We warmly welcome new students to
Hamilton Yoga Studio, Newcastle.
Become skilled and confident learning Iyengar yoga
at the right level for you.
Beginners Yoga 8-week Courses
Back in the Studio!
‘Term 4 Beginners courses have just begun.
Its not too late to join. Please contact reception for pro rated discounts.
We care about your health. Classes are conducted In accordance with NSW Gov Health regulations. Fully Vaccinated teachers and students only until December 15th. Masks are no longer required during classes.
The Beginners Course is an Introduction to Iyengar Yoga. It is suitable for absolute beginners, anyone who is new to Iyengar Yoga or with only a little yoga experience, or recommencing yoga after a break.
Throughout the classes, your teacher will guide you with detailed attention. This considered introduction will set you up perfectly for a lifetime of practice in Iyengar Yoga.
If you want to attend more than one time per week see below for membership options
8-week beginners Yoga Course $158
1 in-studio class per week. (+1 optional on-line class)
There are 5 Beginners Iyengar yoga classes each week
Monday 7.30pm – Maria
Wednesday 5.30pm – Amanda
Friday 10.00am – Amanda
Saturday 11.00am – Michele
Sunday 4.00pm – Harriet
Sign up for either “KEEN” Beginner’s 8-week Memberships for an exhilerating experience (and great value)
2 in-studio classes per week
8 Week Membership
$66 per fortnight
That’s only $16.50 per class
‘Extremely Keen Beginner’
3 in-studio classes per week (+ 2 online)
8 Week Membership
$90 per fortnight
That’s only $15.00 per class
*Please be aware that this is an 8 week contract. You receive a discounted rate for classes in return commit to 4 payments over 8 weeks.
Make a start now if you are keen!
We are happy to chat and answer any questions you have about starting classes or the method of Iyengar Yoga.
Classes do fill up, and bookings are essential.
Gentle Beginners ( to resume in 2022!)
Suitable for those wanting to start a little more slowly, 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 to build confidence for more mature-aged people or those who are working with minor injuries or stiffness. Once your confidence, understanding and skill grows, you can venture into the other Introductory level classes.
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
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.
Equipment and clothing:
Equipment is provided for Beginner students, & those new to our school, 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.
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.