Yoga Classes FAQs
Take a look at our general health guidelines:
Stay Home if Unwell: If you feel unwell, especially with symptoms of COVID-19, cold, or flu, please stay home.
Please maintain a respectable distance between mats, especially during winter months when respiratory illnesses are more common.
‘No Touch’ Policy: We ask for your permission before providing any hands-on assistance or adjustments.
Online Classes: We offer online classes via Zoom, allowing you to continue your practice from home. Your physical and mental health are important to us, and we strive to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for all. If you have any questions about health guidelines, please get in touch.
Can I attend a Yoga class if I am late?
The studio doors close 5 minutes before the class begins. If you arrive after the class has started, we regret to inform you that we won’t be able to admit you to the session.
What do I need to bring? What should I wear?
Please aim to bring your own mat to all classes. However, we do provide mats that you can use! We recommend wearing loose, light, and comfortable clothing suitable for exercise and dressing in layers for your comfort. If you’re new to Yoga, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing an affordable mat. Take a look at our article “10 reasons why you need to bring your own Yoga mat” for more information.
Can I do Yoga during my menstrual cycle?
Depending on how you feel and your personal preferences, you are welcome to attend Yoga classes. Some individuals may choose not to participate during the first few days of their menstrual cycle, but this is entirely up to you as an individual. It’s important to respect your body and listen to what feels right for you.
Can I do Yoga if I have an injury?
We strongly advise seeking advice from your GP if you have any injuries, and this also applies if you sustain any injuries during a Yoga term. Always inform your teacher about any ailments or injuries and follow the guidance provided by a medical professional.
Currently, we do not offer specific pregnancy yoga (postural/asana) classes at our studio. However, pregnant students are welcome to join our online meditation and pranayama classes. These classes provide a safe and beneficial practice during pregnancy. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, please feel free to get in touch. We’re here to help!
Venue and Parking
Can I get changed for my Yoga class at the venue?
There are two restrooms available for changing. However, we recommend arriving in your yoga clothes to save time and make the most of your practice.
Is there somewhere safe to place my belongings?
We do not have locker facilities available. However, you will find a designated area to keep your belongings, such as a bag and coat. Please keep your items limited since we do not assume any responsibility for valuables or other personal belongings. Please note that we request that no mobile phones be in the studio. So, you’ll be asked to put your mobile phone with your other belongings in the designated area.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is on-street City Centre car parking available near the venue. However, please be aware that all parking spaces are paid parking and there is no free parking available. To simplify the payment process, most of our teachers use the Ringo App, which saves you the hassle of rummaging for coins.
For our students, we recommend using the Curzon Street or Sneinton Market Car Parks, which are just a 5 to 10-minute walk away from the studio. These options are often less expensive compared to parking on Stoney Street itself. Check out the Nottingham City website.
Where can I leave my bike?
Unfortunately, there isn’t sufficient room to bring your bike into the venue. However, check for the nearest bike hub, which offers secure storage options for bikers.
How do I get to the studio?
The nearest tram stop to the studio is Lace Market, which is approximately a 2-minute walk away. You’ll find it convenient and easily accessible.
Booking a Class
Check the timetable for classes and workshops
Make sure to arrive 10 minutes early to class and you can see what classes are on running here.
Do I have to become a member to join a class?
Becoming a Bahia Yoga member is simply the process of creating an account. You can use your email and password or link it via your Facebook login. By creating an account, you will need to sign the disclaimer/waiver and purchase your class pass or ‘membership’. Please note that there is no membership charge associated with this beyond the cost of the class pass you choose to buy.
Online booking system
To participate in our classes, you will need to create an account and register online. We offer two payment options:
Stripe: This option allows you to pay using your credit or debit card. It is a safe and convenient way to make payments online.
GoCardless: If you prefer, you can also make payments through your bank account using GoCardless. This option provides you with control over your payments, allowing you to initiate a new payment when you are ready to purchase your next set of class credits.
Here is a link explaining how easy GoCardless is to use.
Which Yoga class?
What type of Yoga is taught?
All of our classes, including Hatha Yoga, Meditation, and Pranayama, follow the application of Vinyasa Krama. This means there is a sequence and build-up and cool-down of the main postures in each class. The main focus in all our classes is working with the breath and concentrating on good alignment within the postures. Yoga is not competitive, unlike other activities; you can view it as a lifelong companion that can be adapted and changed to fit different stages of your life.
To learn more about Bahia Yoga’s unique approach and what sets us apart, you can read our post. At Bahia Yoga, we teach a variety of yoga styles that primarily focus on South Asian Yoga practices with a modern influence. We strive to ensure our practices take a decolonised approach, respecting and honouring the roots of yoga. Our classes are designed to provide simple and we hope a genuine mindful experience of South Asian yoga traditions within our UK based studio!
Hatha Yoga: Hatha Yoga is much more than a foundational yoga practice that focuses on physical postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama). It encompasses a holistic approach to balancing the body and mind through relaxation, mindful stretching, and strengthening asanas. In our Hatha Yoga classes, you will receive guidance on alignment, and develop an awareness of your breath as you transition from one movement or practice to another. The purpose of the postural element in Hatha Yoga is to build a strong body that can support spiritual practices such as meditation, pranayama, and Kriyas (a reference to the Kriyas, which are cleansing practices in Yoga).
- Meditation: Meditation is an integral part of our yoga practice at Bahia Yoga. In our meditation classes, we guide you through various techniques, including mindfulness meditation, breath awareness, and occasional simple guided visualisation, to help you find stillness and clarity of the mind. Meditation is suitable for practitioners of all levels, whether you are a beginner or have more experience.
- Pranayama: Pranayama refers to the practice of breath control in yoga. It involves various breathing exercises that help regulate and expand the breath, promoting better health and vitality. In the Pranayama practices you will learn different breathing techniques, such as alternate nostril breathing, deep belly breathing, and more. These techniques can help reduce stress, increase energy levels, and enhance overall well-being.
- Mantra: In addition to mindfulness meditation, breath awareness, we also explore Mantra Yoga in our classes at Bahia Yoga. The repetition of sounds or phrases to quiet and focus the mind. Through the rhythmic repetition of mantras, we can quiet the mind and cultivate a meditative state. This practice offers a path to inner stillness, spiritual growth, and connection, and is suitable for practitioners of all levels.
- Yoga Philosophy. We believe that Yoga goes beyond the physical practice. Our classes aim to equip you with a deeper understanding of the philosophical aspects of Yoga, exploring concepts like the Eight Limbs of Yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas (ethical guidelines), and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
Who can attend the Yoga Workshops?
Our Yoga Workshops are open to individuals of various levels of ability. However, it is important to check if the specific Workshop you are interested in is suitable for your level. These workshops provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the poses and allow more time for Q&A.
Yoga Class FAQs
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