Yoga is a non competitive activity – it is non competitive between yourself and others as well as non competitive with yourself. Always work within your limitations and move slowly and gently. Listen to your body and avoid straining or forcing. Remember to enjoy your practise.
To maintain cleanliness we request no shoes inside the teaching space. Shoes should be left in the shoe racks provided in the lobby.
Coats and bags should be hung up and left in the lobby on the coat hooks provided, but please bring valuables into the teaching studio with you.
Please ensure your phone is turned off and is not set to vibrate.
We try to provide a calm, quiet teaching space for the yoga classes. Please be respectful of this and keep conversations to the minimum. Please make sure you tidy up any drinks you have and please make sure you put your litter in the bin provided or take it home with you. Remember to take all your belongings home with you.
If you are suffering from any medical condition or taking medication then please consult your doctor prior to undertaking any new exercise programme. Always inform your instructor before any class/session, if there is something you think they should know or that might affect your practise.
Most traditional Hatha Yoga classes follow a similar format. The varying styles of yoga will differ slightly and if you are unsure do contact Julie for more details 0n 07828 132 091, or contact the tutor direct of the class that you are interested in. A typical Hatha Yoga class is usually structured as follows:
- Short Relaxation or Preparation Period
- Breath awareness/practises
- Some gently limbering/warming up exercises
- Asana/Posture work
- Breathing practises and guided relaxation to finish
Classes are always modified and adapted to suit the variety of abilities and experience of the class, and students are always encouraged to work within their own range of ability.
The studio is fully equipped with mats, blocks and belts. However, if you have your own equipment, please feel free to bring it along. Other than that you will not need to bring anything else.
We recommend that for all classes students wear loose and comfortable clothing with layers that are easily removed or added to allow for changes in body temperature during class. We prefer students to practise with bare feet. We advise minimal or no jewellery, long hair might be better tied back.
It is recommended that students practise on an empty stomach, so we suggest that you leave at least two hours between a large meal, and at least one hour between a light meal and your practise.
Always let the tutor know you are pregnant. If you already have a regular yoga practise, and the tutor is happy for you to attend the class then there should be no reason to stop your practise, please check with your tutor first.
Always listen to your body and rest when you need to.
If you do not already have a regular yoga practise, the Saturday 11:15am Hatha Yoga class welcomes pregnant ladies from the second trimester (after the twelve week scan).
Membership is not offered at Yoga for Harmony and is therefore not required to attend any of our classes. Some tutors offer a block payment option and most offer the studio loyalty card system (attend 10 classes and get the 11th for free).
Our weekly classes are all drop-in, ie not pre-bookable. It is best to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the start of class to make sure mats can be arranged according to numbers and to minimise disturbances for other attendees. Occasionally if the class is very well attended people arriving late will not be admitted.
Our monthly workshops are best pre-booked and this can be done on line via our website or with the tutor direct. Sometimes if there is space payment can be made on the day, but it is not recommended as most of the workshops do sell out prior to the date of the event.
All guest tutor workshops must be pre-booked via the website of with Julie direct, and places are not confirmed at guest tutor workshops without payment.
Weekly classes vary in cost depending on the time of day and the length of the class. Most are between £8 and £10 per session.
If you ‘click’ on the class of interest on the timetable page, you will see the cost of that class, together with other details such as tutor contact details, class description, tutor profile. You pay the tutor when you arrive in cash please.
You could ask the tutor if they offer block payments etc when you come, or if they accept payments via bank transfer.
Most of our regular weekly classes welcome beginners. There are one or two marked ‘intermediate’ or ‘not suitable for beginners’ so at the start of your practise those classes are not recommended. You will see those details when you ‘click’ on the class on the timetable and the full class details page is shown.
Perhaps a good starting place for you as a beginner, would be one of the Hatha Yoga classes which are spread throughout the week during the day and the evening. Some of those are specifically aimed at beginners, for those returning to yoga following a break, or who may be recovering from, or managing injuries or medical conditions. Those classes are clearly marked on the timetable.