What do I need to bring for class?
- A good Mat (you can purchase your own high ‘quality’ mat from us)
- Blanket/ beach towel
- Wear comfortable cloths, no shoes needed
What time should I arrive?
- Be a early bird! Arrive 8-10 minutes before class begins.
- When you’re waiting outside, please be quiet, particularly when a class is in progress.
- If you are late, you will not be able to attend as students/class, it is not nice to be interrupted.
What do I need to do before the class starts?
- See teacher before class, too sign in your attendance.
- Remove shoes before entering the space, our faces and hair do touch the floor.
- Turn off all phones/pagers (or just leave them at home, unless you do special work then you are totally excused!)
- Please move your mat to make space in crowded classes.
- Collect props and blankets required for your class.
Where do I put my belongings?
- No clothing, bags or shoes are to stay in the studio.
- You can place your belongings out the back out of the way.
What do I need to keep in mind during my class?
- Wear a shirt to reduce skin-to-skin contact with our props. This also makes it easier for teachers to make adjustments.
- If you sweat, bring a towel to class.
- Please do not use our blankets to wipe sweat from the floor or your body.
What should I do at the completion of a class?
- For cleanliness purposes, please spray and wipe mats and props after use.
- Stack props neatly.
- Return folded blankets.
What do I need to tell a new teacher?
If you are taking a class from a teacher who is new to you, please inform them of any injuries or conditions.
Expiry on classes and passes?
In an ideal world, yes, karma, love and a never expiring pass. Realistically, our studio has to pay rent, heat, electricity, water, teachers, insurance, music and supply props. Often times we offer low packages. Expiration dates will keep you getting plenty of sampling of classes, teachers and overall environment. It’s a good practice of commitment and a healthy habit. We place love, time, money and effort into the studio creating a healing space. When asked before purchasing we will always work out plans with students. If you don’t wish to attend in a timely fashion relative to a class pass then a casual, pay-as-you-go option is best instead.
Are children allowed?
We love children participating with their parents @ Essence Of My Heart studio but please note it is a quiet, calming community space. We may not have the space for them if class is booked out, so please contact teacher. We cannot have children running around or making noise. Keep in mind we all need to be quiet and still during chanting, meditation and relaxation. Quality is important to us for all students.
I am interested in Barre classes? What do I need to do?
- Because we have limited space, classes must be booked and prepaid for before you start your class.
- Make sure to bring a towel.
What should I eat before coming to class?
Its best to avoid eating 2-3 hours before your class as we twist from side to side, turn upside down, bend in different directions and if you have not fully digested a meal, you will more than likely become quickly uncomfortable. If this doesn’t suit you and you know you are someone who becomes faint or needs to eat regularly, you can experiment with having a light snack before class. It is highly recommended that you hydrate yourself by drinking water daily before and after class.
Can I participate if I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! As long as your doctor has given you the okay to do so, Yoga and Pilates Basics can be of great benefit pre and post natal, however we do not recommend too much core work, Pilates props and dynamic yoga. We ask that you please inform your teacher before class so they are aware of your pregnancy and what trimester you are at.
I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga?
Yes of course you can! This is one of the greatest benefits in a regular practice…developing flexibility. You will notice the difference after your first class!
What clothing and equipment do I need to start with?
Come to your first class with an open mind, curiosity and a smile. Wear clothing you feel comfortable in, keeping in mind practicality.
Leggings, shorts and shirt are suitable and there is no need to bring shoes as all classes are barefoot. You may wish to bring a towel to class (especially in Barre). Mats are provided, however as your practice develops you may wish to buy your own mat which is available at the studio.
What are the benefits of Yoga, Pilates & Barre?
Benefits can include:
- longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- improves postural problems
- creates a stronger, more flexible spine
- promotes recovery from strain or injury
- increases joint range of motion
- improves circulation
- increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
- helps prevent injury
- enhances mobility, agility and stamina
- improves balance, coordination & circulation
- balances strength & flexibility
- engages the mind and heightens body awareness
- no-impact – easy on the joints
- can be customised for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
- complements other methods of exercise
- improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, dance, etc.)
- reduces stress, relieves tension, boosts energy through deep stretching
- heightens neuromuscular coordination
Which class should I choose to gain the most benefits – Yoga, Barre or Pilates?
Yoga, Pilates and Barre are completely different styles of exercise and the styles complement each other tremendously. Practicing regularly (3-6 times/week) is recommended to get the best results, however even if you are only able to come once per week you will experience the benefits from all. You will more than likely plan classes into your busy schedule as a priority once you feel and see the differences in your body and mind.