Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga
Q: Do I need to sign up for class?
A: If this is your first visit – Yes!
Please sign up and make an account for yourself so we know you are coming. It will guarantee your place in class and it will save us time on your arrival so we can take care of you better. In addition all the benefits below apply.
If you already have an account signing up is not mandatory but it does give you these important benefits:
- Your place in class is reserved – some classes are fully booked so unless you are signed up you wont be able to get in.
- When you are signed up we will be able to contact you if there is any change in class time or sudden cancellation (if you are not on the list we can’t do that).
- When you are signed up you help the teacher plan the class better for your needs. We know our students well and always try to plan classes to fit their needs.
Q: What is Iyengar yoga?
A: Iyengar Yoga is characterized in the practice of asana and pranayama with an innovative approach emphasizing precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach to yoga has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained yoga practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity. Continue reading…
Q: What to Expect in an Iyengar yoga class?
A: In Iyengar yoga we work with all yoga postures – standing, sitting, twisting, inverted, forward bending, backward bending or supine postures in a wide variety of sequences. Our approach is methodical as we emphasize precision and alignment. Continue reading…
Q: I sport regularly and feel good, is Yoga for me?
A: Yes. Although yoga sometimes seen as a type of fitness or sport it is much more than that as it works on many levels. Yoga practice offers a complete work on all our body systems (respiratory, cardio vascular, nervous system and so on). Many athletes combine a yoga practice in addition to their sport training in order to improve their posture/alignment, blood circulation, pain relief and more. Read 10 great reasons to try yoga…
Q: Can Yoga help me reduce stress?
A: The practice of Yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body, and has even been found to lower cortisol levels in the blood. This effect is very noticeable, and is one of main reasons people take up Yoga to begin with. Continue reading…
Q: I am not flexible at all, I can’t even reach the floor with my fingers, can I practice Yoga?
A: You do not need to be flexible to start practicing Yoga, on the contrary, Yoga will help you increase your flexibility in a safe and controlled manner. Greater flexibility is very beneficial as it increase the range of motion of our joints, protects us from injuries, assist in blood circulation, etc. We often find that people who are less flexible have easier time picking up yoga than those who are naturally flexible.
Q: I am recovering from an injury, can I practice yoga and how soon should I start?
A: Yes, you can practice yoga, however, with the supervision of our certified teachers. To find the best class/frequency that suits your personal circumstances, please give us a call or send an email.
Q: I am pregnant, can I practice Yoga?
A: Yes. If you are practicing Iyengar yoga for at least 6 months before getting pregnant you can join your regular class level while informing your teacher. If you are new to the practice, it is recommended you join our special Women classes or our pregnancy classes. See class schedule.
Q: I practice different styles of Yoga for some time, what class should I join?
A: No matter what experience you have in yoga, if you are new to the Iyengar tradition it is highly recommended to start with the beginners lesson (level I). This class is specially designed to get you accustomed with the Iyengar method, introduces the work with props and focuses on Standing Asanas which are the foundation of practice. If the foundation is weak, the whole building can collapse. It is the same with our body. The standing asanas are strengthening and toning the leg muscles, which can then help improving the alignment of the the rest of the body, hold postures longer and prepare the body for more complex asanas. You can discuss with the teacher to decide when to move on to the next level.
Q: How often should I practice Yoga?
A: You can practice as often as you like. Once a week is a good start but as in any form of exercise best results appear when practicing two or three times per week. Unlike in strenuous sport activities, yoga can be practiced daily. Normally we advise to listen to your body and see how it feels. If it feels like it can’t wait coming to class, you shouldn’t wait much.
Q: What language is used in your classes?
A: The community of Yoga practitioners is growing rapidly all over the world. Practitioners travel all over the world to participate in different Yoga classes, workshops and trainings. The common spoken language is English while Sanskrit is usually used for the names of asanas (postures) and exercises. At liveYoga we follow this tradition. You can learn the names of the common asanas using the Sanskrit dictionary on this site.
Q: Who are the teachers at liveYoga and what certification do they have?
A: All our yoga teachers are certified teachers by the global BKS Iyengar Yoga Association. This is a rigorous and long certification process making sure the quality and standard of teachers worldwide is high. Read about liveYoga teachers.
Q: It seems that everyone else in the class is more advanced than me, am I in the right class? What am I doing wrong?
A: The yoga practice is very personal in every aspect. What your body/mind can do might not be the same for another. This is why yoga is an individual practice that focuses on your own capacity and in your own rhythm. There is no need for comparison, it is not a competition. All you need to do is to keep practicing and connect with yourself (your own body-mind). If you do not feel comfortable in the class or if you are not sure about the level of the class you are in, please feel free to consult with our teachers.
Q: How much does a class cost?
A: To view our prices and the different class card options click here.
Q: What are the bank account details for payments?
A: Live Yoga
Q: What shall I bring to class and can I eat before class?
A: Please refer to our section Preparing for yoga class.
If you can not find your question in this section, please call or send us an email.