• Can i just drop into a class?
• Can i come for a trial class?
• Can i join yoga at the practice room at any time?
• What do i have to do before registering for admission at the practice room?
• What are the class times and fees?
• Which batch is better for me – the morning batch or the evening batch?
• What are the terms of fee payment?
• Are there different levels of classes at the practice room? What do the levels ‘FOUNDATION’ and ‘CONSOLIDATION’ mean?
• I have done yoga earlier. Why do I need to join the Initiation Level batch or go through the Orientation sessions? Why cant I be admitted directly into a more advanced batch?
• How long is the yoga course?
• Can I learn yoga and then do it by myself?
• I am learning yoga at another place as well. But I want to experience Iyengar yoga.
Ok, I have subscribed. What do I do next?
- Please read through the Welcome email that you will receive, and spend some time working with the Preparatory material shared with you
- You get access to the Practice Space Monthly Library offering as soon as you sign up. This includes your weekly recorded classes for the whole month, the livestream (zoom) invites, Ques and Ans. recorded in previous classes. Familiarise yourself with the Dashboard of ‘Your Account’, where you can manage your Account.
How do I make a payment?
You can pay through the payment gateway using a credit or a debit card.
Since we offer a subscription service (where the monthly subscription amount is auto-debited from your account on a monthly basis), we can offer you only a limited number of payment options.
Netbanking, Paypal, UPI-based payment options are not currently available
I am being asked for my card information when I try to sign-up with for a free trial!
Dont worry, your card will not be charged for a week. You may cancel at any time during this period by going to the following link:
I had signed up for the subscription service, but the subscription expired at the end of one month from the date of sign-up. Why didnt my subscription auto-renew, and what do I do next?
Our Payment system is set-up to attempt auto-renewal exactly a month from the date that your subscription started. However, some cards do not allow auto-debit. if the auto-renewal attempt fails, your subscription will be automatically terminated, and you will get an automated email with this information. Please be on the lookout for this email. You will then, have to buy a new subscription. If you do not want to buy a new subscriptions every month, please attach a card that allows auto-debits. Usually all credit cards allow this.
How do I opt out of the auto-renew option?
When buying the subscription, attach a card that does not allow auto-debits. You will have to check with your card-issuing agency (i.e., your Bank) about the protocol of your card.
Can I buy multiple subscriptions?
yes, you can.
How do I change my password?
If you are logged in, PLEASE LOG OUT FIRST. Then click on the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the sign-in screen.
How do I decide which level to sign-up for – Beginner or Intermediate?
We have given some guidelines for deciding this. In this format, we cannot give you a more individualised advice, and the responsibility of selecting an appropriate Program level rests with you.
If in doubt, we recommend that you sign up for the Beginner Level Program for a month or two. You can change your Program Level by simply canceling your subscription (you will be billed till the end of your current billing period), and filling in a new subscription.
The considerations for signing up for the Beginner Level are given here:
The considerations for signing up for the Intermediate Program are given here:
What happens after I sign-up for the Online Program? How soon can I get access to my recorded sessions/ when will be able to attend a livestream session?
You will have access to the recorded sessions of the past week as soon as you sign-up for the Online Program (accessible through your account login).
Your first livestream will be as per the program schedule for your Level (Mondays and Wednesdays for the Beginner level; Mondays and Thursdays for the Intermediate Level)
You will also receive an email from us when you sign-up. This email will have links for some preparatory material for you. Before you jump into the regular classes on your Weekly Playlist, or one of our livestream sessions, we strongly advise that you take a couple of days to go through the preparatory videos. Especially so if you are an absolute beginner, or if you are new to the Iyengar tradition. Teaching yoga online is a new development around the world. We have put together the Preparatory material to ease over some of the preliminary challenges that come up. the material has been refined over the last few months with feedback from our online community. Spending time to go through the preparatory material will get you ready to join the regular weekly classes, will answer many of the questions that might come up in the initial days and weeks, and will give you tips on how to make the most of this Online Program.
I missed the morning livestream! when will you upload a recording of this session on my Playlist?
It is our attempt always to make the recording of the morning livestream session available on your Playlist by the same evening. However, this involves some work. To provide a better audio and video quality, what we share with you is not a zoom download. We record the sessions simultaneously on a different video and audio track, we edit this video before uploading it.
Sometimes there are glitches – lost audio/ video files, power outage, internet disruption… that may delay this process. At any rate, we have so far always uploaded the session by midnight of the same day. In case there is a delay beyond this in the future, we will keep you informed,
How are the live-streamed classes transmitted?
the live-streamed classes are currently transmitted through zoom.us.
How are the pre-recorded sessions transmitted?
The pre-recorded sessions (as well as a recording of the live-streamed sessions) are hosted on Vimeo.com.
The practiceroom website is not opening/ i am not able to view the videos/ I am not able to make a payment!
Our content, and the Payment Gateway, is hosted by third-party service providers. We have ensured that these service providers are reputed and dependable. We have also optimised our website and its content across devices and browsers, and done extensive testing. But technology is not 100% glitch-free. Sometimes, there are incompatibilities between the Service Providers’s protocols. In our experience, small glitches are usually resolved when you:
- re-try after a little time
- use a different browser
- use a different device
- use a different card for payment
- clear the cache
- ensure that the internet connection is robust.
Beyond this, things are not really in our hands. If there are persistent tech problems, we will definitely re-evaluate our service providers. But we are not a technical team, and will not be able to troubleshoot individual technical problems.
Can I continue to access my online material indefinitely?
You will have access to each recorded session for about a week.
Other material (like the Q and A Playlist) are available as long as you are subscribed to the program.
We sometimes give special access (usually through your Bonus Material Playlist) for limited period of time.
I want to go back to a previous session. How do I get access to an older session?
You can purchase our recorded sessions.
What if I am in a different time zone, and the times of the live-streamed classes do not work for me?
Currently our live-streamed classes are scheduled as early-morning sessions according to the Indian Standard Time (+5:30 GMT). We will add classes for other time zones in the near future.
As an online student, can I ask questions?
You may ask us any yoga related question at the end of your live-stream sessions. you may also email us your queries, and we will take them up at the end of the livestream session. Our Q and A sessions are separately recorded, along with responses to questions that we receive offline. You also have access to the Q and A Playlist..
Will the teachers be able to correct my asana positions in the livestream class?
We play the zoom screen on a large television screen and are looking at you as the session is being conducted. We make whatever corrections are possible to be made in this format. But bear in mind, we can only see a small, 2-dimensional version of you even on a large sized screen. We do not get a three dimensionall view, we cannot see how your muscle movement, your breath, your eyes, your skin, how you move, stand and sit outside of your asana practice…this is no substitute for a live class.
To help us observe you better, please follow the ‘good practice guidelines’ shared along with your livestream invites.
Will the teachers be able to give me specific instruction for my physical injuries/ limitations?
The Iyengar tradition is widely accepted for its therapeutic efficacy. However, an Online Program differs from an in-person session. We will not be able to observe you closely, and will not be able to make nuanced adjustments/ correction in this format. An online program is largely self-directed where the student is largely responsible for their actions.
However, we do usually give generic contraindications and adaptations/ alternatives for the most common health issues and conditions – weak back, knees, shoulders, and advice for women during their menstrual cycle.
For any serious health concerns or limitations, we advise you to contact your health care provider, and take guidance from an experienced teacher in your area of residence.
I want to learn inversions/ other advanced asanas. Is this program suitable for me?
We do practice independent inversions, backward extensions, balancing positions in our Intermediate Level Program. But we do not TEACH inversions in the online format.
In our in-studio classes, students are prepared for inversions over a period of a year or two. During this time, we attempt to correct any gross imbalances in their skeleto-muscular structure, and to strengthen their limbs, shoulders, back for the more advanced positions, and for inversions. When we start introducing these positions, we continue to closely monitor them. We have often pulled our students back to a more basic or supported position if we felt that they are at risk of injuring themselves in the long run.
None of this is possible in the Online format.
We have seen several yoga injuries that have set in due to wrong execution of the more complex asanas over a long period of time, and we dont think its a risk worth taking.
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What should i expect at the end of the initial three month enrolement?
The first three months usually gives enough time for our method of teaching to start working on most new students who are regular with attendance. While yoga should start working on you from the first lesson, by the end of three months, you should be able to recognise:
- at the level of the body: increased awareness and sensitivity, increased strength, balance and range of movement, which translates to a sense of opening and expansiveness, lightness, and a better posture
- at the level of the mind: increased ability to be present in the moment if you tend to be easily overwhelmed at situations, increased confidence as the body gains strength, balance and flexibility
- an overall sense of wellbeing, and glimpses of quietness and a deep sense of relaxation.
- those who come in with injuries/ pains should start to get better understanding of their condition, get some relief from pain, and learn some basic strategies to bring them relief in case of aggravating situations. However, it can take much longer to fine-tune the practice to bring long-term relief especially in the case of chronic conditions. Equally importantly, we try to give them the confidence to not feel limited by their condition, and to try the entire range of movements and actions that are available to them.
While most people who have attended the first three months of classes regularly agree on the above experiences, it is important to recognise that these are initial experiences during or immediately after the classes. They will be temporary, and it might not be possible to reproduce them at will. That is possible only when long-term practice is established.
The first three months do not comprise a ‘beginners course’.
In our experience three months is not enough for introducing a beginner-level student to all basic categories of Āsanas
that comprise a well-rounded practice (standing, seated, supine, inverted, backward and forward extensions, twisting and abdominal actions, modifying positions using props where required, restorative and rejuvenative positions). Three months is also not enough time for students to gain sufficient knowledge to start practicing independently without supervision.
Yoga is a vast subject, and three months is a mere drop in the ocean. At the end of three months, we hope that you will find the impetus to start your journey with enthusiasm in earnest.
What should i wear to class?
Be prepared for a full range of movements – including going upside down – in every class. T-shirts and shorts, with the T-shirt tucked into the waistband of the shorts, is the widely accepted dress code in our classes across the world. Clothes that are too tight do not allow for the full range of movement. Clothes that are too loose will get in your way and will not hold when going upside down/ lifting the legs up etc. Slippery, synthetic material does not provide adequate grip in many positions. Also, please be sensitive that these are mixed-group classes.
Do I need to carry my mat/ anything else to the class?
We have everything that you will need to use in the class. However, during the Covid precautionary period, pl. carry your own mat. We will let you know if you need to carry any other supports you might require for your specific condition.
Should I come to class on empty stomach?
The stomach should be relatively empty – 3 hours since a full meal or 1.5-2 hours after light snacks. However, if you are prone to low blood pressure/ sugar, drink that cup of tea/coffee/ juice with a couple of biscuits about an hour before class.
Is it ok to drink water during the class? Do i need to carry water bottle to the class?
If you are feeling exhausted/ dehydrated/ faint/ thirsty, it is ok to sip water. However, because of the unusual positioning of internal organs in Āsanas
(like inversions and twists) yoga should be done on an empty stomach and empty bladder as far as possible. So, do not get into the habit of drinking too much water during class, or during your practice.
Can i eat immediately after the class?
Give a short break after class before you eat a big meal. However, it is ok to drink water or eat something small soon afterwards.
Can i take a shower after the class?
Immediately after a class, the vital energy of the body has receded deeper inside. Taking a shower/ bath in this condition will shock the consciousness into coming back to the surface of the skin. Savour the effects of the class and delay that shower for a while.
I have personal reasons for not joining in the invocation at the start of the class. Is that ok?
There are many reasons for saying the invocation to sage Patanjali in the beginning of the class. It is not a religious prayer or a mere formality. It is an expression of gratitude to our first teacher – the codifier of the subject. As a student, it is an invocation for our previous memories of yoga to surface, to help us along the path of yoga. It is an opportunity to clearly demarcate the outer world, from the place of learning that we are entering. Beyond the meaning of the words, the resonance of the sounds is meant to put us in a state compatible to begin the study of yoga.
However, if you have strong reasons not to join in the invocation, we will not force you. Sit quietly while the invocation is being said – use the time to settle down.
Can i come in late to/ leave early from the class?
The initial invocation to sage Patanjali, and the final Savasana
are integral part of the class. In fact, it is best arrive five minutes before the class starting time in order to settle in, and to not immediately rush headlong into another activity immediately after the class. However, in case of emergency you may come in late or leave early. As long as it does not happen too frequently, we believe the class should be compassionate enough to make room for your personal exigencies.
Do i have to attend all classes?
Yes. The two classes in the week is the bare minimum at a beginner level.
What if i am uncomfortable with being physically adjusted in class?
It is true that hand-on physical adjustment has always been a part of our tradition. Much before Mr Iyengar devised and standardised the various props like blocks, belts etc., he used his own body to prop students up into positions when words failed and/ or the student’s ability failed. While it is obvious that there is no alternative to a physical touch when someone gets stuck in a position that can injure them, it is important to realise also that most yoga injuries happen not through sudden accidents, but through chronic incorrect actions, and it is the teachers responsibility to make corrections even if there is no immediate danger of injury. Many students are drawn to this tradition only because of this assurance that the teacher takes personal responsibility, and takes the time and effort to make corrections. Our personal experience with our teachers and other students has been that a teacher’s touch is an invaluable aid in transmitting an experience – usually it will work when verbal instructions and visual demonstrations fail.
For new students, the focus is not on perfect postures, but on encouraging the students to move freely. Adjustments are avoided unless absolutely necessary.
At all times, discretion is used in making physical adjustments. However, a teacher, irrespective of their experience and expertise, has no fool-proof way of knowing whether a students is ready/ willing to be physically adjusted. And a student has the choice of informing the teacher in case they do not want to be thus adjusted. In case they are not comfortable doing this in the presence of others, the student also has the choice of informing the teachers privately via email. No other explanation is asked for. We also have an Internal Committee that advises and intervenes on all matters relating to gender and touch. Our Internal Committee functions as per the POSH law, and the student may directly contact any or all of the IC members. These choices/ information is communicated to all students.
Do i have to stick to my batch? If I miss a class, can I make-up for it by attending a class in another batch?
As a general rule, you are not entitled to make-up classes for the classes you have missed. However, please discuss this with the teachers. If there is space in a compatible batch, you will usually be given a one-off permission to attend an alternative class.
May i attend/ participate in all the workshops and events when i join the practice room? Do i have to attend/ participate in the workshops/ events when i join the practice room?
Participation in all workshops/ events is voluntary.
Our workshops usually have an eligibility criteria of a minimum years of regular attendance. These workshops are meant for a deeper exploration of specific concepts, and do not make sense unless the basic Āsanas
/ actions have been understood.
The events are free and open to all. Events are organised to mark celebratory days during the year – Guru Purnima, Patanjali Jayanti, the year-end Annual day etc. These are joyous occasions for students from all batches to come together and meet each other informally (and to wear non-yoga clothes!) However, the events are not merely social occasions. All events are organised around the the subject of yoga, and include talks, discussions, screenings that feed into our learning process.
Look out for workshop and event related announcements in class, on phone messages, and in posters that will be put out before the event/ workshop.
What happens in the self practice sessions? May i come for the self-practice sessions?
Self practice sessions are dedicated times set aside for students to come in and practice by themselves what has been taught in the classes. Self Practice sessions are open to all students enrolled in any of of our online or in-studio Programs.
Establishing a self practice is essential for anyone who wants to make sustained progress on the path of yoga – the sooner this can be done, better it is. Of course, one can also do a self practice at home. However space constrains and other distractions can often be an hindrance to practice at home, and a much stronger level of practice can be attained in a space that is dedicated to yoga. The teachers also use these time to do their own practice, and are available to answer questions.
A beginner student may start coming for the self practice sessions as soon as they feel confident of doing at least a few Āsanas
independently without instructions.
There are many ways to practice, the easiest self-practice strategy for a beginner student is to practice/ repeat by themselves what was taught in the previous couple of classes, or to practice/ repeat those Āsanas
/ actions that they have difficulty doing.
What happens if i need to take a long-ish break from the classes?
Please inform us in advance if you intend to take a long break. If you have not informed us about a long absence, and we do not see you in classes for 2-3 weeks, and you are not paid up for the month, we assume that you have decided to drop off from the classes. We will respect your decision to do so, and will stop sending you class/ event related messages. This does not mean that you cannot get back to classes, but please get in touch with the main teacher to discuss re-admittance procedure.
If the reason for your absence has been illness, the teacher might suggest that you take things easy for a few sessions – or even that you move to a gentler batch for a short period.
Even if you have been absent due to other reasons, resumption of regular classes might need to be done in a phased manner. While many long-time practitioners can continue to practice by themselves even if they are not attending regular classes, this is often not possible for a beginner student. In the absence of regular practice, the body faculties will regress even if the mind seems to remember the Asana/ action. We have often seen people jumping into a regular class enthusiastically after a long break, only to get cramps, aches and pains. It is the student’s responsibility to be careful when coming back to class after a long break – this is especially true if your yoga classes is the only form of physical exercise that you do. Always speak with the teachers before the class so they can instruct you on adaptations separately if required.
In a nutshell….
We recommend all beginner students read this note