We want The Open Mind Space to be safe and welcoming for everyone, so here are a few things to remember:
Leave your phone and smart watch in your bag, off or on silent. You will survive an hour without it. If you need your phone close by for any reason, please let the teacher know before class starts.
Early is on time! Be ready and settled for class a few minutes before the start. It’ll help you (and everyone) feel centred and ready.
If you feel a little off, rest. We are all about sharing here at The O.M. Space, but you can keep that cough or snotty nose to yourself! Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.
Hygiene is key. Sweaty yoga does not make us sweet-smelling roses. Save everyone the awkward conversation and please use deodorant. There are plenty of natural alternatives available in local health food stores.
Work within your limits. There are so many levels in any given class. Your practice is about your body, so be okay with where you are at today.
Keen for more info? See our FAQ below for all the deets.
A few questions you might have before stepping into The O.M. Space for the first time…
Q: I’ve never practiced yoga before. Which class should I take?
We highly recommend beginners and new-ish practitioners start with gentle flow classes, regardless of fitness level. These classes help you to build your foundations gradually and safely, with a focus on instruction and alignment. Also keep an eye out for our beginner’s courses that will run regularly.
Q: What should I wear to a yoga class?
Wear light, stretchy clothing that allows you to move comfortably. Remember a hair tie! You may get sweaty so please bring a towel and change of clothes. Yoga mats and sweat towels are available in the studio if you don’t have your own. No shoes, phones, bags or glass water bottles are allowed in the studio space. You can leave your personal belongings in lockers provided.
Q: What are FAR infrared heaters?
If a class says 'heated' it means we will switch on our state-of-the-art FAR infrared heaters. Infrared heat is different to conventional heat. It’s radiant, just like the sun. This means it heats up objects, rather than the air. That way, the air stays dry and cool, while the surrounding environment heats up. FAR infrared is the most advanced form of heating used for hot yoga. The heat emitted is absorbed deeply into your body, providing a therapeutic and detoxifying effect that helps strengthen the immune system and eliminate toxins, such as pollutants, heavy metals, and other nasty substances.
Q: What are the benefits of FAR infrared?
There are many benefits to hot yoga, but the bonus in our studio is the FAR infrared heat used.
Weight loss – one hot yoga class burns hundreds of calories
Improvement in oxygen levels
Enhanced production of collagen
Detoxification through sweat
Relief from joint and muscle pain and tension
Q: How should I prepare for class?
Drink water throughout the day and avoid eating heavily for two hours prior to class. Please arrive at the studio at least 10 minutes before class so you can check in, store your belongings and get set up.
Q: What do I do when I get to the space?
Say hello to the friendly face at reception, tell them your full name and let them know that it’s your first time at the studio so they can help you with any forms and show you around.
Q: What should I wear to a meditation class?
Clothing that allows you to be comfortable, plus an extra scarf or layer to keep you warm. No shoes, phones, bags or glass water bottles are allowed in the studio space.
Q: Do I have to book into class?
Walk-ins are always welcome but booking in makes it easier! You can check the timetable and book into class online up to an hour before the start.
Q: How do I get to the space and can I park?
The Open Mind Space is close to public transport. Unmetered 1-hour parking and unmarked parking is available on surrounding streets.
Q: Do your teachers offer hands-on assists?
Yes, our teachers do offer light physical adjustments in our yoga classes. All our teachers have been trained in assisting and they can help you to go deeper in a pose or movement, to feel the correct alignment and to make sure you're safe during practice. We totally understand there are times when touch is just not your jam, and we 100% respect that. If you do not wish to be assisted in class, pick up a 'do not assist' card from reception and place it in front of your mat. No questions asked.
Q: Can I practice while pregnant?
Yes! If you’re past your first trimester, have had no complications and have been given the okay from your doctor. We ask that you look into prenatal yoga classes to learn how to modify your practice before attending regular classes (we can help with that!), and strongly recommend you stick to non-heated classes. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will put you in touch with our highly qualified teachers.
Q: Can I bring my children to the studio?
Yes, however we cannot allow children under 13 into heated yoga classes. Any children visiting the studio must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Teenagers aged 14-16 are welcome to attend class if accompanied by an adult (concession rates apply with student ID).
Q: Can I bring my pets to the studio?
We love your pets, so will be organising special pop-up classes for you to bring them in. For most classes, we ask that well-behaved pets hang out in the foyer (where we can give them all of the cuddles).
Q: Do you offer private classes or corporate sessions?
Absolutely! Email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What facilities does The Open Mind Space have?
Everything… including the kitchen sink! Our studio space has state-of-the-art infrared heaters for hot yoga classes, and all of the props you could need: blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps. Plus luxurious showers for post sweaty class, hair dryers and straighteners to get you ready for work/that hot date, an accessible (disabled) toilet, filtered water bottle refill station, teas, chill out space… and that’s just the downstairs floor! Upstairs you’ll find three therapy rooms with practitioners waiting to help support the mind/body/energy shifts you are experiencing.