What is Yoga?

The word Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj, means to yoke or bind and is often translated as "union". Sage Patanjali, author of the first compendium of Yoga defined it as a practice 'reducing the fluctuations of the mind', or to put it simply, stilling the mind.The roots of Yoga can be traced 2 500 years back. For centuries, the goal of Yoga practice was the union of individual Self transcendent Reality. The aim of Yoga shifted towards holistic well-being only recently, in the first half of the 20th century when Yoga has become a widely accessible practice improving the quality of life. Modern Yoga styles focus primarily on asanas (Yoga postures), often combining them with pranayama (breath control practices), relaxation techniques and meditation. Yoga, through body and breath awareness teaches one to be fully present here and now.


How is Yoga different from stretching or cardio exercise?

Hatha Yoga, unlike forms of cardio exercise or stretching, connects the mind, body, and breath helping us to direct our attention inward.Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. It's the awareness that we cultivate while practicing yoga which matters, rather than a task or a goal to be completed.Yoga is a non-competitive practice teaching us self-awareness and self-acceptance.


What are the benefits of Yoga?

With hundreds of Yoga styles existing, we cannot talk about general benefits of Yoga common to the experience of all practitioners. Some Yoga students notice physical benefits such as decreased back pain, increased muscle tone or joint mobility. For others Yoga might become a deeply transformative practice, changing their entire lifestyle and outlook on life. See some of our testimonials to get an idea about the variety of ways Yoga could benefit individuals.


Can I do Yoga if I have an injury or medical condition?

 

 We strongly recommend you seek advice from a health professional before starting up Yoga if you have any injury or an ongoing condition affecting your everyday life. Yoga can be practiced by virtually everybody, regardless of age and ability. However, in some cases a one-to-one session might be more suitable than a group class. Please let your instructor know about your condition before the class as there may be some postures that aren't suitable for you or that need to be adapted.


Can I do Yoga if I'm pregnant?

 

Yoga during pregnancy is very beneficial, however it is not recommended you practice for the first 14 weeks as there is an increased risk of miscarriage. It is best to attend a specific pregnancy class where the postures and breath work are specifically adapted to your needs. Experienced yoga practitioners can attend general classes from the second trimester at the discretion of the teacher and with the prior approval of the medical practitioner.


I'm not flexible. Can I do Yoga?

One the biggest misunderstanding around Yoga is a belief that one has to be flexible, young and fit in order to practice it. Nothing could be further from the truth: everybody can benefit from Yoga practice and in fact people with severely restricted mobility are the ones who might need it most.


What kind of Yoga is taught by Yoga with teachers?

Each of our teachers has his own unique style so please check their individual profile page for more information or simply come along to your local class and experience it for yourself!
All our teachers have many years of teaching experience and constantly expand their skills. We share the belief that Yoga is much more than a fitness regime and are truly passionate about our work.


Which level of a class should I choose?

At Yoga with...  we like to keep it simple, that's why we only have 2 levels: Beginners and General or Open. We don't like to put people in "advanced" or "level 3" boxes as this can encourage feelings of inadequacy or competition. 
A Beginners level class is suitable for those who are new to Yoga. This level is also perfect for those who haven't done Yoga in while and wish to refresh the foundations.
A General/ Open level class is suitable for everyone, with or without previous experience with Yoga. It is designed to let everyone work at their own pace and rhythm. Alternatives are always offered to suit the need of each and every class participant.
If you are still unsure which level is right for you, sometimes coming to a class and experiencing it for yourself is the the best way to find out!


What should I wear to a class?

Whether tight or loose, clothes should be comfortable and non-restricting. You may also want to bring socks and a warm jumper for the final relaxation as the body tends to cool down. Yoga is practiced barefoot.


Do I need to bring a yoga mat?

The mats and other yoga equipment is available for you to use at your venue.However, if you're booking a course, you might consider buying your own mat for hygienic reasons and to use it for home practice.


What if I don't like the class?

If you've paid for a course and you don't like your first class, we'll happily offer you a refund, minus the cost of the class you have just attended. You must inform your instructor straight after the first session as no refunds can be given after this point. This offer applies to 10 or 12 week courses only


Can I drop in instead of booking for a whole course?

 

We usually recommend block booking a course, especially if you're a beginner. It guarantees your space and is more cost effective for you.

However, it is possible to come along on a pay-as-you-go basis but please check availability with your instructor first in order to avoid disappointment on the day.


Is it a problem if I missed a start of a course?

 

Depending on availability, you can still join a course if you've missed the first few weeks and your instructor will deduct the missed classes off the price of the course.

However, if you're wanting to book onto a Beginner's course and you've missed four or more classes, then we recommend you wait and book onto the next term.


What if I can't make the same class each week?

 

Once you have committed to a course it is your responsibility to attend the scheduled number of sessions. However, we understand that having to make the same class each week can sometimes be difficult so we try and be as flexible as possible by giving you the opportunity to make up any missed classes within the period of your current course. This can be used at any point during the course, not necessarily on the same week as the class you've missed.

We ask that you please inform your instructor to find out about availability first.


Do you offer private Yoga classes?

Yes, all our teachers offer 1-2-1 sessions taught at the client's home. Please contact the teacher directly to get to know about his availablility.