Answers to your most frequently asked questions.
I am new to yoga, how do I begin?
You may start at any moment, most of our classes are suitable to all levels (except 'experienced' classes). Don't worry if you don't feel flexible or strong enough, it is called practice for a reason. Yoga is a personal journey of self enquiry and self-mastery and while being physically demanding it has nothing to do with competing or physical ability. We recommend you get our Intro offer and join our Fundamentals classes/workshops to start with. Please make sure to let the teacher know you are new, have an open mind be patient and enjoy!
How often should I practice?
Something is better than nothing but to gain full benefits and grow from your practice we recommend you attend class a minimum of 3 times per week, working up to 6 times. We know it can seem like a lot but give it a try and see how you feel. Think of it as similar to brushing your teeth, you want to make it a daily routine. A regular practice will help you stay connected to yourself so you can be more prosperous in other aspects of your life. Women are encouraged to take rest or join restorative class during the three heaviest days of their menstrual cycle.
What is mysore?
The traditional way of learning Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and as passed on by his descendants and students is called mysore practice, named for the city of Mysore in India where it began. It is self-led practice in a group setting with one-to-one attention and guidance from a teacher. The sequence of postures is learned gradually as it is committed to memory one posture at a time. New postures are added by your teacher as you and your memory are ready. You do not need to know or memorize anything before you begin! This is an intimate way of learning and ensures that practice is built on a strong foundation and with respect to the individual needs of the student. Ashtanga is meant as a daily (6 days with one rest day and observing moondays and lady holidays) practice, it is best to practice consistently. This practice is for everyone and everyBODY, whether you are beginning on your yoga journey or have been walking the path for some time now. Our mysore students range in age from early 20's to late 50's. Simply do your best and let nothing hold you back from beginning and most importantly enjoy the journey (even the not-so-enjoyable parts of it!).
How do I register for class?
To register you will first need to create a profile in our booking system, PayNPlan, or you can download the PayNPlan app for your iPhone or Android. Be sure to add us as a business, The Breathing Space, to your profile. You may purchase a class pass via "Products" and book a lesson via the "Agenda" or first book directly via the "Agenda" and purchase a package if prompted. Payment can be made via iDeal or Credit Card.
What do I do if I am sick?
If you have a fever, stay home and take rest. If contagious, please practice at home. If you’re a bit under the weather, feel free to come and do what you can, you may modify and take rest as you need.
Are there showers?
We do not have showers. But we do have two comfortable bathrooms with everything you need to freshen up and separate changing rooms. Students who need to go straight to work after practice are encouraged to take a shower in the morning before practice instead and to freshen up at the studio afterwards. This is common practice in the yoga community and works well!
Is yoga religious?
Although it has close ties to Hinduism it is not a religion, though it does have the ability to deepen one’s faith. Yoga is a great tool for developing our physical and mental concentration helping us to see ourselves and the world around us more clearly. The 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga provide us with a framework of how to live a balanced and content life.
I am unhealthy, have a chronic disease, old injury. Can I practice yoga?
When in doubt please ask your Doctor. Let the teacher know your situation and ask for possible modifications, but pretty much anyone willing to put in the effort can practice yoga!
I am pregnant, can I practice?
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a physically demanding practice. If you have never practiced this method before, we recommend you start after pregnancy. If you already have an established practice then this a personal decision. It is generally suggested to interrupt practice during the first trimester, and from second to adjust the practice to a lower level and intensity than pre-pregnancy practice. Modifications will be given as your pregnancy evolves. Our Asana Lab and Restorative classes are great for expectant mums.
What should I wear?
Wear regular sports clothes such as shorts, leggings, tank tops (no naked torsos please). Rather avoid baggy or heavy clothing and please refrain from wearing perfume.
What should I eat before class?
Best is to avoid eating two hours before class. If feeling a little hungry or low in energy please eat a light snack such as a piece of fruit or a small handful of nuts. Make sure you are properly hydrated before class, drinking water during practice generally serves as a distraction only.
What is the difference between Ashtanga and Vinyasa?
Ashtanga is a specific and traditional method that works with a set sequence of postures and framework of focus. It may be practiced Mysore style or in led group classes. Vinyasa comes from the Ashtanga method; sequences of postures may vary.
Can I freeze/extend my membership?
Our monthly memberships may be placed on hold once a year by sending an email notification in advance. However our class passes (rittenkaart) may not. Please plan and purchase your package accordingly.
Can I cancel class?
Cancellations are free of charge up until 8 hours before class, after which your class will be deducted from your pass. If you know you will not be able to attend, please kindly cancel your reservation so your spot can be reserved by someone else.
Yoga classes vary from studio to studio. What can I expect at The Breathing Space?
All our classes are strongly rooted in the Ashtanga method. So be ready to breathe deeply and deepen your concentration. Music is not played during class and teachers do not demonstrate while teaching but instead give hands-on adjustments to help your body understand, deepen or correct postures. Please make sure to let us know if you have injuries, medical conditions or are pregnant.
What should I bring?
Just yourself, we have mats and props for everyone at the studio. Please make sure to clean mats and put away props after class. Let us know if you would like to store your personal mat in the studio.
Is yoga only for women?
Funny, in the early days yoga was practiced almost exclusively by men. It is only until recently that Western yoga got the reputation of being a female dominated practice. Luckily there are still plenty of (bad ass) dudes practicing at our studio and around the world such as Sting, Woody Harrelson, Rusell Brand, Jon Bon Jovi and Collin Farrel.
How do I buy my membership/book classes?
All payments and bookings are made via our booking system (Paynplan). If you have any questions you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I cancel my monthly membership?
After your three month starting period you may send us an email before the end of the month, and we will take care of it.
Our studio doors open 15’ before class begins, you can enjoy a cup of tea before or after class. Please store your valuables in the personal cabinets inside the studio and put your phone on silent mode. Be respectful of the teacher and fellow students and practice what is offered. Feel free to ask specific questions before and after class, we love to help you!
We look very much forward to welcome you in our warm studio, to get to know you and support you in this journey of self-realization.