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.
All students are required to complete a Registration Form before participation in classes. You can print and return it to us prior to attending, or alternatively if you prefer, you can complete a form at the Lounge when you arrive.
Please switch off your mobile phone or leave it 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 Note: The current covid-safe plan means use of studio props is restricted and you are encouraged to bring your own mat to class).
No EFTPOS facilities are available at the studio.
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? There are lots of class options for beginners and you're encouraged to try the different styles on offer as each has its own feel, intention, and benefit. We'll look after you and guide you at all times. You're not going to be left in the lurch wondering what to do! All of our classes are taught with gentle guiding dialogue and instruction. Check out the class descriptions and if you're still not sure, just contact Lisa in the office for some advice. (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).
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. You . 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!
DO I HAVE TO BOOK INTO CLASSES? Yes. Due to covid social distancing requirements class sizes have been decreased and you will need to reserve your spot in class and have a valid pass prior to attendance.
CAN I REQUEST A SPOT IN CLASS BY PHONE OR EMAIL? No, reservations can only be made via the Live Schedule.
HOW DO I PAY? Payment can be made via the online storeor by bank transfer. Ask your teacher or contact us for bank account details. There are no EFTPOS facilities at the Lounge.
CAN I RESERVE MY SPOT AND PAY WHEN I ARRIVE? No, you will need to pre-purchase your pass.
WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE PAYING ONLINE? While we prefer to minimise the handing of cash, it is possible to make a cash payment whilst in attendance at a class for other future classes. Any long standing students who have been paying cash prior to covid-19 closure may be able to continue to pay cash with prior arrangement. Just contact us to arrange this.
CAN I 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 the link sent to you at the time of reservation. Cancellations aren't accepted by phone, email or text.
CLASS IS FULL. WILL YOU BE ABLE TO FIT ME IN? Once a class has reached capacity there will be no more bookings. It is recommended you try to reserve your spot again within 2 hours of class start time. You never know if someone has had to cancel.
I HAVE AN INJURY OR POSTURAL CONCERN. WILL THIS IMPAIR MY ABILITY TO DO YOGA? Injuries do not necessarily mean we have to stop our practice of yoga. In most situations, yoga practice can be adapted to work around your injury. If you are uncertain, 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 so that postures can be modified to suit your needs. During yoga its important to work 'around' injuries rather than 'pushing through' them. Remember to discuss it with your teacher.
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 14 years or over to attend regular classes.
MY PASS HAS EXPIRED AND I STILL HAVE CLASSES LEFT. CAN I USE THEM? It is your responsibility to attend classes before your pass expires as extensions & credits are not given for any unattended classes. Expiry dates on class passes are final. See Cancellation & Refund Policy >
WHY DO ONLINE PURCHASES INCUR PROCESSING FEES? For each PayPal transaction made through the Online Store the studio is charged a varying transaction fee dependent on the total of the purchase. We are unable to absorb these fees. To avoid this fee you are more than welcome to make payment by bank deposit.
DO I HAVE TO BOOK INTO SPECIAL EVENTS SUCH AS TERM CLASSES, COURSES OR WORKSHOPS? Yes, this provides us with definite numbers of attendance. (If you just turn up without prior booking you may find the session already fully booked, or alternatively if numbers are insufficient to run an event you may turn up and actually find the studio closed!). This is for your own assurance and to aid us in preparation of these sessions.
I HAVE BEEN ATTENDING YOGA ELSEWHERE. WHICH CLASS AT THE LOUNGE IS BEST SUITED FOR ME? An important consideration is the style of class you have been previously attending, and the style of class you are wanting to attend. 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.
CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT VOUCHER FOR SOMEONE? Yes absolutely! Just contact the office to arrange this.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA? 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.