i’m new

We know that starting something new can be intimidating. It’s not always easy walking through the door, unsure of what to expect, wondering if you’re going to feel like a an old sea cucumber in an ocean of dolphins. Okay, maybe that’s just us. But the point is, getting out of your comfort zone can be scary.

We are here to support and welcome you! Bodhi Body Yoga is for everyone - you don’t have to look like an unrealistic Instagram post or wear matching Lululemon leggings and crop tops to feel at home in our studio. That’s a promise. If you have any questions or need some information other that what you find here, reach out to us any time.

 

Life begins outside your comfort zone.
— Neale Donald Walsch
 
 

your first class

what to wear

Comfort is the key. Clothes that allow you to move, especially through the hips and shoulders. And things that won’t come off when you’re kind of upside-down, so tighter fitting can feel better. Guys - be mindful of shorts that are too loose like runners shorts. That’s just way too much information.

what to bring

We have everything you need in the studio, including mats, all laid out and ready for you. So just bring some water and perhaps a hand towel if you’re a sweaty betty.

before you come to class

It’s best not to eat within about 2 hours of coming to class. Why? Unfortunately it’s not because we share a pile of chocolate brownies at the end. It’s because you’re most likely going to twist and turn all parts of your body, including your guts. It’s not nice burping up your vegan nachos half way through class. Trust us - experience talking here.

Hydrate during the day before class. Then during your practice, if you need to drink, just take small sips.


what to expect at the studio

For your first class, arrive about 20 -15 minutes before the start time so we can give you a quick tour around.

You’ll need to fill out a form - you can do this in the studio or by signing up online here before you come in.

When you come in, there is room for your shoes, so ditch those and then check-in or sign up at reception. If you have booked in for a class, you can self-check in via the ipad at reception, otherwise make sure a member of the team checks you in.

There are baskets for your belongings, so put anything you don’t need during class in there and then take a seat and a couple of deep breaths to settle in. We have foot cleaner and face spritzer in reception so you can freshen up before heading in. There’s also some soothing herbal tea for you.

When you’re ready, head through the curtain and onto a mat. Once you enter the studio, it’s quiet time. We live in such busy worlds that it can be hard to find moments of reflective solitude. So please give yourself and other students the gift of silence in the studio space.

At times, our teachers will offer assists during class to help you get the most from your practice. You’ll find a token at the top of your mat to indicate to the teacher whether you’re feeling in the mood to be assisted or would rather stay focused within during the class. So just make sure you flip your token onto the side that’s right for you on the day.

After class, please wipe down your mat with the Mat Cleaner and cloths provided. You are then welcome to stay for more tea and a chat or head into your day or evening refreshed!

 
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frequently asked questions

 

About Practicing Yoga

+ I'm not flexible. Is yoga really for me?

Yes. In fact it’s meant for you. Creating more flexibility in your body is one of the key benefits of yoga. Yoga is not about looking perfect in the full expression of a pose. It’s about DOING the pose, however that looks for you. In other words, it’s the journey to the pose that’s important, not the destination. Bring those tight hamstrings to class stat!

+ am I too old to start yoga?

No way Jose! Yoga is for every one at every age. That’s why we offer a variety of classes to suit every student, no matter what stage of the yoga journey you are at. If you are really nervous about starting out, try an Ebb and Flow classe or contact us to chat about where you’re at.

+ i’m injured. can I still come to class?

Does a bear do it’s business in the woods? You bet it does. Don’t let injury stop you moving. I mean, if you have broken both arms and legs while carving up some less than friendly surf, now is probably a good time to rest. When we stop moving a part of (or all of) our body, the ‘fuzz’ starts to build up straight away. The longer you go without busting fuzz, the harder it can become to get full mobility back. (see this video to learn about fuzz).

So even gentle, mindful movements can keep you from stiffening up. It's also about 'stressing' the body - muscles, fascia, bones - all of them. Stressing the body the right way stimulates regeneration. Ceasing to move an area of or all of our body results in degeneration. So keep moving mindfully! The key is to be connected to your body and listen to what it needs at all times. This is something you get very good at when you practice yoga consistently. Never let your ego determine the level of practice that you go for in class. Let it arise naturally from within and you will be safe. If anything you do in class is painful, ease out gently and mindfully. Take a variation or ask for assistance from the teaching team. And honestly, even if you come to class and focus on your breath for an hour without doing any asanas, you are benefiting immensely. The movement of Prana and Qi (breath or lifeforce within the body) can have as deep an impact on your health as the asanas. So take heart in that when you feel like you aren’t able to do what you want to or used to. Slow down and enjoy!

+ what's with the OM thing?

In some classes, the teacher will offer up the opportunity to join in creating the sound of OM or AUM. Why do we do it? It feels amazing and is very powerful. If you’ve never tried it, we recommend giving it a go! This article from mindbodygreen explains it quite well saying that “The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.”

You can actually feel this vibration in your body - we love it. But if it’s not for you, that’s totally fine! Just relax and enjoy listening.

+ wow, i attended my first class and discovered muscles i didn’t know I had. what should i do?

Rest easy friend. You’ve worked hard and woken up your body! Nurture yourself with a warm bath and epsom salts. This really can do wonders. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas. Give yourself a high five for making it to your first yoga class. You deserve it!

+ how often should I practice?

This is really up to you and what you are able to do physically and financially. Even once a week will start to work wonders on your body, mind and soul. If you can attend between 2-4 times a week, you’ll notice drastic changes. Any more than this if life changing. However, if you are practicing more than 3 times a week or so, try to get to a few different class types. Include some Yin (our Soul Space class) and perhaps incorporate some more gentle Ebb and Flow classes. This will ensure you are moving your body through a wide range of motions and balancing out the strengthening and lengthening aspects. It’s also ideal to incorporate some other activities in your life, such as walking or hiking, sports, swimming…..anything you enjoy that gets you breathing and moving!

+ isn't yoga just stretching?

Okay, come to a Vinyasa Vibes class and then see if you still need an answer to this question. (This means no, yoga is amazing at balancing flexibility, cardio and strength - you will both get your heart pumping and learn how to fully relax your body and mind).

+ how do I choose the right class for me?

You are welcome to attend any class on the schedule no matter what level you are at. If you have never done yoga before, it's best to start with an Ebb and Flow or Soul Flow class. These classes have more alignment cues and a slower pace than Vinyasa Vibes which can sometimes be fast. If you are wanting deep stretching, Soul Space is for you. If you are feeling out of shape, have struggled with an injury or weight issues and are looking for something gentle, definitely start with an Ebb and Flow. You can read more about our classes here. If you're not sure, shoot us an email or come in for a chat.

 

About Yoga

+ is yoga a religion or weird cult thing?

If happiness is a religion, then yes! Seriously though, yoga is an ancient practice that has deep philosophical aspects and a long history. But it’s not a religion and requests nothing from you in return for your commitment. You can explore as little or extensively as you desire into the history and philosophy or just focus on the physical practice. It’s up to you.

+ what does vinyasa mean?

When we talk about vinyasa yoga, we mean a series of poses (or asanas) connected with movement and breath. Vinyasa yoga is dynamic and flowing rather than a static series of postures.

 

About the Studio

+ do you have change room facilities?

Not really no. There are toilets at the complex where you can change but there are no exclusive facilities in the studio. Bummer.

+ parking at the studio.

Easy. Lots of it. That’s one little stress off your list. You’re welcome.

+ what's the temperature in the studio?

We keep the studio temperate - that is to say warm but not hot. Around 25-26 degrees.

+ do I need to book?

We do recommend booking your classes. Our boutique studio has limited space and we would hate for you to miss out. Plus, when we know who is coming to class, it really helps us teachers prepare a class that is tailored to who we know is attending. It’s win win really.

 

Yoga and You

+ i'm anxious about coming to my first class.

Fear of the unknown is not only common, but is your mind’s way of protecting you from harm. You can’t blame it really, that’s its job. But sometimes we need to recognise when this fear is holding us back from the life we truly desire. It’s easier said than done, we know. Anxiety is a common issue in the fast and competitive world we live in. If you’re struggling to walk in the door, take a deep inhale of courage and exhale your fear. Thank your mind for trying to protect you by keeping you in your comfort zone where it knows it can protect you. But remember that your real life begins when you step out of that zone. It takes courage. But you will be okay. We’ve got your back.

+ emotions during or after class.

If you are feeling strong emotions arising during class or after you leave the studio, rest assured this is not only totally normal, but a good thing. We do a lot of work in our classes opening up our heart space, our throats, the front of our bodies. These things can make us feel vulnerable. They can also make us feel elated and joyful. It’s different for everyone. We all have issues in the tissues that yoga can get to the heart of. Sit with your emotions. Feel into them. If you are sad, don’t try to smear a few positive affirmations over your feelings. It’s not the way to blossom into the most authentic, wonderful soul that is waiting within. Let yourself feel what comes up without having to understand why. Most likely you’ll find that it will dissipate and you’ll feel little lighter. When you consistently practice yoga, you’ll gradually peel away the layers of a life lived and start to feel a greater sense of connection and freedom than you have possibly ever felt before. Hang in there.