Do I need to book or can I just turn up?
Yes, please book your space here.
- Classes do sometimes fill up and by booking you are reserving your space in the class.
- In the event that we have to cancel a class, booking ahead is your guarantee that we will contact you to let you know about the change or cancellation. Occasionally we have to cancel classes and sometimes students who didn’t book show up. When we don’t know that someone is intending to come, we have no way of letting them know.
- If you cannot attend the class you have booked, please cancel your place.
- Please check that you are booking for the correct class.
- If no one books for a given class it will be cancelled, so please do make sure you book if you want to come.
- If you come and you haven’t booked, we won’t turn you away unless the class is already full.
How do I book?
You can book a class directly here.
Can I cancel?
Yes, you can cancel by following the link in the booking confirmation email that we send you, but please do so as early as possible to allow others to take your place.
How do I pay?
Online payment via our booking system is not currently available. The teacher collects payment in cash at the end of class. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us directly and we will provide you with the relevant details.
How much do your classes cost?
The ticket prices vary according to what class you attend and whether you choose a 10 class pass option. A list of prices can be found under each class here.
Can I pay the low income level?
We trust all our students to pay the appropriate level. We had advice on choosing the right level here.
What is the pay it forward rate?
When a yoga student chooses the pay it forward rate, they are helping other people who cannot afford to pay the full rate or to pay at all and still attend yoga classes. We are thrilled when our students pay this rate as it not only helps us to offer low income and free community yoga courses, but also shows that our students support our work and ethos!
What is the work exchange option?
As well as yoga, both of us are interested in economic and social justice. We are keen to see new means of exchange developing, so that is one reason we offer a work exchange option. The work exchange option allows you to offer us your time and skills in exchange for yoga classes. If you are interested in this option, please get in touch directly with us here.
Do you offer gift vouchers?
Yes, we do. Please get in touch with us here for more information.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
Lots of students prefer to bring their own mat and we do recommend it. However, we have mats available for you to borrow for our Wednesday and Friday classes. If you would like to attend one of our Monday classes, then we can lend you a mat, but please do let us know in advance so that we can one bring one specially for you.
I’ve never done yoga before. Is that ok?
Yes, our classes are open to beginners. If you are concerned, please feel free to contact us to find out if we can accommodate any special needs that you may have.
Is yoga safe for me with…..[insert medical condition]?
If you are concerned that yoga might not be suitable for you given the medical condition you have, please consult your GP first for advice. The yoga that we teach is relatively low impact and our approach to yoga is needs based. We never ask students to do anything that causes them pain or which they don’t want to do. In fact, we constantly encourage you to develop a closer understanding and awareness of your own body. In our class, you always remain the master of your own body. If you have had any of the following conditions we would ask that you consult your GP first: recent surgery or fracture (still healing), stroke, head or spinal injury.
What should I wear?
Please wear clothes that are flexible and comfortable. For some people this will be t-shirts and jogging bottoms. Other people prefer gym attire. Please avoid jeans, shirts, ties, suits as they are all too tight and constricting.
Is there parking?
There is on-street parking on Regent Road. For our Monday class at VAL, you would need to park on one of the side streets or multi-storey car parks nearby.
Are there bike racks?
Yes, there are bike at the Michael Wood Centre and VAL.
When are your yoga classes?
Please have a look at our timetable here.
What style of yoga do you teach?
We were both trained in teaching Sivananda yoga, which is a traditional form of Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is a slower form of yoga with an emphasis on holding postures, breathing techniques and deep relaxation and mindfulness. We do also incorporate movement methods that we have been taught by other teachers, and these include some more modern movements from physiotherapy and other styles of yoga. Many people think that traditional yoga postures are very old, but actually most yoga postures only date back to the last 100 years or so. It is yoga as a philosophy that is much much older. Only a limited number of the seated positions (for meditation) are referred to in older yogic texts.
Will yoga help me with depression and/or anxiety?
Yoga can be an effective way of dealing with depression and anxiety. The classes incorporate body awareness practice, which helps to focus attention away from the mind to the body. We also include proper breathing and relaxation techniques. Many students report feeling more relaxed at the end of a class. To change thought and habit patterns more permanently can happen through the practice of yoga…and we can attest to that personally…but this is generally a much longer term commitment.
Ultimately, there is no way of knowing or predicting in advance whether or how much yoga will help. Everyone is just so individual! In our experience, the causes of depression and anxiety are multifactorial. However, sometimes starting yoga can be the positive change, that leads to positive changes in other parts of a person’s life creating a positive feedback cycle.
Both of us have experience in working with depression and anxiety and are happy for you to contact us in advance if this is something you would like to share with us.
Do you teach private 1 to 1 classes?
We do have a number of slots available for private 1 to 1 sessions. Private yoga classes are classes specially designed to meet your needs. We create sequences and use poses, modifications and variations to help move you towards an optimal state of balance. You get 100% of our attention and we can focus on whatever you want and need. For example, if you want to focus on building strength we can do that. If you want to manage anxiety, we will help you focus on that. If you didn’t sleep well that day, we can just do a restorative practice.
You can ask as many questions as they like and we give you a handout with the class sequence on it for you to practise in your own time.
Yoga sessions can take place in the comfort of your own home, which means that you don’t have to squeeze a yoga class into your schedule anymore. If the time and days in our schedule don’t suit you, please contact us directly to see if we have other options available. If you don’t have a suitable space in your home, we can often accommodate you at The Michael Wood Centre, subject to availability.
You are welcome to ask partners, family members and/or close friends to join you at no additional cost.
If you are booking a session in your home for the first time, please contact us directly first to arrange a free 1/2 hour consultation. We will use this time to talk about your goals and assess your needs. If you have any other questions, please do get in touch.
How is yoga for autism different from normal yoga?
Yoga for autism is a sensory yoga method designed to enhance the lives of those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) symptoms. The method was developed by combining modern scientific understanding of movement, the brain and neuro-sensory systems, with the traditional practice of yoga including postures, proper breathing, relaxation, body awareness and calming use of sound. Danielle is our trained yoga for autism teacher and she tailors all classes to the needs of the student(s).
In any yoga class, teachers will use a range of methods, such as verbal cues, demonstration, modelling, mirroring, and physical adjustments, where appropriate. In a yoga for autism class, verbal cues are simplified, reduced in amount and frequency and made more literal. For example instead of saying “turn your head left”, we might say “look at the door”. We try to stick to the “rule of five” to keep verbal cues short and simple.
Danielle uses modelling and demonstrations, while emphasising that everyone has a different body and will therefore look different in a pose. Mirroring is frequently used in one to one contexts and can also be used with whole groups. Physical adjustments are not a preferred teaching method in yoga for autism classes and would only ever be used in a limited sense, where there is clear understanding with consent freely given.
When doing body awareness practice, instead of asking students to focus on feeling their feet, we might ask the students to tap their feet with their hands. Guided relaxation tends to be shorter than in traditional classes and if students are uncomfortable closing eyes and/or lying down we can use other methods such as focusing on a point on the wall. We might use pictures of people/stick people in postures, to give the student a sense of what they might look like in a pose, or put these pictures together to create a visual timetable to give the students an idea of the sequencing of the class.
Many individuals with special needs may lack a sense of balance, coordination or awareness of their surrounding environment and may have limited fine and gross motor skills and varying degrees of strength as well as flexibility. Danielle, therefore, assess the needs of each individual on an ongoing basis and make adaptations or modifications, as appropriate. Usually, we start with simpler postures and build up to more challenging movements once progress has been made.
Do you have any classes only for women?
No,we don’t currently have any classes especially for women. All our classes are mixed gender. If you want a women’s only class please contact us directly to find out whether it’s possible to start up a new class.
You say that you are a socially-responsible organisation. What does that mean?
Our ethos is to try and make accessible to anyone who would like to learn and who could be helped by yoga. We also look to introduce yoga to communities who many have never heard about or tried yoga before. We do this in a number of different ways. Each year we offer a number of free community courses. These are 4-12 week courses that we run in collaboration with different charities and social enterprises. In the past, we have delivered these courses to: LASS, After 18, Project Polska, Pride Without Borders, B-Inspired and Home Group.
We also offer a low income rate and a work exchange option for people to attend our regular classes. We think it’s really important that no one is excluded from accessing yoga for purely financial reasons. We trust people to choose the payment level that they feel is right for them and offer advice on choosing a level here.
Whenever we buy services from third parties, we do our best to ensure that they are an ethical option. If you know of more ethical and/or local suppliers that might be a good fit for us, please let us know.
Can I leave you a review?
Yes, please! You can leave a Google review here or a Facebook review here.
I am a new yoga teacher. Do you need a teaching assistant and/or can I do any volunteering with you?
We regularly get requests from new yoga teachers asking if we need assistance during classes. You are always welcome to contact us, ask and get connected with us. We just ask that you look realistically about whether we would be a good fit for each other, in terms of yoga style, ethos and so forth.