Do I need to book to attend Brew Yoga classes?
At this time, bookings are only necessary for Yoga Nidra guided meditation (held monthly, on a Thursday night).
If it is your first visit to any Brew Yoga class, please arrive 10-15 minutes early so you can meet Jo and complete a health questionnaire.
How long is a Brew Yoga class?
Flow and Beginner-Friendly Flow classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration. Other classes may be for an 1 hour or longer, as stated on the Classes page. Jo aims to start and finish classes on time. If you arrive late, don’t panic! Please come in and find your space as quietly as you can.
Do I need to wear special ‘yoga’ clothes?
You don’t need any special (or expensive) clothes to practise yoga. Choose clothing that you can move and stretch in, and which offers a level of modesty that you are comfortable with. Jo prefers slightly fitted tops, so they don’t end up around her ears in Downward Facing Dog! 😉 Yoga is practised barefoot.
I haven’t done any/much yoga, can I still come to a Brew Yoga class?
Flow classes on Wednesday nights cater for a range of practitioners, but are not suited to absolute beginners ie this class is for those with some knowledge of basic and commonly taught asanas, through intermediate practitioners wanting to deepen their practice. Absolute beginners are welcome to attend Beginner-Friendly Slow Flow, on Thursday mornings.
Jo offers variations for different levels of experience within classes and can suggest modifications for anyone, as required, as class progresses through different asanas (poses).
If you start where you are – taking the best options for you in the class – and are kind to yourself in the process of learning, you’ll be fine.
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly class, Jo’s introduced many, many beginners to yoga (and kept them coming back!) through teaching Beginner classes at YogaSol studio, Ferny Hills during the last three and a half years, and now also offers a Beginner-Friendly Slow Flow class on Thursday mornings, at Mitchelton.
What should I bring?
Bring your yoga mat, if you have one (if not, Jo has spares). It’s always a good idea to bring a water bottle, especially in warmer weather. As the weather cools down it is a good idea to bring a wrap or light jacket to put on as the class starts to wind down or for afterwards.
Should I eat before class?
It’s best not to eat a large meal within 2 hours of the start of class. Even some gentle yoga poses give our organs a really good massage, which may not feel great on a full stomach! Jo suggests eating a banana or half a tub of yoghurt is great for keeping hunger at bay until after a class.
I’m pregnant, can I come to a Brew Yoga class?
Many ladies discover yoga for the first time after they become pregnant, enjoying the benefits for their body, mind and their baby. You may be able to attend a Brew Yoga class whilst pregnant after considering the following and giving Jo a call on
0403 901 449 to discuss:
Do you (or family members) have a history of miscarriage? If the answer is ‘yes’, it is best to wait until you enter your second trimester before starting yoga ie after 12 weeks.
Were you practising yoga before your pregnancy? If the answer is ‘yes’ and you feel well you should be able to attend a Brew Yoga class but please let Jo know beforehand so that she can advise appropriate variations for your practice. If you were not practising prior to falling pregnant, it is best to wait until you enter your second trimester before starting yoga ie after 12 weeks – or attend a prenatal yoga class.
If you are unsure whether yoga is right for you during pregnancy, consult your GP or other healthcare professional before attending a class.
I have a bad back/sports injury/major health issue, can I do yoga?
Just as asanas can be varied to suit beginners through to intermediate practitioners, they can also be modified to accommodate (and not aggravate) different physical capabilities, injuries and health conditions. The Brew Yoga health questionnaire that you complete on your first visit will alert Jo to any injury or condition that needs consideration within your practice. Jo is happy to discuss any concerns you may have, please get in touch.
NOTE: If you have a major health issue, serious injury or mobility limitation, please consult your GP or other healthcare professional in the first instance before attending a class, then give Jo a call to discuss so she can ensure your practice is appropriate and nurturing.
What style of yoga do you teach?
Brew Yoga classes at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Mitchelton are in the Vinyasa style: a flowing sequence of asanas during which movement is synced with the breath, assisting transition from one pose to the next. Although taught in the Vinyasa style, Brew Yoga classes are not Power Yoga! They are taught flow-style and the intensity is easily adapted and within your control.
Jo changes her class program weekly, designing classes around themes and with consideration for the seasons (practising more cooling asana (postures) and pranayama (breath exercise) during warmer weather with a greater focus on building warmth during cooler months), those present and other influences such as world and special events.
Class begins gently with time spent settling in and setting your intention (if you choose), followed by a warm up sequence, before typically progressing through: Lunge or Sun Salutations; standing flows; balance postures; seated flows; and perhaps an inversion. All classes conclude with time spent in relaxation, allowing you to fully absorb the benefits of your practice.
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Yoga is for girls!
Although women outnumber men in many western yoga classes, yoga is absolutely not just for girls! In early times, yoga was more than likely exclusively practised by men. Today, Duncan Peak and Honza Lafond (both based in Australia), Eoin Finn and Baron Baptiste (to name but a few) are inspiring more and more men to practise yoga.
Men are very welcome at Brew Yoga classes and Vinyasa yoga is an active style offering plenty of opportunities to challenge your strength, balance and flexibility if that is what you’re looking for in your practice. Pleasingly, more and more men have been coming to Jo’s classes in the past year or two, so you’re unlikely to be the only one.
I’m not flexible enough for yoga.
You don’t need to be flexible to begin practising yoga, and if you’re not particularly flexible, yoga may in fact be ideal for you! One of the benefits of regularly practising yoga is that your flexibility, slowly but surely, will most likely improve.
At first you may need to take the base level poses – or even focus on just part of a pose – perhaps using some props to assist with getting into your pose, which is perfectly fine. Jo is there to help and guide you in finding the best way to begin your practice.
If you are a runner, cyclist or participate regularly in other sports or physical training, yoga is a complementary practice, helping to stretch tight muscles (hello hamstrings!) and strengthen complementary muscles.