Frequently Asked Questions

And their answers
Why I should come to your classes?

Our studio is centrally located in in Sydney; convenient to get to, yet an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside. Ambience is important to us, and our teachers are well qualified and professional members of Yoga Australia, Yoga Alliance or some other equivalent professional body.  They watch out for your safety.  Every class includes yoga breathing, meditation, relaxation, and kirtan.

Do I have to be flexible to do the classes?

No. Flexibility is something that is acquired through the regular practise of yoga, so we do not expect you to be flexible in the beginning.

If I have injuries, can I do yoga asanas?

If you have injuries, it will be wise to consult your GP or a health care professional before you take up the practice of yoga, as you can injure yourself further if you do not take the necessary precautions.

Can I come to your classes if I am pregnant?

Our studio does not offer classes to pregnant women at this time

Where exactly is your studio located?

Our yoga studio is right opposite Mountain Street in Ultimo.  There is sign with our name on it outside the entrance, and the stairs at the entrance lead you down to our studio, next to a print shop.  We are also about two doors away from Broadway gym.

Can elderly people and disabled people come to your studio?

Elderly people with no disability can come, but unfortunately at this time we do not have wheelchair access.

Where can I park?

You can park in the Broadway Shopping Centre, which is not far from us.  This gives you two hours free parking there.  There are also one and two hour spots in the side streets behind our studio.  If you are coming for an all day event at our studio, we advise you to take public transport, as parking can be a bit tricky, especially on Saturdays.  We are one stop away on the buses from Central Station, or a 15 minute walk from Central Station.

Do I need to book a class?

If it is a donation class or a morning class there is no need to book, but if it is an evening class we advise you to book beforehand as our evening classes can get full.

What style of yoga do you offer?

The yoga asanas taught at our school are an mix of flowing sequences and static hatha yoga poses which focus on being safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Most of our teachers have taken their training through Veda Yoga Training.

Is there any studio etiquette I should be aware of?

Please come 15 minutes early when you come to our studio for the first time.  This will enable you to complete our exercise safety questionaire, which is compulsory before you can start practising at our studio.

What is kirtan meditation?

Kirtan is the beautiful, heartfelt singing of sacred mantras, accompanied by musical instruments like harmonium, guitar and drums. Kirtan is usually practised as a call and response, with one person leading the singing, and everyone else joining in and repeating. Participation in kirtan focuses the mind very easily and naturally on the beautiful spiritual sound vibrations, which have the effect of reawakening one’s spiritual consciousness.

Kirtan lifts the spirit and brings joy to the heart. Our kirtan meditation is donation based and runs in our centre on Friday nights starting at 7pm and Sunday nights at 5pm. All are welcome; light refreshments are served.

What do I bring to meditation?

Just yourself. Everything else is provided for you. We also sell japa meditation beads for $5 so you can do this yourself at home.

Can I practice at home?

Yes. You can practice kirtan meditation with your family or friends. Kirtan is usually practised with more than one person.

Can meditation help me sleep better and relax better?

Yes, meditation is soothing and relaxing and can help relieve stress and anxiety.

What is deep peace meditation<sup>TM</sup>?

This is a type of meditation that is unique to ASMY.  Deep peace meditationTM consists of a guided relaxation session to relieve tension from the body,  breathing techniques to calm the mind, and japa meditation to bring a deeper spiritual awareness.  This class brings one to a point of complete deep peace.

What is the difference between kirtan and deep peace meditation<sup>TM</sup>?

Deep peace meditationTM is a quieter type of meditation class involving full relaxation of the body, breathing techniques, and japa meditation.  Kirtan involves many musical instruments and styles of music. Kirtan meditation can sometimes be a lively type of meditation with people standing, swaying, and dancing.

How long are the classes and what is the cost?

Deep peace meditationTM class runs for 45 minutes, and kirtan meditation can be one or two hours depending on which session you attend. These classes run by donation; usually around $5 per class is suggested. Meditation two-part courses or workshops charge $20 to cover the cost of the meditation kit provided.

Can I bring my children to meditation?

Children are welcome to come to kirtan meditation, but for deep peace meditationTM, children need to be quiet and supervised so as to not disturb others.

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