FAQ’S

If you have other questions please contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

I HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE, HOW DO I GET STARTED?

All of the classes on our schedule, apart from the Vinyasa Masterclass, are open-levels so beginners are welcome to any of these classes. A nice gentle class to start your yoga journey is Yin Yoga or Hatha Yoga. If you are still unsure or have any further questions, feel free to pop into our studio and we'll get you started, otherwise make an inquiry online.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A CLASS?

-       Please wear comfortable workout attire. Layers are best, as your body temperature changes throughout your practice. Be prepared to be barefoot.

-       Please refrain from wearing any colognes or perfumes.

-       Bring a towel if you sweat during class.

-       We happily hire out clean premium yoga mats for $2 per class and provide mat cleaner to wipe your mats down after. 

-       We encourage you to purchase your own mat, as it is an important tool and a commitment to your own practice.

-       Avoid practicing with a full stomach, and drink plenty of water before class to remain hydrated throughout your practice.

-       Yoga is a process. Be consistent in your practice. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.

IS IT SAFE TO DO YOGA IF I HAVE AN INJURY OR MEDICAL CONDITION?

In most cases the answer to that question is yes. In fact, yoga is an excellent way to support the body in its healing process. Yoga can be great for rehabilitation from injuries, regaining strength, and body alignment. Please call reception to explain the situation and they will guide you. You must tell the teacher before the class of any injuries so they can help you adjust your practice.

WHAT STYLE OF YOGA IS RIGHT FOR ME?

There are many different styles of yoga. Some styles are fast paced and vigorous while others are very gentle and slow-moving. If you have specific questions (a bad back, a strong desire for a meditation centered class, etc) talk to someone at the desk, and they will be able to help advise you to the best class for your individual needs and personality type.

DO I NEED TO BOOK FOR CLASS IN ADVANCE?

No, you can just arrive 10 minutes early - to check in at the desk and acquaint yourself with our studio. Obviously you will get peace of mind pre-booking for some of our popular prime time classes.

DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE TO COME TO YOGA?

No flexibility or experience is required to practice yoga. Leave your expectations and ego at the door. If you can breathe and move in the right direction, you will benefit from yoga.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE YOGA CLASSES?

Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.

I JUST FOUND OUT I AM PREGNANT, SHOULD I DO YOGA?

We offer pregnancy specific Yoga classes. Yoga and Meditation is a great way to support your body and the newly forming body of your child. It is advised not to practice yoga in the first 6 weeks of your pregnancy due to risk of miscarriage. If you do attend a regular class, let the teacher know you are pregnant, and avoid any postures that involve pressure on the pelvis, navel, or heavy breathing.

CAN I BRING MY CHILD TO CLASS WITH ME?

Yes, our classes are open to anyone. Please just be aware of your child’s presence, and accept full responsibility for them at all times. We do advise Mamas bring their lil crawlers and walkers to our Mums and Bubs classes - this way both mother and child can enjoy a full yoga class designed just for them. We recommend bringing your baby once he/she is 6 weeks old.

DO YOU HAVE CHANGING FACILITIES AND SHOWERS?

We offer a spacious unisex bathrooms with showers, that may also be used for changing. 

DO YOU HAVE CAR PARKING AVAILABLE?

Please see parking details under contact us.

WHY DO PEOPLE WEAR WHITE TO KUNDALINI YOGA?

It is believed that the colour white is good for your psyche, energy, and nervous system.  The colour white represents all seven colours. It contains and holds onto positive energy and expands your auric field. During Kundalini Yoga we cultivate lots of energy, and wearing white helps to expand your auric field and make you glow with radiance.

LOTS OF PEOPLE ASK US... DO YOU HAVE TO WEAR WHITE TO CLASS? The answer is no, you should wear whatever colour and sports wear style you feel most comfortable in. You will mostly find a mix of clothing colours in a Kundalini class.

WHY DO PEOPLE COVER THEIR HEAD IN KUNDALINI YOGA?

Some people choose to cover their heads with natural cloth to protect the solar centers that become very sensitive as we begin to deeply meditate.

WHY IS CHANTING USED IN YOGA?

Chanting is not religion specific. Most yogic chants are in either Sanskrit or Gurmukhi, both ancient languages of the yogis. The shape the mouth and placement of the tongue as the words are spoken stimulates pressure points in the mouth. This brings you to a meditative state of mind, by shifting energy in your brain.

"Sat Nam"?  What does it mean?

In very simple terms, "Sat" means Truth and "Nam" means Name.  You could translate it as True Name or Truth is my name. It is a way of acknowledging that at our essence is the Essence. The "Truth", which is bigger than any human truth, isn't a matter of right or wrong or even a concept that we can clearly articulate. It is simply an acknowledgement that the Great Mystery is who we are.

As a greeting, saying "Sat Nam" is a bit like saying "I see your true nature" or "I recognize the divinity within you".

"Namaste"? What does it mean?

Namaste is a common spoken greeting or salutation used in Nepal and India. It means "the light in me honours the light in you". The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us, that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I; and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means "I bow to you." When saying the word Namaste, the person saying it is usually folding the hands and bowing slightly.

WHAT RELIGION IS YOGA?

Yoga is not a religion at all. It is a science of the breath and movement.

Erin enjoying blissful sunrise Yoga & Mediation on Takapuna Beach (April 2013)

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