Yoga FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga FAQ questions and answers. It includes answers on pregnancy yoga Darwin & online issues. In addition, there’s answers to many other common questions. As some may say, it’s your yoga namaskar FAQ. If this Yoga FAQ does not answer your questions, please reach out to us.

Iyengar yoga & accreditation


Iyengar Yoga teachers are among the most highly qualified teachers in the world. To gain certification, Iyengar Teacher trainees undergo a rigorous training programme over a minimum of 3 years.

When Iyengar yoga teachers are certified at the initial level of certification, they have done approximately 600 hours of training. It’s been done with a Senior Yoga Teacher such as Chris Lalor, the owner and founder of Flametree Yoga.

Before they start teacher training, Iyengar teacher trainees also have to have done at least 3 years as an Iyengar yoga student.

(In contrast, the most common level of training of yoga teachers across Australia is only 200 hours. It is also often done with a very short prior period as a yoga student).

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Once Iyengar teachers are qualified, each teacher upgrades their knowledge by attending professional development sessions each year.

Chris Lalor, Belinda Hoult, Renae Moore, and Mary O’Brien, are fully certified Iyengar Yoga teachers.

Other teachers at Flametree are all well advanced in their teacher certification training with Chris Lalor. This means they have already done hundreds of hours of teacher training, in addition to ongoing supervised teaching segments in a class run by Chris Lalor.

As outlined above, they have already also reached advanced levels of their own yoga practice.

In this regard, the Teacher Trainees who are currently teaching (as at May 2022), being Kim Faehse, and Cheryl Winstanley. They also hold a 200 hour Teacher-In-Training certificate.

The yoga videos made for online students are also watched very regularly by Chris Lalor. She uses this to overview all teaching, as well as give regular coaching or useful feedback to teachers.

Yoga is a very ancient discipline designed to promote self-awareness. It is known to have originated in India, some 5 thousand years ago. Yoga appeared in the west towards the end of the nineteenth century. From humble beginnings yoga has grown to be very widely practiced throughout the world by people from all walks of life.

Yoga has stood the test of time because it is a discipline able to speak to every aspect of the human condition. Yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques talk to our bodies, our minds and our souls. Indeed the very word “yoga” means union, uniting body mind and soul for health and fulfillment.

A yoga practice strengthens and invigorates all the bodies systems,removing toxins and stimulating circulation,toning the muscles ,leaving you feeling strong healthy and more flexible.On the mental and emotional level yoga aids concentration,steadies the emotions and calms the mind. On a deeper level the practice of yoga brings self-awareness leading one towards inner peace

Yoga is suitable for everyone. You don`t have to be young , fit and flexible to begin. Everyone can benefit , men and women of all ages, all sizes can attain benefit from yoga, you simply have to begin, start to practice, and then continue to practice.

Iyengar Yoga is a dynamic practice that uses the body to approach and understand the mind. The body is trained to become an instrument for meditation. Through the practice one learns how to steady and quieten the mind to bring it to a place of stillness. The beauty of the Iyengar method is to be found in the systematic way it trains yoga practitioners to experience and understand themselves no matter where they are at.

In Iyengar yoga a Beginner is first introduced to their physical body via a series of standing poses (asanas). They are asked to feel themselves at the level of the muscles , bones , ligaments. In the standing poses they learn the basics of alignment and learn how to use props(supports like blocks , chairs, wall ropes) to help access parts of their body that may be difficult initially due to stiffness or injury.With regular, disciplined practice Iyengar yoga students find they develop physical strength, stamina, flexibility and co-ordination.

Iyengar Yoga students discover through practising yoga poses that there exists a the link between breath , mind and emotions . They begin to experience that yoga postures enhance not only their physical health but help to bring clarity and steadiness to their mind and emotions.

Many seek out Iyengar yoga because of the high reputation The Late BKS.Iyengar and his daughter Dr Geeta Iyengar have in the world of remedial yoga. Many people who initially come to yoga suffering from a wide variety of disorders, like back and neck pain, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and digestive disorders to name a few, find with a regular yoga practice they are able to manage their condition and find relief.

We sell a wide range of Yoga Props at the studio to support your home practice iyogaprops.com.au

About levels


Yes on average most students have been practising yoga for quite a few years.

If you have done yoga for years, but you have not done Iyengar Yoga before, then you may be best to start with beginner yoga.  It can be done online or in-studio, or both.

If you still have reasonable strength and flexibility, then the non-beginner deal is any option. Check out the in-studio deal, or follow the links to the awesome online deal of 30 days of unlimited classes for just $14.95.

If you wish, get in touch with the studio and discuss your situation. A teacher can advise on which course to do.

Yes you can. It is a good idea to discuss with your teacher. They will tell you if you are ready.

Most students find the Intermediate Level quite a big jump from Beginners. We therefore have a transition level to help you become stronger in the standing poses.

It also gives you greater understanding of how to work with your body.

We also teach preparation for the other inversions, like head stand, in the transition classes .

Yes, it’s no problem We teach Iyengar yoga.

This method is particularly well suited for all different body types. It also uses a lot of preparatory poses.

We also offer Gentle Yoga, plus Back, Neck and Shoulder Yoga. See more about these under the “Classes” tab. They will be useful to your situation.

If you have not done any yoga before you have to join a Beginners Course. If you have done the odd bit here and there you should also join a Beginners Course.

We believe a 6 week course gives a new student a very good grounding in the basics of Iyengar yoga.

We offer many classes during a week, so students get to attend several classes a week.

You are taught correct actions and each week you refresh your understanding from the previous week. Then you learn new poses so over the 6 weeks. So you get a very thorough understanding of how to work with your body in a safe way.

Many people come to yoga who are quite unfit, who are stressed, or have injuries, or have areas of their body that are very dull and unused.

It takes time to see your habits and realise that it is possible to change the way you act and think.

Over 6 weeks changes do start to happen. This gives you confidence to continue so you can become happier and healthier.

We believe it gives you enough time at the the start of the class to unwind from your everyday work and activities. Therefore, you can then start the class with a quieter mind.

We also feel the time allows you to repeat poses so that you have the time to both strengthen your body and reflect on the way you are doing the pose.

At the end of each class there is the time for a long relaxation segment. This further helps to leave you feeling both re-energised as well as restored and refreshed.

We do understand that everyone has lots of commitments and time is precious. But the one and a half hour yoga class gives you back bundles of energy to then go about your daily life.

Pregnancy


Yes you can, but you must advise your teacher immediately. If you wish, please also see the answer to the next question as well.

In short, you can start at 15 weeks. Here a quick guide around pregnancy questions, including pregnancy yoga Darwin options.

If you’re planning to get pregnant, the best time to start yoga is right away. It means you can continue yoga right through your pregnancy, without having to wait until your are 15 weeks. Then you have the many benefits of yoga right through your pregnancy.

If you’re already pregnant, then please follow these steps.

  1. If you’ve done yoga already, start anytime via Flametree’s beginner deals or non-beginner deals, or whatever other passes you prefer. There are ongoing beginner level classes, online & in-studio, so you can start immediately. Alternatively, you can wait until the next beginner course starts. The pay-by-the-week deals, and the beginner course, both include a 2 week FREE trial to start.
  2. But if you are a total beginner, you can start at 15 weeks, via a range of beginner deals, including the ones above.
  3. If a beginner, and will be doing online classes, you first need to first do a 30 minute private class ($49). It’s for safety, but you’ll also get some useful yoga tips and poses. Do this also from 15 weeks onwards. (If you’re doing pregnancy yoga Darwin, in the Flametree studios, you don’t need to do this private class. Just come direct to class, but tell the teacher you re pregnant).

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As relevant, the above steps can be done online from anywhere, or in-the-studio (in the Darwin, Australia region).

The classes which are suitable for pregnant women are listed in the next paragraph.

With pregnancy yoga Darwin, or online, yoga get a mix up to 6 yoga classes a week, including Gentle Yoga, Women Only Yoga, Back Neck & Shoulder Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

They are all taught by certified yoga teachers who have been trained in the high quality Iyengar yoga style, and authorised to teach classes with pregnant women.

If you wish, we have much more information about yoga for pregnancy, including pregnancy yoga Darwin options.

In pregnancy yoga Darwin classes, and online, many props are used. At the studios, they are supplied. If you’re doing it online, it helps to buy some or improvise some. For more details, see our yoga pr0ps page.

pregnancy yoga darwin

One example of a restorative yoga pose that is suitable for pregnancy yoga Darwin and online. If you have more questions about prenatal yoga Darwin, or for anywhere, please contact our Yoga FAQ team. 

Menstruation


We prefer that you discretely advise your teacher. If online mention it in the chat box that only the teacher can see. If in the studio, tell the teacher as you arrive.

Iyengar yoga considers it’s highly useful to adjust for the changes that take place in your body once a month. You will be given alternative poses where necessary to help you during that time of the month.

In particular, you’ll be given alternatives to inverted poses. As you’d appreciate, its important to not do poses that can alter the natural bodily processes.

You’ll also be give poses that conserve energy, and re-generate it.

Injuries & medical conditions


Please ring us straight away. We will advise you then and direct you depending on your situation.

Yes. If you are having regular treatments, for example with a physio, please tell your teacher. Issues around surgery/blood pressure, changed medical conditions etc. you need to keep your teacher informed.

Online setup


The set up steps below only needed to be done once. It just takes a couple of minutes.

The first step is to download the ZOOM Client app on your phone, iPad or PC. (This only needs to be done once).

Second, for each class, as you go, reserve the online version of your Flametree class. Use the links at https://flametreeroom1.punchpass.com/ (for most non-beginner classes), OR use https://flametreeroom2.punchpass.com/ (for most beginner classes).

Once you reserve a class, a link to join that online class is sent to you, At the time for class, follow the link to join the online class.

Last, point your camera on your phone or PC so that the yoga teacher can see you. Also, if you want, you can also just turn off your camera off. But you’ll get more value from the class if the teacher can provide feedback, based on what you are doing. (Only the teacher can see you, and nobody else).

If you wish, see more about online setup.

Other


There are many classes at the Beginner level. You can book online to suit your shift.

You can change days and time.

If at all unsure if there will be space please ring us, Alternatively send us an email or text. We will direct you to a class where there is room.

Yoga is a practice. So yes you do need to set aside time a time to practice. We provide practise sheets at the Beginner and Intermediate levels that will help you to sequence your practice.

Yes you can because the poses in Iyengar Yoga can be modified through the use of props. That helps cool the body and restore your energy.

All the teachers at Flametree know how to adjust each class to take into account the effects of weather.

Therefore, no matter what the season, each yoga practice will bring balance to the body, as well as and calm the mind.

The set up steps below only needed to be done once. It just takes a couple of minutes.

The first step is to download the ZOOM Client app on your phone, iPad or PC. (This only needs to be done once).

Second, for each class, as you go, reserve the online version of your Flametree class. Use the links at https://flametreeroom1.punchpass.com/ (for most non-beginner classes), OR use https://flametreeroom2.punchpass.com/ (for most beginner classes).

Once you reserve a class, a link to join that online class is sent to you, At the time for class, follow the link to join the online class.

Last, point your camera on your phone or PC so that the yoga teacher can see you. Also, if you want, you can also just turn off your camera off. But you’ll get more value from the class if the teacher can provide feedback, based on what you are doing. (Only the teacher can see you, and nobody else).

If you wish, see more about online setup.

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