WHAT TO EXPECT

We are currently running a combination of in person and online classes.  You can find out more via our ‘Book a Class’ page.

Info for online, live streamed classes only:

You can sign up to our online classes here – make sure that you choose the ‘Online’ option.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a confirmation email, and a link to ‘View Zoom event’ that will take you a webpage with class details and at the bottom of the page, the Zoom link, meeting ID and password.

When it’s time for your class to start, simply follow these instructions, and press ‘Join Zoom meeting’ and you’ll be taken to the class via your Zoom account.

Please note you will need to download zoom to join https://zoom.us/download

We offer these live streamed classes as a way of creating community, continuing our teacher/student contact and helping to ground and calm our students during the pandemic. We also offer them as a way of generating some income to our not for profit. We ask that you pay what you can. If paying anything at all is a problem please email us at info@edinburghcommunityyoga.co.uk and we will give you free access, no questions asked.

Will anyone be able to see me?
You can decide if you have your camera on or not.

Will anyone be able to hear me?
No your teacher will mute everyone so that there are no sound disturbances during class.

Can I chat to my teacher?
Yes, you teacher will be online and available five minutes before the start of the class and ten minutes after.

What if I’m injured?
If you have an injury you must email us at admin@edinburghcommunityyoga.co.uk before attending the class so we can familiarise ourselves with your injury and decide if it is appropriate for you to attend. Obviously it is much harder for us to keep an eye on you in an online format so we want to be sure you are not at risk.

I’m pregnant, can I attend classes?
We regret we can not accommodate pregnant women at this time. We recommend you attend a pregnancy specific class.

For in-person classes, in light of Covid-19:

You must pre-book your space for in-studio classes via our booking page. We will not be admitting any walk-in students, so unfortunately you will be turned away if you have not been able to pre-book. This is for the safety of our teachers and students, and to follow Track & Trace guidelines that require pre-class information.

We are looking forward to practicing in the same space as you.

Please ensure you also:

  • Arrive no more than 15 before the start of the class
  • Arrive in your Yoga clothes
  • Bring your own mat
  • Remove your shoes before entering the studio
  • Bolsters, blocks and belts are available to borrow, or you can bring your own
  • Wear a mask in common areas (you can be mask free on your mat)
  • Please only bring essential items with you to the studio
  • Do not come to class if you are unwell or have a cough or temperature

CAR PARKING:

All students and class attendees MUST ENTER their number plate details into the iPad which is located in the studio, in order for your car to be legitimately parked in the Beetroot car park. You can do this at any time during your stay at Beetroot. There is an additional iPad downstairs. Please remember to validate your free car parking.

DURING CLASS:

Please stay on your mat during class and ensure there is ‘space’ between yourself, your fellow students and the teacher. No hands on assists will be offered by any teacher.

You do not need to wear a mask for class, but if you would prefer to, you are most welcome.

HYGIENE:

Hand sanitiser, hand washing facilities and wipes will be available at class.

We know that coming to a yoga class for the first time can be a bit daunting and it can be helpful to know what to expect, so here is a little walkthrough of taking one of our public classes at Beetroot Sauvage, in Causewayside.

THE VENUE:

Beetroot Sauvage is a vegan cafe and yoga studio located at 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace in Edinburgh. There is a large private car park for students. You need to walk through our car park and either go down the wheelchair ramp, or down a few stairs to get to the front door. If your class is at a time and day when the cafe is open (Tues-Sun), then the door will probably be open. If not, it may be that the cafe is closed and your teacher will arrive shortly.

You’ll enter into the cafe ‘Beetroot Sauvage’, where they sell food and hot drinks until 5pm every day (excluding Mondays). There is a gender-neutral bathroom on the ground floor, behind and to the left of the till and coffee machine area. If you are coming to a yoga class but have decided to come early, you are welcome to take a seat anywhere on the ground floor, help yourself to a glass of water, and rest before your class.

THE YOGA STUDIO:

The yoga studio is upstairs, through the door on your right as you enter the cafe. The stairs lead you up into the space, which is a large open room. There is a corner with benches. There is another gender-neutral bathroom on this floor.

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING:

You don’t need to wear or bring anything special to your yoga class, just wear some comfortable clothing like a t-shirt and leggings/tracksuit bottoms/shorts.

HANDS ON ADJUSTMENTS:

There will be no hands-on adjustments at this time.

In our Women’s Trauma-Informed yoga class there will never be hands-on adjustments.

THE CLASS:

The teacher will have their mat set up facing the rest of the class, so you can choose whether to be nearer the teacher or nearer the back. Try to make sure you can see and hear the teacher clearly.

All yoga classes are slightly different, depending on the teacher and their style, however most classes begin with a few moments of settling in and noticing the breath, normally lying down or seated. You’ll then move through some warming up exercises or poses, perhaps seated or on all fours. Each class will have a slightly different theme, that might focus on the hips, spine or shoulders, and you will move through some yoga poses (asana) that align with the theme of the week. The class will end with a few minutes of relaxation (savasana) in a comfortable position, perhaps lying down or in a chair if preferred.

Some teachers will play gentle music to help create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation – if this is distracting or interfering with your hearing, please let us know and we can try to keep the class quiet.

If you need to use the bathroom during the class, you are welcome to quietly make your way to the bathroom, the teacher will not mind and you are not disturbing the class.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS:

Please feel free to email us at admin@edinburghcommunityyoga.co.uk if you have any other queries or concerns about attending a class with us at Beetroot Sauvage.