It is our philosophy to teach all students with best practice principles from the absolute beginning. The Introduction to Yoga Course comprehensively introduces the fundamentals, and has been honed with decades of yoga teaching experience. It is perfect for new students with no yoga experience.
Learn authentic yoga with qualified teachers trained in one of the worlds most highly regarded methods.
Our ‘Introduction to Yoga’ syllabus is tailored to people of average health and ability. Students are challenged whilst confidence is built as the basic poses are introduced and consolidated week by week.
Start noticing improvements in physical skills and sense of well-being with consistent and applied effort.
No special abilities are required in the Introductory level. It is a myth that you need to be flexible to do yoga
This 10 week course progresses sequentially, week by week introducing students to elementary concepts and asanas (yoga postures). There are 7 classes each week specifically for beginners.
During the 1 ¼ hour class basic standing poses are taught, seated poses, twists, backbends and preparations for shoulder-balance, concluding with relaxation.
Extremely keen students are able to attend more frequently, experiencing skills and clarity develop more quickly. Students should aim for attendance at least once a week minimum to see progress.
Whilst learning poses you will be introduced to some fundamental yoga philosophy. It is taught in a way that is practical and experiential. Authentic yoga is an ancient discipline that emerged in a period of great enquiry into the nature of existence. It evolved as a tool to help bring clarity and contentment as we navigate through life. It is a physical practice, but it is so much more…
Iyengar Yoga is a brilliant method that is infinitely adaptable to any student’s requirements. It is intelligent and inclusive, and for this reason it is loved and practiced world-wide.
“The young, the extremely aged, even the sick and the infirm obtain perfection by constant practice.” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika)
“The depth of knowledge and experience the teachers at this school have is unsurpassed in Newcastle ( and probably most other places too). Individual adjustments provided during classes to ensure proper alignment. A very welcoming space.’ Sue F
unlimited classes $19/week*
Our 10-week Introductory course is ‘Unlimited’. This means that the enrolment fee covers all Introductory classes – You can attend once a week, or up to 7 classes a week, as it suits you. The Introductory course is also reduced from $210 to $190 making it great value for beginners.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners, those new to Iyengar Yoga, those with only a little yoga experience and those wishing to recommence yoga after a break.
*To enrol in this course, full payment of $190 is required in advance. Late enrolments are charged pro-rata at $19 per week remaining.
1. Enrol online or by calling reception
2. Arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class to meet your teacher and fill out a registration form.
3. Attend at least once a week, and as often as you like each week. (That’s what “Unlimited” means!)
There’s no need to pre-book the classes you wish to attend, as our Yoga room is spacious and classes are not crowded.
All equipment is provided, including mats. Some students do however prefer to bring their own.
The studio opens 15 minutes before start time. Please arrive early. It’s very pleasant to have time to stroll in, set up and lie back quietly before class.
Sometimes during business hours it can be harder to find a car-park. (There are always spaces further around on Gregson Park)
We welcome all new students who have a background in other yoga methods, and hope that in coming to our school you bring an open mind to learning and experiencing Iyengar yoga.
“Hard work and humility are essential for spiritual sadhana.” (BKS Iyengar)
Iyengar Yoga is a profound and inspiring practice. Our curriculum aims for all students to have a working understanding of foundation poses. Students can be introduced to the more complex and challenging asanas once this is established.
The best place for new students not coming from an Iyengar background is to enter the school through the Unlimited Introduction to Yoga Course. You can work your way up through the levels at Hamilton Yoga, placing your existing experience into a new context as you progress.
Before you commence Level 1 ‘Foundation’ you need have learned and practised going into and setting up for specific poses, which are all taught at our Introductory level.
The pre-requisite for attending Level 2 ‘Developing’ is a minimum of 1 year’s regular attendance in Level 1 ‘Foundation’ classes. We take our responsibility for your wellbeing seriously, and seek to ensure that you have an understanding of the foundation poses before bringing you into an advanced level class. This also enables the students in the advanced classes to focus on the challenging work they are doing.
For advanced students, going back to beginners can be a humbling experience. We appreciate those students who come with an open mind – the challenge as always is to put down what we know, so as to experience what is before us.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few” Shunryu Suzuki
CLASSES AND LEVELS
Our classes are offered over four terms each year, much like the school year. Within the four terms we run courses at all levels. In term breaks we offer an amended class schedule.
Students are encouraged to enrol in our 10-week courses, or attend regularly as members. Hamilton Yoga’s progressive curriculum has been developed to enable consistent students to progress steadily.
Students may attend most of our classes on a casual drop-in basis however, as we acknowledge that the realities of life do not always allow regular attendance.
We teach daily classes at all levels, from beginners to advanced in Newcastle NSW. Learn and develop at a steady pace from commencement as an absolute beginner through to the experienced practitioner levels. We have a progressive syllabus and run more like a school than a gym.