is a wide range with some hot classes, some warm classes and some at normal room temperature but there are never cold classes because that is not a good way to practice. For example, Astanga and Vinyasa are at room temperature. Hot HIIT is around 34°. You can see which ones are on the ‘HOT’ list and all those take place in a very pleasant heat, deliberately just a little cooler than most hot studios. The Hot 26 and Hot Core 40 classes are heated to 38°. The heat is carefully set to warm your muscles, helping you work more deeply and safely and taking the pain out of stretching. 38°c is the maximum optimum temperature and avoids the distress some may experience above that level.
We designed a very innovative system to make sure that, whatever the temperature, you come out refreshed and energised and don’t crawl out exhausted. Both studios have a sophisticated combination. Custom-made units draw in fresh air, maintain the right oxygen levels, manage the humidity and handle part of the heating. In addition, the white ceramic ceiling panels (Far Infrared or FIR) can then be used and they heat your body, not the air you breathe. This FIR is kind, sun-spectrum heating developed in German and Austrian hospitals for therapeutic benefit. Lots of fresh air is brought in throughout the class, up to three cubic metres per second. The system makes a real difference. You will feel fresh at the end.
In so many ways. It makes the muscles, fascia and connective tissue more elastic so that joints have more mobility and you see results faster. The heat takes the trauma out of stretching and speeds healing. You can stretch more easily. It helps your capillaries to dilate, improving oxygen flow throughout your body.
45, 60, 75 or 90 minutes to give you plenty of choice. The 45 minute classes are a popular lunchtime activity. For the hot yoga, the main Hot 26 and Hot Core 40 classes are 60 or 90 minutes (the longer class produces faster results). The Express versions of those are 45minutes (with fewer repetitions of postures). You are only charged for the minutes you actually use when you buy one of our 6 hour or 15 hour cards.
Yesterday would be good. As soon as you possibly can. All our classes provide therapeutic exercise for fitness and flexibility, releasing stress and tension to helps calm your body and your mind. These are moving meditations and it is never too late to begin.
As often as you can. Daily practice at the start brings rapid improvement and then you can relax into a regime to suit you – typically three or four times a week. You will find you want to keep this up as you feel the benefits and the yoga will quickly become easier. It is habit-forming in the best possible way and the time you put in will be returned to you tenfold.
It is best to come on a fairly empty stomach, especially for the more active classes. Try not to eat for two hours before class. You can drink juice or eat fruit in moderation up to an hour before class.
You should drink plenty of water every day. It is important to stay hydrated (particularly for the hot classes) and to arrive for classes in that state.
Your own yoga mat or you can use one of ours at no charge. Bring a long towel to lay on it (for the hot classes) and another towel to dry yourself after your shower. You can hire towels from us at £2 each if you prefer. Also bring a water bottle, either stainless steel, non-BPA plastic or glass in a protective sleeve. We provide water fountains with filtered water for filling these.
Active wear or shorts with a T-shirt or sports top. No socks in the studio, you will be barefoot.
Yes, but make sure we know all the important details (see first-time registration below) and keep us up to date if things change. Teachers will be able to suggest alternative postures to help you. Never push yourself harder than feels comfortable. If you are at the infectious stage of an illness please wait until you’re better before coming.
Pregnancy is great - but you must tell us. We have a dedicated pregnancy class. Please get advice from your doctor regarding other classes and then speak to our teachers in the light of that for suggestions about posture modifications and so on. Broadly we suggest you come to classes listed under our GENTLE or MENDING sections. Avoid the hot classes during your first trimester.
Under 16? We need parental consent. Talk to us. Mother and baby classes - babies, make sure you bring your mothers and vice versa. Over 120? You’ve probably been practicing yoga all your life.
Everyone needs to fill in a registration form with full health details and discuss any issues before their first class. Please don’t forget to tell us something important. To look after you properly, our teachers need to know. You can register on-line but you still need to talk such issues through with us, so come twenty minutes early first time which also gives us a chance to show you round.
Sign-in for the first classes of the day opens 30 minutes before the class. On weekdays, we are open right through the day. At weekends, the doors will be open at least 30 minutes before class. Please arrive in good time to get changed and ready. Classes start on time and many classes start with a preparatory breathing exercise which you must not miss. We cannot let late-comers into a class.
We are sure that you will not behave in any way which will affect the peace and happiness of other students.