New to White Dog. New to Pilates and Yoga?
Here are some points to help you out.
Come in and make yourself at home
White Dog is a big open space, but please don’t be intimidated, we are a friendly bunch.
Help yourself to a cup of tea, take a seat and from there you can pretty much see how the entire studio space lays out.
Our studio has a small front room dedicated to 1:1 yoga sessions, a large main floor for mat classes, black mat area for barb and bell and small group session and behind the ‘dog’ door you will find the reformer room.
We are a busy bunch and our focus is on delivering the best we can so we may not always get to greet you when you first arrive. Your instructor will come out collect you and your fellow pack mates before your class starts and show the ropes.
Look forward to meeting you.
Your instructor will check you in at the beginning of class. Relax we have got you.
We don’t have a full time receptionist. Your instructor will come and get you before class. Please make yourself comfy, and grab a cup of tea.
We have no expectations at all and you definitely do not need to be flexible or super strong.
Our instructors are experienced and more than happy to show you the ropes and springs as they guide you along the way.
We’ve got you covered with everything that you will need for your classes. Feel free to bring your own mat but we have more than enough to go round.
Go for comfortable and light active wear that moves easily with your body.
It’s a big space and we choose to roll with the seasons.
We do not over heat our rooms so bring a jumper and dress appropriately.
We appreciate that we all live busy lives and yep that can make it easy to forget the details.
We have got you covered.
We provide clean hand towels to wipe your brow, black and makeup friendly
Hair ties to tie back the mop
Hot ginger tea and water out front
If your injury is still in a healing process – ie less than 10-12 weeks since you hurt yourself, we recommend discussing your exercise plans with your doctor. If your injury (pain) is older than 12 weeks then you can absolutely join any class that takes your fancy. If the pain you feel limits any particular movements, let your instructor know.
The best thing you can do for persistent pain is get moving.
If you have any concerns about joining a general class, you could do a small group Pilates session. These are limited to 5 students and focus on you and getting you back to moving confidently. Lots of our crew have started in small group when recovering from injury and move into general classes from there.
You may practice while pregnant.
We ask that you have had a consistent practice for a minimum of 3-6 months prior.
We request that you discuss the suitability of classes with your health care practitioner and only practice if it is recommended.
Please email us to arrange an appointment for a one-on-one session to discuss the recommended pregnancy modifications.
Attending class is at your own risk and all efforts to understand the modifications and cautions is with you. We do not recommend practicing Surya Namaska, The Original Mat or Bar and Bell.
Hell no. We pride ourselves on welcoming everyone. We do ask that you are at least 15 years old but beyond that there is no limit. If you are concerned that Pilates has an age limit, rest assured it’s for everyone and every age. Check out Rhonda’s story here.
Some clients who feel they want individualised attention, maybe due to injury, age or confidence do a few small group pilates session first.