Classes

Want to do yoga?

If you are serious about starting yoga then send me a message via my blog and I will contact you.


Classes:

Queenswood: Monday & Wednesday – 17:30 -19:00

Capital Park: Tuesday (2017 Beginners Class) & Thursday – 17:30 – 19:00


Cost:

R300 for one class per week per month (Queenswood Class)
R300 for one class per week per month (Capital Park Class)

Two Classes Per Week Fee: R550


Venues:

Queenswood:

All classes are presented in the hall of the Liberal Catholic Church in Queenswood, Cnr 1232 Carter & Garret Streets, Queenswood, Pretoria, South Africa.

Capital Park:

Old Bowling Club, 317 Myburg Street, Capital Park (entrance is in Myburg Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues)


Styles of yoga 

Integral Hatha Yoga

For those who want to know what style of yoga I teach, here follows a short description of Integral Yoga and the path I follow:

People today choose to learn and do yoga as a form of fitness workout, or a means to lose weight. However, there are also lots of people who recognize the benefits that yoga brings not just to the body, but also to the mind and spirit. If you want to get a more mental and spiritual experience, Integral yoga is one of the types of yoga you should consider.

This yogic style uses breathing, asanas, and meditation as a way to elevate one’s level of consciousness and unite the self with the divine. This means Integral Yoga goes well and beyond the physical aspect of the practice; it teaches students to elevate their consciousness and connect with their inner being.

  • Who Can Do Integral Yoga

Anyone can do Integral Yoga because the poses are challenging, but not too physically demanding that the students would worry about the body’s alignment and being flexible enough to do bends and twists. And like other types of yoga, students are encouraged to move and perform the poses at their own pace. If you are interested in doing yoga and can set aside enough time to learn, practice, and meditate, you CAN do Integral Yoga.

  • Benefits of Integral Yoga

Integral Yoga is about connecting with your inner core. But this does not mean that the physical aspect of this yogic style is any less important than its spiritual and mental applications. Of course, you will still learn to do Integral yoga poses which effectively put you in a position, condition, or state that is conducive to breathing, meditating, and connecting with your psyche. The practice of Integral Yoga today greatly benefits those who are in need of stress relief and a sense of focus. By learning Integral Yoga, you are able to focus on the aspects of your being that you tend to neglect because you get consumed in life’s demands and daily routines.

 

Beginners Class (Foundation)

This class has been designed with the total beginner in mind, the flow of the class is slow and sympathetic and I take a lot of time to explain asanas. The asanas follow a specific order to develop flexibility, instill awareness and to slowly move you to greater understanding of your own limitations and where you are. I explain yoga philosophy at great length in this class and aspects such as the chakras, karma and reincarnation, yoga and religion and general yoga living is also discussed in this class.


Guidelines for Yogis
These basic guidelines are to help enhance your yoga practice and aid in creating a collective experience of the sacred.

  • No shoes in the practice area, please remove them at the door, but bring them in with you.
  • Absolutely never bring a cellphone into a class, if you have to please put it on vibrate or silent mode for emergencies.
  • Enter the yoga room in an attitude of mindfulness, in other words, your practice already starts at the door.
  • Please do not wear strong or heavy perfume or any scent. As we do breathing exercises in yoga it might irritate the nasal passages and lungs of other yogis and yourself.
  • Put yourself already in the right frame of mind by watching your words and thoughts about half an hour before you come to class.
  • It is recommended that you do not eat at least three hours before practice. If a special condition prevents this, eat easily digested foods, i.e. fruit or yogurt, one hour before class.
  • Arrive a few minutes early. Entering class constantly late is very disruptive and disrespectful to others, and also to your nervous system. If you do arrive a few minutes late, take a breath, unravel your mat outside, and then enter as slowly and quietly as you can. Consider being prompt as a part of your practice.
  • Abandon the competitive mind-set. Yoga is absolutely non-competitive. It is not just a “work out” or “cross-training” it is a spiritual practice which makes the body stronger, more flexible, and generally much healthier. Keep your eyes and mind on your own practice.
  • If you are the judgemental type, please try to leave this mindset at home as well, enter the class with compassion and love for and to all in your heart and mind.
  • Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Rest sometimes. “Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.” Remember: Wherever, whenever in our life we begin yoga is perfect. No experience or flexibility required. Only do what you can and know you own limitations.
  • Mention any pre-existing injury or special condition at the beginning of the class so that I can help you.
  • Please never enter or leave the studio when the class is in meditation, prayer, or final relaxation.
  • If you need to discuss any issues or challenges with me regarding your practice or your general life, I am available from 17h00 at the hall already for such discussions.
  • For the Ladies: If you are menstruating, please refrain from doing the inverted asanas, when we come to inversions and you are unable to do them, just lie back on your mat, I will understand.
  • If you cannot make a class on the designated day, you are welcome to attend on one of the other days or in the next week add another day to your schedule.
  • No weapons are allowed in the class – you are safe in my classes and you can leave your firearm and other weapons at home please.
  • Pregnant? You can still do yoga, please inform me so that I can adjust your practice.

Payment of Fees

  • The monthly fee for classes embraces all your activity and is the same for everyone, whether or not you are interested in or able to attend them all.
  • Your monthly fee is due on the first yoga day of each month, you pay in advance for the month.
  • Drop-in classes, pay-per-class and visitors are R120 per class.
  • If you do run into a financial difficulty, please discuss it with me and we can make other arrangements, but don’t stay away from class because you cannot afford it any longer.

On Holiday?

  • If you go on holiday, you are still responsible for paying for that month that you are away. You are welcome to make up the missed classes anywhere during the course of the year.
  • If you will be away for longer than a month, please make arrangements with me in advance in terms of a reduced fee payable to retain your place in the class.

If you are ill

  • If you have a cold or flu, please stay at home! The class is small and unfortunately you will spread the virus to everybody and we want to avoid that.
  • Illness longer than a month: If you are booked off yoga for longer than a month, please note that a reduced monthly fee of R200 is still payable to reserve you place in class. Surely you won’t be happy if you employer tells you he won’t pay you because you were ill?
  • Please share your illness with me, that way I can at least try to help with asana to speed up recovery when you are back in class.
  • Menstruating? It is not an illness and I expect you to come to class. If I know that you are menstruating I can add asanas to help ease the cramping and pains.

Looking forward to have you in my class. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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