Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Just yourself, a water bottle and a yoga mat if you have one. Some yoga mats are provided. Our yoga room isn’t heated so a towel isn’t necessary, but you can bring one if you tend to sweat a lot. Classes held outside may require a towel if the weather is warm.

Active-wear or any comfortable clothing that is easy to move and stretch in. No shoes are worn during a yoga practise. 

In cooler months a jumper and socks are recommended to wear during our warm up and final relaxation.

YOGA CLASS PRICING
Single class – $12
Kids class – $7
Private classes – $60 for 1 hour
Prenatal Yoga – TBC
5 Class Pass – $50

Terms and Conditions apply.
*All Classes and Class Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.
*Class Passes are valid for 2 months

Yes definitely. In fact yoga can be even more beneficial if you’re not very flexible as it will help to lengthen out tight and sore muscles. This will likely help improve your overall posture. People come to yoga for very different reasons, some to increase strength and flexibility, others to release stress and create mental clarity. It is a non-judgmental environment and an inclusive practice for all. At Verity Yoga we strive to create classes where people of every ability can learn and reap the benefits of a regular yoga practice.

There can be many benefits of a regular yoga practice. Some can be felt right away and some over months or even years of practice. Here are a few:

  • Improved balance
  • Improved concentration and memory
  • Improved quality sleep
  • Better physical posture
  • Improved lung capacity
  • Improved strength and flexibility
  • Stress relief
  • Improves depression and anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces chronic neck and back pain
  • Stronger bones
  • Improved arthritis symptoms
  • Improved blood sugar levels

Cash or Visa/Mastercard payments are accepted at the start of the class.

Private Class Appointments are paid in full at time of booking via Visa/ Mastercard over the phone. 

Receipts available on request for Health Fund Rebates. Please check with your health fund for eligibility.

From 1st April 2019, yoga was removed from most health fund lists in Australia.
Yoga is now part of the Federal Government’s $2M review of natural therapies. Information on the Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 can be found on the Department of Health Website. This review will examine additional evidence which has emerged since the 2014-15 review and provide advice to Government on whether any of the natural therapies should be covered by private health insurance and therefore eligible for a subsidy through the Private Health Insurance Rebate. Information sourced from Yoga Australia Website. January 2020.

We encourage you to eat a light meal 1-2 hours before class. A typical yoga class includes forward bends and semi-inverted postures, eating a large meal right before class can cause nausea and discomfort for some students.

Just like all new physical activities, if you’re new to yoga, your muscles may take a few sessions to adapt. The soreness and muscle pain usually resolves within 3 days and tends to occur after the first few sessions. Muscle or joint soreness that doesn’t resolve within this time that persists beyond a couple of days is not typical and may be worth seeing your GP or physio for an assessment. 

Ahimsa is something that we are taught in yoga class, it means ‘non-harm’. It can be easy to push ourselves a little too far or compare ourselves to the person in the room who has a more advanced practise but when we practise with ‘ahimsa’ we are reminded to be respectful of our bodies and only push to our own boundaries and not further. Your teacher will encourage you to find that edge of growth yet cultivate a sense of calm and ease at the same time. When we practise like this it significantly reduces the risk of injury.

Yoga is for everyone. Even very young children can do yoga! All the way through to the elderly who can practise gentler classes or chair yoga. See our Yoga Class Descriptions for more details on what we offer. 

Yes, practising yoga during your pregnancy can have many benefits for both you and your baby (of course medical professional advice should be sought first).

For many women it is the first time they have stepped into a yoga studio and practised yoga. It is best to wait for the second trimester if you have never practised before and we encourage you to come along to our prenatal classes as they are specifically designed to cater for the needs of your changing body during this special time.

In order to be recognised by Yoga Australia as a registered yoga teacher, teachers must complete a minimum 200 hour certification by a recognised yoga school. Catherine has completed her Level 1, 350 hour yoga teacher training through My Health Yoga, Brisbane. She is qualified to teach in hatha, vinyasa, flow style, pre-natal, post-natal, elderly and kids yoga. She is currently undertaking further training through My Health Yoga in a Yin Yoga Teacher Training program.

Yoga can have a deep healing effect for many medical conditions. It can also help manage symptoms of many health challenges. We strongly recommend you let our teacher know of any medical conditions so that she can show you how to modify/ vary poses to perform them safely.

For example if you have high blood pressure it is best not to dip your head lower than your heart, therefore inversions are not advisable. A variation of this would be to have your legs up the wall. In general before starting a practise it is a good idea to check with your doctor first if you have any health challenges. Then proceed with caution and listen to your body and your breath. If you are starting to hold your breath it may be best to slow down a little and respect your body. If you ever feel faint, dizzy or experience rapid breathing, stop and rest.

Yoga teachers have basic training in anatomy and physiology, however are not doctors and cannot give you specific medical advice. If in doubt we encourage you to consult your GP or specialist about doing yoga with your current condition.

Pilates is a physical exercise which both strengthens and lengthens muscles throughout the entire body, creating a strong core and balanced posture. Attention is given to synchronizing breath with movement which can sometimes create a relaxing experience.
 
Yoga is also a method of physical exercise with many of the same physical benefits on the body, however the physical practice of yoga poses (asanas) is considered to be only the tip of the iceberg of yoga. It is the first of 8 steps (limbs) of yoga according to “Patanjali’. The ultimate goal of yoga is ‘union’ which is actually what the word ‘yoga’ means. The goal to unite the mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony. This state of perfect harmony and spiritual awakening is known as enlightenment or bliss.
 
In India Sanskrit it is call ‘samadhi’ the 8th and last limb of yoga, the ultimate goal. The physical postures which resemble some pilates exercises are designed to train the yogi’s body to be able to sit comfortably in meditation for long periods of time so that they can achieve samadhi.
 

Yoga originated over 5000 years ago in the Vedic times in ancient India before Hinduism originated as a religion. Although yoga was and still is practiced by Hindu’s today, in the western world it is thought to be more of a philosophy than a religion. Yoga was brought to the west by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in the 1970’s and is practiced by millions of people in the western world today as a means to cultivate health and wellness and a spiritual awakening.

Yes. Receipts are available on request for Health Fund Rebates. Please check with your health fund for eligibility.

From 1st April 2019, yoga was removed from most health fund lists in Australia.
Yoga is now part of the Federal Government’s $2M review of natural therapies. Information on the Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 can be found on the Department of Health Website. This review will examine additional evidence which has emerged since the 2014-15 review and provide advice to Government on whether any of the natural therapies should be covered by private health insurance and therefore eligible for a subsidy through the Private Health Insurance Rebate. Information sourced from Yoga Australia Website.

General Classes……you can cancel your booking up to 60 mins before your class is scheduled to start, send us an email at info@verityyoga.com.au or message us on 0400 460 144 to cancel.

Specialty Classes….. you can cancel your booking up to 60 mins before your class is scheduled to start, without losing the session and fee, send us an email at info@verityyoga.com.au or message us on 0400 460 144 to cancel.

Private Class Appointments….. you can cancel your booking up to 3 hours before your class is scheduled to start, without losing your full session fee, send us an email at info@verityyoga.com.au or call/ message us on 0400 460 144 to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

VINYASA 
Vinyasa means ‘flow’ in sanskrit. It is the breath synchronized with movement. Moving from one posture to the next to maintain a steady flow of energy throughout the whole practice building strength and stamina. The most commonly used sequence of postures used to transition in most vinyasa classes is ‘chaturanga-upward facing dog-downward facing dog. In Verity Yoga’s ‘Fitness Flow’ yoga class, like most vinyasa classes, the sequence is not set and is great if you like variety and the opportunity to learn new postures.

HATHA
Hatha means ‘sun and moon’. Ha meaning ‘sun’ and Tha meaning ‘moon’. It refers to the balance of masculine (active, hot, sun) energy and feminine (receptive, cool, moon) energy within all of us. Hatha is one of the original branches of yoga from which all other styles have been derived. Like with all styles of yoga asanas hatha aligns the bones, muscles and joints as well as opening the many energy channels (nadis) in the body. It particularly focuses on the main nadi (sushumna) the main energy channel of the spine so that energy can flow freely. Hatha yoga classes are usually less dynamic as poses are generally held for longer and not linked together with vinyasa sequence, making them more accessible for beginners or yogis who want to re-establish the foundations of their practice.

PRENATAL YOGA
Prenatal yoga is a hatha style of class which includes physical postures, breathwork (pranayama) and also yoga nidra (guided relaxation) which are supportive to a women’s body, mind and spiritual wellbeing during pregnancy. Certain yoga postures and body positions are not recommended during various stages of pregnancy and your yoga instructor will have specialised training and knowledge of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal safety precautions specific to each trimester. Consideration is also given to the emotional and psychological changes that occur during this time and women often report feeling nurtured, supported and also empowered by their yoga practice going into birth and motherhood.

YIN / RESTORATIVE
Vinyasa and Hatha are both considered yang practices where there is a warming effect in the body and stimulation of the masculine energy. To harmonize our bodies we need a regular yin practise to create balance. Restorative and Yin Yoga are more cooling and calming to the body and stimulate the feminine energy channels. An imbalance of these yin/ yang energies is thought to be the root cause of suffering and illness. Yin involves a deep stretch to the muscles and connective tissues of the body creating greater flexibility. Poses are held for 3 to 5mins to create a deep stretch, much longer than a yang style class but not as long as a restorative class where poses are held for as long as 15 minutes with props. Yin yoga is great for increasing flexibility and complements a more 

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