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New Student Information

Is mindful movement vinyasa for me?

Mindful movement can be tailored to suit everybody from seasoned athletes to sedentary adults. It has been shown not only to improve strength and flexibility but also to improve the general functioning of the body’s systems from the nervous system to the digestive system. It will improve the body’s ability to release toxins, bring increased energy and also increased calmness.

Our classes are mixed level and hence beginners are catered for in our classes, with special dedicated instructions and versions of each pose.

Initially you may find class physically challenging, and you may find the variety of poses in each class somewhat overwhelming. We strongly suggest that beginners take a private online or face-to-face class to provide you with a foundation for your practice. Please contact me for more information.

Do I need to be flexible to practice?

No! As you start to work with your body you will discover that your body will naturally start to open and you will find that your flexibility improves. This practice is a wonderful complement to many sports such as running, cycling, climbing and surfing… in fact it will improve your ability in all physical activities.

Preparing for class

  • Try not to eat at least 1 hour before class (preferably 2 hours for larger meals). We suggest that you arrive at the class well hydrated, but please avoid drinking large quantities of water just before and during class, as this may cause nausea and inhibit twisting and abdominal work.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class, so that you can register and inform your teacher of any injuries or pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move your legs and arms freely. Regular shorts and board-shorts will restrict your movement, and loose shirts may block your vision. Fitted clothing offers the added benefit that the teacher is better able to assess your posture and provide adjustments. Have an extra layer handy in the cooler months, as this will be needed during the warm-up and also when relaxing at the end of class.
  • Please turn your mobile off, or onto silent for the duration of the class.
  • Those with any pre-existing medical conditions, and menstruating and pregnant students new to yoga are advised to speak to the yoga teacher before attempting any classes.

What if I feel sore after class?

Muscle soreness is caused by a build-up of lactic acid. There are several ways to relieve muscle soreness:

  • Drink plenty of water after class
  • Try legs up the wall to reduce muscle soreness in the legs
  • Develop a home practice between classes. A regular practice is the best way to build muscle strength and flexibility.
  • Relax in a warm bath