Beginner Guide & FAQs
Come as you are. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude
Do I need to book?
No. You show up any time you want to practice. If you’re new, please arrive at least 15 minutes before class to get set up and complete your registration form.
I’ve never done yoga before, will I be able to do it?
The class is designed to be suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience including complete beginners. Every class follows the same format so you’ll get the hang of it quicker than you think. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Don’t worry about how ‘perfectly’ you do the postures. It’s the transformations that you create in your body and mind through your practice that count.
Can I eat or drink before class?
Drink plenty of water. You should always drink around 2 liters of water a day. On the days you practice Bikram, try to drink twice that amount. Exercising on a full stomach is not recommended, so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.
The yoga room is a quiet space, so please save your conversations for when you are hanging out in the chill-out area after class. In between the postures try to stay as still as possible. This is tricky to begin with and requires a lot of concentration but keep trying, as it adds another dimension to your practice which is really powerful. Remember that your sweat is your body’s cooling mechanism so try to avoid wiping it away. No hand towels in class please.
Tips for the class
Take it easy for your first few class. Don’t expect to be able to do everything during the first session and take breaks when you need to. Anytime in class that you are struggling, bring your attention to your breathing and slow it down. Learning to breath calmly in and out through the nose is the key to mastering your practice.
What do I need to bring?
Your yoga clothes, two towels, water and a plastic bag to put your wet things in afterwards. Mats and towels are available to hire from the studio for £1 each or to purchase. We also sell bottles of water for £1.50.
Is it aerobic?
Can I practice if I am pregnant?
When pregnant, it is best not to attempt any new form of exercise. However, if you have been practicing Bikram regularly for at least one year, you can continue your practice, after your first trimester, performing a modified version of the floor series. Please speak to your instructor for further advice about practicing whilst pregnant.
How to get to the studio
Our studio is located just off Kilmarnock Road, right next to Shawlands Arcade.
Buses which pass by the studio are: 153, 29, 57, 38, 38A, 38B, 38C, 38E, 3. More bus route info
Take the underground to Bridge Street then catch the 57 or 38 bus which reaches the studio in about ten minutes.
Regular train services run from Central Station and a variety of South Side locations. You have the choice of 3 stations, Crossmyloof, Shawlands and Pollokshields East – all of which are within a short walk of our studio. Scot Rail
We are 2.5 miles from the City Centre with close access to the M77 and M8. There is a 350 space car-park next door to us, priced at £1 for 2 hours.
But I'm really unfit!
Don’t worry we will get you fit. To begin, just take it really easy. Sit down when you need to, and take plenty of breaks. Our friendly staff will talk you through everything that you need to do, keep you motivated and give you lots of encouragement.
What should I wear?
Women wear sports tops and either leggings or shorts. Men wear shorts, tops are optional. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton is bulky and restricts movement when wet. Avoid big baggy clothing as well.
Is it cardiovascular?
But I am not flexible!
Perfect! This Yoga is for you! Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal limit and you will get 100% benefit! With the heat and regular practice your flexibility (and strength) will increase dramatically.