What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy discovered by the sages. The purpose of yoga is spiritual enlightenment but along the way there are many benefits including improved mental and physical well being, better posture, more energy, flexibility and relaxation.
IYENGAR® Yoga is systematic approach. It is rigorous and thorough and designed for you to learn safely and progressively. Classes are graded and As such it can meet everyone’s needs, so whatever your gender, age, fitness level, flexibility, we have a class for you!
Practising yoga helps you overcome stresses and strains, aches and pains and promotes a firm foundation of health and well-being. Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes.
What is IYENGAR® Yoga?
The world’s most widely practised method of yoga is that developed by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar of Pune, India. He studied and practised yoga continuously for nearly 80 years and earned worldwide respect and recognition. He made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere.
IYENGAR® Yoga works on the whole person and through it you can gain and maintain a healthier body and mind.
IYENGAR® teaching certficates are recognised worldwide and indicate high standard of training. All IYENGAR® Yoga teachers are yoga practitioners of several years’ experience who then spend several years training and they have to pass rigorous assessments and continue with their professional development. All IYENGAR® Yoga teachers are experienced practitioners of yoga who have completed thorough training over at least two years’ and have successfully passed rigorous assessments of their own practice and teaching.
Only IYENGAR® Yoga teachers teach genuine IYENGAR® Yoga; they do not mix in other methods. So you can be sure of safe teaching.
What should I wear?
Wear unrestrictive clothing with ankles and knees visible for safety. Shorts and a t-shirt are ideal. Yoga is practised in bare feet. Clothing should not trial on the floor.
Can I eat before class?
You should leave at least 4 hours after a main meal and 1 hour after a light snack before practising yoga. Otherwise you will be diverting your body from its attempts to digest and you will feel uncomfortable.
Shall I bring a water bottle to class?
It is inadvisable to drink during class so water bottles are not allowed in the yoga studios. Free drinking water is always available at the Centre for those who need it.
I’m not very flexible, will it be suitable for me?
Yoga is for all. You don’t need to be fit or flexible to take part. We teach the use of yoga props as devised by BKS Iyengar which can help even the very stiff to benefit from yoga. Practised dilligently it will improve your flexibility as well as strength and stamina. Yoga also brings firmness and stability to very flexible bodies.
How often should I come?
Although you can attend one class per week, it is best if possible if you come at least twice. Many people come three times a week. The more often you come then the quicker your progress will be. We offer substantial discounts to those booking more than one class per week!
Do I need to book or can I “drop-in” to classes?
Our classes are pre-booked which enables us to keep them small – especially important to those who are newer to yoga. This also means that our classes are progressive and inclusive – you won’t have to miss any of the session because it is too advanced for you or have to repeat things at too basic a level because of newcomers. You will also be less tempted to miss classes! Many of our students find that the pre-booking system helps motivate them to come to class and once they come they always say they are glad they did. It also means other demands of life are less likely to encroach on your “me time”.
We do have a drop-in facility in our Monday and Wednesday morning level 1/2 class which is open to those with a current booking in another weekly class. It is intended as a “top-up” to other classes not a substitute.
What if I can’t make a booked class?
We understand that sometimes you are ill or held up at work or have clashing family commitments which might mean you are going to miss your booked class. Our transferability system takes care of this. In order to access this class transfer facility for your regular weekly class, you must book by the due date for that term for termly bookings and half term for half termly bookings (the dates are always on the home page of the booking area when you log in). Please note:
- transferring classes is subject to space availability
- you must cancel the class you will miss at least 2 hours in advance. You can transfer into a class up to 15 minutes before it starts. The transfer system opens 24 hours before the start of the term/half term.
- missed classes must be made up within the period you have booked i.e. the half term for a half termly booking and the term for a full termly booking. The transfer system opens 24 hours before the start of your term/half term.
- The replacement class can be at the same level or lower level than your booked class. If the class you transfer into is longer than the one you transferred out of then you need to pay the difference when you arrive at the class.
- If you know in advance of booking a full or half term, that you will be unable to make some of the classes and are only able to substitute a class which is shorter and less expensive, then you should consider booking individual classes instead.
- If for any reason you wish to cancel a booking, this can be done up to 7 days before the start of the course and you will be refunded minus a small admin. fee (£10).
How much does it cost?
The more classes you book at a time the cheaper the per class rate. There are extra discounts of 10% for those booking 2 classes per week and 20% for those booking 3 classes per week. We also offer a 25% discount in many classes for those on very low incomes (please enquire). Multi-booking discounts cannot be combined with concessionary rate. Please see our timetable page for details of all the fees.
Some employers who offer gym membership to employees are willing for you to use this for Yoga Centre membership and weekly classes. Please enquire.
I have an injury, can I attend classes?
It depends on the nature and extent of injury or health problem. Sometimes it is advisable to rest and let the body recover before coming to class. In many instances Iyengar Yoga will help with the problem as long as the practice is done carefully and with expert guidance. It might be necessary to adapt some poses, use props or avoid others as we advise. We have classes at varying levels of difficulty and group size and also a yoga therapy class for those with significant problems. We can also arrange 1:1 sessions if you would like to focus specifically on your difficulty. Please call us and we can discuss which of our classes would best meet your needs.
What about health problems?
Again it depends on the nature of the health problem. If you have a fever it is best to rest at home until you are better. If you have had any diarrhoea or vomiting again you should stay away until at least 48 hours after the last episode. If you are not sure then please call us.
Can I bring my child to class?
Children prefer fast-paced classes and are better off in specific children’s classes with their peers. We’re sorry but we are unable to offer any creche facilities – you will get much more out of the classes if you see it as “me-time” and leave the kids at home! We welcome mature teenagers to class.
Can I attend a “taster” class
We don’t allow people to drop in for tasters as this disrupts the groups and their learning. Also one class isn’t enough for you to judge Yoga’s suitability for you. The best taster is to sign up for a short course!