frequently asked questions

Courses, classes and programs at Yoga Mandir

  • No need to bring a mat, we have mats and other props for class. However you are welcome to bring your own mat.
  • Do not eat 3 hrs before class – food in your stomach will make you feel heavy and lethargic. Later on when your asana work develops you will feel sick if you have eaten before practice.
  • Hydrate yourself well before the class but do not drink water during class or bring a water bottle. The senses, which include the way the salivary glands function, become feedback information for us and we do not want to obscure the message coming through the senses.
  • Wear clothes that have an elastic waist and wear pants that allow teachers to see knees and ankles. Bike shorts or tights work well. Please wear a modest shirt that has a reasonably firm fit.

The Practitioner program course levels are explained on the website.  Read carefully and reflect upon the descriptions given about each of the level. Progress in Yoga is based on experience and therefore the number of hours we spend on our mats and in a classroom really matters.  It is easy under our western model of education to intellectualise about our progress and to interpret our development through the filter of our personality (our desires and fears).  The influence of the personality on interpretation of experience is exactly what Yoga advises us about: that mind is not able to observe the objects of life clearly.  Think carefully about the number of terms of practice experience that you have had and how much you practice at home.  Make a decision about what level to enrol into based on that information rather than where you think you should be or where you would like to be. If uncertain, consult your teacher.

  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of class time. The doors will not open early.
  • Please remove your shoes before entering the Yoga room
  • Check your name off with the teacher as you come into class
  • Come on time to class and do not leave early
  • Turn phones off
  • Use the toilet whenever you need
  • Focus on yourself
  • Attend regularly so that learning is systematic
  • It is best not to come to class if you have fever or a contagious illness
  • Your personal belongings and valuables remain your responsibility at all times. Yoga Mandir does not provide secure lockers for student belongings.

  • Teaching instruction is directive – not conversational.
  • Sanskrit is the key language of Yoga and poses are named in English and Sanskrit. In time it is expected that you will get to know the Sanskrit names.

Teachers are allocated to teach specific courses and students can see on the Institute timetable who is teaching each course. Because Yoga Mandir is a training institute for teachers, there are two weeks each term (weeks 5 & 6) where you may be allocated a different teacher. This teacher will either be a registered trainee teacher, or a qualified teacher from another school who is here attending professional development. It is also possible that your course will be taught by two teachers. This happens when your main teacher is away in India at the Iyengar Institute.

Alan Goode is an Intermediate Senior Level III Iyengar teacher who is authorised to train teachers. All of the teachers at the Institute have been trained or are undertaking training with Alan. The BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia (BKSIYAA) has responsibility for assessing teachers. There are five levels of qualifications: •Introductory (up until May 2015 these were known as Level I and II, as of May 2015 Intoductory Level 1 is no longer assessed and the basic qualifying assessment is known as “Introductory”) •Intermediate Junior (Levels I, II and III) •Intermediate Senior (Levels I, II and III) •Advanced Junior (Levels I, II and III) •Advanced Senior (Levels I, II)

If a student only ever experiences Yoga as an instruction based learning experience, their development in Yoga is limited. Yoga is a quest for freedom from suffering through clarity of perception. The quest develops an internal locus of control and requires careful weighing and measuring of experience. Personal practice experience that is free of external instruction facilitates this inward journey.

Led Practice is available to students simultaneously enrolled in Foundation, Developing, Established or Maturing Practitioner Yogasana Courses.