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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Yoga at the Hervey Bay School of Yoga different?
At the Hervey Bay School of Yoga students learn, study and practice asana (postures).  These are different 'modes' of practice that teach people to meditate within action.

Students learn asana to awaken the energy and intelligence of the physical body.
The 'learning mode' is applied to broaden our repertoire of asana and to develop a range of techniques for accessing more difficult asana.

Students study asana to recognize the link between the mind, emotions and breath.
The ‘studying mode’ is the process of refining our perception. We re-cognise asana as we discern the center of gravity, directions of extension and our capacity to access the asana without pushing, grasping, shrinking or collapsing into our habits.

Students practice asana to discipline the mind and habituate it to stillness and silence.
In the 'practice mode' we work with asana that we are competent in. We apply repetition and timings to achieve what Prashant Iyengar would call "effortless effort".

With repetition and methodical discipline we re-view and realign our perspective of experience to gain accuracy and clarity of perception. This approach to teaching/learning holds alignment with classical yoga where the body is trained to become an instrument of meditation and enlightenment.

What should I wear?
Elastic waist pants: either shorts or tights. Tights must fit the legs firmly so that knee and ankle joints can be seen clearly. Wear a T’shirt or singlet that is close fitting so that it does not flap about. No midrift shirts thank you. The shorts that teachers wear are a pattern from India which allow easy movement of legs and rather than tights these shorts make it easier to feel the skin and structure of the leg muscle.  Locally one of our students makes these shorts. Download PDF to order. 

Do I need to bring anything?
The school has a fully equipped studio including mats, blankets, bolsters, belts and blocks.

Can I practice yoga when I am pregnant?
Yes though if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant contact the school for advice on what class times will be most suitable for you to attend.

Do I eat before coming to class?
It is best not to eat for between 2 and 3 hours before yoga practice. There are some asana like the twisting poses that will make you feel nauseous if you eat before doing them. Additionally the digestive process draws energy away from the functioning of the arms and legs so if you make the arms and legs work just after eating the digestive process is less effective. The effects of asana practice upon the systems of the body are more profound when we practice on an empty stomach.

What is asana?
Asana is a Sanskrit word that means posture. The postures work upon the physical body to massage glands, organs and to stimulate circulation, improve the nervous system, strengthen bones, release tight muscles and to bring stability and balance. Asana is one of the 8 disciplines of Yoga. Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara are 3 of the 8 disciplines that together comprise the means of achieving the outcome of Yoga, which is inner peace through wisdom and understanding. At our school students learn, study and practice asana to integrate these 3 disciplines.

Why are there levels of experience?
People naturally differ in their degree of flexibility and physical health. People also differ in their capacity to commit themselves to disciplined activities. The way classes and courses are taught takes these differences in to consideration. Students of Yoga may have significant physical limitations and yet have excellent personal perception and during practice demonstrate high levels of emotional and physical intelligence and accountability.

Can I attend if I have an injury or illness?
Yes. Depending on your situation most often an introductory level class will be be okay, however we periodically run specialist class for people living with injury, illness and/or chronic pain. Yoga is not a substitute treatment for injury or illness. Yoga is an effective support to people with health complaints and injuries. Through a practice of yoga we learn to stay present to the conditions of the body and to respond with sensitivity to the presenting issues. This process is a profound support to us as we recover or live with serious injuries or conditions. It takes dedicated practice to achieve and sustain remedial effects through yoga.   It is this capacity to change our responses that brings the “remedial” quality to our practice. Through attending our specialist program of classes for people living with illness, injury and/or pain,  students learn to build a routine of home practice.  Contact the office for discussion about your situation.  It may be that you can engage Polly for a private assessment to determine the best course of action.

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Phone 07 4124 6878
Email office@herveybayyoga.com.au
Address Level 1, 54 Torquay Road, Pialba, Hervey Bay
ABN 902 416 74 270


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