YOGA is a term for physical, mental and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga calms the fluctuations of the mind, connecting with the body to gain flexibility of the mind. What does that all actually mean?! Come find out. It’s a different experience for everyone, and each time you hit the mat you’ll discover something new. Our classes are non-religious.
PILATES is a total body work-out to develop leaner longer looking muscles whilst establishing core strength and stability and restoring balance to the body.
How often should I come?
3 times a week to start to make a difference to mind and body.
How do I know which style / level to choose?
Check the class description and level against each class on the online timetable. You can also chat to any of our staff, they’re here to make sure you get the most out of your Barefoot experience. Pop into the studios or drop us an email. If you’re new to yoga or Pilates start with Beginners / Level 1 classes 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 1 or 2.
How do I get started?
Try Harborne’s Welcome Intro Offer of £30 for 30 days of unlimited classes, or the Launch Offer of £15 for 15 days at Kings Heath. A super-cheap way to try out different styles and find the best class for you. No sneaky roll-over payments after your initial payment period either:-)
Do I need a mat?
Barefoot has communal mats – and when you become hooked, we sell them too. If you’re using a studio mat please show it (and the next person) some love and wipe down after hot classes. Anti-bacterial wipes provided.
Do I need a towel?
For hot yoga you will need two towels, one for your mat and one for afterwards. You can hire a towel (£1.50). For non-hot classes a towel is not normally needed unless it’s a super sweaty Flow class…
I can’t even touch my toes, should I be even thinking about yoga or Pilates?
You’re never going to be good enough, you’re already beyond good enough. Who cares if you can’t touch your toes…yet? Yoga will make you happier and healthier.
Can I look around the studios before I book?
Of course, please contact us for available times or just pop-in when a class is scheduled. We will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions.
Is there disabled access?
The Kings Heath yoga studio is on the ground floor with an accessible WC. The therapy room is on the first floor (non-accessible). At Harborne it’s the other way round – accessible ground floor therapy rooms and WC, non-accessible first floor yoga studio.
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.
What about water?
Why pay for the bottled stuff when Birmingham has the best on tap? Bring an old bottle and fill up for free at Barefoot.
What if I need to shower?
Both studios has lovely changing rooms and showers and you can hire a towel from reception.
Do you sell yoga stuff?
Yes. Funky yoga mats, hot yoga towels, gift cards and other cool yogi stuff. You can order and pay via the Glofox App and pick up from Kings Heath studio, or pay and collect at Harborne studio.
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 Harborne’s £30 Welcome Intro Offer, or £15 Launch Offer at Kings Heath. Level 1 classes (or any class with ‘Beginner’ in the title) are always busy; try to book at least a week in advance to be sure of a place.
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. For Harborne bookings download the FREE Mindbody app for easy booking and re-scheduling of classes. For Kings Heath download the free Glofox app: iOS and Android
When should I arrive?
At least 15 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 or workshop?
Harborne: You can cancel or reschedule a class with a minimum 2 hours notice online or using the Mindbody App.
Leave it later than that and you lose your class.
If you’re enjoying a Welcome Intro Offer or an ‘Unlimited’ package, the following applies: Two or more late-cancelled or no-shows in a month means you lose advance booking rights for one month = queue up before class and hope for the best. Read our full Terms & Conditions here.
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. This is because our awesome teachers spend hours preparing (and changing your mind or clash with a family party / hangover isn’t really that critical;-)
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 or Glofox Apps. Do this! Then, if a spot opens up in class you’ll receive an email, text or push notification. You can then accept or decline. It’s always worth adding yourself to a Wait List as places open up right up to the 2 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?
You can 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.
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 or Pilates with Barefoot.
My back/ knee/ little toe hurts – can I still do yoga?
Probably. Many of our students find practising yoga or Pilates 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?
We run specialist Pregnancy Yoga classes for women who have reached their 14th week of pregnancy. However, you may want to consult your midwife if you are new to yoga or exercise. Our general yoga and Pilates 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. Please do not ask us to make an exception.