Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to book online?
Bookings are essential for all classes to ensure availability for your preferred class. Class availability cannot be guaranteed without an online booking.
If you are new to Western Wellness, please arrive at least 10 minutes early to your first class. For future classes, please arrive 10 minutes early.
Check out our timetable to book your class online.
Do I need to be on a contract to attend a class?
We offer flexible monthly passes with no lock-in contracts. You can cancel at any time, with 14 days notice. These passes give you access to unlimited classes, with options for unlimited in-studio and online classes as well as an online-only pass.
You can also purchase individual class passes.
Find out more about our pass and casual pricing options.
How do I get started with your Yoga classes?
It's easy! You can purchase your pass online by visiting our pricing page.
We offer two different passes too: unlimited in-studio and online classes, as well as online-only pass if you prefer exploring yoga at home.
I'm a beginner – is this for me?
If you're new to yoga (never before stepped on a yoga mat) or haven’t stepped on the yoga mat for a while, our Yoga (All Levels) classes are the best place to start – this class is suitable for all levels of experience, especially beginners.
In fact, 99% of our yoga family had never tried yoga before starting at Western Wellness. We also offer more advanced classes as you feel more confident.
What can I expect from my first class at the studio?
Please arrive 10 minutes before your first class – this allows plenty of time for our teacher to greet you at reception and ask about any injuries, movement restrictions or medical conditions, and answer any questions you may have.
You will be asked to switch off your mobile phone and leave your shoes in reception.
You will be given a tour of the studio and shown which spot in the room is the best to see the teacher during class.
You will be invited to enter the yoga room quietly and relax before class – the calm starts here.
We provide complimentary mats and props for use during your class – you just need to wear comfortable clothes, and please bring a towel (at least hand towel size) with you.
Classes commence with a brief relaxation and breathing exercise and conclude with a longer relaxation exercise. Relaxation practices are an important part of yoga and are referred to as 'savasana' (sha-VAH-suh-nuh).
Our teachers will demonstrate yoga poses and use both English and Sanskrit terms throughout the class – don’t worry, these will become very familiar to you in no time.
Our teachers will observe your yoga practice and offer individual assistance and corrections throughout the class - please let our teachers know if you prefer not to receive 'hands on' adjustments.
Classes are conducted at room temperature (we like to sweat naturally). It's normal to work up a light perspiration or to sweat during class and it's normal to experience muscle stiffness the next day and after your first few classes.
An important part of yogic practice is to always listen to your body and work within your limits: rest when required and listen to the teacher’s instructions for a safe and enjoyable practice.
Our classes conclude with a simple Sanskrit chant (Aum or Om) and by saying ‘Namaste’ which literally means 'I bow to you'.
Please read our studio etiquette before you attend.
What is your studio etiquette?
For an enjoyable first class experience please review our studio etiquette before coming to class.
How many classes should I attend each week?
Yoga should be viewed as a lifestyle and practiced regularly, for good results we recommend practicing yoga twice a week.
For body sculpting, strengthening and flexibility results we recommend practicing yoga between 3 - 4 times a week... or even more if you feel up to it!
Is muscle stiffness normal after class?
Yoga is a form of exercise, and it is normal to experience muscle stiffness the next day or for even a few days after class. We recommend attending yoga again within 48 hours to stretch out the body and reduce muscle stiffness.
It's normal to experience muscles stiff for your first few classes. Over time, as you develop stamina, strength and flexibility, your body will adapt to a regular yoga practice and you will notice your muscles are no longer stiff the next day.
Do I need to be flexible to start yoga?
No way! You don't need to be able to touch your toes or be flexible to practice and benefit from yoga. Yoga is about developing flexibility and strength to keep the body fit, healthy, strong and pain free as we get older.
I have an injury or medical condition - can I still do yoga?
Yes, in 99% of instances you can still practice yoga. In fact, a medical professional, physiotherapist or chiropractor may recommend making yoga part of your lifestyle to assist with recovery of an injury or to help reduce stress and muscle tension.
If you have an injury, medical condition or any restricted movement, it's best to contact us and have a chat with one of our experienced teachers before attending class to make sure our style of yoga is suitable for your injury or condition and you will have an enjoyable experience.
When should I eat?
For a comfortable practice refrain from eating 2 hours before class, a light snack is OK, make sure you keep hydrated. It's fine to eat immediately after your yoga practice - we recommend choosing something healthy.
What are the benefits of yoga?
The physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga and meditation have been widely reported in medical journals and in the media over recent years. A regular yoga practice helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, disease and lifestyle pressures helping us to feel better, move better and breathe better.
A regular yoga practice of 2 or more classes each week can help with the following;
Reduced stress and feelings of anxiety
Ability to relax and ‘switch off’ with greater ease
Increased flexibility, strength and stamina
Reduced blood pressure
Improved mood and increased feelings of calm
Strengthen immune system
Increased energy levels
Improved sleep patterns
Improved balance, focus and concentration
Improved digestion and circulation
Reduced frequency of visits to chiropractor, physiotherapist and doctor
Relief from the following conditions;
Neck, Shoulder and Back pain
Migraine / Headache
Body aches and muscle stiffness
Why not try our 14 Day Yoga Trial and find out for yourself!
I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant – can I still do yoga?
If you are pregnant please attend our pregnancy yoga course.
Let your teacher know if you are currently trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment (your privacy is of utmost importance we will not disclose this to anyone), as soon as your condition changes and you become pregnant let your teacher know immediately.
Do you practice hot yoga?
All of our yoga classes are conducted at room temperature.
Our yoga style is dynamic which means you will perspire, our style of yoga warms up the body by naturally building internal heat and increasing the body’s core temperature. This approach increases the body’s muscle temperature naturally instead of artificially in a heated environment where it’s possible to develop an injury from overstretching or becoming dehydrated.
What should I wear?
Choose loose comfortable clothing that won’t restrict your movement – and bring some layers too. You can keep warm before class with your socks and jackets and take off as you begin to warm-up (yoga is practiced barefoot, we definitely recommend a comfy pair of socks in winter).
Finally, (just for the ladies) make sure your yoga pants don't go sheer when you bend over. We recommend doing the 'bend test' and bending over in front of a mirror (or trusted friend) to make sure your tights or leggings will keep you modest during class.
How long are the classes?
All classes are 60 minutes in duration.
What style of yoga do you practice?
Western Wellness Yoga practices a dynamic style of hatha yoga. Our dynamic class style is an effective way to stretch, strengthen, tone and detoxify the entire body.
Classes are practiced at room temperature and focus on integrating breath within each yoga posture. This style of yoga can become very meditative and helps to bring balance to the physical, mental and emotional body.
Are there any age restrictions?
Young: Western Wellness yoga classes are designed for adults. Children must be aged 14 years and over to attend classes at Western Wellness studio. Children below the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian in attendance at the studio and in classes at all times. Children below the age of 18 are expected to display adult maturity during class and at the studio. Clients below the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian act as a contract guarantor to hold a Pass.
Mature: Age is a number, not a limit! You can be any age to attend classes as Western Wellness, however you must be able to get up and down off the floor without assistance in our All-Levels yoga classes. If you're not currently exercising or have any injuries (aches and pains), health conditions or movement restrictions. Please contact us before attending our studio to discuss if our classes are suitable for you.
I still have a question
We'd love to help you out: please contact us with your question.
Yoga classes for everyone
Western Wellness offers a range of yoga classes suitable for beginners to experienced yogis. Our class styles offer a range of options for you to fall in love with yoga.
Affordable yoga classes
We have flexible and affordable pass options to suit everyone. Whether you want to come in studio or enjoy yoga in the comfort of your home with our online, we can’t wait to see you on the mat.
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