FREQUENTLY ASKED

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to book ahead?


Yes. You will need to book ahead. The booking system is on this website and the teachers do not have the facilities to take money, only check you in!




What do I need to bring? How do I know where to go?


Great Questions! Each studio is different! All the info is on the locations page you will be able to see all the info on your unique studio. We have spare mats at all studios. Otherwise you don't need much! Just comfy clothes, water if you like it and leave all your stress at the door




Is Body Positive Yoga for me?


These classes are for everyone, but they are mostly for those who struggle to find a safe and supportive space to joyfully move their bodies without judgement and to learn the beautiful practice of yoga! We particularly focus on being inclusive of those who have not felt supported, seen or smiled at at a “studio class” So we are inclusive of those of size, age, ability, health, illness, colour, sexual orientation, and mental health status. I am touched by many of these things myself and I also see my own privileged as do all the teachers. We are here to give you a smile and hand you a prop. Body Positive Yoga is not just a name. It is our values. We live them. We are social justice aware and learning so let us know if we ever slip up.




Why did you remove the name 'fat yoga'?


The reason I changed it was to open it up to more people who were asking for a brave and safe space to practice. Each week I was getting emails about wanting to be included. I hope I have made a good decision and you will see some events or retreats are “Fat Only” so we can preserve this very special community.b.




Why are the teachers different sizes?


You will notice we are of all sizes! Fat and thin. There are only a handful of fat bodied yoga teachers in Australia so I have found, trained and educated, compassionate, body positive and skilled teachers regardless of size. They are awesome humans with special skills in creating safe spaces.




Is Body Positve Yoga different?


The yoga practice has all the same elements as a regular class. However there are lots of modifications offered and special care is taken to make sure all bodies are comfortable. We take particular care of where there may be pain in your body. Our mission is for you to be comfortable and relaxed in class. All fitness levels and bodies are welcome, including pregnancy (with the OK of your Dr.)




Can I make changes to my bookings?


Yes, within 48 hours you can change your time or location. After that time you may offer you pass on the private Facebook group (click here) to anyone who would like to take it, but this is a free offering, you cannot ask for money for you class in the group.




I am a total beginner. What should I expect?


A totally different experience! Our teachers are amoung the best and they know their stuff. Classes are small so we can help if we need to. We use props, some sit in chairs or lie down. A good idea is to chat to your teacher as you arrive to give them an idea of your experience and injuries if you have them. We value inclusivity, safety, fun and yoga for all bodies. We hope and have been told our begginer experience is a really great one!




Why are you so strict about start times?


Classes must start on time. I know it's tough sometimes to get to class on time with life getting in the way! However it is a practice of all yoga studios not to allow late comers for your safety (you won't be properly warmed up) and for the comfort of the other class members (it interferes with people's practice)




Should I eat before class?


Food and drink: We usually recommend you don't eat a heavy meal at least an hour prior to yoga. It's just more comfy that way!




Types of yoga we practice?


Often the classes will rotate between different styles to give you a fun and varied experience of yoga.




Yin Classes


The Yin postures are held on the floor for 3–5 minutes, working on a deep level with connective tissue and fascia. This is a luscious stretch of the entire body in a supported way, utilising props. Calm and deeply stretch. Suitable for all bodies.




Gentle Flow Classes


A classic gentle flowing style that is accessible to all fitness levels and body types. A beautiful and accessible way to to slowly move the body, there are seated, standing and lying postures. Sarah has designed these classes to flow in an "arch" so that you don't have to get up and down frequently and just enjoy the joy of movement. Build balance and strength and flexibility. We also utilise props in these classes. Suitable for all bodies.




Hatha Yoga


A classical style of yoga based on traditional postures. A lovely traditional and classical class. This class also works on the same "Arc" style as Sarah's classes so we don't jump up and down, we start lying and slowly come to stand and then back down to lying at the end. Suitable for all bodies.




Restorative Classes


Restorative postures are similar to Yin, but a bit gentler. They are also practiced on the floor and use a lot of props. They are held from 5–7 minutes generally to restore the nervous system, soothe and de-stress! Suitable for all bodies. Sooooo relaxing.




What to wear?


No need for fancy pants! Just something you can move freely and comfortably in. In yoga we don't wear shoes, we always leave them at the door. You may like to have a couple of layers and socks for the Yin and Restorative classes. There is a list of places to buy clothes HERE




Bathrroom availability


There are bathrooms at each location big enough to change in if you like.




Subsidised places


To keep Fat Yoga accessible to all we offer subsidised and free places to those in need. Please email sarah@bodypositiveaustralia.com to apply.





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