FAQ - Good to know

Especially if you are new to our studio or to yoga you might find some helpful information below. And if you don't find the answer to your question here: write us a message

Preparing for Yoga class

Are all classes happening in English?

As a general rule, yes. However, if all of the attending students speak German, depending on the instructor, classes might be held in German. Feel free to ask which classes are more suitable, if you feel your English is not good enough.

What styles are you teaching at Younion Yoga?
It's difficult to put teachers into boxes. Depending on their background, their experience with different styles, their personal preferences and the day they teach they find their own style – which can be more or less a blend between certain yoga styles and their personality. Have a look at the team to find out more about the different team members.

I am a beginner. Do you offer classes for beginners?
Yes. We want everyone to learn yoga and use it as a way to improve the quality of your life. We also run workshops occasionally that are designed to help beginners step confident into a yoga studio. Please check the schedule for specific days and times for the beginner classes.

Can I join classes if I’m pregnant?
In any case: inform your teacher about the pregnancy. If you have practiced yoga before, are feeling healthy and have no physical limitations or injuries, you may join any class. Since you are experienced, we assume, you are able to listen to your body and stick to what feels good. If you have little experience with yoga, we recommend a beginners class.

Is it okay to eat before yoga?
It's better to practice on a rather empty stomach (around two hours after eating).

What should I bring to class?
At Younion Yoga we will provide everything you may need (bolsters, mats, blocks, straps and eye pillow) to have a fantastic class. Just come in comfortable clothing that allows you to move.

What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, but is not too baggy, so the teacher can see your alignment. Women usually wear athletic or yoga wear, tank tops and leggings. Men typically wear athletic shorts and T-shirts. It's appropriate to wear formfitting supportive underwear. Yoga is practiced barefoot.

What class is suitable for me?
Most yoga classes are a combination of strength and flexibility, based on different styles. If you've never taken a yoga class before, we recommend Yoga for Beginners as a first-time class. For more information see classes and always feel free to contact us, if you have any questions!

How can I find the studio?
You will find us in the backyard of Winterthurerstrasse 47, right in the triangle of Kinkelstrasse, Seilbahn Rigiblick and Scheuchzerstrasse (tram no. 9 or 10 to Kinkelstrasse, or bus no. 33 to Scheuchzerstrasse). Have a look at the map. Please arrive early enough to find our hidden gem.

Signing in for classes

Why signing up for classes?
To let the community know, if class is happening (min. 2 registered students 2 hours before class) or to secure your space (maximum 12 students)

When do I sign up?
Please sign in up to 2 hours before class or 9pm on the evening before morning classes. If the class is happening (meaning 2 hours or 9pm before class there are 10 or less spots left) you can still sign in. In general: the earlier you sign up, the better.

Can I always sign out?
You can sign out up to two hours before class or 9pm on the evening before morning classes. After that, you will be charged for the class.

When do I pay for classes?

You can purchase a class pass before or after class at the studio. Payment options cash/TWINT/credit or debit card or make a bank transfer to IBAN CH04 0070 0114 8027 5824 1

Can I pay with credit card?
Yes, we have facilities at Younion Yoga to process credit- and debit cards (no postfinance debit card).

Do I have to sign a yoga registration and release form?
By registering and participating in any yoga class at Younion Yoga you agree automatically with the following guide lines, without explicit signing them:
  • My Insurance in the responsibility of myself. I am not covered by Younion Yoga or their instructors.
  • I understand that the level of my participation in this physical practice and which exercises I perform must be determined by me, in consultation with my physician, and that the instructor cannot fully monitor the extent of my participation.
  • I understand that the instructor is not a physician, nurse or emergency medical technician, and that the instructor by making this exercise program available, is not undertaking any responsibility regarding my medical condition(s). If my medical condition should change, I understand that it is my responsibility to discontinue the exercise program and to immediately consult with my physician about continuing or resuming participation in this program.
  • I hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless the instructor(s) of this exercise program from any and all claims, demands, personal injuries, costs or expenses, arising out of my participation in this program.
  • I understand the nature and extent of the exercises in which I am participating and that, while performing those exercises, I could sustain bodily injury. I am nevertheless voluntarily agreeing to participate in the exercise program and perform those exercises conducted by the instructor.
  • I inform the teacher about any medical conditions I may have, such as Blood Pressure, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cardiovascular diseases, any recent surgeries, pregnancy, pain and inflammations, trauma, depression etc. Younion Yoga relies on your information and will make a confidential note in their electronically system that each teacher is informed about any health issues and can provide alternative options or sustainable modifications if required. Please inform Younion Yoga as well if you don’t like to be touched by the instructors for any physical alignments.
  • I understand that I would not be accepted in this program without the agreement of this Release by signing up. I have read this Release and been given the opportunity to ask any questions at the studio or by mail contact.

During class

I have an injury. Can I still practice yoga?
If you have an injury or condition that could affect your practice, please inform the teacher before class, so suitable modifications can be recommended. Depending on your injury or if you are recovering from an incident, private classes could be a good alternative since it focuses on your personal needs.

Parfums, Deodorants etc.?
We ask you kindly to be very gentle with the usage of fragrances. Your neighbor might not enjoy your fragrance as much as you do.

I have to leave class earlier. Is that ok?
Please let the teacher know before class. And in any case leave before – not during – the group's Savasana or final meditation.

I am late for class. What shall I do?
Please make sure you arrive early enough so you can change and start in peace. If you happen to be late, just sneak in after meditation/pranayama and make sure you do not disturb the others.

What if I signed in but don't show up?
If you have signed up, we are expecting you. No shows with no notes will be charged for class. Of course, life happens. So please: If you surprisingly can't come, sign out. If it's too late to sign out (2 hours before class starts) contact us and we will decide, whether class will be charged or not.

About Yoga

What is Yin Yoga?
A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga—your muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you're supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they're long — you'll practice patience here too.

What is Iyengar Yoga?
This is a purist yoga named after founder B.K.S. Iyengar. Props like blocks, straps, harnesses, and incline boards are used to get you more perfectly into positions and have earned the style its nickname, "furniture yoga." Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing. Don't take that to mean easy.

What is Vinyasa Yoga?
An active and more athletic style of yoga adapted from the traditional ashtanga system in the late 1980s to appeal to "Westerners". Vinyasa yoga doesn't stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. Classes called "vinyasa" or "flow" can be vastly different but in general stem from this movement and from ashtanga as well.
What is Anusara Yoga?
Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor and has been created by John Friend. Anusara is meant to be heartfelt. Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard positions, students are guided to express themselves through the poses to their fullest ability.

What is Hatha Yoga?
By definition, hatha is a physical yoga practice, which is pretty much all yoga you’ll find in this hemisphere. One of the six original branches of yoga, "hatha" encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga. In other words, hatha is the ice cream if styles like ashtanga and Bikram are vanilla and chocolate chip. Today, classes described as "hatha" on studio schedules are typically a basic and classical approach to yogic breathing exercises and postures.

What are some of the benefits of yoga?
Improves Balance & Posture: Yoga focuses on proper alignment – which helps you stand and sit up straighter.
Increases Flexibility: You don't need to be flexible to do yoga – flexibility comes with practice. Strengthens the back and core: In some cases, yoga can be more effective for improving back conditions than standard medical treatment.
Strengthens Bones: Yoga can increase bone density
Improves Lung Capacity: Controlled breathing is an important component of yoga
Lowers Stress: Studies show, that yoga can enhance sleep aswell as trigger brain chemicals that combat anxiety and depression.

What is the significance of the word Om?
Some classes can involve a short singing of the sound Om (mostly at beginning or end. It’s pronounced A-U-M). Since it should never become an empty ritual for teachers and students: Feel free to chant but never feel obligated to chant. What’s the meaning of om? Ancient books and latest science both agree: Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. As such OM is looked at as the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.

Other questions

Do you also offer private classes?
Yes, we do. And it's a good way to deepen your personal practice. Depending on the teacher, private lessons can be held in English, German, Swiss-German or French Find out more here

Do you rent out the studio?
Yes, we do sometimes. Please contact us for an inquiry (date, time, content, etc) and we will get in contact with you.