NEW STUDENTS 

NEW STUDENTS 

We warmly welcome new students to Hamilton Yoga

Become skilled and confident learning yoga at the right level for you.

BEGINNERS YOGA

10-WEEK BEGINNERS YOGA COURSES

The Beginners Course includes 1 face-to-face class in the Studio & 1 bonus virtual class each week$180 

 Suitable for absolute beginners, anyone who is new to Iyengar Yoga or with only a little yoga experience, or recommencing yoga after a break.

A practical introduction to a brilliant yoga method that is accessible yet challenging. Most students will complete 10-12 weeks at Beginners level before moving into the level 1 Foundation classes. 

Your teacher will guide you with detailed attention. This considered introduction will set you up perfectly for a lifetime of practice. 

There are 7 Beginners classes each week in Term 4 

Classes do fill up, and bookings are essential.

Start Now if you are keen!

Please contact us for more information or for a late-enrolment bookings.

We are happy to chat and answer any questions you have. 

The next round of Beginners Yoga 10-week courses start from October 12th

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NEW MEMBERSHIP OFFER!

Sign up for any Beginner Three-Month Membership and receive a 50% discount off your first month*!

Memberships offer greatest value, and there are options for those wishing to attend in-studio more frequently.

1 Class per Week @ $15 per class.

$36 payment every 2 weeks. 12 Classes

 

2 Classes per Week @ $13.75 per class.

+ 1 Virtual per week

$66 payment every 2 weeks. 24 Classes

 

3 Classes per week  @  $12.50 per class

+ Unlimited Virtual

$90 payment every 2 weeks. 36 Classes

*This offer is available for a limited time only. Conditions apply. Students may move to Level 1 when ready whilst on on this membership. One purchase only per student. Minimum 3-month contract. 

 

Please email reception after purchasing your membership for class reservations prior to October 12th.

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around Newcastle. Our popular Beginners Yoga Course offers excellence in teaching at great value. 

The course has been refined through decades of yoga teaching experience. David and Amanda each have more than 20 years, so you can be confident you are in expert hands. 

It is also perfect for keen students as a base for progress  to the advanced levels

Start noticing improvements in physical skills and sense of well-being with consistent attendance and applied effort.

 

  • Comprehensively introduces the fundamentals
  • Progresses sequentially, week by week developing and building elementary concepts and asanas (yoga postures) 
  • Students should aim for attendance at least once a week 
  • Is tailored to people of average health and ability
  • Is designed to be challenging, build skills and confidence
  • Allows time for learning and consolidation
  • Classes run for  1 hour. 
  • Covers standing and seated poses, twists, backbends and  shoulder-balance, concluding with  relaxation
  • Leads into the Level 1 syllabus usually after 10-12 weeks (for those who are ready)
  • It is a myth that you need to be flexible to do yoga
  • Our ‘Introduction to Yoga’ syllabus is tailored to people of average health and flexibility
  • No special abilities are required 
  • Perfect for new students with no yoga experience and those with only a little yoga experience
  • Perfect for those who are new to Iyengar Yoga and those wishing to recommence yoga after a break. 
  • Extremely keen students who attend more frequently develop greater clarity in action. It is an excellent base camp to prepare for the summit. 

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. 

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. 

50+ Yoga / Introduction to Yoga 
Mature beginners wanting to start a little more slowly can attend the 50+ class as part of the Introduction to Yoga Course. It follows the same curriculum but proceeds at a more leisurely pace. This is a good class for people who are working with minor injuries also. Once your confidence, understanding and skill grows, you can venture into the other Introductory level classes.

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EXPERIENCED, BUT NEW TO IYENGAR YOGA

Nothing can be forced. Receptivity is everything”

BKS Iyengar – Light on Life

We welcome all new students who have a background in other yoga methods.

We hope that in coming to our school you approach with a sense of curiosity, and bring an open mind to learning. Iyengar Yoga is a method that connects to an ancient lineage with profound roots in philosophical enquiry. But Yoga is not an intellectual subject. It is based in action, in a practice. Experienced practitioners who enter with their eyes and ears open pick up nuance and context and can progress quickly. If you think that progress in yoga is about being flexible and doing ‘hard’ poses then you are still a beginner. We are proposing a different paradigm. 

“Hard work and humility are essential for spiritual sadhana.” (BKS Iyengar)

The best way for new students to enter the school is through the Beginners Course. 

We recognise that you are not a beginner in Yoga, but you are a beginner to Iyengar Yoga. The Beginners Course prepares you for Level 1, and the rest of your life in yoga. The Beginner’s curriculum provides for all students to have a working understanding of foundation poses and the application of yogic processes. (That means, not just what you do, but how you do it) Students are introduced to the more complex and challenging asanas once these are established.

You can work your way up through the levels, perhaps more quickly, placing your existing experience into new context as you progress. Commonly old habits require some ‘unlearning’. Letting go of attachment to what we ‘know’ frees us from rigidity of perspective, enabling an experience of broader horizons… 

If you are very keen, and attend regularly and consistently, you can ask your teacher about moving up a level. We can reasonably assess your suitability for the advanced classes only once we have seen you.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few” Shunryu Suzuki

 “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.

“I feel challenged and cared for every time I go to yoga here. I highly recommend it!”   Theresa A.
“Just want to say I have tried other yoga places, but no other place compares to Hamilton Yoga. The instructors are all professional, helpful, kind… They are knowledgeable about: the history of lyengar yoga, different poses, how to progress poses, & how to give individual support… 
& are open & welcoming to everyone.”
Mike H

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. 

COMING TO CLASS

Before you come to class:

  • Allow 3 hours after a meal before coming to class.
  • If you are a new student please arrive 15 minutes before class start time to register.

Arriving at our studio:

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the starting time.
  • The reception doors will open 15 mins before each class.
  • Please wait outside quietly until the class inside finishes.
  • Please be mindful of noise levels in relation to our neighbours in the early and late hours
  • Please remove your shoes in the reception area and place them beneath the bench-seats.
  • There are pigeon holes provided for your shoes and belongings in the change room.
  • A change room is provided as well as two external unisex toilets which are also available for changing.
  • Please leave your drink bottles outside of the yoga room as it is not necessary to drink during the class. There is filtered water provided in the change-room. 

Equipment, clothing:

  • Equipment is provided for Beginner students, but we now strongly recommend you purchase your own mat. 
  • Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in.
  • Footless tights or shorts are great. Baggy pants are not really recommended as we like to see your knees and ankles!
  • Dressing in layers is great as you will warm up and cool down.
  • The studio has a/c and ceiling fans.

Personal information:

  • New students will be required to fill out a form notifying teachers of pregnancy or any injuries or medical conditions that may affect your participation in class.
  • It is important to let the teacher know prior to each class also of any injuries that might be affecting your practice on that day (even if you have written them down previously).
  • All information is treated in confidence.
  • Please feel free to discuss any condition in further detail by phoning us prior to attending class.