Frequently Asked Questions

Penrith Yoga Studio
Can I just turn up?

Yes, but we prefer bookings for Beginners Courses. This will make your first experience with the studio run most smoothly. You can attend classes casually.

Do I need to bring equipment?

Just bring yourself. The studio is fully equipped with mats, etc.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing that you can move in. Mostly women wear tights, men wear bicycle pants or shorts.

Is there a family discount?

You can share a weekly pass with a family member. A couple could then, for instance, each attend class once weekly, but have one shared pass. See the terms and conditions for more information on sharing of passes.

Which pass do I need?

If you are new to the studio and have no experience, start with a Beginners Pass.
Once you have done a Beginners Course, you may choose a Transition Pass.
If you are new to the studio and have some yoga experience, you might opt for a 3-Week-Trial to decide which class is best for you.
After the above passes, which can only be purchased once, you need to decide whether your attendance will be regular or not. For regular attendance, a weekly pass is the best value. If you're not sure of the commitment, or your attendance will be irregular, a class pack is a better option.

Can I pay cash?

Yes, but we keep this to a minimum. We prefer you to purchase your pass online and reserve your place in class before coming.

Is yoga OK for my back?

Yoga is great for backs! Many people come to yoga precisely because of back pain and find significant relief. You should let your teacher know if you suffer from back pain, and tell us about any diagnosed condition you have and any medical advice you have been given. You may be given alternatives for some poses.

Can yoga help with anxiety or depression?

Several studies have shown that yoga has a positive effect on anxiety and depression.
See our blog post on handling Christmas stress

I have an existing injury/condition. Can I still come to yoga?

Most injuries and conditions can be allowed for in class. You may be given alternatives to some poses as required. Once you book we will ask you about anything that we need to be aware of.

Is there a toilet at the studio?

Yes. You will need to ask us for the key.

Do I need any yoga experience to purchase the 3-Week Trial Pass?

We recommend the 3-Week Trial Pass for those who have been to yoga before. The purpose is to assess suitable class levels, class times, etc. If you have no experience, you would be better off in a Beginners Course.

If I’m away, can I put my pass on hold?

Weekly passes can be suspended at any time. See the terms and conditions for details.

If I incur an injury, can I put my pass on hold?

Weekly passes can be suspended at any time. See the terms and conditions for details.

Can I claim my yoga classes with my health fund?

That depends on the health fund and the kind of cover that you have. Here is a list of "yoga-friendly" health funds: http://iyengaryoga.asn.au/yoga-friendly-health-funds/. You may need to show your health fund your receipt, which has a BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia Membership Number on it. You may need to provide a doctor's referral. If your health fund is not in the list, you can still check with them.

Can I do yoga if I'm menstruating?

The practice of yoga involves being in touch with our bodies so that ultimately we can be in touch with our essential self. This relates to menstruation as it does to any other condition. Menstruation (or another condition) does not mean you don't do yoga, but it may mean that some poses are modified or omitted temporarily. In class, we may ask if anyone is menstruating, and we may ask you to approach your yoga differently on some days of your menstrual cycle.

Can I eat before class?

Yoga on a full stomach is unpleasant. It's a good idea to leave at least an hour (preferably two) after a small meal before practising yoga. A large meal requires 3-4 hours before yoga practice.

Can I start the Beginners Course late?

Our Beginners Courses run across 6 weeks. You can start Beginners classes at any time, and we offer late start options in weeks 2 and 3 of the course, but if the current course only has a couple of weeks to run, it’s often preferable to wait for the next one to begin. Attendance at the entire beginners course helps students to quickly gain familiarity and confidence with the yoga poses we cover.

Do you have Eftpos facilities?

Yes. You can pay at the studio by eftpos or credit card. A teacher is at the studio 15 minutes before and after class. However, if you purchase your pass online, you will be stepped through a process that asks about injuries and conditions and asks you to make a reservation in class. It helps us to know ahead of class who will be there and what we might need to accommodate in the class. For this reason, we encourage online bookings.

I can't attend classes in school holidays. Is a weekly pass not relevant to me?

A weekly pass is the most affordable way to attend class. You can suspend your weekly pass over the school holidays. You just need to let us know. See the terms and conditions for more details.

I'm over 55. Do I need to go to a seniors class?

We no longer run a seniors class because we believe the answer to this question is No. Age-related issues such as arthritis, limited mobility and high blood pressure can be accommodated in beginners classes. If you are fit and healthy, Beginners is still a good place to start, but there is no reason not to progress from there to General classes.

Is there a change room at the studio?

We have a screen for changing in private.

Is yoga a religion?

No. Anyone can practice yoga regardless of religious beliefs. If you follow a religion, yoga can be complementary.

Should I go to plus size classes?

The definition of plus size is women who identify as plus size. This is a personal perspective. You can read more here: http://www.penrithyogastudio.com.au/classes-explained#plussize

 

If you have any further questions please contact us.