If you’re new to Yoga or movement or even just new to Ebb & Flow, you might have heaps of questions about the practice, the studio and what it’s all about. We aim to create an open, friendly and supportive community at our studio. So, have a read up on the commonly asked questions and on what to expect on your first visit. Please feel free to give us a buzz with any other questions you might have, we’re always happy to have a chat!
Why it’s hot?
We heat our rooms using Infrared Heating up to 30 Degrees to help connective tissue within the body glide over them easily. At times you will notice that we turn the heat off in the room when the summer conditions don’t require us to artificially warm the room. Our aim is to keep the room at a temperature that promotes sweating as a great way of detoxing through the skin, which is the biggest organ of our body and to warm the body to keep the body supple, increasing joint mobility and flexibility. We also enjoy the great challenge the heat provides and just sweating that much and letting-go feels great. At the end of a warm practice you feel mentally, spiritually and emotionally cleansed - a great way to balance a busy lifestyle. Don’t worry -it's not too hot, we keep it at a temperature that makes it feel like you are practicing on a tropical island not an oven!
What to bring?
Come to class on a fairly empty stomach, trying not to eat any heavy meals 2 – 3 hours prior and arrive well hydrated. If you feel hungry before class, have a piece of fruit.
Please arrive 15 mins before class to ensure that the class starts on time.
If your new arrive 20mins prior to fill out paperwork, or better yet fill it out online.
You will need to bring a yoga mat, a towel and bottle of water. All are required and can be bought/hired at the studio.
Why are there different class styles?
Because they are all beneficial and depending on how your body is feeling that day, a different practice will need to be chosen to regain balance. We believe that there is many ways to practice practice, and their all good.
Simple any movement is good movement. Unless your injured.
We all have to be accountable for knowing and educating ourselves on what our own body needs each day.
Are there Levels in classes?
All our classes are suitable for beginners.
We want you to find the class that suits you.
If you are looking for no/low heat, Restore (25), Yin (23), Slow Flow (26) or Flow (28) classes are for you.
On really hot days we do use the coolers.
For anyone newer to yoga Restore, Slow Flow, Yin and Basics is an ideal introduction and a great place to start. Basics is an ideal place to bring your questions and refine details of your practice also, or ask the teacher after or before class.
So be brave, try other styles and challenge yourself to grow.
When should I avoid Hot Yoga?
Pregnancy: Women in their first trimester of pregnancy, unless they have kept up a regular hot yoga practice for at least 6 months, are recommended to stay out of the heated room. (We do offer a prenatal class)
Heart Disease: Those suffering from severe heart disease that limits cardiovascular activity should consult their doctor about being in a heated environment. (We do offer a seniors class at lower temps)
Children: It is best that hot yoga is practiced only after a girls menstruation or a boys growth spurt. (We do offer a unheated children's class)
I am pregnant, which classes should I attend?
Heat is not recommended for pregnancy, Ebb & Flow advises you to check with your GP or Obstetrician before attending our heated classes. especially if you are new to Yoga. Attend our Preggy class to learn safe modifications.
How often should I practise?
Once a day or as often as you like, but remember to listen to your body. It is not unusual for committed students to practice 5-6 times a week but the intensity of their practice would vary to suit the energetic needs of the body each day. Slowing down and listening to your body’s intuition to guide you is part of the journey in Yoga. If you’re cross training with other sports then practicing 2-3 times a week would offer great benefit.