New to Yoga

Yoga is for Every Body!


Yoga 1: Beginners classes are perfect if you are BRAND NEW to yoga. These classes are taught progressively and will help you establish a solid base to grow your practice on. You can start at anytime as these classes are not taught in terms. Come regularly to this class for several weeks, months or years to learn the basic poses, build awareness of foundational alignment, and become oriented to the progressive flow of our yoga practice. Our Yoga Restore is a relaxation class suitable for Beginners and if you are working with injury our Gentle Yoga class is perfect to start with. 


What do I bring?

All you really need is you! Wear what is comfortable to you, leggings and shorts are great for men & women. All classes are done in bare feet. We have yoga mats at the front desk ($2) to hire if you do not have your own. Rubber mats rather than foam work best on our wooden flooring. Bring a reusable water bottle. We have amazing alkanilized fully filtered water for a supreme hydration experience! Avoid practicing on a full stomach but also honour the needs of your body. A small, easily digested snack like a piece of fruit or muesli bar is fine an hour before practice. 

What time should I get there?

Arrive 20 minutes early on your first day. Plan some time to find a parking space, walk to the studio, and check in at the front desk. You can also preregister for your first class online or via the app.

Is it safe to do yoga if I have an injury or medical condition?

In most cases, yes. Yoga is an excellent way to support the body in its healing process. It can be a powerful tool for rehabilitation from injuries, regaining strength, and balancing body alignment. However, not all levels or types of yoga are appropriate when you are hurt. Please consult your medical professional for advice on whether yoga is appropriate for you. Please let the teacher know before the class of any injuries so they can help you adjust your practice.

In some cases you may prefer to book a 1-1 private class prior to joining a group class. Please email reception to find out more about how these sessions can benefit you .


How often should I come?

As often as you like. Making yoga a regular and consistent part of your week will offer noticeable benefits to body, mind, and spirit. 1-3 classes a week is a great way to start. 

I'm pregnant. Are your classes for me?

We offer a skillful and supportive team of highly trained pre and post natal Yoga teachers, and encourage you to attend prenatal yoga class if you are pregnant. Yoga and Meditation are powerful ways to support your body and your developing baby. 

Can I bring my children?

Currently classes at GYH are for adults, 17+. Special exceptions may be made from time to time for mature teens, please contact us in advance. Our friends Mindful Movers provide wonderful monthly childrens yoga classes in Christchurch.

More questions?

Please email us or call 03 389 8113 and leave us a message, we will get back to you.