Frequently Asked Questions
- Be early, remember to allow ample time for public transport, parking and finding the studio.
- Make sure you’re well hydrated: drink at least 1-2 litres of water throughout the day, but at least an hour before class.
- Try not to eat a large meal within 2 hours of the start of class. However, if you’re starving, do have something small such as a banana, bliss ball or light snack to stave off the hunger pangs and give you a shot of energy.
New to yoga or aerial?
Go to our newbies page to see what the best starting classes are for yoga and aerial. The main thing to know is that everyone is welcome and everyone starts somewhere. Our classes offer yoga for men, women, older, younger, injured and athletic. Bend & Fly is a judgement-free zone where you can feel comfortable honing your skills.
What do I need to bring?
- A towel
- Drink bottle (we have free filtered water)
- A mat is required for all floor-based yoga and Aerial Restorative classes. If you don’t have one you can hire one for $3, or we sell environmentally friendly rubber mats from $55
- We also hire towels and sell environmentally friendly bottles to fill up
What do I need to wear (aerial)?
Wear easy slip on/off shoes – as the studio is a shoe-free zone, you’ll leave your shoes near the entrance.
- Comfortable clothing that you can move and sweat in. Most people wear active gym wear eg: tights, shorts, singlet
- Tights are good to wear to avoid the hammock chaffing
- Wear a T-Shirt with sleeves for hygiene and to avoid underarm chaffing
- Wear ‘grippy socks’ (we sell Move Active socks from $12.50 and hire for $2)
- Don’t wear makeup (it stains the hammocks)
- Don’t wear jewellery (it tears the hammock)
- Don’t wear clothing with zippers (it tears the hammock)
What is your style of yoga?
Our core offering revolves around the YIN and YANG (soft and strong) of aerial and power yoga – two very contrasting, but complementing styles of yoga. Power yoga is a strong vinyasa style, moving more quickly between poses than other styles. Aerial yoga meanwhile with its magical gravity-free inversions leans towards the softer side and will leave you feeling decompressed and moving more freely. Within both floor and aerial yoga, there are soft and strong classes, such as the Restorative classes of Yin (deep stretch) Roll & Release (triggerpoint), Aerial Restorative (cocooning) and the strength-based classes of Hot Power Yoga and Aerial Flow L2 and Aerial Fitness.
Go to our classes page for more details and benefits.
What aerial pre-requisites do you need?
For safety and enjoyment (for both you & other clients) Aerial Flow classes require an Aerial Intro Class or Aerial FUNdamentals Course as a pre-requisite. Advanced aerial classes like Aerial Fitness requires at least 3 ‘Flow’ or Aerial FUNdamentals Course as pre-requisites. Aerial Barre and Aerial restorative are open to all levels without an Aerial Intro class. If you have already done aerial classes at another studio, please call the studio to discuss if you need to do a pre-requisite class. Aerial Fitness requires a good base core and arm strength.
Do you have to book?
Aerial classes need to be booked due to the limitation of hammock spaces. There is a 7-day booking window for aerial classes. And a 6-hour cancellation window ($20 fee for no show/late cancel).
Floor based classes don’t need a booking, but we recommend it as a form of accountability and it also can sync with your calendar (to remind yourself). There is a 90 day booking window for floor based classes.
Why is the app is asking me to buy another pass, even though I already have one?
There will be two reasons for this:
- You have booked your first class of a new Multi-Pass or 2 Week Intro Pass ahead of time, and then booked your next class earlier than the first booking -> To rectify cancel the first booking ahead of time and go back and make your first booking the first class you will try. This will start the pass from that first booking.
- You have accidentally created two duplicate accounts -> To rectify email the studio firstname.lastname@example.org ask to merge the duplicate records.
Do you have lockers/showers/change rooms?
Yes. We have lockers, change room, toilets and showers.
Can I store my mat there?
Yes, if you are member. Due to the limited space available, mat storage is a privilege of membership.
Is there parking?
Yes. We rent a free parking lot for our clients next door at 204 Montague Rd (warehouse) and it is open from 4pm weeknights and all weekend around classes. It closes 15 minutes after the last class weeknights and 15 minutes after each block of classes on the weekend.
There are some parks within the Centre. Be respectful of not parking in businesses that are open during the day.
There is plenty of street parking, free before and after 7am and 7pm weekdays and free all weekend.
What’s all this yoga terminology mean?
When you take your first yoga class, you may hear foreign words or phrases from your Teacher. Yoga, being a 5000+ year old pursuit uses traditional Sanskrit words (ancient Indian dialect) for yoga poses (asanas) and concepts. To help you understand common terminology, here’s a helpful list of terms used in a yoga class.
OM (or Aum): Considered to be the first sound of creation. Om is sometimes chanted before, after and/or during classes – you’ll find some teachers like to OM, others don’t.
Pranayama: Breath awareness to facilitate inner stillness and awareness.
Mantra (“tool or instrument of thought”): Sounds, syllables, words or groups of words that are repeated with the goal of creating a positive transformation; a sacred thought or a prayer.
Mudra: Positions of the body that have an influence on the energies of the body, or mood. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in a mudra.
Namaste: Commonly said at the end of yoga class by the instructor and the students. One beautiful interpretation: I honour that place in you where the whole Universe resides. And when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, there is only one of us.
Drishti: Focal point of gazing during meditation or yoga practice (useful during balancing poses!).
Bandha: Internal muscular ‘locks’ that, when engaged, support the toning and lifting of strategic areas of the body.
Ujjayi (a.k.a as Hissing Breath, Victorious Breath): A type of pranayama in which the lungs are fully expanded and the chest is puffed out; most often used in association with yoga poses, especially in the vinyasa style.
Savasana: Final relaxation; literally translated as “corpse pose.”
How often should I practise?
You can practise as often as you like, just remember to listen to your body. Some committed students practice 5-6 times per week, however the intensity will vary to suit the needs of their body on the day. If you’re cross-training with other sports, then 2-3 times a week would likely be of great benefit.
Can I do yoga or aerial when I’m pregnant?
Heated yoga and aerial is not recommended for pregnancy, so we advise you not to attend those classes. As an alternative, why not try Power Yoga (non heated), Yin, Vin Yin or Roll & Release. However, always check with your doctor in advance and let your teacher know you’re pregnant so they can help you modify poses as necessary.
What are your terms & conditions (incl. suspension)?
What is the studio etiquette?
Shoes Off – Leave shoes at the door in the shoe racks or lockers – yoga is traditionally practiced bare foot and from a hygiene point of view, it’s better not to have shoes in the studio area.
Mobile Phones – Leave phones in lockers. Having technology switched on in the studio goes against the idea of disconnecting. You are welcome to grab your phone after class to take a photo.
Always Arrive Early – Always arrive early for class to ensure you have time prepare. Be aware that by arriving late, you may be refused entry on the discretion of the teacher or the studio if your lateness affects the flow of the class.
Good Hygiene – Out of courtesy for other clients, we appreciate the use of anti-perspirant, whilst also ensuring your mat is cleaned regularly.
Refusal of participation –
We reserve the right to refuse entry for any of the following issues:
(a) wearing inappropriate clothing;
(b) poor hygiene;
(c) being under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
(d) engaging in conduct that is disruptive or offensive to other members or students.
What's the best yoga mat you recommend?
Before buying a mat, we recommend reading this article on the top 6 tips in choosing a yoga mat.
Can I bring my children?
Yes and No. Children over the age of 13 can attend with their parent and over 15 by themselves if their parent has signed a waiver on their behalf. We don’t allow for children to wait unattended in reception for insurance and safety reasons.