Fees, Class times, Class levels and the Admission process
Can i just drop into a class?
Unfortunately, no. All our classes are based on monthly or quarterly enrolment. This lets the teacher decide on a curriculum, and sequence classes so that each class builds upon the previous one. Beginners, or those who have practiced yoga in other traditions, will find themselves out of depth and not be able to derive benefit from the class.
Exceptions are made for old students of Iyengar Yoga – after prior discussion with the teacher.
Can i come for a trial class?
We do not do trial classes for the same reasons that we do not do drop-in classes (see the question/ answer above). However, you can do the next best thing: come in to observe the classes after discussing with the teacher, speak with our current students, and ask us any questions that you have.
Can i join yoga at the practice room at any time?
Unfortunately, no. Our admissions are open only at certain times during the year when we admit students to the Orientation batch. After 2-3 weeks, students are moved to their preferred batch at the appropriate level. Orientation batches usually start in January and June. we usually have a waiting list. If you would like us to let you know when we begin the next Orientation batch, send us an email or a phone message with your mobile number.
What do i have to do before registering for admission at the practice room?
You might have heard great things about us from your friend. But we still want you to do your enquiry:
- Read through the entire FAQ section and if you have any doubts about anything at all, speak with us.
- Attend one of our Open House Sessions.
- Come in and observe any one of our regular classes
- Collect the admission-form and fill it up; pay the fees in advance.
We insist that you do ALL of the above in order to ensure that you come into the practice room with a certain level of commitment and confidence. We have found that this goes a long way in ensuring a more rewarding learning experience for you, and teaching experience for us.
What are the class times and fees?
Which batch is better for me – the morning batch or the evening batch?
As a beginner, either time is fine, as long as you can realistically expect to make your way to class on a regular basis.
For personal practice, both early morning and evening are fine. Mornings are good to do an active practice, as well as for doing pranayama. Evenings are great for doing restorative and supported sequences. Its best not to do energizing and stimulating asanas like backbends too close to the bedtime.
What are the terms of fee payment?
WE work on a ‘Subscription Model’. This means that when you enrol with us, we block your spot – irrespective of whether or not you attend the class. Many of the following terms of payment follow from this logic:
Fees are payable in advance at the beginning of the month/ quarter.
The first payment has to be for the quarter. i.e., a three-month sign-up is required at the time of joining. After that, payments can be made either by the month or the quarter.
- Fees are paid in units of calendar months.
- Fees paid for a certain period cannot be adjusted against another period.
- Fees are not refundable.
- If you miss classes for an entire month, there is no need to pay the fees for that month. You may still attend some of the classes at the ‘drop-in’ rates.
- The fixed quarters for fee payment are:
o January – March
o April – June
o July – September
o October – December
Are there different levels of classes at the practice room? What do the levels ‘INITIATION’ and ‘EXPLORATION’ mean?
Currently we have two levels of classes: INITIATION and EXPLORATION. Although the average duration of time to be spent in each level is indicated under, this can vary depending upon the student’s effort and ability, regularity of attendance. Progress to a higher level entails not just increased physical abilities, but also mental maturity and an increased commitment to learning the subject. This also means that students with physical limitations are not necessarily excluded from the higher level classes.
INITIATION is our Beginner-level batch. Students move to this batch after going through the 2-3 weeks of orientation sessions. In this beginner-level batch, basic asanas are taught. The focus is on building strength and stability, and bringing mobility to the body. In addition, students with specific conditions/ limitations are given a basic understanding of the beneficial actions and contra-indicated actions. Detailed syllabus is available for students.
All beginner level students (unless they have been practicing yoga in the tradition as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar) go through 2-3 weeks of orientation classes before being integrated into ongoing INITIATION batches.
Each session at the INITIATION level is of 75 mins.
Average time in this level is 15 – 18 months of regular attendance.
EXPLORATION is our Intermediate-level batch. Students move to this batch once they are familiar with the asanas and the actions taught in the previous level. The holding time in each asana is gradually increased, and asanas with the next level of complexity are introduced. Expectation from the students is that while in this level, they will gradually start developing a self-practice. Supine pranayama is introduced in this level. Detailed syllabus is available for students.
Each session is for 90 minutes.
Students will need to attend the previous level classes regularly for at least 12 months before being moved to this level.
Average time in this level – at least 24 months of regular attendance.
Students are moved to this level only once they have started some form of self practice, are familiar with the asanas and actions taught in the previous levels, and are able to hold the basic asanas for a reasonable length of time, with grace. Expectation from students in this level is that they should be willing to explore the entire range of actions in asanas, including arm balances, back extensions and inversions. Those with physical limitations should be able to assess their conditions, and make suitable modifications/ take support, on their own. Further adjustments/ adaptations are taught at this level. As we start delving into the finer actions in the asanas, not only physical skill, but mental maturity and poise are required. This makes self-practice a pre-requisite. Seated pranayama is introduced in this level. Students are also expected to start the recommended readings. Detailed syllabus is available for students.
Classes are usually twice a week and for 90 minutes. Special longer format classes are introduced at this level.
Students should have attended the previous level classes regularly for at least 36 months before coming to this level.
Average time in this level – 3 years and more
Will be detailed based on the progression of the students – and the teachers.
I have done yoga earlier. Why do I need to join the Initiation level batch or attend the Orientation sessions? Why cant I be admitted directly into a more advanced batch?
Even though in theory all yoga is one, in practice, there are very different objectives, methodologies and vocabulary. In order to ensure that we are all on the same page, that when the teacher says the name of an asana you can do the basic positioning and actions without wasting too much time, we insist that all new students start at the Initiation level batch and go through the Orientation sessions. If you have more ability and capacity than the other beginner students, you will move faster through the Initiation Level into the Intermediate (Exploration) batch.
How long is the yoga course?
“Yoga has a beginning. But no end.”
-Dr. Geeta Iyengar
These are ongoing classes. Like other traditional systems of learning, yoga involves lifelong learning. However, in our experience, it takes approximately 4 years for a beginner level student with a reasonable level of fitness, to be safely introduced to the entire range of actions in asanas, in the standing, seated and supine positions: lateral, forward and backward extensions, twistings, balancing and abdominal actions, and the basic inversions. Pranayama is also introduced in the supine position.
Can I learn yoga and then do it by myself?
Although Mr. Iyengar himself was largely self-taught, practicing by oneself and progressing on the path of yoga without a teacher is not so easy. You will realise this yourself pretty soon after you start coming to class. Even if you are disciplined and motivated enough to start a self-practice, in order to constantly progress, to delve deeper into the subject, and to understand its finer intricacies, a teacher will probably be required for a very long time to come.
I am learning yoga at another place as well. But I want to experience Iyengar yoga.
Even though in theory all yoga is one, in practice, there are very different objectives, methodologies and vocabulary. Straddling across traditions will not bring any real benefit, and will only serve to confuse you. Yoga is not to be done for the sake of ‘experience’. Don’t waste your time looking at other forms of yoga if your current practice is taking care of your physical, intellectual, and spiritual evolution. If you feel something missing, discuss with your teachers. We might not stop you from joining our classes, but at some point you must be willing to completely embrace one practice, and let go of the others.
I want to do more yoga – can I attend more than 2/3 classes in a week? Is 2/3 days in a week enough?
Our favorite answer to this question is a counter-question – “Enough for what?”
2/3 classes in a week is just enough for a beginner to start to learn the subject. Unlike many other traditions where the methodology is to repeat the same set of actions ( a few rounds of surya namaskara, some fixed vinyasa routines) with minor modifications, each one of our classes is different. You will LEARN in each class. Too many classes do not give you the time to integrate, experiment and practice by yourself what has been taught in class. Eventually (and quite soon) you are expected to start a more regular practice at home. Yoga is a personal practice, and progress will happen only through reflection, analysis and self-practice. The mode of learning in a class is very different from the mode of learning through self-practice.
So, 2/3 days in a week is enough to learn, it is not enough practice.
I want to become a teacher/ i have already done an xx hour TTC/ do you have a teacher training program?
Here is my personal experience of starting to teach yoga: After i had spent 8 years learning yoga purely as a student, I spent another 4-5 years teaching under the close supervision my primary teacher. I was then given permission to teach independently, as a ‘beginner-level’ teacher.
Becoming a teacher in the Iyengar tradition is a long haul. In India, there is no official teacher training program in this tradition (neither is there a Teachers Training Certificate!). Teachers are trained through a long process of personal-mentorship under their teachers.
If the subject interests you, we advise you to set aside any immediate ambitions of becoming a teacher, and to focus on learning. The path to teaching will present itself as you progress along the path of learning