This is a guide for brand new students who are interested in coming along to Bristol Yoga Centre. If you’ve never attended a yoga or Pilates class before… don’t worry, everyone was once a beginner and there are always new pupils joining. All our teachers are friendly, experienced and really helpful so you’re in safe hands!
So, how do I get started?
1. Find a class
Our class guide is great for helping you to choose which class to attend by finding something perfectly suited to your needs. If your still not sure you can always contact us for advice on which class would suit you best. You can then check our timetable to see our current available classes.
2. Get in touch with the teacher
Once you have selected the class you want to go to, it’s helpful to contact the teacher and let them know that you will be coming. You can also ask any questions about the class and find out more information too.
This is a good time to let them know you're a beginner. It’s also really useful to tell them about any medical or health issues you may have.
At Bristol Yoga Centre, we have a range of payment options. The cheapest way to attend is to pay for multiple classes in advance, by signing up for a term or buying a 5-class card. You don’t need to wait until the new term starts, you can join any time and pay pro-rata.
I’m afraid we don’t accept cards, so payment will need to be arranged in advance by bank transfer or you can use cheque or cash. Please pay the teacher directly at the studio or in advance.
See here for more details on our prices.
4. Avoid eating a large meal
As you will be doing exercises, please avoid eating just before the class. If you’re really hungry, eating banana or energy bar would be the best option.
We have a small kitchen where you can fill up your water bottle.
5. Wear comfortable clothes
You don’t need a specialist outfit to do yoga or Pilates but it is best to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely such as a T shirt and leggings or tracksuit bottoms.
Yoga is normally practiced bare-foot but if you like to wear socks it’s best to get some that are non-slip.
We have yoga mats and other equipment available in the studio but feel free to bring your own matt if you like.
6. Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before the class starts
On your first day, it’s a good idea to try and arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes before the class. This way you can take your time and relax before the class starts. It will give you enough time to speak to the teacher and get to know the other students too.
There is quite a difference between some of the Pilates and yoga classes we offer in terms of physical intensity and styles of movement, so it’s really worth exploring which class works best for you. They can take a little time to settle in to so it’s best to do at least couple of classes before deciding whether it’s a good choice.
If you’re not comfortable to begin in a group class or have personal requirements, you may like to consider having private lessons. Private lessons are great for getting tailored classes to suit your needs and schedule.
I hope you find a class that will bring you great personal benefit and enjoyment!