Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of yoga do you teach at Bodywise?

Our classes at Bodywise in Manchester offer a versatile approach to yoga. You will learn about the core movement principles that underpin the practice of yoga and experience how these develop strength in the body. We teach dynamic flow sequences harmonizing breath and movement which build strength, vitality and fluidity. This is balanced by a quiet yin style yoga practice which cultivates relaxation and stillness.

Q: What are the other classes, Qi Gong and Feldenkrais?

Qi Gong and Feldenkrais orginate from different traditions to yoga but there is much in common. Qi Gong is movement done standing, some on chairs and flowing exercises, using your breath. The Feldenkrais Method is a way of learning through movement as well as using it to explore wider aspects of our thoughts and feelings. These are drop-in classes which you just turn up to.

Q: What do I wear for yoga?

Comfortable clothes that you can easily move about and stretch in.

Q: Do you supply equipment?

Yes we will provide mats, blocks, bolsters, blankets and belts. If you prefer to bring your own, you are welcome.

Q: I’m a beginner – is this class suitable?

The drop-in classes are available to all. Each course or weekend workshop has a level assigned to it. If you are not sure just ask one of us or give us a call on 0161 833 2528.

Q: Can I do yoga even though I’m not flexible?

Yoga will increase your flexibility over time but if you have any injuries or serious health conditions, the teacher does need to know in advance so please get in touch with us on 0161 833 2528

Q: What’s the difference between a drop-in class and a course?

A drop-in class is one which does not need to be booked in advance. You just turn up and pay on the day (cash/cheque). We suggest you arrive ten minutes before to give you time to get changed. You should also be aware that we operate on a first-come, first-served basis so for busy classes you may need to arrive even earlier to ensure you get a place although at the time of writing, this only applies to the Thursday 6pm class.

A course is when you commit and prepay for a series of usually 8 classes that occur once a week on the same day at the same time. This works out cheaper per class than paying a drop-in fee and you get the added bonus of working with the same people each time. You’re more likely to get a sense of progression with a course, and you’re also more likely to make the effort to come to class if you’ve prepaid! For a course you will need to book in advance with a £20 deposit and the balance being payable on the first night with a cash or cheque payable to the teacher. You can also pay online via our website, which will cost you an additional £1 to cover our Paypal costs.

If you do have to miss any classes due to other commitments, unfortunately refunds for the missed classes are not possible.

Q: Who qualifies for the concessionary rate?

Our concessionary rate is for people on benefits, on low incomes, students, OAPs, etc. We do not require proof but ask you to assess your circumstances for yourself. Do ask your teacher if you are unsure if you qualify for a concession.

Q: How do I pay for a course or workshop?

Check availability:
 Firstly, please check availability for the course or event by ringing 0161 833 2528 or emailing us,

Pay your deposit: 
Pay a £20 deposit for courses and pay for workshops* in full prior to the date (*unless you are paying by Paypal online, in which case you pay £20 for the workshop and the balance on the day).

You can pay by cheque (payable to the teacher – not to Bodywise) which you can:

  1. Post to our address – Bodywise, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester M4 1DZ (enclose a note giving your name, mobile number and which event your cheque is for)
  2. You can call in and pay cash or cheque (not card) to the downstairs receptionist (enclose a note as above)
  3. You can pay online at the foot of this page although it will incur an extra £1 surcharge to cover our Paypal costs.

Paying the Balance:
 The balance for courses is due on the first night and is payable only by cash or cheque.

Q: Can I pay by debit/credit card?

You can pay online here via Paypal although it will incur an extra £1 surcharge to cover our Paypal costs.

Pay a £20 deposit for Yoga courses or a £20 part payment for Workshops

Select Course:

Q: What if I need to cancel my yoga course?

Deposits are not refundable. If you have to cancel part-way through, it’s best that you speak to the yoga teacher running your course about what their policy is.

Q: Is there disabled access? 
We have a lift from the ground floor.

From the street to the ground floor there are 6 steps and a handrail up to the main door of the Buddhist Centre. The Buddhist Centre is wanting to implement full disabled access.

Q: How late can I join a class?

Up to 15 minutes after the start of class. However, please try to avoid arriving late as it does disrupt the class flow and you may miss important warm-up sequences or information.

Q: Should I eat or drink before a class?

Try not to eat immediately before class. Certainly avoid eating a big meal two hours prior to class. If you are hungry, then here are some examples of good food choices before class: dry nuts, fresh fruit (non-citrus), banana bread, celery, dark chocolate, sushi, dried fruit, fruit smoothie, sports nutrition bar, milk or soya milk.

With all the yoga and movement classes, you are advised to drink water before and after class rather than during. For all other classes, drinking water during class is fine.

Q: What do I do if I lose something at Bodywise?

Please take care of your belongings and remember to take everything home with you. We do have a lost property box in the Buddhist Centre reception If you have left something behind, ideally come in, otherwise call us and we’ll check if we have it. We take no responsibility for personal property brought into the centre and are not responsible for any losses.

Q: Where should I put my valuables?

Please take your valuables (purse, wallet, mobile, keys) into the studio with you. Please turn your mobile off or onto silent. You can leave your clothes and bags in the tiny cloakroom which is situated in the yoga studio, but this is at your own risk. Bodywise does not take responsibility for any lost or stolen items.