What if I’m a beginner?
Everyone has to start somewhere. Our teachers are all used to working with beginners and will make you feel welcome. Make sure you let them know at the beginning of the class. Congratulations. You won’t be a beginner very much longer.
What if I can’t touch my toes?
Don’t worry about how flexible you are or how fit you are. Yoga and Pilates are about getting you there, not what state you start in. If you can’t touch your toes then these are the activities for you.
What if I’m a man?
Yoga was originally only practiced by men, and Pilates was invented by a soldier named Joseph. The only thing that has changed is that more women do them now, although plenty of men attend our classes.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. But something that you can bend and move in is probably best, as well something that gives you the right support and privacy when you are bending and stretching and sometimes upside down.
What should I bring?
You don’t need anything other than the clothes you will wear. But if you want to bring anything that will make you comfy, like tissues or water, then please do. You may also want to bring socks or a jumper for savassana/relaxation.
What will I feel like afterwards?
It depends on the class, but whatever it is you will feel fit and able to go back to your job or to go out for a meeting or go on a date.
Yoga or Pilates?
You’ll never know until you give them a go. Some do both and some prefer one over the other. Give them both a try.
I’m not injured, so why do I need a treatment?
Treatments aren’t always about recovering from traumatic injury. They can be about prevention, or often about relieving tension or pain that hasn’t yet built up to the level of a major injury. It’s TLC and maintenance as it is recovery.
I am injured so should I do Yoga or Pilates?
All teachers are qualified to deal with injuries; just make sure you let them know at the beginning of the class. But if you’re unsure you should always consult your doctor.
Do I have to be spiritual?
Will I lose weight?
Neither Yoga nor Pilates are really about weight loss. Both can support weight loss and give a more streamlined appearance, but that will also be affected by things like how much you eat and drink.
So are they cardiovascular?
While the primary focus of Yoga and Pilates is not aerobic, some aerobic benefits can be achieved at some levels. A supplement of walking, cycling or swimming is not going to go amiss.
Should I be asking all these questions?
Yes. Don’t be ashamed. Ask more!