Is yoga for me?
Yes! At paper dress we think yoga is for everyone... the strong and the weak, the tall-ies and small-ies, the flexis and not-so-flexis. No matter what your ability/strength/flexibility there will be something for you in a class. We believe yoga is simply connecting movement and breath, nothing more complicated than that. Come and breathe and stretch with us and give it a go!
I’m not at all flexible … can I still do yoga?
Absolutely! A consistent yoga practice will, in time, increase your flexibility. There are stages in every posture that you will you be able to achieve and our teachers are well practiced in offering modifications to all students. We have a selection of blocks, bricks & straps to help you reach a comfortable position and our teachers will be on hand to instruct you!
Where is the studio?
The entrance to the studio is around the corner from our sister shop, bar and coffee shop - Paper Dress Vintage, past A-Side B-Side gallery on the corner of the block at 352 Mare Street E8 1HR. The door is clearly signposted, push the buzzer on arrival for entry. We are a one-minute walk from the Hackney Central overground station.
How do I book?
Our website is linked to 'Mind Body Online' where you can book your class online or via their app. You can purchase single classes, a class pass or unlimited membership. Alternatively, you can pay cash or card before class - if it's your first time please come 10-15 minutes before the class starts to get registered
Can I eat before class?
We recommend that you don’t eat 2 – 3 hours before practice. In class, we often twist and invert as well as bending backward and forward so it's best to do this on an empty stomach! If you’re afraid you won’t survive until the end of class, then we recommend something light like a few nuts or a juice.
What should I bring to class?
Comfy clothes and a healthy sense of curiosity. We have mats, bolsters, eye bags and any other props you might need. You’re welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer practising on that.
If I am pregnant or have an injury can I still practice?
Yoga can benefit both pregnant and injured students. You know your body better than anyone so if it doesn't feel right - don't do it! Please do mention anything that may affect your practice to your teacher so they can offer you discrete modifications.
For pregnant visitors we would advise not to practice in the first trimester and after the first trimester going to a dedicated yoga pregnancy class to better understand what might be good/bad for you and your baby. Come along to a regular class when you feel confident about pregnancy modifications.