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Yoga is for all of us. We at Myga believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age or ability. Therefore we created a schedule where everybody can find the right class, level and as the Myga studio is still in baby shoes, we are constantly adding new classes so please stay tuned!

Myga is a family run business and we try our best to reply within a few hours to your request, but unfortunately this is not always possible as children have to be picked up from school, dinner has to be served and the hubby needs to support his favourite football team. 

Therefore we created this list with answers to the most common questions.

 

If you cannot find the answer, or have a more specific enquiry please contact us via email (or instagram) and I personally will respond!

Love & Happiness 

Claudia

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation, diet control, positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.

Yoga derived form the Sanskrit word ‘yui’ which means yoke. So yoga can be defined as a yoke between the Individual and the Universal soul.

Yoga is not a religion but a practical philosophy involving every aspect of a person’s being. It is the connection between the mind and the body, the unification of soul & matter, it is a practice to restrain the thoughts occurring in the mind. It encourages the individual through the development of self-discipline and self-awareness. 

Yoga is also a way of life, an approach to life and its challenges. The philosophy of Yoga discusses the deeper meanings of concepts such as the goal of life and its challenges. 

Yoga in the West refers mostly to the discipline of physical yoga (poses, also called Asanas) which teaches us how to quiet the mind by putting attention on the breath and on the movement (stillness) of the body. 

The main focus in on flexibility, strength, balance and endurance.

 

 

What are the benefits of Yoga?

A regular yoga practice will help you to develop physical purity, vital stability and mental capacity. 

 

 

PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF YOGA

Improves flexibility and balance
Increases muscle strength, endurance and stamina
Improves respiration, energy and vitality
Reliefs pain, including migraine headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain
Maintains a balanced metabolism and helps with weight reduction
Regulates adrenal glands and boosts immunity
Reduces blood pressure and improves cardio and circulatory health
Relieves osteoporosis and arthritis pain
Decreases cholesterol levels and improves heart function
Improves circulation, increases blood flow and drains lymphs
Creates a healthy digestive system
Helps strengthen and protect the body from injury
Improves posture, strengthens and protects the spine
Improves athletic performance

 

 

MENTAL BENEFITS OF YOGA

Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
Creates calmness of the mind
Increases body awareness
Creates mental clarity
Sharpens concentration

 

 

What is so special about us?

We are a yoga shop during the day with a lovely vegan cafe. Before and after shopping hours magic happens. Simsalabim! Our store turns into a yoga studio as we roll all our shelves and displays in the back and to the side. What’s left is a super clean space to practice Yoga.

  

 

Where are we located?

Our studio is just outside of the Bullring opposite of Arket and next to “Next”, just 1min walk from the famous Bull statue. 

This is the Address:
Unit SU734 Bullring. Upper Mall West. Birmingham. B5 4BG

 

 

How do I get there?

New Street Train Station is just a few minutes walking distance from us. If you come via car we recommend to park in one of the car parks close to us. Please find them on Bullrings website.

 

 

Which class is best for me?

Our 28 days unlimited Yoga pass gives you the chance to try as many classes as you like at times which suit you best. If you have never done Yoga before we recommend one of our Beginner Yoga classes

We offer a variety of classes and recommend that you try a few different classes as well as teachers. Your preference for style and teacher can be very personal. 

 

 

What do I need to bring? 

We provide everything you need, from yoga mats to yoga props such as blocks, straps and pillow supports.

 

If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat, please feel free to do so. We highly recommend you bring a bottle of water. We also sell reusable water bottles in case you don’t have one and will provide you with tap water. 

We also have lockers where you can store your personal belongings. 

 

 

What if I’m not very flexible? 

We will see you at Yoga! 

You will be amazed how quickly you will gain flexibility if you practise regularly.

 

 

Should I eat or drink before I come to class?

We recommend not to eat anything heavy 1-2 hours before the class. Digestion of food requires energy, and while doing yoga, all your energy goes to the muscles you are exercising and therefore can’t digest the food properly. If you feel super hungry before class, we would suggest a light snack such as a small banana or a few nuts. 

 

 

What shall I wear?

In most yoga classes there is physical movement, so comfortable athletic wear is recommended to feel free during the poses.

 

You can either wear stretchy tight leggings or loose tracksuit bottoms and tank-tops. Men often prefer to wear shorts. Women find it more comfortable wearing a sports bra underneath rather than a regular bra. 

If you have long hair, it’s best to tie it back away from your face. Shoes are not worn in the space where we practice; shoes must be placed in the provided shoe shelf.

It is recommended that students practice in their bare feet but if you prefer to wear socks, then please feel free to do so. You also have the possibility to buy special non-slip yoga socks in our store. 

Please bear in mind that the temperature of your body increases throughout class so best is to wear layers that can be removed. 

 

 

What to do when you arrive

It’s best to arrive 10 minutes early for your class which gives you time to speak to your teacher and store your personal belongings. Don’t be embarrassed to tell him/her it’s your first class – the more they know, the better they can teach! Be sure to mention if you’re dealing with any injuries or pain as they can advise you to skip or modify certain poses as needed.

 

 

Is it possible to lose weight practicing Yoga?

Dynamic Yoga, Balance Board, Vinyasa Flows, Power Yoga and Ashtanga are great ways to have fun, gain strength and flexibility and remove toxins. You will definitely burn calories but weight loss and maintenance will only happen if diet is taken into consideration as well. 

However, yoga can increase one's mindfulness and the way one relates to their body. So, individuals will become more aware of what they are eating and make better food choices.

 

 

Can I shower after the class? 

There are no shower facilities in our studio but we do provide lockers and a huge toilet in case you need to get changed.

 

 

Are mobile phones allowed in class?

Having a focused mind and a stress-free environment will help you make the most of your class. To avoid distracting others, please turn all mobile phones to silent mode and step out of the class to take the phone call if you must.

 

 

What if I have an injury or condition that might affect my ability to participate?

If you have a specific medical condition or injury please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher before class begins. Yoga can help you to heal more quickly and safely from a recent accident, injury or surgery.

It may be useful to drop an email to discuss your issue. We will always suggest ways to modify the practice or work with the injury safely, or may suggest that the class is not suitable until the injury has healed.

 

 

What if I am pregnant?

As with any new exercise it is not recommended that you take up something new whilst pregnant. However, if you have been practicing Yoga regularly (for at least 6 months) then there is no reason not to continue with some modifications from your teacher. Please inform your teacher to enable them to work with you. 

 

 

How old do I have to be to start Yoga?

The minimum age is 16 years old (16-18 years must be accompanied in the class by an adult).

 

 

Is there any reason why I cannot do Yoga?

Yoga is not a substitute for medical or therapeutic treatment. 

Always check with your doctor if you have a concern.

 

 

What if I still have questions?

Feel free to contact us!