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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Iyengar yoga?

One of the most respected methods in the world today, considered unique for its approach it focuses on the correct precision and alignment of the body. The Institute in Pune, India, founded by B.K.S Iyengar still has input into the training of our teachers, who spend many years working to rigorously high standards to ensure their own practice and teaching ability meet the exacting requirements of the Iyengar method.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Through the practice of postures (asanas) the body is taught to open, extend and lengthen. This helps to improve breathing, circulation and bodily functions.

Through regular practice students find that they gain strength and agility as well as enhancing both physical and mental well being.

What should I expect?

At the beginning of each class there is a settling time, the class will then proceed through a combination of demonstration and instruction. Our teachers are experienced and fully qualified to help students with their progress. They may verbally instruct or give physical adjustments with the use of props such as blankets, bolsters, belts or chairs.

What should I wear?

Something comfortable, like a T-shirt and shorts, or leggings – yoga is always taught in barefeet.

What do I need to bring?

@studio. Our studio is fully equipped. However, since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, we ask that each student who attends an @studio class brings their own mat, yoga belt, four foam pads and a blanket. We sell this equipment at the centre if you do not already have your own. On your first few visits, you are welcome to borrow these items from the centre.

@home. For those working @home, you can generally make do with a mat. If you can find them, a tie or rope, a kitchen or dining chair and a couple of clean, rectangular washing up bowls may come in handy.

Can I eat before class?

Try to give a heavy meal about 4 hours to digest before class, or a couple of hours for a snack or drink.

Will it help with stress levels?

Restoring balance – stress related illnesses can interrupt the body’s balance – an overload on the nervous system leaves many people feeling stripped of vitality. Yoga has all the components which help with many physical and mental conditions alongside reducing anxiety and muscular tension. With regular practice people experience positive results.

Through regular practice both the circulatory and

respiratory systems become healthier and the body is better prepared to fight off diseases.

What if I have any injuries or health concerns?

Yoga can improve many conditions. It is always best to advise your teacher of any health concerns you may have. Iyengar yoga teachers are trained to modify and suggest alternative postures to enable you to practice safely. STANDARD CLASSES ARE GENERALLY NOT APPROPRIATE FOR PREGNANCY.

If you have been coming to class regularly and you become pregnant, please talk to your teacher as soon as possible.

Ladies menstruation

Ladies need to advise their teacher when menstruating so that suitable poses can be applied.

How do I start?

Register online and we will offer you a free trial class from our virtual timetable – Click here

What are@studio classes?

@studio classes take place in the studio, face to face with a teacher. Spaces are very limited so you need to book early, free trials do not apply to these classes and they are non-refundable. All @studio classes may be filmed although the camera is focused on the teacher not the students.

What are @home classes?

@home classes take place in your home and are taught virtually by our teachers. There are two options:

LiveStream – New students from all levels of experience are welcome to attend these class as a Free Trial.

If you have booked a virtual class and have since found you are unable to attend – Our cancellation option operates up to an hour before class begins (go to your booking page).

LiveStream classes can be booked from the Timetable, it is best to give yourself some time to set up before class begins. Half an hour before class begins the “Join Now” link will appear on your Booking area. Click this link and it will take you to the Zoom page on your web browser. Click on the “open zoom.us” pop-up button and after a few moments you will see a notification telling you that the host knows you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting shortly.

You may require a few of checks regarding your video, microphone and speakers and then you will be ready to start. The LiveStream classes give you the opportunity to talk to your teacher and other students.

You don’t need a lot of space – just have your device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone), positioned so the camera gets as much of your body in as possible.

The teacher can see everyone in the class and will give individual instruction where necessary – just like in a real class!

Library – (pre-recorded)  classes are accessible to all levels of experience. Classes are updated weekly and Specialist classes and courses are available on this platform. Standard class are eligible for Free Trials but are non-refundable once bought.

To book your @home Library class, go into the Library and select Standard Classes (or Specialist Classes or Courses) . Choose your level and your class. Click on the link and then go to your Dashboard. You will see a

“Watch Now”notification next to the class you have chosen. Click on this to access your class. The Standard pre-recorded video classes in the Library run without any breaks (for collecting equipment or adjustments) so we have kept them to approximately 50 minutes.

How Can I Pay?

Payment options are flexible either pay online or at the studio. Buy one class at a time, or use our Top-up system for generous discounts.

Prices

Please view our prices page.

Parking

There are several carparks nearby – These are some of the best options (below).
  • Sainsbury’s is free for 3 hours (purchasing necessary).
  • The chequers, accessed via Kings street is £1 after 4pm
  • Street parking in Kings Street  ME14 1BG – Meter until 6pm and then free.  The bays can be found infront of shop units (mainly estate agents) Galleon House

In the event of bad weather

For @studio and LiveStream classes, please check the calendar for weather updates, found at the bottom of the page.

What precautions take place in the @studio classes?

  • The number of students in @studio classes is limited to ensure appropriate social distancing during class.
  • Anyone who is unwell is asked not to attend class.
  • The reception area is large and students are admitted into the centre two at a
  • Everyone is required to wash their hands on entry and before
  • Students are asked to bring their own mats and a small prop kit, 1x belt 4x foam pads 1x blanket 1x mat. These can be other bought or borrowed from the centre.
  • The studio, (including handles, switches etc) and common areas are thoroughly cleaned between classes.
  • Remember due to the limited spaces in the studio – Classes remain un-refundable.

I did yoga before but having been taught by Maidstone Yoga Centre teachers for a couple of years now, I feel much stronger both physically and mentally. I love the level of precision, encouragement and warmth that I get here. It’s a real privilege to be taught by you all and I feel truly grateful after every class.

AO

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