At Tickle My Feet Yoga you can expect welcoming, uplifting yoga classes and to discover more than just touching your toes. We offer Whanganui its first pure vinyasa flow yoga and yin yoga classes. Vinyasa flow offers a style of yoga that will help you build all-over strength, cardio and flexibility and is perfect for returning balance to your body and mind, whether it is over-worked or under-worked. Yin, a more passive style of yoga that is mostly floor-based, offers a perfect alternative to vinyasa as it targets the body’s energetic system and fascial tissue to create optimal communication, mobility and structure throughout the body and mind. Thanks to Simone and Simon’s four-year-old daughter Livy for coming up with a name that embodies what we are all about. At Tickle My Feet Yoga, all Teachers encourage you to explore enjoy your practice so you can walk away feeling lighter and brighter, connected to what’s important.   What is vinyasa flow? Vinyasa flow is a style of yoga that is based on flowing from one pose to the next – and connecting movement with breath. It’s a popular, modern form of yoga, especially in the USA and Australia and growing in NZ. It works as much on building all over body strength as it does flexibility and is ideal for out-of-sync bodies.  Each vinyasa class sequence at Tickle My Feet Yoga has been carefully designed to awaken the power within – you will notice the difference even after your first class. Each class ends with savasana (corpse pose) and often some yoga nidra and/or a guided meditation that fits with the class theme – to aid in your post-class bliss feeling.   What is yin? Yin in a passive yoga practice that’s mostly floor-based. It is deeply therapeutic and renowned for releasing stress and tension in the body, calming the mind and renewing the spirit. Asanas (poses) are held for longer periods of time to work on releasing the connective tissue and opening the meridian lines throughout the body – together with pranayama (breath) yin yoga helps regulate energy flow, lubricate joints and increase mobility. Expect to find more ease and space in your body and mind, both on and off the mat.   Who is it for? We believe everybody has a yoga body and should practice it to be living their best life. Touching our toes is not what yoga is about and instead what we learn on the way down about ourselves and the world around us. Classes are open level 1 and suitable for beginners as well as challenging enough for those with yoga experience. Modifications and alignment cues are offered to help you stay safe, progress and mostly importantly enjoy your practice. Students range from 13 years old to 75. If you have an injury please seek medical advice from your doctor or specialist first.   I’m male but not sure if it’s for me? Guys come to classes too and love it!  Tickle My Feet Yoga classes appeal to men too, especially our VINYASA energise and VINYASA play classes since they offer a more dynamic, athletic form of yoga – you’ll bound to enjoy the strength building just as much as stretching out your tight muscles – even the All Blacks are vinyasa flow yoga fans and practice at the Wellington Power Living studio. Fun fact: yoga was originally reserved for men only in India.   Is there any traditional philosophy offered? Yes! Each class is themed with a specific theme, pulling from the ancient yoga teachings and philosophy. It’s sure to help get more out of your practice as well as life off the mat. Oh and you may even enjoy learning a bit of ancient yogic language – Sanskrit.   How will I feel after my practice? You will without a doubt, feel a greater sense of calm immediately following class.  And science has proven that your body begins to improve for the better even after your first class.  With more practice you will feel stronger, more flexible and balanced, have more energy, sleep better and feel more alive .  There are too many more benefits to list here – come and experience it for yourself. Is it normal to feel some pain? It is ok to feel some muscles waken up as you use some that may not have been used for some time.  Pain should be the kind that disappears after one to two good nights sleep.  Epson salts baths are also helpful. Throbbing or ongoing aches could mean an injury or a sign that you are not practising a pose correctly.  Please talk to your teacher (or your own medical practitioner) if you have any concerns.   What do I wear? Something you feel comfy to move in and that won’t flap in your face when bending. We practice in bare feet. Shoes are left at the entrance to the studio room.   Can I eat before class? Try to avoid practicing on a full stomach. Its different for everyone, but the general rule of thumb is to stop eating approx. one hour before class.   What will the room temperature be like? The room will be a moderate temperature with a heat pump to keep us cool in summer and in the winter we turn up the heat to ensure you are toasty and warm and can move more easily into poses and release connective tissue and blocked meridian lines. Bring a hand towel if you think you need to wipe your brow.   How early should I arrive? Try to arrive five to 10 minutes before class starts to register if you are new. And to let the Teacher know if you have any injuries or pain on the day. Both are important so we can modify poses to suit you.  Please note the entrance door on the ground floor is locked just after class starting time – we allow a few minutes for anyone delayed. Is there somewhere to change? Yes.  There is a bathroom and toilet (sorry no shower – yet!) that you can use.  And a bag/shoe cupboard for you to store your belongings while you practice. Can I come if I am pregnant? From July 2018 our classes will cater to the special needs of pre or post-natal Mum’s. Yoga has been proven to help you during this amazing journey – join the Tickle My Feet Yoga Facebook group to stay tuned. How do I purchase a class pass? You can buy a class pass by paying in cash at class or via direct debit a few days before. See our Rates page for more. Are you open all year round? Tickle My Feet Yoga closes during New Zealand’s school and public holidays. This helps Tickle My Feet Yoga staff to attend professional development as well as take some time to restore and reset with their own families to so they can show up being their best for you.   WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE SOME GOOD VIBES YOGA WITH YOU.