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We've put together a list of the questions we are most commonly asked. We hope we cover what you need to know, if not please feel free to call or email the studio.
I’m a beginner. Is Bikram, Sumit's or Iron Yoga for me?
All of our yoga styles are beginner friendly and each is for everybody and every body. Each class is open to beginners and follows the same format whether it is your first class or whether you have been practicing for many years. It does not matter how well you do each posture, only that you try the right way.
What do I need to bring?
Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will give you a complimentary mat for your first class if you need one. After that, you can rent a mat from us for $2 (we also sell mats). Thick foam mats or camping mats are not suitable for what we do.
Bring two good-sized bath or beach towels. You will need one to practice on and one for a shower afterwards. You can rent towels from us for $2 each if you’d prefer to travel light and have us do your washing. No hand towels, please! Remember, the sweat is your friend.
Bring a bottle of water. We sell water – small & large bottles.
I’m coming to my first class. What should I expect?
Your first class will cost $39 (see Give it a Go Pass).
Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute Hatha Yoga class practised in a heated room to 38 degrees. Sumit's Yoga sequence is a 75 minute class set to music combining a cool mixture of static Hatha postures with Vinyasa Flow intertwined through the class. The class will leave you feeling energized and buzzing you'll be wanting to come back for more! Iron Yoga is a strong, intense and physically challenging 60 minute with accessible postures that challenge the body in new ways, increase performance and capability in sport and reduces the possibility of injury or painful impingement. Participants will use and develop strength, stamina and increased mobility from the very first class. It's addictive!
Men and women of all levels practice together because this series is suitable for everyone, regardless of your age, ability, flexibility, size, shape and physical history. You should be prepared to work hard and sweat.
You should also be prepared to meet wonderful, positive and open-minded people who make up our studio’s community!
How do I prepare for a class?
Arrive at least 30 minutes early for your first class. Doors open 30 minutes before class and close as class begins. You will need to complete a brief registration form and have a little chat with your teacher before class.
Come hydrated. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 liters per day for normal body maintenance. You can loose up to 1.5 liters of water during class. The days you practice Yoga, you need to drink up to 3-4ltrs. Just make sure your water intake is not done on the way to class or during class (this just fills your belly and may cause discomfort during class). Most of your water intake should be at least 2 hours before and after.
Come on an empty stomach, but not hungry. Avoid heavy foods during the few hours before your class.
What should I wear?
Women wear sports bra or top and shorts or 3.4 leggings and men wear shorts (t-shirt/single optional). Comfort is the key here!!!
Do I need to book in advance?
There is no need to book in advance.
Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts if you are a regular student, 30 minutes earlier if it is your first class.
Why the heat?
Practicing in the heat allows for a deeper and safer stretch without injury. It is normal to feel a little achy after your first class, but you will be nowhere near as sore as you would be had you practiced in a cold room!
The heat promotes sweating, assisting the detoxification process by removing toxins through the body’s largest eliminating organ: the skin. This yoga provides a strong cardiovascular workout even though you are standing still. The heat supports and intensifies this effect.
As a result, capillaries are dilated and freshly oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood is flushed throughout your body, which promotes healing and strengthening. The heat also creates a mental challenge, strengthening concentration, determination and mental willpower.
The studio has a start of the art heating system which maintains a room temperature of 40ºC and also an fresh air system installed so there is plenty of fresh air and good circulation within the studio.
What if I’m inflexible, overweight, unfit, old or injured?
Perfect! Our yoga studio is where you need to be. This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga isn’t about being flexible. It is about stretching your body and spine to improve your flexibility. If you are performing the exercises the right way, even if it’s only 1/10th of the way, you will receive 100% of the benefits.
How often should I practise?
As often as you can. “For great results, practice three times per week." Having the opportunity to mix up your classes will keep you inspired and each class will challenge you in different ways. All classes complement each other so well, we feel we've found the perfect mix you'll never need a membership to anywhere else again!