How to join and attend our Iyengar yoga classes
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Class Types and Levels
Our classes are tailored to suit your experience level and abilities. We teach at the following four levels: Beginners, Progressing, Intermediate, and Advanced.
What to expect
In our yoga classes, we explore a wide spectrum of yoga poses (asanas) that are appropriate for each respective level from beginners, progressing, intermediate, to advanced.
Accompanying, we also give some context and a little philosophical background which may assist your practice and your personal lifestyle.
A class is structured as a sequence of poses, often starting with more active ones, and ending with asanas which help quieten the nervous system.
A new pose will be introduced with a demonstration by the teacher coupled with detailed explanations.
The teacher will at times circulate the room and offer highly skilled adjustments where appropriate. Adjustments are a great privilege in Iyengar yoga and are executed with the utmost respect.
Iyengar yoga is especially well suited for modifying poses as needed for certain conditions and medical issues that are presented by students. Often teachers will provide alternative ways to work in a pose depending on individual needs.
There are several groupings of asanas, such as standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions, or restorative poses.
Beginners and Progressing (level 1) classes cover many preparations of asanas from each group. Advanced classes focus more on exploring a particular group of asanas.
With our Iyengar yoga classes, we hope to instill a sense of confidence in you in your yoga practice and to provide you with stimulating challenges for both your body and mind.
Our progressive and continuous approach to teaching your understanding of your yoga practice will build week by week.
Before attending your first class
What do I do when arriving at the yoga studio before class?
- Arrive 10 minutes before class time so the class can start promptly.
- Please wait to enter until the previous class has finished.
- Reception will open 15 minutes before the start time of any scheduled class.
- Please consider noise levels upon arrival and departure, especially for early morning and evening classes.
- We have two external unisex toilets and a changeroom plus toilet inside.
- You may leave your belongings in the pigeonholes in our reception area. After the start of class, the reception area will be locked.
- Drinking during classes is not necessary. Hydrate well before class and leave your drink bottles in the reception area with your belongings. You’ll find filtered water in our changeroom.
What should I bring to class?
- All mats and equipment are provided. You are welcome to bring your own mat if preferred.
- Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movements.
- Tights or shorts which show your ankles and knees are ideal. Baggy clothing is not recommended, as visible knees and ankles help with the alignment of the body.
- We recommend wearing layers as during a class you will warm up and cool down.
- Our studio space is well ventilated with natural airflow. Additionally, we have ceiling fans, a/c and heating in winter.
I have an injury/health concern
- Please fill out a registration form to notify teachers of any health conditions, pregnancy, or injuries. This is important for teachers to assist you safely in class.
- All information provided by you to the entity of Hamilton Yoga is subject to confidentiality.
- Before any class, always inform your teacher about any conditions that may affect your practice that day even if this was noted on your registration.
- Feel free to discuss any conditions or questions you may have in person by calling us beforehand or talking to the teacher before the class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Adjustments are an integral part of Iyengar Yoga and are essential for a safe, effective, and personalised practice. Teachers may choose the best way to direct you and opt for physical touch if demonstrations or verbal explanations are seen as insufficient.
Adjustments provide students with enhanced awareness, deeper access to the asanas, injury prevention, personalized instruction, and a connection with the teacher. With your attendance in our classes, you give permission to be adjusted unless otherwise communicated before class. Should you have any concerns or be uncomfortable with this practice please get in touch prior to a class or inform your teacher.
The best option for new students is to book into our Beginners Course. We recommend reserving your spot for your regular class time via our booking system as numbers may fill up.
We do, however, have casual attendance options. If you have problems with your booking, please contact us. We are always happy to assist.
No, you do not need to be flexible for attending our yoga classes. Our classes are suitable for everybody, regardless of body, gender, ability, or age. Please contact us if you have a particular concern you would like to discuss.