Can I book a class?
You are welcome to drop-in but we cannot guarantee a space. You can book and pay online by clicking on the timetable tab above.
We do operate a waitlist and if we can’t fit you in we will try to accommodate you in a later class. If you need to cancel a booking, we ask that you do so 2 hours before the class so that we can give your space away to another eager yogi.
I’m not bendy or very fit. I’m scared!
Don’t be. We all have different bodies. Comparison is pointless.
There are some people who will never be able to perform extreme feats like putting their feet behind their ears but so what? It doesn’t make those people any healthier or happier than anyone else. Yoga is not a competition and you don’t need to be able to do the splits. You just need to get yourself on a mat and give it a go.
Regular practice improves your flexibility, your circulation and we will vouch for the fact it makes you happier and healthier. We will help you to find a way to make each pose work for you and which is kind to your body.
I have an injury – can I still come?
You should always consult your doctor if you are injured. Always make the teacher aware of any restrictions on your movement if your doctor is happy for you to come to class. Your teacher can show you how to modify any postures which cause discomfort. You need to become aware of what your body is telling you and respect your own limits. Regular practice is excellent, but it is equally important to rest when necessary.
Is it normal to find it difficult?
Yes! Balancing, twisting, opening and stretching can be difficult for all of us if we don’t get to move away from our desks very often. You need to listen to your own body and go at your own pace. It isn’t about being able to put your feet behind your ears at Yogavani. The more you learn to breathe deeply, relax and enjoy your practice, you will start to see the benefits.
What are the benefits?
We think yoga works wonders from the inside out making you happier and healthier overall. It can help you lose weight as part of a healthy lifestyle, improve circulation and flexibility, build strength and promote relaxation and stress relief.
What is Hot Yoga?
Students perform a series of postures in our specially heated studio designed to improve flexibility, balance and promote the release of toxins from the body. The heat warms your muscles and allows you to stretch more deeply. It leaves you glowing inside and out.
What should I bring?
Yourself, of course, in comfortable clothes that you can move in, a mat (although we do provide mats free of charge), some water (we do sell water at the studio). You need to bring a towel to cover your mat or we can rent you one, but it is essential that your mat is covered with a towel. This keeps things clean and hygienic for your fellow students.
What is the etiquette?
We recommend you arrive in good time for your class as there will be no admission after the class has started.
Please take off your shoes before entering the studio and leave them under the benches in reception.
There are hooks for clothes and personal belongings in the changing rooms. Please ensure any mobile phones are switched off.
Please leave the room quietly after your class as some people use that time for quiet meditation.
I am pregnant. Can I do hot yoga?
No we recommend that you do not practice hot yoga. We run specialist pregnancy yoga classes where you can be guided through a safe and relaxing practice with other mums-to-be.
I am a beginner. Any tips for my first class?
Arrive 20 minutes before the class you wish to attend to fill out a short registration form.
You will be acclimatising to the heat for your first few classes, so do try to stay in the room.
Don’t struggle through each posture – take a break if you feel overwhelmed. You can sit down on your mat or lie on your back if the heat gets too much.
Drink water before, during and after class.
Don’t eat a heavy meal 2-3 hours before class.