Frequently Asked Questions
How is Yogahealth different from other types of yoga?
Yogahealth is a synthesis of gentle yoga PLUS recent discoveries of stress-relief technologies such as Feldenkrais, Alexander and Bioenergetics, as well as Pilates-type movements which trim the mid-section and strengthen the lower-back. (Interestingly, many are initially from yoga.) What this means is that instead of straining and sweating for several weeks in classical yoga, you can experience instant results in terms of flexibility and stress-reduction simply, easily and without straining.
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What do I need to bring?
Bring something to lie on – an exercise mat, if you have one, or a couple of blankets.
Bring an empty tummy – no food for an hour and a half beforehand.
Please shower and clean teeth before class. Do not wear strong perfumes or anti-perspirants.
Do remember to turn off your mobile phone before class!
What if I have a sore back/ neck/etc?
No problem! About a third of our students are referred by doctors, physiotherapists or chiropractors.
We have a lot of success with such things, as well as arthritic conditions, hormonal imbalances and headaches. Do inform your instructor though, so we can keep a special eye on you.
I am pregnant, can I still attend classes?
Yes, of course. Yogahealth does lend itself well towards pregnancy as it is gentle and nurturing while strengthening and relaxing. Movements can be adapted to suit your growing belly and changing needs. Be sure to tell your instructor that you are pregnant. We recommend that pregnant women join after the first trimester (12 weeks) unless you have done yoga before.
Do I need to be fit or have prior experience in order to attend Yogahealth classes?
Classes are easy and gently respectful of all students, irrespective of age, weight, fitness or experience levels. In fact, if you are not fit and flexible, you will be even more delighted at the changes in your body after a single class!
What if I would like to work harder in class?
We always give options to students and encourage them to listen to their bodies and choose the option that feels suitable for a particular body on a particular day. We always give easier options first, and then offer harder options for those students who have been coming for a long time (some students have been coming for more than 10 years!) or those who are fit and flexible and would like to do something more challenging.
How much does it cost?
We have a variety of classes. Some classes run for 60 minutes, some run for 90 minutes and some are 75 minutes. It depends on the teacher and the area they teach.
60 minutes classes are $15 for your first trial class, after which $15 per class times the amount of classes left until the end of the term. (eg. If five classes left, the cost will be $75.) Pay as you go casual classes are at $18 per class.For those who have attended for three consecutive years the cost for the term is only $120 flat fee.
90 minutes classes are $18 for your first trial class, after which $18 per class times the amount of classes left until the end of the term. (eg. If five classes left, the cost will be $90.) Pay as you go casual classes are at $21 per class. For those who have attended for three consecutive years the cost for the term is only $130 flat fee.
Do I need to fill in a form?
We do maintain a secure database of our current students. We use this to help us plan our classes. For example, if you fill out your form and tell us that you have a shoulder problem, then we will schedule some shoulder releases for you during the class. Added to this, we are always researching new methods of healing injured bodies. If we discover something of use to you, we will either email you or give you the information in class. So, yes, you would need to fill in new student registration form, which you can download , print out, fill it in and bring to class. Or you can fill one out when you come to class.
When can I begin?
You can begin at any time. Each class stands on its own. Be aware that we run with the school terms. (and lie down in the holidays!)