What kind of yoga do you do here?
We practice classical Hatha Yoga, as taught by our teachers Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, and as described in ancient scriptures. Our practice normally involves some breathing exercises, followed by some preliminary stretching and practice of the "sun salutation", a fairly vigorous exercise that serves to warm up the body in preparation for the yoga postures. We practice a fixed sequence of 12 basic yoga postures. In between postures time will be spent for relaxation, and there is a guided relaxation period at the beginning and at the end of the class. This is a traditional form of yoga practice, as handed down over thousands of years from student to teacher.
What do I need to know when I come in for a class?
- Please bring a towel or a sticky mat for your practice.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before class. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late for class will not be admitted.
- We recommend that you do not eat for at least two to three hours before class.
- Cell phones must be off in the center*Changing rooms are available.
- Please no food, drink, or bulky items in class.
What do I need to know when I sign up for a course here?
- Gift certificates are available.
- Payments must be made in full to secure your place in a course. We accept payments in cash or check.
- All course dates are as indicated; no make-up classes may be scheduled.
- Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance, in which case you can be transferred to another course (maximum one transfer depending on availability) or we can give you a credit for yoga classes, courses, or workshops.
- After the start of a course - there are no refunds, and the transfer fee is Rs.200.
- We do not issue refunds.
What Clothes are Appropriate for Yoga Class?
- Wear comfortable, natural clothing that allows you to move freely.
- Dress in layers.
- To respect the spiritual atmosphere of the Center we ask that clothing should be modest, covering up a little more than you would at the gym, for example.
- You will become warm during practice, but you will want to cover up during final relaxation pose.
- Please do not wear jewellery, fragrances, or spray deodorant at the studio.
- Do not wear socks during yoga practice.
Do I need to bring a mat?
We recommend that you bring a mat or at least a towel. For hygienic reasons, the Centre does not provide mats. However, you can purchase a yoga mat in the Centre boutique.
I am turning 50, can I still start doing Yoga?
An old Indian adage says that you are only as old as your spine. Yoga restores and maintains flexibility, making it perfect for those who have been active for a while as well as those concerned with slowing the aging process. We offer beginners and even gentle classes for those recovering from injuries or physically challenged. There are special workshops that provide education about the spine and how to look after your back specifically.
I am pregnant, is it safe for me to do Yoga?
We offer prenatal classes every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. You may want to avoid retention of the breath and prolonged pressure on the abdomen as your baby grows. Your teacher can advise you of modifications as long as you notify him/her before class. Generally yoga is an excellent preparation for childbirth as It enhances your body's ability to adapt to changing needs during pregnancy and beyond.
Do I have to do the headstand?
If you have high blood pressure or glaucoma, detached retina or neck injury, headstand is not recommended. For most people avoiding building a headstand practice is more about conquering fear than anything else. A teacher will not force you to do a headstand if you are not ready, however, you will be encouraged to challenge yourself and build abdominal strength with alternatives like the Dolphin and half headstand, With appropriate and patient preparation you may find yourself eager to try it.