toofufu
toofufu
by Aléz Odendaal

FAQs

How do I book?

Easy-peasy. Choose one of the Moon Packages (Full Moon, Half Moon, or Crescent Moon), then pick your date and time. After this, you’ll need to fill in some forms so I can make sure you get the most out of your session.

How do I pay?

At the moment, you’ve got three choices. You can either pay via PayPal, EFT, or SnapScan.

If you’re using PayPal, checkout after choosing your date and time.

If you’re going with an EFT, opt-out of paying during scheduling and complete the booking as normal. After this you’ll get an email letting you know your appointment is scheduled. In that email you’ll find my bank details. Send proof of payment to hello@toofufu.com with your name and surname as a reference. I’ll let you know when I’ve received payment confirmation. Et voilà!

If you’re using SnapScan, opt-out of paying during scheduling and complete booking as normal. Then head on over to my SnapScan barcode to capture it with your SnapScan app. Put in the right amount for your chosen package, hit ‘Pay’ and…you’re done. I’ll send you an email confirming your appointment. Thank you!

In the near-future you’ll also be able to checkout with PayFast.

Where do we practice?

I’m currently only offering private yoga classes, and all sessions will take place in your chosen space, as long as its conducive to a yoga practice. So, your house or corner office will work. An open-plan workspace? Not so much. We can also head outdoors, if you’d prefer, within reason. We’ll chat this all over once your appointment is confirmed.

What if I need to reschedule?

No biggie. You can reschedule any time except for the twelve hours before your appointment was due to start. After that, changes to the appointment will count as a late cancellation. This means you forfeit any appointment fees. This isn’t to punish anyone for having urgent issues come up last-minute, it’s just there to ensure my time is respected. Not possible to give longer notice? I may be able to help. Hit me up on hello@toofufu.com, and we’ll go from there.

What if i need to cancel?

Life happens, kid. You can cancel any time for a full refund up until twelve hours before your appointment was due to start. After this, changes to the appointment will count as a late cancellation, and it may mean you forfeit your appointment fees. This sucks for both parties, so please do your best to cancel early. Not possible? I may be able to help. Hit me up on hello@toofufu.com, and we’ll go from there. Refunds will be issued immediately, but it may take a few business days for the money to reflect in your account.

Can my friend join in?

Totally, as long as you’re booking either the Half Moon or Crescent Moon packages. How? Once you’ve made your appointment, send me an email to let me know someone will be joining you (hello@toofufu.com). I’ll then send you or your friend a PayPal link or my banking details for the additional fee. This stands at R225 for the Half Moon Package, and R175 for the Crescent Moon Package. I’ll also send forms and a waiver that your buddy has to fill in before they can practice.

Do you give group discounts?

I do, yeah - yay! I can work with groups of up to five people for the Half Moon and Crescent Moon Packages, if you’d like to host your friends in your own or your collective space. Once you’ve booked your time, please let me know how many people will be joining you (hello@toofufu.com). I’ll send on their forms and waivers, as well as a PayPal link and/or my banking details. For groups of more than two, each person will pay R200 for the Half Moon Package, or R150 for the Crescent Moon Package.

Why are your prices lower than other yogis?

Prices for private yoga lessons can be a lot higher, yeah. This isn’t because other teachers are over-pricing. I just feel that as I’m still new to yoga teaching, I’d prefer to work at a reduced rate while I put in my hours. With my experience, it wouldn’t be right for me to charge what my teacher would, for example. I will gradually increase my prices as I become better-skilled as a facilitator.

i’ve never done yoga before. what can i expect?

First off, welcome. It’s so so SO exciting to meet someone about to start their foray into the beautiful movement practice that is yoga. You’re going to love it. Yes, it’s going to be tricky for a while. You may feel a bit odd because your body is probably moving in ways it hasn’t done before, and you’re learning kooky new phrases like ‘upward dog’ and ‘Adho Mukha Svanasana.’ It’s normal to feel out of place. Let yourself be new at something.

Let it feel weird. My first yoga class was a joke. I kept looking around the room wondering how the hell I’d ever make it through the hour. But I did. Then I came back to class; I persevered. Again and again. Before I knew it, more people joined the class and suddenly I wasn’t a newbie. I knew stuff! It felt good. On top of that, my anxiety - normally a quiet static noise that accompanied my every waking hour - dropped away. Plop! There it went.

My body toned up, too. That’s for sure. But I also learnt more about it. In many was it felt like I was just then really discovering what it could do - and what it couldn’t, or shouldn’t. One of my teachers once told me, ‘Yoga brings everything out.’ It’s true. The good, the quirky, the strength, the struggle, the release. Give it a shot, allowing the awkwardness of a new hobby to sit with you and then pass. It’s worth it. Pinky swear.

what kind of yoga do you teach?

I teach a style of yoga called ‘Vinyasa’. You may know it as ‘Flow’ class, too. It’s a loose routine, with no real rules about which postures should go in, and which should be left out. That said, flow classes almost always incorporate some version of a set of poses called ‘sun salutations’ or ‘Surya Namaskar’. Don’t worry about that if it’s too much to take in right now.

The key takeaways are that Vinyasa is generally a faster-paced class, syncing breath with movement. Classes can be tailored around an abstract theme, a body part, a peak posture, or to an individual’s wants and needs. All my private classes will take your preferences, injuries, and/or areas of concern into account. If you want to move a little slower, we’ll do that. Want a challenge?We can do that, too. Always mindfully, always safely, always playfully.

Can i do yoga if i’m not flexible?

Ab-so-lutely. Not going to yoga because you aren’t flexible is a bit like not going to the doctor because you’re sick. Yoga isn’t for flexible people, it makes flexible people. So much so that there’s actually some danger of naturally-flexible people getting injured because they’re pushed beyond a safe point by over-worked and inexperienced teachers. When it’s done right, yoga can increase your mobility safely, while you learn how to work within, nudge past, or reel in your flexibility.

who can’t do yoga?

Almost everyone can do yoga. The differences in our bodies only amount to a need to do different versions of a given posture. If you’re very tall and sit in an office during much of your week day, your ‘downward dog’ is going to look different to someone super short who works as a chef. That’s just how it works. If you’re picking this up late in life, early in life, or somewhere in the middle - it doesn’t matter. Yoga can be personalised to meet your body how it is right now.

Unfortunately, while this is true, I’m not able to teach to seniors and those with developmental disabilities yet. I’m continuously looking for ways that yoga can reach all manner of bodies, and in future will have the facilities and expertise needed to teach a more inclusive practice. For now, everyone without a recent severe injury is welcome to join me on the mat. Please make sure that you provide relevant medical details on the onboarding form during booking. This way we keep the class beneficial and safe in the long haul. I’m always available on hello@toofufu.com if you want to ask about something before booking, or whenever, really.

do i need a yoga mat?

You don’t need a mat if you don’t have one already. I’m happy to provide a mat and any other props we might need.

are yoga + meditation part of a religion?

While I think it’s important to acknowledge that modern yoga has some of its roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, yoga and meditation can both be secular or complementary practices. The yoga and meditation I teach is agnostic; my focus will always be on the physical. I’m interested in improving the body and mind in ways that peer-reviewed papers can account for. This isn’t to say that classes will be stony and cold, with no room for the warm and fuzzies. Quite the opposite - I strive to include values and principles that are shared among many existing religions; peace, kindness, respect, and truth. You just won’t hear me mention Chakras, past lives, or ‘primal energy.’

can tarot cards help you read my future?

No. No one can read the future. And with the greatest respect for people within witchy subcultures, I think it’s irresponsible to claim otherwise. I use Tarot cards to tap into feelings that I already have; thought patterns that exist already, but are a little clouded from the conscious brain. They help you see what you already believe by allowing your mind to draw to or away from archetypes present in the cards. Ultimately though, the cards are what you make of them. If they work for you, great! If not, you can dismiss them. They’re just another, useful tool in the toolbox of emotional intelligence and self-care (but not self-indulgence - a trés importante difference, there). Want to know more before you book? Read this Skeptic’s Guide to the Tarot, or pop me a line (hello@toofufu.com).