FAQ

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General Questions

The best styles for someone new to yoga depend on their personality, key interests, level of fitness and their objectives. Check out our guide here and use the available filters to find the most suitable styles.

Most of our classes are suitable for newcomers. Use our class filters to find your best fit.

Yes. Our special offers for newcomers can be found here.

Hot yoga and hot flow are suitable for most people. Please keep in mind both practices are vigorous and demanding in a room heated up to 36˚C. Children under 16 years old, people who are currently breastfeeding and people with serious heart and cardio-vascular conditions are not encouraged to participate in heated classes.
Pregnant people are not encouraged to practice hot classes and should wait until the end of the first trimester before practicing non-heated classes.
Please talk to your doctor if you don’t know whether you should participate in a heated class.

Heated classes (hot yoga and hot flow) are physically and mentally challenging classes. If you like physical challenges, you will love these styles.

If you are practicing these classes for the first time, allow yourself at least 10 classes to get used to the heat, humidity and style.

Bring a practice towel that covers your mat and helps you during the sweaty practice. Beach or shower towels are not recommended as they don’t offer enough grip you need for certain postures.

During your practice you may rest at any time but commit to staying in the room for the entire class.

Be well hydrated and drink plenty of water before and after your class.

Practice on a non-slippery and comfortable yoga mat. The practice is so much better if your hands and feet are not sliding on the mat during class.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothing.

Have some tea or some water before your session.

Wash your feet and hands before entering the practice room for a better class experience. Our changing rooms have showers and complimentary organic body wash.

Enter the practice room +/-10 minutes before start of class, find a space for your mat, prepare your props (if necessary), get grounded and offer yourself a few moments of stillness.

Above all, maintain a regular yoga practice. Discipline and commitment are key as you walk the path of yoga.

Do some practice and take a class even if you are not in your best shape or mood. These are usually the times you can really create an energetic shift in your perception.

Combine different styles and try to work with a few teachers that you like and resonate with.

Talk to your teachers if you have any questions regarding your practice. This can be as simple as how to make a posture more accessible for your body.

Take workshops, masterclasses, courses and retreats, read inspirational books, study meditation, anatomy, philosophy, nutrition or any other themes that interest you. Always find time for your home practice.

We encourage everyone to pre-register on our website or through our app, Yyoga Urban Sanctuary (Android). Registration opens 7 days in advance.

If you have a busy schedule and you are not 100% sure if you can make it to class, then don’t book. Simply show up at the studio before class and try to get drop-in space.

We recommend online reservations for classes after 18:00 or classes that are taught in our Moon room.

Please read our Terms and Conditions to learn about these possibilities.

All our classes are given in English. Some teachers speaking other languages can help you before or after class. Private sessions can also be organised in other languages upon request. Ask our desk for more information.

Yoga is a great tool to support you throughout your pregnancy and prepare you for childbirth. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. As your body is changing, you need to adapt your practice and choose less strenuous practices. Always talk to your instructor and ask for Individual advice.

It is not recommended for pregnant people to practice hot classes and should wait until the end of the first trimester before practicing regular classes.

Our prenatal classes are exclusively dedicated to pregnant people and lead by certified prenatal teachers. Our teachers can offer you pregnancy modifications.

After delivery, wait about three months and talk to your gynaecologist or obstetrician to make sure you’re ready before resuming to your practice.

 

Without being exhaustive, here are a few recommendations during pregnancy

1. Asanas are to be avoided when they:
have a wringing effect like twists, e.g. revolved triangle, twisted lunges, twisted chair, revolved side angle, ardha matsyendrasana, marichyasana (esp. II and III i.e. with hand locks);
involve a compression of the uterus as in forward bending, e.g. seated forward fold with the head down, janu sirsasana with the head on the knee, or in reclining backbends like cobra, locust, bow pulling pose…;
engage the long or oblique abdominal muscles, e.g. side plank;
include long inversions, as there is a risk towards the end of first trimester when the placenta is attaching to the uterus wall (weeks 10-13), and during the rest of the pregnancy because blood circulation down to the uterus should be favored.
involve challenging balancing: arm balances should be avoided!
involve challenging alignment especially when inverted like in shoulder stand, which can prove difficult or even risky because of the increased body weight and corresponding change in the center of gravity;
risk overstretching ligaments which are already loosened during pregnancy (e.g. hanumanasana or standing split). Likewise, in opening poses like upavistha konasana or kapotasana, it’s recommended to stay within your usual limits and prop themselves under the pelvis as needed.
involve squatting down with the full weight of the uterus pressing down on the pelvic floor, when a pregnant woman’s cervix is shortened before 36 weeks of amenorrhea. Otherwise hip openers like malasana are good prenatal poses.
2. Vinyasa classes should be avoided in general because of their fast pattern, there should be no jumping during sun salutations, nor practice any core working poses, abdominal twists or poses compressing or overstretching the belly.
3. MyoFascial Release (MFR) should be avoided in general because of the pressure point, nervous system and blood circulation compression.
4. Breathing practices involving core engagement like kapalabhati or bhastrika, as well as breath retention, are to be fully avoided during pregnancy.
5. Energetic practices involving rectus abdominis engagement and belly compression like uddiyana bandha, are strictly forbidden during the whole pregnancy.
6. Pilates classes should be avoided in general because of the core engagement and belly compression.

Yes. Gift cards can be purchased in any denomination (for example: 25 EUR, 50 EUR, 100 EUR etc). Our gift cards are valid for shop purchases as well as classes.

Please contact us, stop by the studio, or click here to buy a gift card online.

Please stay home if you are sick.

Our cancellation window is 4 hours before class and we hope this gives you enough time to plan ahead and cancel prior to class if you are feeling unwell.

In the extenuating circumstance you are within the cancellation window and are feeling sick, please contact us so we can support you in removing you from class.

Please be advised we must enforce a strict cancellation policy to support our studio operations. We will keep track of late cancellations due to illness to ensure this policy is not abused.

A yoga mat if you have one. If you know you sweat a lot, a practice towel.
For hot yoga classes: bring two towels (shower and practice towels) as well as some water with you as you need to re-hydrate after / during your class.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a mat, towel or you forget your water bottle. We sell or rent these items at our front desk.

We recommend light clothing, whatever you feel comfortable in, and that allows you to move freely; such as shorts, leggings, sports bras, tank tops or T-shirts.

When you come for a hot yoga or hot flow class, keep in mind that the room is heated and you will sweat. Wear clothing you feel comfortable getting sweaty in.

All our classes are practised with bare feet.

Come to class on a semi-empty stomach and do not to eat any heavy meals 3 hours before class. However, do make sure you are well nourished, as you will need energy for your class, but avoid heavy meals for at least 2 hours before your practice.

If you are hungry before class and need an energy boost, have a smoothie, some nuts or an energy bar (moderation is key).

It’s always recommended to talk to your teacher before class about any injuries or special conditions you have that might affect your yoga practice. This way teachers will know what modifications to give you to make your practice more accessible.

Be well hydrated and drink plenty of water before and after class, especially if attending hot classes. 

Simple things such as recycling, taking shorter showers, choosing sustainable brands, getting a reusable water bottle, and refusing plastic as much as you can every day can make a big difference.

You could also consider getting a durable, non-toxic, and biodegradable mat. Also think about the clothes and brand you wear. Choose eco-friendly brands whenever possible. Your body will thank you for it as well as the planet.

We have a great selection of eco-friendly mats and clothes in our boutique to empower your practice. Talk to our staff members to get more advice on sustainable yoga brands and to discuss your needs.

We recommend that you consciously take the opportunity to discover and combine different yoga styles, work with different teachers, listen to your body’s needs (what do I need today?) so you can maximize the benefits of practice.

Unless you need to go to the toilet, we recommend you to stay in the room for the entire class. You’re welcome to rest, sit or lay down at any time during your practice.

We welcome anyone from 12 years old if they are motivated to come and can stay focused for the class. We recommend to avoid hot classes before 16 years old..

Minors should practice with their legal guardian/ parent and should be accompanied by them at all times.

Yes, mat rentals (as well as towel) are available.

Yes, our changing rooms have lockers for you to safely store your personal belongings. Note that at peak hours all the lockers might be in use.

Yes, we have showers equipped with complimentary organic body wash and shampoo. You can also rent a shower towel.

We are limited structurally in our ability to provide permanent gender neutral spaces at the moment. However, we are working hard to come up with solutions to create a welcoming space for everyone.

If you need a private space before and after your class, please contact us ahead of visiting or talk to one of our team members when visiting.

We are working hard to make our studio as inclusive as possible and welcome any ideas and feedback on what we could provide to help you feel comfortable when practicing with us, whatever your gender identity.