Do I have to book a yoga class or can I just turn up?

Yes you will need to book before you come to class. This is especially important for the busier classes otherwise you may leave disappointed. To book is easy and can be done with a phone call to our reception team on 9997 2121, by email info@yoga&healthfoundation.com.au or by downloading the super easy to use mindbodyconnect app.

If you can’t make it to class after all simply unbook yourself BEFORE the class starts the same way you booked in.

Do I need to bring my own mat or equipment?

No, everything is supplied in both studios including super high quality natural mats, cotton bolsters, straps, blocks and meditation cushions. All you need to bring is yourself.

Can I Do Yoga Even Though I Am Not Flexible?

Absolutely! Yoga is for every body on the planet. Don’t let the cover of Yoga Journal fool you. The less flexible you are often the more stable you are, and also the more you will enjoy seeing your body unfold. Not doing yoga because you aren’t flexible is like not having a bath because you are dirty.

We run a special class for those will a stiffer constitution – Mondays 5.15 with Anne Procee

My first yoga class – what should I bring?

We provide all of the equipment you will need, including yoga mats, so the main thing to bring with you is a water bottle for filling up from our filtered water system. If you prefer to use your own mat you can buy one from our colourful range of eco mats, or feel free to bring one along with you.

Where should I start?

Choose any Level 1,  ‘beginner friendly’ or ‘all levels’ class on the timetable that suits your schedule and book yourself in for the class over the phone, thru the mindbodyconnect app or online. Not all classes suit all students, so the best thing to do is to try out some different teachers and styles to help you to decide which classes are just right for you.

Can I practice yoga during my period?

During a woman’s menstrual flow blood is leaving the body with gravity and yoga is a wonderful support for this process. If you suffer from premenstrual discomfort most practicing yogis find getting on the mat better than a Ponstan or a Panadol however it is considered unwise to disturb this important process by inverting the body into handstands, shoulder stands or other upside-down poses. Downward dog is appropriate but full head stand, shoulder stand or handstands are contra indicated. Another caution is for deep twisting poses which can interrupt the elimination and letting go of the uterus.  Overall many women feel less energy during menstruation and this time of conservation can be respected by opting for a gentler style of class or giving yourself permission to slow down and be gentler as you practice in your usual sessions.

Can Men Do Yoga?

Although in the west yoga is attended by more women than men, it was traditionally male dominated. Many men love the stronger aspects offered by asana practice as an entry point to their practice. With different bodies and biological experiences to women, men’s experience on the mat is often described as a wonderful coming home.

Will Doing Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

The quick answer is yes. The long answer involves attention to nutrition and lifestyle.

Eating before and after a Yoga class

Two hours after you eat is generally when you have an empty stomach and it’s okay to practice yoga. If you are starving and want to practice yoga but need some nourishment it’s fine to eat a banana or have a little juice to sustain you through the practice. After you practice I would wait 30 minutes for your body to reacclimatize and then eat. This way your body won’t go into food shock
If your pregnant it can help you avoid head spins in class if you have a little something before practice.

Is Yoga a Religion?

This is more of a question about the difference between religion and spirituality. No, in a word, Yoga is not a religion but it does have deep spiritual roots and spiritual awareness is at its core. Spirituality, unlike religion is not something you learn it is something you discover – if you want to. Yoga can be practiced as a purely physical science, we call this asana.

Is Yoga Just Stretching?

Yoga has the reputation of being all about a good stretch and it does have that lovely quality of wellbeing that comes after a big stretch however the aim of the teacher is to help you find length (different to stretch) with stability and strength in the right places, and softness and release elsewhere.

Will Doing Yoga make my muscles Sore?

Just as with any new exercise you undertake there may be an experience of muscle soreness after a session of Yoga. Nothing to be afraid of, usually a good walk will wash it away.

How often should I practice to have the best results?

When your first starting out try going twice a week then after one month start going three times per week. If you end up going 5-6 days a week (which is awesome) make sure you always have at least one day off so your body can recuperate. Also if you are practicing yoga almost everyday its good idea to mix up the style (i.e. Vinyasana one day, gentle the next…)

Can I Do Yoga at Home?

Home practice is as valuable to me as the air I breathe and in my opinion is essential to all aspiring Yogis. However it’s hard to know what to do and what not to do. A private session with one of our teachers will enable you to have a suitable home practice prepared just for you.

What are the yoga therapy clinics and is booking required?

The injury clinic is a one on one yoga program specific for illness and injury and bookings are required for these sessions. Yoga therapy is Yoga at its purest. An initial session will need up to 90 minutes where we assess the injury and the physical alignment and posture of the body. From this a personal yoga practice is put together for you to do at home as part of your rehabilitation, strengthening or stress management. Usually there is a follow up session of an hour in the following week or 2 to redo and review the asana practice and revise it if necessary.

What are Natural Therapies?

Natural Therapy and Complementary medicine are the terms used to describe therapeutic and diagnostic approaches that are outside of the conventional treatment models. The can be used independently or as a compliment to treatments from your GP.

What are the Natural Therapy fees?

All the information about the fees charged by each of the practitioners is available from the receptionists at the front desk. They do vary depending on the type of service, the length of the appointment and the treatment plan that may be in place for each individual case. The consultation/treatment fees do not include other charges such as remedies, herbal medicines or supplements.

Unless otherwise organized full payment is required at the time of the consultation. Cash, credit card facilities (Visa & MasterCard) and EFTPOS are available. We have a Hicaps machine so that we can process your healthcare rebates on the spot for massage, acupuncture and naturopathy from the private health funds that offer that service.

If you are financially disadvantaged please discuss this with your practitioner as discount fees may be available.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Cancellation within 48 hours of your appointment with Linda Rysenbry will result in a cancellation fee.  This additional time is required to allow other couples to make necessary arrangements to fill your appointment time.

For other cancellations, please do check with reception.  The minimum time required by your practitioner to avoid a cancellation fee as it will be charged in cases where cancellation occurs within 24hrs of the appointment.

 

How do I choose which practitioner to see?

You will get the best results from your natural therapies treatment if you consult a practitioner with whom you have a strong rapport, so take your time to read about each practitioner and choose the one who’s bio resonates the most for you. You may want to read about them in different places (eg NTpages, Facebook) to get a feel for their special interests in practice, their approach to healing and to learn a little about who they are prior to booking your appointment.

Are my medical records kept confidential?

Your records are treated with the upmost respect and confidentiality. We have a centralised record system which means all practitioners keep their information in one place. This makes it easier to coordinate your care and easier for us to keep it securely.

Under no circumstances will your information be released to anyone without your prior written consent.

Where should I park?

Free undercover parking for up to 3 hours is available underneath Woolworths in Park Street, alternatively on-street parking is available with time limits sign-posted. The other easy place is a short walk away at Kitchener park where free all day parking is available.