Frequently asked questions

1. What should I wear?
Wear shorts or leggings and a t-shirt (if possible of a light colour). Baggy trousers are not recommended.
In cold days bring a warm sweater for the end of class.
If you perspire easily bring a small towel.
Yoga is practiced in bare feet and without socks.

2. Do I need to take any equipment or mat?
No, you don't need to bring any equipment. All you need is available at the Centre.
However, you can buy at the Centre your own equipment for your personal practice. 

3. How many times a week should I practice?
You should start with 2 classes per week. Many students later on will take 3 classes a week.
We strongly recommend that apart from the classes you start your own personal practice at home. Your progress will depend on a regular and consistent practice.

4. Can I eat before a class?
It is important that you practice on an empty stomach. No, you should not practice after eating. 
You should wait 2 to 3 hours after a meal and about 1 hour after a light snack.

5. What is the recommend age to start practicing yoga?
You can start to practice yoga at any age and any physical condition. There are no age limits.
For your safety choose certified teachers who are qualified to teach you according to your personal characteristics.
Children can start practicing at the age of 6 or 7 in classes that are specific for the young ones.

6. Can I practice yoga during pregnancy?
Yes, if you are on your second or third trimester.
If you have never practiced yoga, do not start during the first trimester. From that on it will be very beneficial to practice yoga. If you are pregnant always inform your teacher so that he/she can adapt the practice to your needs.

7. What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga increases flexibility and strength and improves posture.
Most people feel more energy and an improvement in the quality of life.
Regular practice enhances awareness and helps to achieve emotional stability and inner peace.

8. I suffer from back pain. Will yoga be good for me?
Definitely. Many people start to practice yoga due to common back ailments and they say that yoga has given them back quality of life. You should, however, always inform your teacher of any back problems you have when you enroll so that your teacher chooses the best practice for you.

9. What makes IYENGAR® Yoga different from other yoga styles?
The IYENGAR® method focuses mainly on the development of strength, endurance and correct body alignment. Also works flexibility and relax. It focuses mainly on standing poses that make legs strong and increase vitality, improve circulation, coordination and balance. IYENGAR® Yoga is meditation in action. As the students make the poses, the mind has to be focused on the actions of that pose and in the movement of breathing. And as mind unites with the body and the breathing, the student enters a meditative state. Self-knowledge happens through the realization and letting go of normal states of tension and psychological resistance. With the regular practice, the student's ability to relax and concentrate improves allowing a greater self-awareness.

10. Where is the Centre?
The Centre is located at Rua do Campo Alegre, 484, next to the English Club in from of the Sciences Faculty, in a recessed square.