FAQ's

YOGA is a term for physical, mental and spiritual disciplines originating in ancient India. Yoga calms the fluctuations of the mind, connecting with the body to gain flexibility of mind and body. How does that feel? Blissful. Come find out.

Our classes are dogmatic and non-religious. We do not subscribe (and never have done) to any form of guru-worship, we’re here to help you discover and enjoy your own innate wisdom and super-powers.

GETTING STARTED

COVID-19 – Some of the FAQs below have been superseded, see our ‘NEW RULES’. 

How often should I come?

3 times a week to start to make a difference to mind and body.

How do I know which class style / level to choose?

If you’re new to yoga start with Beginners or a Gentle / Wind-down class, to learn the basics safely. Once you’re comfortable with the postures and breathing techniques, challenge yourself and move it up a gear to Level 2.

Which package or pass should I choose?

Try the Trial Membership, a great value way to try out different styles and find the best class for you. Or you welcome to buy a single drop-in class.

Do I need a mat?

Yes. We no longer offer communal mats. Bring your own or you can buy a Yogamatters mat from us at the studio.

Do I need a towel?

For Hot Yoga, yes! Bring a small one for the class and another for afterwards if you want to shower. For non-hot classes a towel is not normally needed unless it’s a super sweaty Flow class…

I’m too stiff! I can’t even touch my toes, should I be even thinking about this?

Yes! The stiffer you are the more you have to gain. Who cares if you can’t touch your toes…yet? Yoga will make you happier and healthier.

FACILITIES

Can I look around the studios before I book?

Of course, please contact us for available times or take your chances and pop-in when a class is scheduled. We will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions.

Is there a place for my bag/valuables?

We have changing rooms and there is space in the studios for small valuables. Barefoot cannot take responsibility for customers’ valuables. We like to keep the studios clutter-free and ask that you leave bags and outerwear in the changing rooms. 

Teas & Water

Bring a bottle and fill it up, especially for Hot Yoga! We are also re-introducing our yogi-tea station. You may prefer to bring your own drinking cup.

What if I need to shower?

Our studios have lovely changing rooms with showers.

Do you sell yoga stuff?

Yes. Yogamatters yoga mats, hot yoga towels, gift cards and other cool yogi stuff. 

CLASSES

How do I pay, do I have to be a member?

Nope…you can just pay for a single class online or at the studio, no membership required. For best value sign-up for a Trial Membership and try unlimited classes at less than half the usual price.

I’ve done yoga / Pilates before, do I need to do a beginners class?

Not necessarily but it’s good to get a few Level 1 classes under your belt. Our beginners classes are very popular and for good reason. Talk to one of our teachers or Front Desk staff, they will be knowledgeable of the content and if there are any prerequisites.

Do you offer private tuition?

Yes, you can book private sessions here. A single 1 hour class costs £60 or a block of 5 for £275 (£55 each).  Not sure? Bring a friend and share the cost.

Do I need to book for a class?

To be sure of a place it’s advisable to book in advance, especially for evening, weekend and beginners classes. Your place is not guaranteed unless booked and paid for in advance. 

When should I arrive?

At least 10 mins before the advertised class start time, 15 mins if it’s your first visit. We open 15 mins before the first morning and afternoon / evening class of the day. Please allow yourself enough time to pay and get changed as all classes begin at the stated start time, prompt. No late entry.

What if I’m late?

You won’t be able to join the class once it has started. We don’t want to disrupt the atmosphere of the class or risk you not being warmed up properly.

What if I need to cancel a class?

You can cancel or reschedule a class with a minimum 6 hours notice online. Read our full Terms & Conditions.

What if I need to cancel a workshop?

Refunds or transfers to another person for a workshop or special event are only possible in exceptional circumstances such as a critical medical health condition. 

What is a Wait List?

When a class or workshop is fully booked you may see the option to add yourself to the Wait List, via the website or using the Mindbody App. Do this! Then, if a spot opens up in class you’ll receive an email or text (as long as you’ve subscribed). You can then accept or decline. It’s always worth adding yourself to a Wait List as places open up right up to the 6 hour cancellation window before stated start time.

What should I wear?

Comfortable stretchy clothing in which you can move freely. Men usually wear shorts (tight enough to avoid any embarrassing flashes please) and T-shirt or vest, women usually go for leggings with a T-shirt or vest. For hot classes less is more.

Can I eat and drink before class?

Only nibble on light food, nothing heavy up to 2 hours before class. Drink plenty of water before coming to class so you arrive fully hydrated.

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

What if I have an injury/ medical condition?

Consult your doctor prior to booking and make sure you mention to your teacher before class. You can also email us beforehand if you have any questions. Heated Yoga classes are not suitable for under-18’s or anyone with high blood pressure. You are responsible for seeking medical advice before starting yoga with Barefoot.

My back/ knee/ little toe hurts – can I still do yoga?

Probably. Many of our clients find yoga helps with such niggles and many are referred by physiotherapists or osteopaths. Consult your doctor and listen to your body.

Will I lose weight?

It’s possible. Yoga is about freeing your mind and feeling joyful. This can help break patterns of unwanted behaviour, including poor eating habits. Lots of yogis notice they eat healthier food and drink when practising often.

What if I’m pregnant or post-natal?

Our general yoga classes are not suitable during pregnancy as not all instructors are trained in this area. Much as we try to be as inclusive as possible, our general classes are too large to give the attention required for safe pregnancy practice. Post-natal mums should wait until at least 6 weeks after giving birth before starting classes, and after your midwife or doctor has given you the all-clear to resume exercise.