P R A C T I C A L D E T A I L S
|THE FIRST STEPS
Enquiries – email or call me. I am often teaching and can’t get to the phone, so please leave a message if I don’t answer. I will try to get back to you within a day or two. Please feel free to call or email again if you haven’t heard (it’s rare, but every now and then, messages go astray).
How to enrol – once we have discussed the options and your particular circumstances, ideally a few weeks before the beginning of the new term, you can place your name on the waiting list for your chosen class. In your first class, I will give you a small confidential registration form for you to fill in your details, any medications, past injuries, conditions. Please complete and return this promptly.
Waiting lists – many of our classes are full, or close to full, so newcomers are initially placed on a waiting list. Current students have first preference for the next term. The next priority is given to past students who are returning and then to new students, in the order they have registered interest.
Confirming your place – in the week or two before term starts I will notify you about the likelihood of a place and then will confirm as soon as I am able. Feel free to contact me if you haven’t heard by the beginning of the term. Your place will be secured when you have accepted either verbally or, preferably, via email.
Introductory classes – if you are unsure if yoga or these classes will be right for you it is possible, space-permitting, to pay for an introductory class (at the current casual rate) in either week one or two of term. This amount will be deducted from the term fee if you choose to continue.
Full-term or Casual attendance? – the Gita yoga framework and our pricing structure encourage you to make a commitment to your yoga, through rain, hail and shine. This is a strong recommendation that will help you integrate yoga, and its benefits, into your life. At minimum it is essential that you commit to the whole of your first term to ensure you have a well grounded foundation. After your first term, if you find that there is a particular reason that you can’t attend for the whole term, it may be possible to take one of the two reserved casual places or pay for a half-term block. Please talk to me to investigate this.
Link to Current Timetable and prices
Payment - bank transfer is preferred but cash or cheques (made out to Lynn Romeo) are acceptable. Term payments are due in the first week of term. If need be, it is possible to negotiate paying in three instalments, one at the beginning of term, one about week 3 or 4 and the last about 3 weeks before the end of term. Casual fees can be paid at the beginning of the class.
Recording your payment – there is an attendance/payment register for each class. If you pay cash or cheque, please record the amount you have paid next to your name in the column under the day’s date. I will confirm receipt of bank transfers next to your name in the designated column.
Receipts – if you require a receipt, please place a tick next to your name on the registration sheet, in the column headed receipt. If you prefer an electronic receipt please indicate this with an ‘e’ next to the tick. Receipts will be issued by the middle of the term, once you have paid the full term fee. Receipts are not usually available for casual classes.
Deposits – are only usually required for individual sessions, workshops and retreats, not regular classes.
Discounts/concessions – various discounts are available for pensioners, students, second and subsequent family members and for people who pay the term fee for more than one class per week. Please see current timetable for up-to-date fee schedule.
Advising of absences – if you know in advance that you will be away, please record this as an ‘A’ on the attendance sheet, next to your name and under the date you will be away. I will then be able to tell students who are wanting to catch up on classes what’s available. If you discover that you will be absent on the day of the class, I always appreciate receiving a message but am rarely able to reply.
Refunds and credits – if your circumstances change during a term it may be possible to negotiate a credit for the following term, or a refund. This needs to be discussed with me at, or close to, the time your circumstances change and before you have missed two classes.
Recycling unused classes – at the end of each term any unclaimed credits will be donated to the emerging trust fund, ‘...For the Grace of Yoga’ to help take yoga to people who would otherwise not have access.
Missed/Catch-up classes – term fees are calculated at a discounted rate so there are no refunds for missed classes. However if there is space in another class it may be possible to catch up on any missed classes in a different time-slot. This needs to be negotiated with Lynn, in the same term as the missed classes.
BEING PREPARED FOR YOUR CLASS
How to find us and parking:
What to bring – Yoga North Hobart studio is fully equipped and beautifully carpeted so no need to bring anything. In the Taroona classes people bring their own mat and blanket, although we do have a few spares on hand.
What to wear – comfortable clothes that move with you, such as tracksuits, leggings or bike shorts under loose shorts. Belts, buckles, thick/tight bands and large jewellery are uncomfortable to lie on or move with. Be prepared to leave your shoes (and socks, if you wish) at the door.
Eating before a class – as with all exercise, it is advisable to refrain from eating for 1-2 hours before a class. If you need to eat, try to make it a small snack at least an hour beforehand. As yoga helps to release toxins from our tissues it is wise to drink fresh pure water before and after the class, but we do not usually drink during the class. If you can minimise stimulants, tea, coffee, sugars before your class you will have a more authentic and balancing experience.
Medication – please advise me if you are on any medication.
BORROWING AND BUYING
Spare mats and blankets – The North Hobart studio has a full supply of mats and blankets. In the Taroona Hall I have a few of each as spares for extra cold times or for people who have forgotten their own.
Buying a mat – I usually have a new mat or two ready for sale in Taroona and I can also advise you of places around Hobart that sell mats. If you are buying a new mat it’s a good idea to test the thickness and density between your fingers and notice the smell. Most mats lose their strong smell once they have been aired but some cheaper mats don’t.
Borrowing/buying books, DVDs, CDs, etc - I usually have a supply of the inspiring and instructive Gita books (Yoga for You, Wings of Power, I Am A Yogi), relaxation CDs, Yoga DVDs for sale. There is a small library of copies for you to borrow for a week, so you can try before you buy. I also often have copies of Changing Habits, Changing Lives and The Body Keeps Score for sale, along with no added sugar licorice pellets (that soothe tickly coughs and dry mouths). See Current Schedule – Costs and prices.