Starting your yoga journey is really exciting! But there are often questions you're dying to ask, so here we've endeavoured to answer as many as we can, to ensure that your practice at Yoga Quota is as smooth and comfy as we can make it.
What do I need to bring to class?
Our studio is fully equipped with mats & props. You'll want to come in comfy clothes that you can move in, but there's no need to buy anything special. We'd recommend that you bring along some water to drink, and you may like a towel if your hands get slippery, but it's not essential.
I have an injury or condition that I think might effect my yoga practice.
That's ok! There a style of yoga to suit almost every body. Your teacher will ask if anyone in the class has injuries, and if you like you can also chat with them before class.
If you have a particular concern and would like to chat with us prior to popping along to the studio, say hello via email and let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
What time should I arrive?
If it's your first class, we'd recommend arriving 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. This gives you a chance to settle in and for your teacher to say hello and get to know you a little.
What spot in the class should I take?
It depends on what you're comfortable with, but we'd recommend you grab a mat where you can see both the teacher and other students in the room. The teacher generally won't demonstrate every posture in the class, so it's handy to be able to see what other students in the room are doing. So ideally a mat in the back row where you have a good view of the room.
As you feel more comfortable in class you'll rely less on checking what other people are going and be able to listen and respond to the teacher.
I can't sit still and I'm worried about meditating.
That's ok! The beauty of yoga is that it allows your mind to slow down by concentrating on your breath and the movements of your body. At the end of class there's always a short relaxation, which can be meditative if you like, or just a time to lie back and chill out.
I've still got more questions!
Say hello via email, and we'll endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you have mats?
Yes, we sure do, and they're free of charge.
I'm a complete beginner, which class should I start with?
We'd recommend our Vinyasa Basics class, or Slow Flow. These styles will give you the chance to take in more of the teacher's instructions.
As a beginner we encourage to really take things at your own pace, and rest whenever you need to. If you like you can let the teacher know that you're new to yoga, and sometimes they will also ask if anyone in the class is new.
I'm pregnant, is it ok for me to come along to a regular class?
Yoga can be incredibly beneficial during pregnancy. We have dedicated Pregnancy Yoga classes, which you can read more about here.
If you're wanting to pop along to a regular studio class and we don't already know that you're pregnant, we'd recommend sending us an email in advance, so we can ensure that you're heading to the right class for you.
Generally we recommend taking a break from yoga during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
I'm not very flexible, can I still do yoga?
Of course! Saying that you're not flexible enough to do yoga is sort of like saying that you're too dirty to have a shower.
No matter how stretchy, tight, strong, tired, stressed or excited you are, your yoga practice can be adapted to suit wherever you are in your life.
It's best to let go of thinking that there's a 'right time' to start and just dive on in.
What does "Namaste" mean?
Literally, namaste means "I bow to you" -- it's a traditional form of greeting in India. We use namaste to honour and respect both student, teacher, and the practice itself. Of course, there are lots of interpretations, but we appreciate the sense of respect and connection it creates.
If you don't feel comfortable saying namaste, you don't need to.