Do I need to book to attend Brew Yoga classes?
At this time, bookings are not necessary for Brew Yoga classes.
If it is your first visit, please arrive 10-15 minutes early so you can meet Jo and complete a health questionnaire.
How long is a Brew Yoga class?
Classes at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Mitchelton on Wednesday nights 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, please enter 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 bare foot.
I haven’t done any/much yoga, can I still come to a Brew Yoga class?
Yes! Brew Yoga classes are suitable for varying levels of experience. Jo offers variations suitable for beginners through to intermediate practitioners and can suggest modifications for anyone, as required, as class progresses through different asanas (poses).
Jo’s had lots of beginners join her Brew Yoga Mitchelton classes and continue to attend! 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. She’s also been leading twice weekly Beginner classes at YogaSol studio, Ferny Hills for two years.
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. You may also wish to bring a small towel. 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 you need to be mindful of. Jo is happy to discuss any concerns you may have, please get in touch.
If you have a major health issue or serious injury, please consult your GP or other healthcare professional in the first instance and 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 to accommodated different needs.
Jo changes her class program weekly, designing classes around themes and with consideration for the seasons (practising more cooling asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) 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.
Jo also teaches Beginner classes in a slow/gentle flow style, plus Restorative Yoga -information about these classes can be found on the Classes page.
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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. Respected yogis Swami Vivekenanda, Sri Krishnamacharya and B K S Iyengar (to name but a few) were all men. Today, Duncan Peak and Honza Lafond (both based in Australia), Eoin Finn and Baron Baptiste 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 are looking for in your practice.
I’m not flexible enough for yoga.
You don’t need to be flexible to begin practising yoga, and if you are not particularly flexible, yoga may in fact be ideal for you! One of the wonderful benefits of regularly practising yoga is that your flexibility, slowly but surely, will improve.
At first you may need to take the base level poses, perhaps using some props to assist with getting into your pose and that 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 great complimentary practice, helping to stretch tight muscles (hello hamstrings!) and strengthen complementary muscles.