Tips for First Timers

We have a range of classes suitable for all levels. Some classes are heated and some unheated.

Attending your first class can be a bit daunting. So that you don’t show up in an inappropriate for Yoga outfit, with no water and no towel here are some basic tips for getting the most out of your first visit!

Arrive early

Try and arrive at least half an hour early and no later than 15 minutes before the start of your FIRST class. You’ll have some brief paperwork to fill out and this would also be a great time to ask us any questions you may have. Don’t arrive late; classes start on time and arriving after class has started means you miss the class.

There will be certain classes – early bird/lunchtime classes where we may lock the main studio doors when class starts so you will not be able to gain entry. Other class times particularly evenings and weekends you may be able to get into the studio but will not be able to join the class once it’s started as it’s disruptive to have a student walk in late. It’s also important to realise that in order to receive the full benefits of the class, you must be present for the entire class.

Come with no expectations. For the best experience, expect nothing and be open to everything.

What to wear

According to the type of class you attend will affect the most appropriate clothing.

If you are attending a hot class less is definitely more! Choose an outfit that will allow you to move freely and will still feel comfortable if it becomes wet with sweat. Tight shorts and tank top or sports bra top for woman will suffice, and comfortable shorts for men. Men if wearing baggy shorts ensure you have pants on underneath! Avoid wearing heavy and loose-fitting clothing; you will sweat and they will get heavy.

Its also a good idea to skip the perfume or aftershave! Yoga and Pilates practice involves deep breathing exercises, and nobody wants a lung full of harsh chemical-laden scent.

See Tips for Aerial Yoga below for specific information on what to wear and do’s and don’ts.

Arrive well hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day leading up to your first class. If you’re taking an early morning class, you may want to start hydrating the night before. A hydrated body is able to dispel heat more efficiently making a heated class feel much more bearable.

However, be careful not drink too much the hour or so before class… you won’t want to leave the room during class, and many of the postures are designed to massage and compress your internal organs, so imagine what that may feel like to a full bladder… Bring water to class so you can hydrate as you go along.

Watch what you eat

Avoid eating at least two hours before class, and eat light foods throughout the day leading up to the class. You’ll regret that huge bowl of pasta when you’re trying to ‘compress the abdominal wall, contract the abdominal muscles’ or push yourself in an Inferno HIIT session!

Come prepared

You’ll need a Yoga mat, towel and water bottle. If you don’t bring your own, we do have Yoga mats and Yoga towels available for rent or to buy. Water is available to buy or to refill your bottle.

Also, your clothing may be soaked in sweat by the end of heated classes. If you plan to travel home straight after class bring some extra layers. We have changing rooms with shower’s so you can shower off and change into dry clothes before you leave. Bring a spare plastic bag to take your sweaty clothes home.

We have vanity areas with hairdryers so you can leave the studio all set for the rest of your day or evening.

Stay in the room

This is your first class, go easy on yourself… your goal is just to stay in the room; anything else is a bonus!!

In our Hot Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates classes it gets HOT! The classes are challenging. Listen to your body. If you feel like you need a break, sit down on your mat with your eyes open and breathe.

We suggest you relax in a seated position as opposed to child’s pose or Savasana – a seated position gives your lungs room to breathe and also allows you to stay connected with the class through observation.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t do something

With Yoga and Pilates it is not about how flexible or strong you are. Instead, it is about your attention. Just focus on what you are doing, it is your class, your practice and everyone else in the room is too busy focusing on their class and their posture to be looking at you!

You’ll feel amazing

Many people report feeling energised and rejuvenated after a class. You have just done something so, so good for you. In our Hot classes you will also sweat profusely, which aids your body in detoxification, and you’ve stretched your muscles, joints, and ligaments. Wow!

However, you may not feel so great particularly after a hot class so don’t be alarmed if you feel dizzy, light-headed, or extremely exhausted after your first class. This is also normal. These sensations are minimized with each class that you attend, so stick to it.

The intense workout in the heat is very detoxifying and cleansing, and these processes can cause these sensations. Try not to conclude that a Hot Yoga or Pilates class is not for you if you don’t feel great after your first class. With regular attendance, your body will balance out and you will begin to feel wonderful after class, so come back for you second class ASAP.

Keep an open mind

If you’ve practised other yoga before, be aware that this will likely be very different. Resist thinking: “Hey, this isn’t how we do it in [insert previous yoga style of choice]” – instead listen to the teacher and be open to what s/he says, and focus on your practice so your mind does not wander elsewhere.

After class

Don’t be in a hurry to leave.

Take your time in Savasana and relaxation, and if there’s anything you were unsure of in class, come talk to us on reception or the teacher afterwards – we’re here to help.

Tips for Aerial Yoga class

For Aerial Yoga we recommend tops with sleeves (no vest tops) so the tops of your arms are covered. Sports bras are highly recommended for women. Long pants/capris or leggings are best rather than shorts. Ensure there are no zips on any clothing. If you do come to class but have zips on clothing you will not be able to take part

You will need to remove all sharp jewellery so they do not “snag” the hammocks. Please do not wear strong perfumes or heavy make up / recent fake tans to class, as they transfer onto the hammocks.

Observing good personal hygiene makes it a great experience for everyone. Please wear deodorant, have clean feet, and avoid heavy perfumes in consideration for the next person using the hammock and fabric care.

Do not use hand lotion or sunscreen before class.

Physical restrictions and contraindications for Aerial Yoga

Before attending class, please let the teacher know if you have any medical issues that prevent you from inverting or putting pressure on your skin. Check with your doctor if you have a spinal injury or any medical condition that might be affected by an Aerial Yoga class.

Contraindications include:

  • Recent Surgery
  • Very High or Very Low Blood Pressure
  • Pregnancy
  • Glaucoma
  • Head Cold, Flu, or Sinusitis
  • Heart Disease
  • Easy Onset Vertigo
  • Osteoporosis or Bone Weakness
  • Recent Concussion or Head Injury
  • Hiatal Hernia or Disc Herniation
  • Recent Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Artificial or Re-Surfaced Hips
  • Botox (within 48 hours of class)