Do you have a question for Hamilton Yoga? Have a look and see if we have already answered. If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch.
Do I need to bring anything with me to class? Do I need my own mat?
Most importantly, bring yourself. ♥
If you are a new student we will provide everything you need. We have heavy duty studio yoga mats you can borrow, but now recommend that you purchase or bring your own. We have cheap, good quality light weight mats, as well as studio mats (Sadhaka mats from iyogaprops, for the mat officionados) for sale at reception.
Please bring 2 pillow cases for covering our yoga cushions during class.
Once you have committed to regular attendance you may feel more comfortable using some of your own personal equipment. A mat, yoga strap, 2 foam blocks, and the sturdier yoga blankets comprise a good little kit for class and home practice.
Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Leggings, or shorts.
Why do you run courses?
- We see ourselves as being more like a place of learning than a gym or a salon. We have a curriculum structure and content. There is plenty of scope for a teacher’s individuality and creativity within this structure, but it ensures that the most important topics are covered when they are most relevant. It also ensures that all students in the school learn the poses important to progress and prepare for the next level.
- Courses offer a structure to students, who then find it easier to commit and attend regularly. These are the students who benefit the most from yoga.
Can I do yoga? I am old/ stiff/ injured/ hopeless?
Yes. Lucky for you our teachers are highly trained and experienced, and have taught many who were older, stiffer, more injured or hopeless than you.
Also the kind of yoga we teach (Iyengar) is renowned for being adaptable and inclusive.
Please let us know if you have significant injuries that will affect your capacity to participate, and we will help you to find a pathway to progress.
You run courses. Can I come casually?
Yes, for most classes. You can purchase a single class, or a 10-class pass online or at reception. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class to meet your teacher and register.
Please contact reception before turning up for a level 2 or 3 class though, to discuss your suitability for that level.
How long are your classes?
The Beginners classes run for 1 hour
Level 1 classes 1 hour & 30 minutes
Level 2 classes 1 hour & 45 minutes
Level 3 classes 2 hours
Kids Classes 45 minutes
Pranayama 45 minutes
Why are classes longer than at other yoga centres?
We can’t rush yoga. There is vast content to cover and you are developing skills that require practice and repetition.
Competency and confidence take time and effort
A slow cooked meal is far more nutritious and satisfying than a hastily thrown together snack…
We are not aware of time passing when mind is absorbed in action. We experience a state of timelessness.
Why do you only have one type of yoga?
Iyengar Yoga is a very comprehensive method. We know that advanced practitioners need skills across a wide range of practices, and Iyengar yoga covers that range in more depth than most.
Each class is a journey skilfully conducted to take you from the busy exterior to a quiet place within.
It is founded in a lineage that connects to classical yoga, and the yoga sutras of Patanjali.
You could spend a whole lifetime exploring in this method, and still have more to learn.
Our teachers have the skills to adapt sequences and poses for everybody who is keen to learn.
We don’t need to look for variety beyond Iyengar Yoga, because it contains such breadth and depth of content.
Is your method ‘easy' or ‘hard’ yoga?
Easy, Hard, Both, Neither.
Classes can be quite active, and physically challenging. But if you are injured, or stiff, then we can show you alternative ways of working.
The ‘hard’ part usually relates to our perceptions and expectations, our self-talk, our ideas about ourselves, and what we think we should be, or shouldn’t be doing.
Our experienced teachers aim to create an environment that encourages all students to safely explore their limits. Enter the school at the right level so you can learn the techniques to proceed. It is not at all about how flexible you are. As the saying goes, it is not about the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.
You don’t need to be in your twenties, flexible, or even sexy on the beach. (Instagram perpetuates this misperception but don’t be fooled!)
How are you different from all the other types of yoga?
Our teachers train over years (not weeks)
Our senior teachers train over decades (not years)
There is a rigorous assessment process, run by a national body, not a signing off process by the trainer.
Our students tell us that they like it how we actually teach them how to do the poses, which they tell us does not always happen in other methods.
We have a highly developed, tried and tested curriculum for introducing beginners to the most useful and accessible poses. Intensely keen students who apply themselves can develop quite quickly and move up through the levels. Students of regular intensity can work and develop at their own pace, benefitting from working with awareness and intelligence regardless of which level they are at.
We have a culture of practice, which we aim to cultivate in our students. This means not just turning up to classes, but self-directed learning. (Some other older methods, such as Ashtanga, also have this culture, but it is increasingly rare in newer styles).
We teach from our practice which is a hallmark of the Iyengar method.
Investigation and self-study are part of our discipline of practice.
It is a rich method. Part art and part science, it balances the body, mind and breath.
Our range of practices is broader, and more adaptable for all bodies and abilities, than most other methods.
The method is perfect for avoiding and preventing injury as well as for people with injuries. Physical and psychological balance is enhanced as there is an emphasis on anatomical alignment.
We don’t mix in other stuff. We find yoga to be a complete system in itself.
We teach Iyengar Yoga (eye-en-gar). It is a name, not a brand.
BKS Iyengar was instrumental in helping spread yoga from India to the rest of the world.
He developed a method of yoga that is inclusive, intelligent, and founded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, dating back around two-thousand years.
We have senior teachers with many decades of experience in teacher training, mentoring, assessing, practicing and studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India.
There is a syllabus of asanas for teachers and students. There is a sense of progression in asanas.
In our syllabus, we explore the links. Links between actions in poses. Links between asanas. Links between body parts. Links between mind and body, breath and body, mind and breath, etc… Yoga means union, after all.
Do you have teacher training courses?
It is possible to train with Amanda, who is a senior teacher, but only after 3 years of consistent studentship in the Iyengar method. You need to demonstrate a willingness to be a student first, a preparedness to learn and a capacity to practice. This is a requirement of all Iyengar teacher trainees worldwide.
After training to gain certification there is an assessment that is rigorously conducted by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia.
Is it more like Yin or Bikram?
Yikes! We understand where this question comes from, but it is a bit like asking if Jazz is more like ambient or heavy metal music!
As a multifaceted method, there are profound internalising restorative, meditative practices and there are also dynamic flowing practices. There could be said to be elements of both, but also every nuance in between.
There is an emphasis on technique as a means of bringing the mind to the present… which is also incredibly helpful for anyone with injury or physical imbalance.
What happens in the 'Introduction to Yoga' course?
There is not much sitting around! You are introduced to the actions and the essence of asanas (yoga poses), which are intertwined.
The class usually starts with a supported pose to soothe the nerves and settle yourself in.
The standing poses are introduced progressively and make up the main component of the classes at this level. Poses such as Trikonasana (Triangle pose), Parsva Konasana (Side-angle pose) and Virabhadrasana (Warrior pose) are perfect to learn the correct leg and shoulder actions for balanced alignment.
Standing poses will safely build your strength and mobility, improve balance, and are energising, challenging and fun. (They are preparatory for advanced poses too)
Sarvangasana (Shoulder-stand) is introduced, and no one else teaches shoulder stand as Iyengar teachers do. There is a very gradual progression, building up to stay for a longer period. Some students will stay with wall support, and some will be balancing independently by the end of the Intro course. (please don’t panic – your teacher will guide you and has heaps of alternatives, hacks and tricks for people with injuries and other health issues)
There are some quietning floor poses to transition calmly into a guided Savasana (Relaxation Pose) for the end of the class.
Skill comes with practice, as in other arts such as music. It is the only way. So classes give an opportunity for you to repeat, consolidate develop and progress.
What does UNLIMITED mean in your Introductory course? How often should I attend?
(We look forward to offering these UNLIMITED courses once COVID_19 restrictions are lifted)
We have 7 classes a week purely dedicated for students who are new to yoga. If you enrol in the 10-week unlimited course, you can attend as many of those classes as you desire.
You should attend at least once a week, for continuity and progression through the syllabus. This is what most students do. Some students are extremely keen and come four to 5 times a week. We encourage you to come as often as you can. We are passionate and enthusiastic and love to share our subject with others who are also passionate and enthusiastic.
Why do you have levels for your classes?
We offer classes at 4 levels, because with time and dedication, our students learn and progress. At some point they need to go up a level, to be inspired by the other students already there, to be further challenged by the syllabus.
In mixed level classes the beginners miss out on the basics, and the experienced students get held back.
It is a terrible business model, but provides a great learning environment, so our teachers and students prefer it this way.
Do you have an area to change, a shower?
There is an inside change room and toilet, as well as two spacious outside toilet / change cubicles. We have completed several major renovations over the past two years and are now working on the minor ones. The shower is planned for later in 2021.
I am scared of doing Led Practice, what is it?
Led practice helps students gain confidence and skills to practice without a teacher present. Students come together once a week. They are led through a sequence of poses by another student who has volunteered.
Poses that have been learnt in classes are practiced without instruction.
It isn’t scary, as the poses are familiar from class, and the leader does the poses with the group as they call the poses names. This provides the visual cues to follow.
Led practice is open to all students who attend regularly. This means those on memberships or enrolled in a course. Led practice is free for students attending twice or more a week on membership.
What is your yoga room like?
Well, as you can see… just lovely. High ceilings, natural light and ventilation, timber floors, fully equipped, loads of character, quiet location opposite Gregsons Park, amazing ambience.
Can I still join? I am really keen but your Introduction to Yoga course has already started.
Yes. If you are keen you can start at any time, and will be charged prorata for the number of weeks remaining.
Do you offer naked/goat/beer/kilt yoga?