Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear to yoga?
Comfortable loose/stretch clothing is recommended. It's also good to bring something warm to wear during the relaxation/after the class ie. Socks, jersey, etc.
Is it ok to eat before yoga?
Ideally it is best not to eat less than 2 hours before practicing yoga. If you need one, a light snack an hour before is ok.
Do I need my own mat?
Mats are provided, however please feel free to bring your own mat if you would like to.
I’m not very flexible. Can I still do yoga?
Many people feel that they ‘can’t do yoga’, as they are ‘not flexible enough’ or they ‘can’t touch their toes’. It's easy to think that this is what yoga is about, with the constant flood of media images of yogis in impossible positions. But yoga is about breathing, being in your body and moving into a pose at your own level- whether that is sitting in a chair and moving your head an inch, or moving into a very advanced posture. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
I have an injury/pain. Can I still practice yoga?
As for the question above, if you can breathe, you can do yoga. In fact a yoga practice in most cases will be very beneficial in strengthening and/or mobilising the area. However not just any yoga- if you have an injury it's important to find a teacher who you can talk to about it and who will modify your practice accordingly during a class if need be.
If the injury or pain is serious, you may want to consider Yoga Therapy, either as an ongoing means of recovery or perhaps just a few sessions to prepare you to attend group classes. Please contact Maree if you are unsure what would be the best option for you.
When is the best time to start/end pregnancy yoga classes?
To get the most benefit from your classes it's best to start as soon as possible after the first trimester (from 13 weeks), but don't be put off if you are further on- it will still be really beneficial for you to attend. You can continue right up until baby arrives.
How often should I practice during pregnancy?
Currently we are just holding one pregnancy class a week, but yoga is so good for you and baby during pregnancy and for preparing for birth, that you may find you want to do more. A short practice at home 1-5 times a week in addition to the class would be hugely beneficial for you both, so we give out a couple of example home practices for you to take away, once you have attended a few classes. This is completely optional though- you are welcome to just attend the class and several women have written in with beautiful birth stories, having attended one class a week, saying how much it helped them.