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Find answers to most of your questions here. If you need to ask something specific then please email:

How do you pronounce Maitri?

Maitri like 'my tree' or to rhyme with 'chai tea'. No doubt a fluent Sanksrit speaker would be able to tell it's not quite accurate, but for our purposes this will suffice!

Where can I get a timetable of classes?

All the classes and events are listed on our calendar. Each month we put these in a pdf document which you can download and print (below)

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I'm a beginner to yoga. What's a suitable class?

Any of the classes labelled beginners, general or mixed level are suitable. The most important is finding a teacher and a time that suit you, and encourage you to keep going with your practice! Really the only classes to avoid are those marked 'improvers' or 'intermediate'. If you're in any doubt, contact the class teacher directly. **Please always check the calendar**

If you want a specific beginners course or classes then Monday 7.30pm with Rachel, Tuesday 5.45pm with Tom, Tuesday 6pm with Andrew, Wednesday 6pm with Rachel, Wednesday 6pm gentle with Claire, or Saturday 11.30am with Steven are your options.

The next introduction to Iyengar yoga course is with Maura starting on 12 October.

Keep an eye on the events page for specific upcoming beginners courses, but it is not a requirement to do a course before coming along to another class. For a description of Iyengar yoga class levels in particular, read this short article.

The daytime classes are generally more gentle: Monday 10am with Valerie, Tuesday 10am with Claire or 11.30am with Susan, Wed 10am with Susan, and Thursday 10am with Claire. This is also true of evening yoga Wednesday 8.30pm with Nidhi, Relax & Unwind yoga with Lisa Thursday 6.15pm and yin yoga with Patricia or Danielle.

If you want a more fitness-based higher intensity class then Eva's Core Yoga is for you (Wed 5.45pm and Fri 7.15am) or Tracy on Mondays 6pm.

At the weekend there's Nidhi with Ashtanga 9.45am or Steven with Jivamukti yoga at 11.30am on Saturdays and Sunday yin yoga with Patricia.

How much is a class?

Classes cost different amounts according the length of class and experience of the teacher, and because the teachers are freelance and set their own prices. In general drop-in prices range from £6-9 and block booking £5-7.50. Check the page of the teacher whose class you wish to attend. Aerial yoga is £12 as places are limited to just 8 per class. There are Iyengar 10-class passes available for £75 (£65 concession) which are valid for three months.

I want to do Pilates - what classes are there?

We have two teachers at Maitri Studio teaching Pilates, all mat-based. You need to contact them directly to book. Look up their instructor pages for more information:

- Christine Monday 6.15pm (classical Pilates) - new class will start Tuesday evenings in 2020

- Aimee Sunday 9.15am and 10.30am (mat Pilates)

What is disabled access like at Maitri Studio?

We are tenants in the building and therefore many issues around disability access are beyond our control. If you have particular requirements for accessibility please contact us or your teacher before the class to check. We have done what we have been able to and show all of this in the linked document.

The ground floor is accessible for many people with a disability or disabilities. There is a ramp available if the step is not manageable. The ramp is 30.5" wide and has a gradient of 5" rise over 19". There is a downstairs toilet with accessible fittings. The Sunflower room (downstairs) and the toilet have doors measuring 31" across. The toilet cubicle dimensions are 48" x 65". There are two banister rails on either side of the stairs for access to the upstairs rooms Maple, Lotus and Lily but no lift.

More details and photographs are available in the pdf. We can provide floor plans on request.

Please note, there is currently no disabled parking bay or sloped kerb outside Maitri Studio. We have asked Roads Service to investigate this and work is underway.

Do I need to bring my own yoga mat or other equipment?

Many people prefer to bring their own mats for hygiene reasons or because they have a favourite mat! We have plenty of spares though and we wipe them down with mat spray after class too.

How do I use Tula Software to register for classes?

We are encouraging people on the Iyengar yoga single, 10-class passes and occasional course passes to register for the class they wish to attend, to avoid overbooking. We use a studio management system called Tula. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, the Tula Software app is free on the App Store. If you're on android or non-Apple computer then you can access Tula through your browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE etc) at

The easiest way is to visit our classes page and look at the calendar. At the top right you will see an option to log in/create account. If you click on that a pop-up window appears and you can claim your account. It will request a password - if you do not have one yet then click the forgot password button. It may be that we have entered your email address manually which means you're on the system but with no password set. Once that's all set up then you can go in to Maitri Studio on Tula any time and register for classes.

For some classes you can only register if you have credits, that is active class passes you've already bought. If you've run out, you can buy more, either when you're logged in on Tula, or from our classes page.

You can also de-register from a class if you find you can no longer attend for any reason.

At the moment we only use this system for the Iyengar classes with Claire, Maura, Andrew, Rachel and Louise and occasional workshops, but we may add more in future. You can also access the system from Claire's own page, also through her calendar page or by buying passes.

What should I wear?

In general for physical classes (yoga, pilates, dance etc) you should wear something comfortable and easy to move in, for example leggings or shorts with a t-shirt. It's good to have a warm top for the relaxation at the end.

Check for modesty to avoid embarrassment. Fashion leggings are often very thin and see-through when stretched...check in a mirror or ask a good friend! Men will often wear cycle or similar lycra shorts under looser fitting shorts.

Tracksuit trousers are fine but check they are not too long and you could trip over them (we've seen it happen)!

Do you teach pranayama?

Most teachers will include some level of pranayama (breath practices) in their regular classes. Ask your teacher. Claire runs a monthly pranayama class on Sunday mornings 9-10.15am: check her calendar for dates.

Is there a studio etiquette?

Yes, please read our welcome note below .

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Do you have studio membership?

At the moment we do not have studio membership. This is because the teachers are freelance and rent rooms from Maitri Studio, then arrange their own classes, prices and booking. So you need to contact the individual teacher to book your class or event.

We do have a 10-class pass system for Iyengar yoga, which is valid for classes with Claire, Rachel, Louise, Andrew and Maura. It is valid for three months.

Occasionally we host visiting teachers and will organise payment through us, but that will be made clear on the event description.

Where do I park? Which bus stops nearby?

There is free on-street parking on The Mount, Castlereagh St and nearby roads. During the day it can get busy as commuters also park here before walking into town, but there's usually somewhere. In the evenings and at weekends it's fine. The car park for The Mount Conference Centre is for people using their facilities only. The attached map shows the bus stops for Metro services 4, 5 and 6 which all stop nearby, and the new glider also stops almost outside the door.

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I have a health issue, what should I do?

You must notify your teacher of any health issue which may affect your ability to participate in class. If you buy passes through the Tula Software on the Maitri Studio website, you will be asked to sign up to the data agreement and health waiver automatically.

I want to practice at home - do you recommend online resources?

There are so many online resources it is hard to know where to start. As most of us are Iyengar yogis we use the following:

> YogaVastu- online classes and articles about the principles behind the practice

> YogaSelection - online classes for all levels

> YogaJournal - covers many different styles of yoga with some good online videos and written explanations

> RoadsToBliss youtube channel - classes and interviews with Iyengar teachers around the world

Do you have classes in other languages?

We are lucky to have teachers offering classes in foreign languages.

Ania teaches kids and yin yoga in Polish.

Tomek teaches in English but is Polish so can translate if you're struggling to understand.

Amandine offers occasional yoga workshops in French.

Maggie teaches in Cantonese.

What is your policy on direct selling and/or network marketing?

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What is your General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policy?

You can download and read the policy below. We have an automatic data agreement and health waiver with all those buying classes passes through the Tula software on the Maitri Studio website or in class.

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What is your policy on child safeguarding?

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What is your policy on fraud?

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What is your policy on bribery?

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What is your policy on equal opportunities?

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What is your health & safety policy?

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What is your freedom of information policy?

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Do you have a risk assessment?

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Do you have a photo consent form?

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Do you have an accident report form?

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Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546