Frequently asked questions

What do I need to bring?


All yoga equipment is provided, though you're welcome to bring your own mat should you prefer this. If you have a health condition that requires medication, please do remember to bring this eg. asthma inhalers, epi pens etc.




What should I wear?


Comfortable clothes that you can move in easily, though avoid anything overly long or baggy. Leggings or shorts and a t shirt are ideal.




What level of class should I attend?


Beginners classes will focus on introductory level poses and are open to new starters and those with experience who prefer to work at this level. A Foundation Course is also a good option for beginners. It is a 6 week course that walks you through the basics in a friendly and informative atmosphere. Ideal for those who prefer a shorter class and the opportunity to learn alongside other brand new starters. General will be a mixed group - beginners are welcome as well as those with some experience and the teacher may introduce some trickier postures, giving alternatives where necessary. Intermediate classes are for people with a year's experience of Iyengar Yoga. You do not need to be a master yogi to attend these classes, but you should be familiar with the basics of Iyengar Yoga and ready to explore some intermediate poses. Having an injury or health condition is not a barrier to attending Intermediate classes and your teacher will work with you to help you gain an understanding of the proper way to work sensibly with your challenges. You should be be able to hold a steady sarvangasana shoulder stand for 5 minutes Experienced level classes are for those with an established practice of Iyengar Yoga. You should be competent at practicing headstand and shoulderstand (or your alternatives where not suitable) with a good understanding of the Iyengar method.




How do I get to you? Is there a car park?


There is no car park at Eastern Yoga but plenty of on street parking all around the studio. We have a secure bike park (through wooden gate to left of main studio entrance) and we are an 8 minute walk from Stapleton Road train station. The postcode for sat nav is BS5 6EY number 46.




How do I pay for classes?


Both pre-booked and drop in students are very welcome. You can book and pay online by following the link from the home page of this website. You can pay for single classes or buy a package of 6. If you buy 6 classes online, you will receive 6 credits which last for 10 weeks. You should continue to book your classes online until you have used your credits up. You can pay with cash, card or cheque at the studio. If you buy a 6 class package at the studio, you will be issued with a loyalty card with 6 credits that the teacher will stamp each time you attend.




Why Iyengar Yoga?


For Beginners Iyengar Yoga is ideal if you are approaching yoga as a beginner. You'll find the classes very clearly explained and accessible whatever your current state of fitness and flexibility. Too often yoga classes are led by someone who is naturally very adept at yoga but who has little empathy with 'normal bodies'. Iyengar Yoga teachers are put through notoriously rigorous and exacting training and are expected to have reached a certain level of yoga maturity before their two years of training can even begin. An equally rigorous assessment follows and many do not get through - you can certainly be safe in the knowledge that your teacher is committed and experienced - this is not someone who got a certificate on a whim! Many other schools of yoga focus almost exclusively on sun salutations (a series of postures that you jump between) these repetitions require a certain level of flexibility and bodily intelligence that a new beginner may need a chance to build up. This can result in frustration and an achey back - not exactly why people seek out the practice of yoga! Classes build up sequentially, gradually adding more postures as the students become ready. The sequences vary from week to week to build an all round bodily intelligence, from the outside to the inner and from the inner to the outer. As strength builds up the poses can be held for longer allowing deeper penetration and profound benefits to be experienced. At the studio you'll find a range of props which the teacher will explain how to use - these allow stiffer students to experience the benefits of the posture without strain or moving beyond where the body is currently capable of going. Many people come to Iyengar Yoga to improve the health of their back so please let your teacher know if this applies to you so that we can give you the support you need to build up your strength safely and effectively. Iyengar Yoga is much acclaimed for it's understanding and accuracy and it is the type of yoga that professional sports clubs - Man United (Ryan Giggs!), Bath Rugby, Birmingham City FC etc utilise for their teams, to help avert avoidable injury and recover more rapidly from existing problems. Classes will be a mixture of standing, seated and supine postures with inversions and backbends introduced as the class becomes ready. At times the class will be strenuous and at other times blissfully relaxing and it is our aim to give you a well balanced session which leaves you feeling challenged but deeply well at the end. For those of you who are brand new, it can be a good idea to start with a foundation course which will walk you through the basics, though of course you're welcome in any beginners or general level class too. For Intermediate Students Once you are ready we can introduce more advanced postures in a safe and understandable way. The beauty of the practice of yoga is that there is always more to learn, more depth to dive into and more challenges to overcome. It'll take us all many lifetimes to master this subject of yoga and all of your Eastern Yoga teachers consider themselves to be students still too - we all attend classes with senior teachers here in the UK and at the home of Iyengar Yoga, in Pune India. If you're not sure whether you're ready for intermediate classes get in touch and we'll work it out, but generally you need to have done a year of Iyengar Yoga and be comfortable in sarvangasana (shoulderstand) for 5 minutes in preparation for learning the other inversions (you do NOT need to be able to do headstand to join an intermediate class).




What are the different types of classes?


Beginners classes will focus on introductory level poses and are open to new starters and those with experience who prefer to work at this level. A Foundation Course is also a good option for beginners. It is a 6 week course that walks you through the basics in a friendly and informative atmosphere. Ideal for those who prefer a shorter class and the opportunity to learn alongside other brand new starters. General will be a mixed group - beginners are welcome as well as those with some experience and the teacher may introduce some trickier postures, giving alternatives where necessary. Intermediate classes are for people with a year's experience of Iyengar Yoga. You do not need to be a master yogi to attend these classes, but you should be familiar with the basics of Iyengar Yoga and ready to explore some intermediate poses. Having an injury or health condition is not a barrier to attending Intermediate classes and your teacher will work with you to help you gain an understanding of the proper way to work sensibly with your challenges. You should be be able to hold a steady sarvangasana shoulder stand for 5 minutes. Experienced level classes are for those with an established practice of Iyengar Yoga. You should be competent at practicing headstand and shoulderstand (or your alternatives where not suitable) with a good understanding of the Iyengar method. Gentle Restorative This is a gentle end of the week class, with an emphasis of working on the postures in a more supportive and restorative way. The sequencing will incorporate the use of supports/props to create stability enabling students to remain in the postures for a longer period resulting in a sense of quietude and well being. It is an ideal class if you wish to wind down after a busy week or to let go of stress and tension.




Do I need to book? Can I just turn up?


You do NOT need to book (though you can if you would prefer to). It's fine to just turn up - if it's your first class, please arrive 10 minutes before class start time to register and give the teacher any relevant info. The only classes that are not suitable for drop in, are the therapy (email office@eastwestyoga.org.uk to ask about suitability and availability) and the Foundation Course, which has to be booked in advance as a complete course.





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