FAQs 2


Why it is called GROOVALICIOUS dance?

GROOVALICIOUS dance is part of The World GROOVE Movement, created by Misty Tripoli. In each session, we find our own unique GROOVE as we dance, and you GROOVE your body in a way that makes it feel delicious. GROOVE + delicious + dance = GROOVALICIOUS dance.

What do I wear to a class?

Clothes, preferably! GROOVALICIOUS dance is a cardio fitness workout, so wear something that is comfortable to move around in and that you won't overheat in. Some people GROOVE in sneakers, some people GROOVE in bare feet – as long as you're comfortable, it doesn't matter.

Please bring water too, so that you can keep hydrated through your GROOVE.

Am I too old to groove?

As long as you're able to walk around, and have a desire to have fun, you can GROOVE.

Am I too young to groove?

No. If you're under 16 years old, your parents' written consent is needed (they might want to GROOVE too!).

But I can't dance.

Maybe. But maybe you can and you just haven't realised it yet. With GROOVALICIOUS dance, we use simple moves which you then add your own unique style to. It doesn't matter what you look like (nobody cares), as long as it feels good in your body.

Can I still GROOVE if I've got a bad back/dodgy knee/(insert injury of your choosing here)?

If you're able to walk around, you can GROOVE. Because GROOVALICIOUS dance is all about dancing simple moves in your own way – in a way that feels good in your body – it's up to you how big or small you make each movement. If you want to make it low impact, you keep your feet low to the ground. If you want to make it higher impact, you can jump. If making a movement big causes pain, make it small. GROOVALICIOUS dance is all about feeling good in your own body.

What if I can't come every week?

You might feel sad to miss out on a chance to GROOVE, but you can always come the next week. You won't fall behind, because each class is different, using different songs with different (simple) moves that you then dance in your own way (which will probably be different every time you dance them).


What’s the difference between Pilates and yoga?

Both emphasise the connection between mind and body, and both have a focus on breathing and concentration. Yoga was one of the many movement forms that influenced Joseph Pilates as he developed Pilates.

Pilates emphasises alignment and body awareness through non-impact exercises. Classical yoga places equal emphasis on physical and spiritual health, through movement, breathing techniques and meditation. Many forms of yoga include holding static postures; Pilates emphasises movement.

Yoga and Pilates complement each other well.

Can I just come to one session to see if I like it?

It takes time to gain an understanding of the basic principles behind how we move in Pilates. One session isn't enough for you to gain that understanding and to see what Pilates has to offer you. Therefore private sessions or the Beginning Pilates course offer your first steps into Pilates, rather than a single session.

How fit do I need to be to do Pilates? Can anyone of any age/size/shape do Pilates?

Being physically fit doesn’t automatically make you Pilates fit. Everyone starts off learning the basic principles which are crucial to getting the most out of Pilates. These foundations will set you up for wherever your Pilates journey will take you – and it can take you pretty awesome places.

The hana studio philosophy is “movement for everyBODY”. And we mean it.

How strong/fit/flexible do I need to be to do Pilates?

If you can move, you’ve got the right amount of strength/fitness/flexibility to start Pilates. Pilates will make you stronger/fitter/more flexible (it won’t, however, allow you to leap tall buildings in a single bound or outrun a speeding train).

If you have an injury, private one-to-one sessions to help you heal and restore movement may be the best option. Contact Paula if you'd like to discuss what options may suit you best.

What do I wear to sessions?

Wear light, comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely but that isn’t too loose, so that your body alignment is still possible to see. Gym wear or a singlet and leggings are appropriate. Shorts must come below the knee. Avoid anything with studs, domes or zippers that will press into you while lying down.

You may want to bring a warm layer for after your session.

Clean socks must be worn for hygiene purposes.

Long necklaces and other jewellery that may interfere with your movement will need to be removed during your session.

I’m pregnant; can I still do Pilates? How late into my pregnancy can I do Pilates?

Pilates is great for pregnancy. Paula has trained extensively as a Pre and Post Natal Pilates specialist (as well as having over 15 years experience in pregnancy massage) and offers Prenatal Pilates group sessions that can take you right up to labour. These sessions focus on breathing, pelvic floor connection, stretching and releasing tight muscles, and strengthening the arms/shoulders and lower body in preparation for carrying your baby (and all that baby paraphernalia). One-to-one sessions are also available.

Can men do Pilates?

Yes!! Pilates was designed by a man (Joseph Pilates) for men. It’s just that women realised how awesome it is and stole it so that we can get the benefits too. hana studio offers a Men's Pilates session where we focus on stretching and strengthening, taking a specific emphasis on backs and shoulders.

But Pilates is really easy, right? It’s just women having a lie down on mats.

Pilates is what you make of it. One of the joys of Pilates is that the more you learn about how your body moves, and the greater connection you find between your mind and your body, the more and more challenging you can find even the simplest exercises. 

What equipment do I need to bring?

Everything equipment-wise is provided for you, for both one-to-one sessions and group sessions. All you need is to bring is clean socks, water to drink and a willingness to try new things.