Frequently Asked Questions
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 7 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.
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?
The 7 week Beginners Course allow students to attend unlimited classes - up to 6 classes per week for the duration of the course. So missing a class in the Beginners course doesn't matter.
If you are in our General or Experienced level classes and are paying by our direct debit system, you can make up all missed classes as long as you continue your payments by direct debit. If you stop paying for classes then you forfeit your missed classes and they cannot be made up.
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.
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.
What class should I do after I have finished Beginners Course?
At the end of a 7 week Beginners course, some students are ready to progress to General classes, which cater for students with experience from 7 weeks to one year of yoga. 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. 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.
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.
Direct Debit - I would like to 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 2 week2.
- If you miss a class you can make-up classes at a time that suits you.
- Make up classes need to be made up while membership is active. Direct debit cannot be suspended while classes are being made up.
- 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.