How many Beginners classes can I attend?
You can attend any of the six Beginners classes a week
Do I need to book into a course or can I just turn up?
We highly recommended you book into a course as our popular Beginners Courses fill up quickly.
Is the Beginners Course right for me?
The Beginners Course is suitable for any student new to yoga or new to the Iyengar method of yoga. The Beginners Course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of the Iyengar method, where the emphasis is on precision, alignment, and timing. Find out more about our Beginners Course
How does the Beginners Course run?
The Beginners Course has been specifically designed to introduce students to Iyengar yoga in a structured manner. The Course is run over a period of 6 weeks, with students progressing each week through a carefully planned series of classes. Course starting dates are available here.
Can I start yoga if I have an injury or illness?
The Beginners Course is designed for students who are generally well and do not present with chronic injuries or illness. Stiffness is not a problem, nor are injuries which still allow you to move freely – just be sure to advise your teacher of any problems you are facing. If you have a chronic injury or illness, book a private class. In these sessions students will work one on one with a teacher. This is a good way to start. A yoga therapy sequence will be developed for you to help address the problem you might have. Bookings can be made at a convenient time. COST $100. Call or email the studio to discuss. Another option is to book in to our Yoga Therapy class. This class is for those keen to start yoga who suffer from a serious injury or illness. In a Yoga Therapy class you will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one attention and will be able to get the advice that can help you move forward in yoga. Yoga Therapy classes will commence in 2016.
I am very stiff and unfit. Can I do yoga?
Everybody can do yoga. All Beginners courses are designed for people with no previous experience in yoga. Beginners Courses are designed to improve fitness, flexibility, stamina and confidence as the course proceeds. Stiffness and being unfit are not barriers to practising yoga. As Iyengar says “if you can breathe, you can do yoga…”
How often should I come to class?
Attending a yoga class at least twice or more per week is definitely better for you than only once weekly and you will see and experience benefits and changes to your body much more quickly. It is important to attend classes on a regular basis to encourage consistency in the class and for you.
What if I miss a class?
If you miss a class due to illness, work or family commitments, you can make up and do another class within 4 weeks of the missed class.
Can I do extra classes occasionally?
Yes, once you are enrolled in at least one class per week you can attend extra classes by paying casually for each extra visit.
What class should I do after I have finished Beginners Course?
At the end of a 6 week Beginners course, some students are ready to progress to Transition to Level 1, which caters for students with experience from 6 weeks to one year. Some students will benefit from repeating Beginners to consolidate what they have learnt.
Can I attend workshops or retreats?
Workshops and retreats are held to explore your yoga more deeply. These events are open to students who have completed a Beginners Course or have equivalent yoga experience. Workshops are also a good way for students from other styles to try Iyengar yoga. Students from other yoga styles need at least one year of recent yoga experience. These events often fill up so please book early if you would like to attend.
Why should I inform the teacher if I am menstruating?
Although menstruation is a normal and natural process, it involves physiological and metabolic changes, and your yoga class or practice can be altered to take account of the altered condition of the body at this time. If you inform your teacher that you are menstruating, the postures given to you will be a combination of restful ones and those that ease pain and strain. Strenuous postures such as vigorous standing poses, jumping, backbends, exertion of the abdominal muscles and inversions should be avoided during this time. Yoga practice generally helps complaints associated with menstruation such as cramps, irregularity, scanty or excessive bleeding, back-ache and pre-menstrual tension.
What do I need to bring?
You don’t need to bring anything, the school is fully equipped. Although if you are keen on using your own mat, by all means, bring it along.
How long before class can I eat?
It is best to do yoga on an empty stomach so allow 3-4 hours after a full meal or 1 to 2 hours after a snack.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing, such as footless tights, singlet or t-shirt are best. Yoga bloomers are always popular at BIY. Shoes are not required. Bring something warm for the end of the class as you will cool down. It is best not to wear loose pants as your teacher needs to be able to see your legs.
What classes can I attend on the Newcomers pass?
The Newcomers pass gives you access to unlimited Transition to Level l, Level 1 and Level 2 classes only. Access to the Beginners is not available on the Newcomers pass.
Do I need any yoga experience to attend classes on the Newcomers pass?
Yes. We generally prefer students have at least one year of yoga experience to purchase a Newcomers pass, as this pass gives students access to the experienced level classes.
Direct Debit - I would like to put pause my payments – how do I do it?
Easy. We can make changes to your Direct Debit payment, such as changing your pass or pausing your payments while you are away. Please note the following Terms and Conditions regarding our Direct Debit method of payment.
- With the Direct Debit system you are welcome to suspend your pass and payment if you are going on holiday, travelling or unable to attend due to serious illness or injury.
- Please notify the school by email 7 days prior to the commencement of the suspension.
- Minimum suspension period for all passes is 1 week.
- If you miss a class you can make-up classes at a time that suits you. This operates on an honours system.
- Make up classes need to be made up while membership is active. Direct debit cannot be suspended while classes are being made up.
- Please note our passes do not allow access to the Yoga Therapy class at 4.30pm on Thursday (commencing 2016). This class needs to be paid for separately at $40 per class.
- At any time, the amount debited can be either upgraded or downgraded for more or less classes per week.
I am pregnant. Can I start yoga classes?
Call the studio to discuss your pregnancy with a teacher. In some cases, we will accept pregnant women into Beginners Courses or a suitable level class.
Can I continue with Yoga if I become pregnant?
Yes, existing students who already have some yoga knowledge and have developed a relationship with our senior teachers (who have the training and expertise to guide pregnant women in yoga) can continue to practice and come to classes.