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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend if I have an injury or illness?
Yoga is not a substitute treatment for injury or illness. Yoga is an effective support to people with health complaints and injuries. People with significant injuries or illness are strongly encouraged to work with other professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat their conditions.

Only students with an established practice of yoga (3 times per week x 2 hours) will develop a capacity to work remedially with injury or illness because their practice equips them to do so. Through practice 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 hours of dedicated practice to achieve and sustain remedial effects through yoga.

If you suffer from injury or illness that significantly affect the quality of your day to day life it is important that you contact the school before attending class. You will be encouraged to attend a remedial workshop. You may also be referred for a private assessment. After attending a remedial workshop students are eligible to participate in a 5 week remedial course. During the course personal practice sequences and asana modifications are developed for each student. Ongoing attendance within this course requires that a student establish a routine of home practice.

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.

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.

Are Yoga and meditation the same?
Meditation in yoga is known as Dhyana. It is the seventh of eight disciplines (limbs or astangas) of Yoga. Mediation makes it possible for the mind to be free of its habitual wanderings and prejudice. In the space between the rise and fall of thoughts that is created through meditation, wisdom and understanding can arise. This is the goal of Yoga.

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.

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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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