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Amid the confusion of the modern world, there is a light in the center of all things.

- Yogi Bhajan

People start doing yoga for a variety of reasons. Some seek to improve their physical form, to alleviate back pain or other conditions, to reduce stress and depression, to loose weight. Some simply want to try out something new in their lives.

Whatever the reason for choosing yoga, you will notice the changes straight away. Perhaps you will feel full of energy. Perhaps you will sense inner tranquillity. Perhaps your eyes will shine and you will feel at ease! In any case yoga will bring pleasant changes into your life!

Please take a note of the following recommendations when preparing for your first yoga class:

  • Be at ease, stay open and enjoy the moment!
  • Listen to your senses and ... BREATHE!
  • Any pose should feel comfortable. Take a rest or continue with an alternative asana (pose) in case you feel any discomfort.
  • Don't compare yourself to others. Our strength, stamina and flexibility are individual!
  • Remember that your body does not feel the same everyday. So look into yourself and practice accordingly.
  • Speak to your instructor after the class in case you have any questions.
  • Join in even if you are late!
  • Please turn off your mobile phone before the class!
  • Yoga mats are for common use but you may bring your own.
  • Loose clothing made of natural materials is preferable. It is most comfortable to exercise barefoot.
  • We do not recommend exercising any sooner than 3 hours after a meal or at least 2 hours after a light meal.
  • Women are advised not to practice inverted asanas (poses) during menstruation.
  • In case you have a special medical condition, consult your doctor and inform your instructor prior to attending yoga classes. In most cases asanas can be adjusted, or you may wish to take on Gentle Yoga (See Timetable).


Yoga Myths

The lack of information often results in yoga being misunderstood, perceived as irrelevant or even terrifying. At times incorrect assumptions are made, some of which are listed below:

Myth 1
You have to be fit to do yoga.

You don't have to be in a particularly good shape to start doing yoga. Each person has individual abilities, so start practising just as you are! Through yoga you will make your body, your mind and your spirit more flexible.

Myth 2
Yoga is too easy.

Yoga is not just sitting around and contemplating. Yoga is the physical, the emotional and the spiritual challenge. It helps us to unite with our inner selves. To discover yoga is to discover yourself, to take responsibility for your actions, your lifestyle and your health. Yoga styles vary according to their specific purposes, so you can choose whichever works best for you. Some of these approaches may seem easier than others, but each of them offers a challenge. There is no single goal that you have to achieve by doing yoga. It is a process in which what you feel is more important than what you are able to do.

Myth 3
Yoga is boring.

Yoga is not boring. There is noting more interesting than observing your own mind. With the help of yoga and meditation your mind will open up for the renewed understanding of yourself and the world around you. You will learn to control your emotions in any situations by learning to control your breath. For those reasons for many of us yoga is our way of life.

Myth 4
Yoga is only meant for stress reduction

Yoga certainly has a calming effect. You will feel more relaxed even after the very first class. Yoga will also help to strengthen your muscles, deepen your breath, improve your sense of balance, develop your flexibility and even loose weight. Furthermore, yoga has therapeutic application and can be beneficial for a number of health conditions such as high or low blood pressure, indigestion or nervous disorders.

Myth 5

Yoga is a religion.

Yoga has Hindu roots, but it does not preach any religion. It is practiced all over the world by Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and people with other religious beliefs. Yoga welcomes everyone. Traditionally it stands for Unity, connecting the mind, the body and the soul, giving permanent sense of peace and happiness. Yoga influences both our consciousness and unconsciousness. It is within the reach of both the young and the old.