What do I do for my first class?
New students must register prior to class starting. For your first class, come 15 minutes prior to fill out the registration form. To make things quicker, you can print the registration form and bring it with you. Please also see the information at ‘Your first class’.What should I wear? Wear clothes that are comfortable, but not too baggy. We spend quite a lot of time with our head down and it can be annoying having your t-shirt (or jewellery) hanging over your head. Should I bring anything? Mats From a hygiene point of view, many people like to use their own mats, so bring it along if you have one. If you forget or don't have one for now, we do have mats available. It would be great if you can clean it after use. We have cleaning products at the back of the class. If you're in a rush, we do understand, just let us know so we can clean it for you. Water Hot power yoga is a heated class so bring some water with you. We sell water and coconut water if you forget. Remember to hydrate through the day. Towels and hand towels For hot yoga classes, bring water, a towel that fits over your mat and maybe a hand towel to wipe the sweat (yes we're okay if you wipe that stinging sweat out of your eyes). Hand towels are also good props for certain poses to help your reach. If you forget, towels can be hired from the studio for a gold coin donation. Can I eat before class? Yoga works not only on flexibility and strength but also on your digestive system, and therefore an empty stomach is recommended. We suggest not eating a substantial meal during the two or three hours before class. Do I need to be flexible for yoga? No – one of the most common misconceptions about yoga is that you need to be flexible. Asanas (postures) can be done at a range of levels, with your teacher providing adjustments to suit your flexibility. It is important to listen to your body and work at your own level. Overstretching (and sometimes injury) most often occurs when we don't listen and respect our bodies, and our ego gets involved, making us stretch further. If practiced regularly, yoga will help your flexibility. Why do I feel dizzy during class? Sometimes we feel dizzy when we don't breathe properly or we don't drink enough water. In certain poses we can have a tendency to hold our breath, making us feel light headed. Pace your practice and remind yourself to breathe deeply through the class. Eating too much before class or not having eaten for a long time and having low blood sugar can also cause dizziness. I'm pregnant, can I come to class? Pregnancy yoga is not available at TPY studio. However, if you have been practising yoga for some time you may join our regular classes, but it's advisable to check with your doctor first. If you haven't practised yoga before, you should avoid practising during your first trimester. Please note that many classes offered at TPY are vigorous and will heat the body and elevate your heart rate, sometimes quite considerably. The hot yoga classes are heated up to 32 degrees Celsius and may not be suitable during pregnancy so please seek professional advice first. Please check with your doctor prior to starting any form of exercise, including yoga. Can I bring my children to yoga? Classes are available to anyone over eighteen. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds can attend, provided they have an adult with them. Please note, you may not leave your children waiting in reception while you complete a class. TPY unfortunately doesn’t offer crèche services. Do you have a FAR infrared (FIR) sauna? We are a yoga studio with far infrared heating. We don't have sauna facilities. What do you do with lost property? We love the fact that you're blissed out on oxygen when you finish class, but unfortunately that sometimes means you leave things behind. That's not a problem, but we don't have space to keep your stuff forever. So ... we clear it out monthly and give it to an organisation that needs it like the Good Sammies or the Salvos. Please ask at reception if you’ve left something behind.