Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga
Do I have to book online?
Yes, online registration and bookings are essential to ensure availability for your preferred class, class availability cannot be guaranteed without an online booking.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to your first class and 10 minutes early to all other classes.
Check out our timetable to book your class online.
Do I have to be a Member to attend a class?
No, you don't need to be a Member to attend a yoga class at Western Wellness. We have 'pay-as-you-go' pricing options, you can attend classes on a casual or drop in basis or purchase a 5 Class Pass (valid for 6 weeks).
How do I become a Yoga Member?
It's easy! You can purchase your membership online by visiting our pricing page. You can also sign up to become a Member direct at the studio, don't forget to ask us about our membership specials.
I'm a Beginner - What Class Should I Join?
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 class for you. Our classes are suitable for all levels of experience, especially beginners. In fact, 99% of our yoga members had never tried yoga before starting at Western Wellness.
What can I expect from my first class?
Please arrive 20 minutes before your first class and 10 min before all subsequent classes.
- Our teacher will greet you at reception and ask about any injuries, movement restrictions or medical conditions
- You will be asked to switch off your mobile phone and leave your shoes in reception
- During business hours our teacher will inform you about parking
- You will be given a tour of the studio and shown which yoga mat is the best to see the teacher during class
- You be invited to enter the yoga room quietly and relax before class
- Yoga mats, props and hand towels are provided (free of charge)
- 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.
- 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 for your first few classes
- Listen to Your Body: 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.
- Class conclude with a simple Sanskrit chant (Aum or Om) and by saying ‘Namaste’ which literally means 'I bow to you'
- Complimentary herbal and fruit tea is offered after each class, this is a great chance to socialise and get to know your fellow yogis
- Your yoga teacher will catch-up with after class and answer any questions you may have
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 more!
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 the first 3 - 5 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, yoga may even be recommend by a medical professional, physiotherapist or chiropractor to make 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
- Improved posture
- 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
- Disc injuries
- Migraine / Headache
- Body aches and muscle stiffness
Don't take our word for it; check out our testimonials to see what Western Wellness yogis saying.
I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant?
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?
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 and injury from over stretching or becoming dehydrated.
What Should I Wear?
Choose loose comfortable clothing that won’t restrict your movement and bring layers. Socks, jackets, etc that you can leave on at the start of class 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 to make sure your tights or leggings will keep you modest during class.
How long are the classes?
All classes are 75min in duration (1 hour 15 min)
What style of yoga do you practice?
Western Wellness 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. Members below the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian act as a contract guarantor to hold membership.
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 give us a call before attending our studio to discuss if our classes are suitable for you.