Q. Can I do hot yoga?
Hot yoga is suitable most people, and in NQ most activities are done in 30˚C anyways! Technically, most of our classes are considered “warm” yoga rather than hot yoga because we only heat to 30˚C instead of 37˚C to 42˚C like more traditional studios.
We will need a clearance from your Doctor if you:
- Under 16 years old
- Have a history of heart condition or stroke
- Have a serious cardio-vascular condition including hypertension, hypotension or heart failure
- Are currently using diuretics, barbiturates or beta-blockers
Q. How do I prepare for a class?
- Arrive hydrated
- Don’t eat for at least 1.5 hours before class
- Wear comfy clothes you can sweat and move in comfortably. Most gals wear leggings and a singlet. Most of the guys where shorts and a t-shirt (just make sure your shorts are soft or stretchy material)
- Mats, blocks and straps are provided but most people prefer to have their own mat
- Bring a large towel big enough to cover your whole mat, hot yoga towels are best because your hands can grip better, but you can use a bath sheet or beach towel)
- Filtered water is available (we keep it next door so its doesn’t get to hot in the studio, ask your teacher if your not sure where to go). We do not sell bottled water.
- We have a changing area but no showers
- Avoid wearing strong perfumes
Q. What can I expect at my first class?
Expect to feel very welcome and supported. We are just a group of everyday people practicing some yoga to chill out and have some fun. Everyone is welcome regardless of fitness or experience level. In fact, most people that come to our classes are still learners too!
Q. How do I book my classes?
We recommend you book in for a class through MINDBODY Online, available both on iPhone and Android to reserve a space in class. It's super easy, and you can cancel up to an hour before class if something comes up. If you need help booking, please get in touch via phone or email, and we'd love to help you out. If you prefer not to book, you are welcome to drop in, but because people love our classes - we just can't guarantee that we will always room. Occasionally, unforeseen circumstance could mean that our timetable may change without notice. It's best to stay in touch for important updates via our social media channels, via Facebook and Instagram.
Q. Is it ok if I've never done yoga before?
Yes, of course, we love newbies at Lighten Up! Most students prefer to do our beginners course first, but if you feel confident to give it a try our Flow Yoga and Detox Yoga are targeted at the beginner level. You are also welcome to join our Yin classes. Please just be sure to let the teacher know you are just starting out and practice at your own pace. Also, if you are new don’t sit too far at the back, you need to be at least 3rd row so you can easily see and follow the teacher. When you are learning, hearing the verbal cues isn’t enough, you need to have a clear view of the teacher. The back row is more suited to experienced students who need minimal instruction.
Q. What is the Lighten Up studio etiquette?
- Arrive at least ten minutes before class (arriving late can disturb our tranquil vibe)
- Check-in with your teacher at each class
- Wipe down your mat and the surrounding space before you leave the studio
- we don’t mind our students having a chat before class starts, we love see smiles and kind words being shared, its part of our welcoming vibe. But it’s nice to have some quiet time at least 2 minutes before class so you everyone has time to settle in
- No personal belongings on the floor room other than water and a towel (they all need to go into the pigeon holes on the wall)
- Please turn your phones off when you arrive – give yourself an hour free from the electromagnetic radiation!
- Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions
- You may lie down or come to child's pose at any time to rest, but commit to staying in the room for the whole class unless its an emergency
Q. What if I have an injury?
If you have an injury be sure to get the all clear from your doctor, physio or chiro before attending our classes. Make the teacher aware of all injuries before the class. Know your limits and listen to your body and don’t over do it. Its okay to skip a pose if it doesn’t feel right. If you need to take a rest just come into child’s pose until the teacher moves onto the next one.
Q. How often should I practice?
For maintenance its best to do at least 2 classes per week, if you are looking to improve strength and flexibility 4 or more is a good target and up to 6 is excellent. Its best to mix up your practice with a combination of classes.
Q. Where do I park for classes?
At our City studio, the best parking is along Sturt Street for $1 per hour. Free undercover parking is available in the Woolworths Carpark on Sturt St for 1.5 hours or Urban Quarter on Ogden St which is free for 2 hours.
At our Douglas Location, there is free parking just next door to the Riverside Community Centre, or right in front on the street side - also free!