Is a group class right for you? Here's a little of what to expect

Classes are targeted to the average person; all ages, levels of yoga ability and levels of previous experience are welcome. In saying that, it is very hard to plan and teach a class when there are vastly different levels of physical mobility so I have come up with some basic physical prerequisites for participating in a group class. 

If you don't meet these prerequisites you are still welcome to attend but you may need to skip certain poses or sequences and may benefit more from an individual/ one-on-one session where your needs or physical limitations can be better catered to. 


  • You must be able to sit down on the floor. Not necessarily crossed legged, and not always for long periods, but sitting on the floor will often be incorporated into classes

  • It follows naturally that you should be able to get up off the floor and stand up again afterwards unassisted. There may be sequences that involve getting up and down repeatedly, which is one reason yoga is so good at keeping you physically fit and mobile. You can choose to skip any sequences or poses you like.

  • Ability to bear weight on your hands and knees would be helpful (ie. on all fours). Not necessarily for long periods, but again this position will feature from time to time in a hatha class.

  • Ability to bend your knees would be helpful, as per the photo above, however you do not necessarily need to be as flexible, or bend your knees as deeply as the participants pictured!

  • Ability to bear weight on your hands and wrists for downward facing dog. This is not absolutely essential as downward facing dog can be substituted with childs pose (childs pose is pictured above, in the photo on the left).

  • Ability to have one's head lower than heart level, as in a standing forward bend, would be helpful though not essential. If you experience vertigo from having your head upside down, you may need to skip or limit poses, such as downward facing dog.

  • This particular style of yoga requires some activity / movement so do not expect 60 mins of stationary meditation or breathing. I would classify it as moderate intensity, but certainly still achievable and not overly challenging for the average person / majority of people.

  • You do not need to be very flexible or fit to participate.


  • There are fewer prerequisites for Pilates because much of each class will be spent laying on the floor, working on your core strength.

  • Classes often involve the use of one's legs as body weight resistance, so an ability to lift and hold one's legs a small distance from the floor (one at a time, whilst laying on your back) would be helpful, though not essential. Beginners usually remark that their hips feel tired after class - this is normal and will be less apparent the more your practice, as your abdominals and hips strengthen

  • Pilates exercises increase in intensity with duration (I will gradually layer on the levels of difficulty) so I will always start each exercise with very easy movements and progress from there. You are welcome to stop at any point or return to a previous level of difficulty.

  • Some exercises may involve lifting one's head off the floor, as in an abdominal curl, however you've got the option to leave your head down if you like.

  • You do not need to be very coordinated, flexible or fit to participate. You should consult a GP or physio before participating if you have diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles).


I am open to adding seniors/reduced mobility yoga, yin (slow, stretchy) yoga, or more challenging Power Vinyasa yoga classes to the timetable (demand dependent). Please get in contact with me to let me know! Private sessions also available.

​© 2016 Jacqui Kortt.

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