Frequently Asked Questions
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FAQ
What style of yoga do you practice?
Ashram Yoga teaches traditional yoga suitable for everyone. This includes a full range of ancient practices including:
* asanas (yoga postures)
* pranayama (breathing techniques)
* dhyana (meditation)
* yoga nidra (guided relaxation)
* shatkarmas (cleansing techniques)
Our classes include a variety of still and moving postures and always finish with yoga nidra (guided relaxation) or meditation. We emphasise the need to connect the mind, breath and body to get the best results.
In our advanced classes we work with chakras (energy centres), bandhas (energy locks), mudras (energetic gestures), and nadis (energetic pathways).
Our style has its roots in the teachings of Swami. It is also includes influences from other traditions and the experience of our senior instructors.
Is Ashram Yoga suitable for beginners?
We have taught thousands of beginners over many years know how to make yoga simple and beneficial right from the start. We recognise that the best results come from a proper foundation in the basic exercises.
Some of the simple exercises like ankle, wrist, hip and shoulder rotations can have a big impact on your whole body. And they are so simple that anyone can do them. We employ a time-tested systematic approach that delivers reliable results.
Beginners start where they are most comfortable and build up progressively to the more advanced practices in their own time.
Do I need to make a booking for a class?
Bookings are not required for our weekly classes. Just turn up a few minutes before the class is due to start and pay at the front desk.
We do require bookings for courses and retreats.
Do I need to bring a mat?
Yoga mats, blankets and cushions are provided free of charge. Showers are also available free of charge, but please bring your own towel.
How much does a class cost?
$18 Casual
$122 Concession Card (8 sessions)
$61 Concession Card (4 sessions)
$10 Student/Beneficiary
$40 Student/Beneficiary Concession Card (4 sessions)
$180 One month unlimited pass
$16 Natal Yoga
$12 Pilates
$7 45-minute lunchtime classes
$10 Satsang
Kirtan is free, but soup at 7:30pm is $5.
We accept cash, cheques, EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard.
Where can I park my car?
Parking is available on the street outside the studio. We also have an arrangement with the railway yard opposite our studio: put an Ashram Yoga timetable or flyer in your windscreen and then pay $2 at the Ashram Yoga desk.
Please note that a towing company does monitor the space and cars without the Ashram Yoga timetable or flyer will be towed away.
Should I attend the beginner class or the open class?
The beginner class is for those who have no previous experience with yoga and would like a gentle introduction. It is also for those who are not physically fit or just want a simple class.
The open class is suitable for those who are physically fit or have some previous experience with yoga. You don’t have to be an expert to join an open class, just comfortable on the mat.
Should pregnant women practice yoga?
Yes. Yoga is the best preparation for labour. If you are already practiced and experienced in yoga you can attend the open classes though please inform the instructor before it starts. Some postures are not recommended for pregnant women.
If you are new to yoga or would like to work specifically with your pregnancy journey we highly recommend joining a Natal Yoga class on Wednesday mornings which are suitable (and fun!) for all stages of pregnancy – right up to the final week.
Natal Yoga includes gentle practices that greatly assist with all stages of pregnancy, including birthing. The class also provides women with valuable support and knowledge.
If you are interested in private tuition for Natal Yoga, then please inquire.
Read this story of a woman who practiced yoga through her pregnancy.
Other resources: Interview with Roselle, Natal Yoga page
Is yoga a real workout?
Yoga is very effective for both aerobic and anaerobic health and there is ample scientific evidence to support this. To prove it to yourself try standing in the warrior pose (pictured) for five minutes and see what it does to your breathing, heart rate and muscles!
In the warrior pose above, the muscles have to work hard to maintain the posture. In the beginning it may be challenging even if you are physically fit: muscles shaking, laboured breath, sore joints and a lot of effort.
But with practice (we recommend gradual practice) the muscles stop shaking and become firm, the breath becomes smooth and deep, joints loosen up and holding the posture becomes both effortless and energising. It leaves you with steady clarity rather than wobbly exhaustion.
Will yoga help me lose weight?
Yes, yoga in addition to healthy eating can help you maintain your natural body weight.
There are many factors that contribute to weight gain: poor digestion, clogged intestines, sluggish organs, emotional eating and not listening to your body. Yoga can help with all these factors.
There are many postures that rejuvenate the digestive system, while others target other systems such as the immune and lymphatic systems. People are often surprised at how effective postures are at normalising their body’s functions.
Yoga also treats the imbalances that lead to weight gain with pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and meditation. The connection between breathing and weight may not be immediately obvious, but in yogic thought the breath is said to be one of the main sources of prana (vital energy) and essential to proper nourishment and good health.
Also, the purpose of yoga is not weight loss, but rather restoring the natural functioning of mind and body – weight loss is the natural consequence.
Am I too stiff to do yoga?
You don’t have to be flexible to start yoga. You start from wherever you are.
Flexibility is very good for the body, but it is not the goal of yoga. The goal of yoga is well-being. We often hear people with stiff bodies say their well-being improved the day they started yoga.
I have back pain. Should I avoid yoga?
Yoga is very beneficial for preventing and relieving back (and neck) pain. If you have back pain, then there are many exercises that can help. Learning to relax your muscles and stretch can go a long way towards healing your back.
We often start with fingers and toes and slowly work towards freeing up the movement of the whole body. The approach is gentle and systematic.
Yoga nidra (guided relaxation), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation can also help manage pain and address any psychosomatic factors such as stress that may be contributing to it.
There are many, many people whose backs have benefited from yoga. Read Savitridevi’s story about how she started at Ashram Yoga wearing a back brace and is now a successful yoga teacher.
NB: We ask that you inform the teacher before a class about any conditions you may have so they can assist during the class with beneficial modifications, etc.
Can yoga help with asthma?
Yoga excels at improving breathing. There are many techniques in yoga that open the chest and train you to breathe in a deep and rhythmic way. Proper breathing is very rewarding and is highly beneficial for the mind and body.
There are other techniques that help combat asthma in an indirect way. Read Roselle’s story about how yoga freed her from life-long asthma (coming soon).
Does yoga help with stress?
Yoga is widely recognised as a great antidote to the stresses of modern life. At Ashram Yoga we pay particular attention to relaxation. All of our classes finish with either guided relaxation or meditation – both are very effective methods for releasing tension.
Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) is particularly powerful, especially for beginners. It is designed to relax even those who think they cannot relax. It quickly takes people to a deep level of relaxation and is a great way to overcome insomnia, anxiety and similar conditions.
Yoga postures and breath awareness are also very effective at stress reduction. They release accumulated tension which is often held in the body and re-trains the body so it remains relaxed.
Does yoga help with depression?
Yoga has a very positive effect on mental health. Yoga practice helps:
* release physical tension
* maintain emotional balance
* oxygenate the brain
* balance hormones
* energise the mind and body
* purify out mental, emotional and physical toxins
* integrate the mind, body and spirit
* cultivate higher aspects of the mind/body
Mental health, including depression, can be very complex. Fortunately, the entire ancient system of yoga is aimed at establishing harmony of mind, body and spirit.
Yoga is a sophisticated approach to well-being that is grounded in simple wisdom: physical exercise, deep breathing, wholesome food, sunlight and proper rest. Yoga considers these basic elements as the essential foundation for a happy and healthy life.
Yoga nidra (guided relaxation) and meditation are also very powerful tools for releasing mental and emotional blockages.

New Students

  1. Do I need to make a booking for a class?
  2. Do I need to bring a mat?
  3. How much does a class cost?
  4. Where can I park my car?

 

About Yoga at Ashram Yoga

  1. What style of yoga do you practice?
  2. Is Ashram Yoga suitable for beginners?
  3. Should I attend the beginner class or the open class?
  4. Is yoga a real workout?
  5. Am I too stiff to do yoga?

 

Specific Health Issues

  1. Should pregnant women practice yoga?
  2. Will yoga help me lose weight?
  3. I have back pain. Should I avoid yoga?
  4. Can yoga help with asthma?
  5. Can yoga help with stress?
  6. Can yoga help with depression?

 

 


New Students

1. Do I need to make a booking for a class?
Bookings are not required for our weekly classes. Just turn up a few minutes before the class is due to start and pay at the front desk. We do require bookings for courses and retreats.
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2. Do I need to bring a mat?

Yoga mats, blankets and cushions are provided free of charge. Showers are also available free of charge, but please bring your own towel. All you need to bring are comfortable clothes.

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3. How much does it cost?

General Class

$18 casual class

$122 concession card (8 sessions)

$61 concession card (4 sessions)

$10 Student/Beneficiary

$40 Student/Beneficiary concession card (4 sessions)

$120 one-month unlimited pass (see an illustration of value)

Pilates

$15 casual class

Other Classes

$10 Satsang

Kirtan is free

We accept cash, cheques, EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard.

 

4. Where can I park my car?
Parking is available on the street outside the studio. We also have an arrangement with the railway yard opposite our studio: put an Ashram Yoga timetable or flyer in your windscreen and then pay $2 at the Ashram Yoga desk.

Please note that a towing company does monitor the space and cars without the Ashram Yoga timetable or flyer will be towed away.

 

 

About Yoga at Ashram Yoga

1. What style of yoga do you practice?
Ashram Yoga teaches traditional yoga suitable for everyone. This includes a full range of ancient practices including:
  • yoga postures (asanas)
  • breathing techniques (pranayama)
  • meditation (dhyana)
  • guided relaxation (yoga nidra)
  • cleansing techniques (shatkarmas)

Our classes include a variety of still and moving postures and always finish with yoga nidra (guided relaxation) or meditation. We emphasise the need to connect the mind, breath and body to get the best results.

In our advanced classes we work with energy centres (chakras), energy locks (bandhas), energetic gestures (mudras), and energetic pathways (nadis).

Our style has its roots in the teachings of traditional yoga. It is also includes influences from other traditions and the experience of our senior instructors.

.
2. Is Ashram Yoga suitable for beginners?
We have taught thousands of beginners over many years know how to make yoga simple and beneficial right from the start. We recognise that the best results come from a proper foundation in the basic exercises.

Some of the simple exercises like ankle, wrist, hip and shoulder rotations can have a big impact on your whole body. And they are so simple that anyone can do them.

We employ a time-tested systematic approach that delivers reliable results. Beginners start where they are most comfortable and build up progressively to the more advanced practices in their own time. Our motto is “slowly, slowly.”

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3. Should I attend the beginner class or the open class?

The beginner class is for those who have no previous experience with yoga and would like a gentle introduction. It is also for those who are not physically fit or just want a simple class.

The open class is suitable for those who are physically fit or have some previous experience with yoga. You don’t have to be an expert to join an open class, just comfortable on the mat.

.
4. Is yoga a real workout?
Yoga is very effective for both aerobic and anaerobic health and there is ample scientific evidence to support this. To prove it to yourself try standing in the warrior pose(pictured) for five minutes and see what it does to your breathing, heart rate and muscles!

In the warrior pose above, the muscles have to work hard to maintain the posture. In the beginning it may be challenging even if you are physically fit: muscles shaking, laboured breath, sore joints and a lot of effort.

But with practice (we recommend gradual practice) the muscles stop shaking and become firm, the breath becomes smooth and deep, joints loosen up and holding the posture becomes both effortless and energising. It leaves you with steady clarity rather than wobbly exhaustion.

.

5. Am I too stiff to do yoga?

You don’t have to be flexible to start yoga. You start from wherever you are.

Flexibility is very good for the body, but it is not the goal of yoga. The goal of yoga is well-being. We often hear people who began with a stiff body say their well-being improved the day they started yoga.

 

Specific Health Issues

1. Should pregnant women practice yoga?
Yes. Yoga is the best preparation for labour. If you are already experienced in yoga then you can attend the open classes – though please inform the instructor before it starts because some postures are not recommended for pregnant women. If you are new to yoga or would like to work specifically with your pregnancy journey we highly recommend Natal Yoga which is suitable (and fun!) for all stages of pregnancy – right up to the final week. Natal Yoga includes gentle practices that greatly assist with all stages of pregnancy, including birthing. The class also provides women with valuable support and knowledge. If you are interested in private tuition for Natal Yoga, then please inquire.

Read this story of a woman who practiced yoga through her pregnancy.

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2. Will yoga help me lose weight?

Yes, yoga in addition to healthy eating can help you maintain your natural body weight.

There are many factors that contribute to weight gain: poor digestion, clogged intestines, sluggish organs, emotional eating and not listening to your body. Yoga can help with all these factors.

There are many postures that rejuvenate the digestive system, while others target other systems such as the immune and lymphatic systems. People are often surprised at how effective postures are at normalising their body’s functions.

Yoga also treats the imbalances that lead to weight gain with breathing techniques (pranayama), guided relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation. The connection between breathing and weight may not be immediately obvious, but in yogic thought the breath is said to be one of the main sources of prana (vital energy) and essential to proper nourishment and good health.

Also, the purpose of yoga is not weight loss, but rather restoring the natural functioning of mind and body – weight loss is the natural consequence.

.
3. I have back pain. Should I avoid yoga?

Yoga is very beneficial for preventing and relieving back (and neck) pain. If you have back pain, then there are many exercises that can help. Learning to relax your muscles and stretch can go a long way towards healing your back.

We often start with fingers and toes and slowly work towards freeing up the movement of the whole body. The approach is gentle and systematic.

Guided relaxation (yoga nidra), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation can also help manage pain and address any psychosomatic factors such as stress that may be contributing to it.

There are many, many people whose backs have benefited from yoga. Read Savitridevi’s story about how she started at Ashram Yoga wearing a back brace and is now a successful yoga teacher.

NB: We ask that you inform the teacher before a class about any conditions you may have so they can assist during the class with beneficial modifications, etc.

.
4. Can yoga help with asthma?

Yoga excels at improving breathing. There are many techniques in yoga that open the chest and train you to breathe in a deep and rhythmic way. Proper breathing is very rewarding and is highly beneficial for the mind and body.

There are other techniques that help combat asthma in an indirect way. Read Roselle’s story about how yoga freed her from life-long asthma.

.
5. Does yoga help with stress?

Yoga is widely recognised as a great antidote to the stresses of modern life. At Ashram Yoga we pay particular attention to relaxation. All of our classes finish with either guided relaxation or meditation – both are very effective methods for releasing tension.

Guided relaxation (yoga nidra) is particularly powerful, especially for beginners. It is designed to relax even those who think they cannot relax. It quickly takes people to a deep level of relaxation and is a great way to overcome insomnia, anxiety and similar conditions. See the Yoga Nidra Shop for downloads.

Yoga postures and breath awareness are also very effective at stress reduction. They release accumulated tension which is often held in the body and re-trains the body so it remains relaxed.

.
6. Does yoga help with depression?

Yoga has a very positive effect on mental health. Yoga practice helps:

  • release physical tension
  • maintain emotional balance
  • oxygenate the brain
  • balance hormones
  • energise the mind and body
  • purify out mental, emotional and physical toxins
  • integrate the mind, body and spirit
  • cultivate higher aspects of the mind/body

Mental health, including depression, can be very complex. Fortunately, the entire ancient system of yoga is aimed at establishing harmony of mind, body and spirit.

Yoga is a sophisticated approach to well-being that is grounded in simple wisdom: physical exercise, deep breathing, wholesome food, sunlight and proper rest. Yoga considers these basic elements to be the essential foundation for a happy and healthy life.

Guided relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are also very powerful tools for releasing mental and emotional blockages. See the Yoga Nidra Shop for downloads.