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Which yoga class should I do?

  • Jan 07, 2017

I've never done yoga before.

If you can make a beginners class then you'll get a course of several classes to introduce you to the basics. This January these are with Rachel Monday 7.30pm, Gary Tuesday 7.45pm and Claire Wednesday 6pm. 

But if those times don't suit or you want a different style of yoga, most teachers offer general or mixed-level classes where beginners are also welcomed. In fact these are all the other yoga classes on our timetable except Rachel's Monday 5.45pm and Claire's Tuesday 7.30pm and Thursday 5.30pm which require more experience. Click here for full list of instructors, and here for class descriptions.

I have done yoga but not for a while and feel rusty!

This is up to you. Some people want to come back and do a beginners refresher course, others want to just drop-in and see what they can manage. Try it and see!

What's the difference between a beginners and a general/mixed-level class?

The two official beginners courses take things from scratch and lead you through (see above). It's likely that most people will be doing the same level of pose unless they have an injury.

General or mixed level classes are open to everyone, including beginners. Teachers will modify poses according to your ability and needs so you may find yourself doing slightly modified poses, with options given for students with different levels of experience. 

I have a medical condition or injury.

That's OK. Choose a class that you want to attend and speak to the teacher. Most teachers will be able to modify poses accordingly. If something is beyond their own level of expertise they will recommend someone else. Claire is currently undertaking the Iyengar therapy training over six years. Miriam also runs the yoga for healthy lower backs course which is now recommended by the NHS for back pain.

I'm really short of cash.

There are two donation-based classes you can attend. Gary's beginners mindfulness, meditation and yoga on Tuesday 7.45pm is at Maitri, while Claire teaches at the East Belfast Network Centre on Templemore Ave around the corner Tuesday 6-7pm. Pay what you can afford. 

Most teachers also offer a discount to those with genuine financial difficulties. Ask them.

Confused about which tickets to purchase?

Maitri hosts freelance yoga teachers, so you need to purchase directly from each teacher. 

The exception is for all Iyengar classes taught by Claire and Tracy and the Saturday morning 9.30am class. These are all payable online by clicking on the class calendar or on the teachers' pages. 

What are those ropes for?

The wall ropes are used in regular Iyengar yoga classes as props to help with alignment, extension and understanding of the poses as well as to support inversions like headstand. Every now and again Claire or Tracy run a ropes class and these will be listed on the events page.

The hammocks hanging from the ceiling are for aerial yoga. This is more of a fitness style class including cardio work, moves based on pilates and aerial silks. It's fun! Try it - speak to Sandra.

We hope that's helped! If not, drop us an email and ask your particular question.

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