Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely, but that will also keep you modestly covered as you move your body through yoga poses.
Please avoid wearing perfume. Strong, lingering scents such as perfume can be an overbearing distraction and discomfort to other students during the practice of yoga, pranayama and meditation.
Avoid eating meals before yoga class.
Arrive 10 minutes prior to class so that you can settle in without disrupting class proceedings. Classes start on time. If you arrive quite early and find the door to the practice area closed, it simply means that the teacher is preparing for class. The door will open 10 minutes before class start time.
Please switch off your mobile phone and smart watches, or leave them in your car. Allow yourself & others the peace to quietly turn inwards.
All classes are done barefoot, and the practice area is a shoe free zone so please remove your shoes before entering.
The Lounge is a fully equipped studio however you are welcome to use your own well-loved mat if you prefer.
Please honor the quiet space of the Lounge while preparing for and settling into class by moving quietly and using a hushed voice as others may have moved into meditation or deep relaxation before class commences.
Upon arrival to class be sure to sign in at the registration desk, and advise your teacher before class if you have any postural concerns, injuries or medical conditions to be considered during your practice.
Yoga classes at the Lounge include pranayama (breathing practices) & meditation, and conclude with relaxation.
Respect the limitations of your body by working around its weaknesses and restrictions, never forcing a stretch or posture.
You may like to bring a water bottle. An open heart, open mind, & smiles are also always welcome!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'M A BEGINNER. WHAT CLASS IS BEST FOR ME? All of our classes accomodate beginners and are taught with gentle guiding dialogue and instruction so you're not going to be left in the lurch wondering what to do! You're encouraged to try the different styles on offer as each has its own feel, intention, and benefit. What are you looking for within your yoga practice? If you've read the class descriptions and are still uncertain about which class to attend, feel free to give Lisa a call and ask for guidance. Your queries are always welcome. (We also offer Beginner Workshops from time to time. While not a prerequisite for attending classes at the Lounge, these sessions do provide a fabulous opportunity to learn the foundations of practice, and can ease any anxiety that you may be experiencing about starting a new and unfamiliar yoga journey. Keep your eye out for these under our events section or in newsletters).
I HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE. WILL I BE ABLE TO KEEP UP? During all yoga classes you are encouraged respect your own limitations and participate at your own level rather than trying to 'keep up' with anyone else around you. You will be completely guided and carefully instructed so that you can honor your body and your own needs. Yoga at the Lounge isn't about what you can or can't do, it's who you become in your practice. And remember, everyone who does yoga was once someone who hadn't. Everyone has to start somewhere!
I AM NOT VERY FLEXIBLE. WILL I BE ABLE TO DO YOGA? Absolutely - in fact it makes you the perfect candidate! Yoga is for 'everybody' and is one of the best ways to bring mobility to the body. Where flexibility is restricted, props (bolsters, blankets, blocks, & straps) are often used to modify postures. Remember, yoga is not just a physical practice or else it would just be exercise! There is the element of something deeper going on ..and this is lies beyond what your body can or can't do!
HOW DOES THE LOUNGE OFFER SUCH GREAT PRICING? We operate using an online-booking system only. This means all students are responsible for self-managing their pass purchases and bookings online. This offers some administration relief at our end, with the added benefit that you have full access to all of your pass and class information and history, which many students find most helpful. It does also mean however, that we do not accept attendance without a booking.
DO I HAVE TO BOOK CLASSES? Yes. You will need to reserve your spot in class and have a valid pass prior to attendance. We do not offer drop-in classes.
CAN I REQUEST A SPOT IN CLASS BY PHONE OR EMAIL? No, reservations can only be made online via your student account.
HOW DO I PAY FOR CLASSES? Payments are made online in advance. (In-studio and bank transfer transactions are not available).
DO I HAVE TO CANCEL MY RESERVATION? Yes. If you are unable to attend class you are required to cancel your reservation at least 2 hours prior to class start time via your online student account. Cancellations are not accepted by phone, email or text.
WHAT IF I DON'T CANCEL MY CLASS IN TIME? You will present in our system as a 'no show' and will be charged full class rate. (In all circumstances, the class will be deducted from your pass).
I HAVE AN INJURY OR POSTURAL CONCERN. WILL THIS IMPAIR MY ABILITY TO DO YOGA? Injuries don't necessarily mean you have to stop your practice of yoga. In some instances, yoga practice can be adapted to work around your injury. Consult your physician prior to commencement, and feel free to also contact the studio to discuss your particular concerns. Be sure to let the teacher know about any illness, injury or postural concerns before class begins. Keep in mind that during yoga its important to work 'around' injuries rather than 'pushing through' them.
I AM PREGNANT. CAN I ATTEND REGULAR YOGA CLASSES? Yoga is a fabulous aid to a wonderful pregnancy experience, however not all classes at the Lounge are suitable during pregnancy. For more information about yoga during pregnancy at the Lounge, click here. For new students, we require that you are past your first trimester before attending the appropriate classes.
CAN MY CHILD ATTEND CLASSES WITH ME? Participants must be 16 years or over to attend regular classes.
WHY DO ONLINE PURCHASES INCUR PROCESSING FEES? For each transaction made through the online store the studio is charged a transaction fee. Keeping our studio pricing low, we are unable to absorb these fees.
CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT VOUCHER FOR SOMEONE? Yes absolutely! Just contact the office to arrange this.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA? In a nutshell, yoga gives us the opportunity to nurture our inner & outer being. It encourages peace amidst the noise & haste of life. It nurtures the physical, calms the emotional, and quietens the mental state, bringing a sense of balance and well being into our lives.