If you’re new to Yoga/Pilates 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!
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!
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.
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.
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, Flow or Yin or one of the unheated classes is for you. For anyone newer to Yoga, Grow Basics is an ideal introduction and a great place to start. This is an ideal place to bring your questions and refine details of your practice also. So be brave, try other styles and challenge yourself to grow.
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 kids class)
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 classto learn safe modifications.
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.
In order for the amazing benefits of this certain heat therapy to be experienced. Specifically, Far Infrared Heat is a healthy, natural, and safe therapy for all living things.
On the other hand, ultraviolet light causes sunburn and further damage to your skin. The heat is a form of thermal energy, with the warmth you feel much like that penetrating your skin when you are outside in the sun.
Its rays are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, and capable of penetrating deep into the human body (approx 4 cm), where they gently elevate the body's surface temperature and activate major bodily functions.
Far Infrared Rays are part of the sun's invisible spectrum, and thus do not cause sunburn or skin damage. Far Infrared Heat is a healthy, natural and safe therapy for all living things.
FIR do not dry out your lungs, throat, mouth, or nose, or present any of the unpleasantries often associated with traditional warmed and blown air systems. Instead, the feeling is one of nurturing and comfort.
The penetrating effects of FIR radiant heat warms your muscles - creating extra flexibility and deeper release. It is an excellent aid to the outer surface of the skin as well, by helping to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles, healing cuts and scars, and smoothing the texture of the skin.
Far Infrared Rays expand capillaries, thus stimulating increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation, and oxygenation.
FIR heat is excellent for detox.
Scientists report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins. FIR Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals, and toxins from the blood.
FIR relieves nervous tension and relax autoneuro muscles thereby, helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. Due to the heating of muscle fibers, FIR reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms.
FIR stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism.
By raising metabolism and body temperature, FIR heat also breaks down cellulite (trapped water, fat and waste). FIR waves penetrate layers of tissue, triggering mobilisation of chemicals from fat stored under the skin to move directly into the sweat.
After about 20 minutes,body heat starts releasing stored fat.
FIR promotes rebuilding of injured tissue by positively effecting the fibroblasts (the connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells and protein synthesis, both necessary components for any successful tissue repair and regeneration.
FIR is excellent for healing burns, scar tissue, and other skin problems.