If you’re thinking about trying your first class but have no idea what to go for, we’re here to help you make the best decision. With many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming, but having a diverse timetable means that most likely, there’s a perfect option for YOU. We’ve created this guide to help you find the perfect class for your unique body (and mind) requirements.
These are general guidelines. If you have specific health needs please check the suitability of the class with the studio first.
What style of class fits your needs?
It’s time to decide the style of Yoga you’ll try first. Check out the infographic above (1 being easier 5 being more challenging), or identify which of the styles describes your needs best, by reading the statements below.
“All I want to do at the end of the day is relax and I heard Yoga would be good for that” or
“My mind is constantly racing, but I don’t know how to meditate and I have a hard time relaxing”
Then Yin Yoga or Restorative Yoga will be perfect for you. All the poses are held for 3 to 5 minutes and you’re encouraged to focus on your breath, so it’s a great mindfulness practice, especially if you’re a beginner. Even those who normally practice more dynamic types of Yoga or other sports (like running) come to Yin/Restorative, to give their muscles and minds a good break.
Because the poses are held for longer, Yin also works on the connective tissues and joints, so it’s a recommended practice as you age. Plus, with both practices you’ll sleep like a baby.
If you think this might be too slow, Hatha is the next level – the perfect combination of mindfulness, flexibility and strength work. There are more poses than in a Yin or Restorative class, but you might still hold each one for 5 to 10 breaths. And speaking of breath, this is the most likely class to include different breathing exercises.
“I want something that will make me feel better overall. I feel stiff and my back aches sometimes, I know I should move more, though I don’t do much at the moment”
The type of Yoga that has it all – flexibility, mobility, mindfulness, relaxation, and breath work – is Hatha. It’s also great for beginners and the one to try if you’re unsure about your energy levels, as it sits perfectly between Yin and Flow.
Hatha is a great complement to your sports or gym practice and it can keep you away from injuries so you can improve your performance, both physically and mentally.
Once you’ve practiced Hatha for a while, you can choose to advance to Flow.
“I have a lot of energy to burn” or
“I want something that can replace my gym workouts” or
“I want a full body workout and work on both flexibility and strength”
Then for you, Flow is the way to go. This style of Yoga is dynamic, and works everything from head to toe. If you’re a beginner, start with the Focus Flow, so you can get time to adjust to the poses and the transitions. Once you’re confident, you can go up to a Dynamic Flow.
“I’m so inflexible, should I even go to Yoga?”
That’s the biggest reason why you should. Start small, with Yin Yoga or Hatha Yoga, to gain confidence and improve as you go.
“I’ve never done Yoga or Pilates before and I have no idea what they involve, but I heard great things about their benefits”
The best thing you can do is join one of our Beginner courses. You’ll start your journey with a group of people that feel exactly the same way you do. If you can’t find a course that will fit your schedule, start with Yin or Hatha.
“What do you recommend for men? Isn’t this mostly for women?”
You know what’s funny? Some of our most committed customers are men. The hardest thing is to take the first step to walk into the studio, but once you start experiencing the benefits, you’ll be hooked (that’s a promise).
Statistically, men tend to go for the extremes – either Yin (where there’s not much movement at all), Flow (our most dynamic class), or Pilates, which is a full body workout. So it all depends on your energy levels and your needs, check out some of the other descriptions.
“I have low back pain” or
“My doctor recommended Pilates for my condition” or
“I think I need to work on my core because my balance is not great and I’m getting older” or
“I want abs”
Our Pure Pilates class might just be the perfect class for you. It helps to improve balance, mobility, reduces low back ache and it can be a great support to keep you moving even if you have some minor limitations. It’s a full body workout, with a focus on the core.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that working with a medical condition will require you to modify some poses and exercises, so starting out with a Beginner Course might be better, since you get a few sessions in which you can learn how to adapt everything to your needs.
“I currently have an acute injury” or
“I have a few different conditions, but my doctor said exercising will help, especially Yoga or Pilates”
In this case, a class setting might not be the right choice for you. If you have a few different limitations, modifying all the time will feel frustrating for you and you might not get the best experience.
Some of our teachers do have experience working with medical conditions, so they can give you advice and even work with you one to one. If you have a number of limitations speak to us first so we can give you the best advice.
“I want to lose weight”
If this is your biggest goal, we have to set some realistic expectations. In terms of the physical practice, it’s not the most effective fat burning exercise. However, most of our classes have the effect of muscle toning, which will improve your metabolism and help you burn more calories. However, some of our customers have lost weight over the long-term with a consistent practice because it sets you up with the motivation to live a healthier life.
Yoga and Pilates can positively impact your weight loss journey in a few different ways:
- reducing stress will reduce your cortisol levels, which is one of the main hormones that stores fat in the body
- you start making better choices and take better care of yourself
- due to the toning benefits of the practice you will see some improvements in your core strength and appearance
- and it’s a great complement to any other tool you will choose to make this change in your life.
Just pick the right class for your level by checking out some of the descriptions above.
“I already have a gym membership and they offer Yoga and Pilates classes, how is this different?”
Have you tried booking a class yet? Unfortunately, due to the huge variety of classes they have to offer, gyms only tend to have a few classes per week, and they’re fully booked by the same people every time. Very frustrating, especially if you have to get up at 6am in the morning the week before to try to get a spot. I’ve been there. It’s very hard to get a consistent practice when you struggle to get in. At our studio, you can pre-book your classes 2 months in advance, so you don’t have to set an alarm at some deathly hour just to be told that all the spaces have gone.
At the gym, the Yoga class tends to be just another workout, so there may be less focus on the relaxation and mindfulness part of the practice which is where a lot of us get the most benefit.
Also, as a beginner, the gym class is not the best place, because you won’t get the attention and advice you need and often the classes are over-crowed.
A dedicated Yoga and Pilates studio offers more choice of styles, more classes on the timetable, different teachers, personal attention during the class, all the props you need to modify the poses to suit you, and one aspect we take immense pride in – a community. We’ve seen friendships form at the studio, and we have couples or parents and older children sharing a Yoga class as something they do together. Plus, there’s always a friendly face greeting you at the reception desk, asking you how your week has been.
“Why should I come to a studio when I can watch free videos online?”
There’s nothing wrong with getting some practice at home, hitting pause to go at your own pace is useful sometimes. But… you’re still at home. Many of our customers come to the studio because they crave the personal time away from their environment, some dedicated ‘me time’ with no interruptions.
There’s magic happening when you step into the studio and decide that all your problems can wait for an hour. And even more magical is that once you step out, they seem smaller than before.
How to Book
Please choose the Membership and classes you require and click to book classes online.
Or you can email Paula through the Contact Form for more information or if you need to book on to a class or need any assistance.
Please note these classes are not suitable for children under 16.