I’ve never done Yoga or Pilates before, is Yogalates suitable for me?
Yes, beginners are welcome! We keep the classes non-intimidating and accessible to all by offering basic and more advanced options within exercises. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness in order to work within their own comfort zone. We also use gentle practices and detailed instruction to keep you safe – rest assured we won’t make you do strong backbends, headstands or handstands!
Are there any age restrictions or health conditions that make Yogalates unsuitable for me?
Yogalates is for everyone: male, female, young and old, and can accommodate many health conditions, injuries and joint restrictions. Please discuss your particular requirements with us prior to booking. In some circumstances we may request that you obtain a letter from your doctor clearing you for practice, and we recommend you rest any new injury and seek advice from a health care practitioner before coming to class. You must also have a minimum level of fitness that allows you to be able to sit and lie on the floor, and move from the floor to standing without too much difficulty.
Do I need to be flexible to do Yogalates?
Not at all! However a regular Yogalates practice can help develop a flexible body.
I’m pregnant or have just given birth, can I do Yogalates?
Yogalates can be fantastic during pregnancy, however it is best delivered within a specialised pregnancy class in order to cater to your needs and provide a nurturing environment for the developing bond between mother and child. We sadly do not currently offer a pregnancy class and therefore would recommend that you find a more suitable class and join us once your child is born. Yogalates is ideal post-partum in order to regain strength and control in your pelvic and abdominal muscles, and well as giving new mothers time to themselves! It is best to wait 6-8 weeks following childbirth before resuming or undertaking a new exercise program.
What do I need to bring?
All the necessary equipment is provided, so just bring yourself and a bottle of water in case you are thirsty during practice. Do bring your own personal yoga mat if you have one, and a towel can be useful on hot days/warm shawl on cool winter days.
Can I eat before class?
It is best to practice on an empty stomach, so please avoid eating a heavy meal in the 2-3 hours before class. If necessary you can have a light meal or snack.
What should I wear?
Clothing that is comfortable and does not restrict movement is essential. Yoga or gym leggings and a t-shirt or singlet are appropriate. Remember when choosing a top that you will be hanging upside-down in some poses, so if you don’t want to show your belly choose something form fitting! Layering to accommodate changes in body temperature is also useful. We work barefoot, however in winter you may want a pair or warm socks to wear during the warm up and relaxation phase of the class.
Are classes covered by my Private Health Fund?
Possibly! As I am a Level 1 Member of Yoga Australia, I can now provide receipts claimable with any health fund that provides rebates for Yoga services. Please check with your health fund regarding your personal eligibility and requirements for claiming. A guide can be found here.
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