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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 harmonising 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 (Tai chi/Qi Gong, Pilates)?

Tai Chi is a series of slow, gentle motions that are patterned after movements in nature. Qi gong is characterised by stationary movements that are repeated a certain number of times. Qi gong can be thought of as a movement you do for a certain situation, as opposed to tai chi form, which is a series of movements that work on the entire body in a flowing sequence. Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. Please book your place with the teacher.

Q: What do I wear for yoga?

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

Q: Do you supply equipment?

We supply all equipment and mats, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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

The classes are available to all. Each course or weekend workshop has a level assigned to it. If you are not sure do ask the teacher or drop us an email.

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 them.

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

A class runs every week and you can pay as you go. You do need to book in advance with the teacher but don’t have to attend every week.

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 per class 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 the teacher the same way as you book a class.

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?

At the time of booking, the teacher will let you know how you can pay them.

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

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.