Tips for being Studio Savy & FAQ’s
Please read our studio tips to be savvy and respectful when you are at Golden Yogi.
Try the Introductory Offer - $10 for 10 days of unlimited yoga. It is our one-time-only new client offer that allows you to try as many different classes as you want.
Arrive 10 minutes early. Always check in at the front desk – even if you’ve made an online booking.
Practice on an empty stomach. Do not eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class, but avoid drinking during class.
Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable workout clothing you can stretch in. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class. Bring socks to be super cozy and warm during relaxation (savasana).
Yoga Equipment. Yoga mats are $2 to hire for the class and all other yoga props are provided for free. You can purchase your own eco yoga mat at our shop. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and boosts your yoga experience.
Remove your shoes before entering the studio. Please leave your shoes in a cubby near the studio entry to preserve the sacred nature of the yoga studio.
Turn off your mobile phone. To enhance your experience and as a polite gesture to your fellow students.
Yoga class best for beginners. We recommend you start with Hatha, Yin Yoga, Restorative, or Kundalini Yoga classes. Let the teacher know you are new to yoga, so they can explain a little about the class style and set you up with the correct gear for the class.
Notify the teacher of injuries, medical conditions or pregnancy. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
Practice often. 4-5 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.
Support Your Practice. By allowing yourself to experience a Private Yoga Session. Spend an hour with an expert teacher and have them cater the practice to fit your needs. Take these tips into a group class so you can flow like the rest of them!
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, 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?
Yes it is always a good idea to book in for class, however no-stress if you forget! Make sure to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the class starts to secure your place on the mat.
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.
If you have any questions, or you are just not sure where to start please feel free to touch base for a bubbly consult. We love yoga and meditation, and we want to share it with you, so we make it a priority to find a style that fits with where you are at in your life.