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FAQs

New to yoga or returning from a hiatus? Either way, we want you to feel comfortable and informed about the class you choose to attend. For information on specific drop-in classes, please visit the full timetable and click on the class title for a description.

Here are some common answers that you’ll find useful whether you are dabbling or a dedicated practitioner new to our studio.

Meadowlark Yoga Edinburgh

What is Yoga?

The word “yoga” can be translated in many ways, often it is translated as “union”. The union of mind and body is a great way to look at the practice.

What classes do you offer?

Meadowlark Yoga offers a variety of drop-in classes in a range of yoga styles. From traditional Mysore-style Ashtanga, Vinyasa, pregnancy, yin and more. Visit our full timetable for class times; or check out our full class descriptions here.

I’m new to yoga. Where should I start?

Choose between a beginners course or drop-in classes at a basics or level 1. Questions? Come in and speak with one of our receptionists for guidance.

When should I arrive?

For your first visit please arrive 15 minutes before class to register, familiarise yourself with the studio and get on your mat before class begins. You can expedite check-in by booking your place online.

Can I eat before class?

It’s best to practice on an empty stomach, so try to leave 1+ hour to digest your meal. Morning Mysore practitioners are encouraged to eat breakfast after practice. If your stomach is growling, eat something small and nutritious. Stay hydrated.

What should I bring/wear?

Bring a yoga mat, a mat towel and wear clothes that allow uninhibited movement. Mats are available for hire (£2) or purchase (prices vary, student discounts available). Meadowlark Yoga has changing rooms and one shower. Please bring your own bath towel and toiletries. We suggest leaving valuables at home.

How do I get to Meadowlark Yoga?

We are located at 43 Argyle Place, EH9 1JT, directly across from Middle Meadow Walk. There are numerous bus routes (2, 3, 5, 8,16, 24, 29, 30, 33, 41, 42, 49, 67 – all within 5 minutes walk) bicycle parking and paid street parking. Please plan accordingly so you begin your class stress-free.

Can I get a refund?

Purchases made in person or online are final sale. There are no partial/retroactive refunds for blocks, memberships, courses or workshops. If you have pre-registered for a course/workshop and your circumstances have changed, please contact reception in advance of the start date. Your course fee can be applied to a future course or workshop, which we are happy to help organise. There are no partial/retroactive refunds.

Thank you for understanding that this is our policy for everyone.

What is the cancellation policy?

For drop in classes we operate a 12 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within 12 hours you will lose your class credit for that slot.

For workshops we operate a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel before 48 hours the credit will return to your account for use towards a future workshop, class or course (no refunds). If you cancel within 48 hours you will lose the credit for that workshop. Please note there are no returns for any guest teacher workshops. All guest teacher workshop cancellations will be treated as a late cancel and you will lose the workshop credit.

Can children attend classes at Meadowlark?

Unfortunately we don’t allow under 18s to attend classes at Meadowlark unless the class specifies that it is for babies, children or teens in the class title.

About the Mysore Ashtanga Programme

What is Mysore?

A city in India where Ashtanga Yoga originates.

What is Ashtanga?

Ashtanga | ash·tang·a | /aSHˈtäNGə/ translates to “ash” as 8 and “tanga” as limbs. The concept of eight-limbs originates from Patanjali, a man who collected and complied ‘The Yoga Sutras’ in fifth century AD. The sutras are threads of knowledge into the philosophy and science of yoga.

The eight limbs of Ashtanga include:

1. Yama – External awarenesses: practicing non violence to self and others, truthfulness, non harming, withholding of energy, and not fearing death: ahimsa, satya, asteya, brahacharya, and aparigraha
2. Niyama – Internal awarenesses: practicing cleanliness, contentment, having discipline, practicing self study and having devotion or faith in the divine: saucha, santosha, tapas, swadhyaya, and ishwarapranidhanat
3. Asana – Postures.
4. Pranayama – Breath.
5. Pratyahara – Sense Withdrawal.
6. Dharana – Concentration.
7. Dhyana – Meditation.
8. Samadhi – Absorption.

An amazing man called Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) a disciple of Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) was the first yogi and Vedantic Sanskrit Scholar to share Ashtanga Yoga with the West. He created several series of Ashtanga yoga, which deeply embodies the teachings of the sutras of Patanjali.

About the Mysore Programme at Meadowlark:

The Mysore Programme includes self-led practice on Sunday-Thursday and Full Led Primary on Fridays. Saturday is a day of rest. The self-led practice sessions on Sundays-Thursdays The self-led practice have flexible start/end times; please give yourself sufficient time to finish your practice before the self-led practice session ends. On Fridays, your Instructor verbally leads the class through the full Primary Series with each posture name and count in Sanskrit.

Monday-Thursday
06:30-08:00 – Self practice
08:00-09:30 – Self practice
09:30-11:00 – Self practice
10:00-11:30 – Self practice

Friday
06:30-08:00 – Self practice
07:30-09:00 – Full Led Primary
09:15-09:45 – Chanting (Free)
10:00-11:30 – Full Led Primary

Sunday
06:30-09:30 – Self practice
09:30-11:00 – Self practice

Who can attend the Self-led practice sessions?

If you can confidently move through the standing sequence in the correct order then you are ready to come along. Modifications are allowed, you do not need to be doing perfect postures. Try not to be intimidated; you know more than you think and remember we are here to help you. Please be sure to follow our strict rules regarding cleanliness before attending classes, and tell the teacher if you have an injury or are pregnant!

How much does it cost to attend Mysore practice?

There are various options available for attending Mysore practice including drop in classes, blocks and monthly memberships. Please visit our Pricing Page for more information.

How much time should I allot for my practice?

Give yourself at least an hour even if you are only doing the standing sequence. This will allow you to time to relax and gives us more chance to help you.

How often should I practice?

Traditionally we practice every day except Saturdays and moon days, which are full or new moons. This is in an ideal world where we are dedicated to yoga. In Scotland with a full time job and three kids to look after… Even more reason to practice! If you are physically tired then resting or a gentle practice is recommended. You have to use your own wisdom here really.

What should I tell the Mysore Instructor?

Talk to the teacher about injuries, and or if an adjustment is too soft or hard. Your instructor will be observant but not clairvoyant! Be prepared to keep it brief, there should not be too much talking in a Mysore room as it is disturbing for the others around you. If you have something to tell the teacher or ask that will require a detailed conversation it’s best to catch them before class. We will always be happy to talk to you.

I’ve heard an opening/closing chant. What does the mantra mean?

Opening Chant:
Vande Gurunam caranaravinde
Sandarsita svatma sukhava bodhe
Nihsreyase jangali kayamane
Samsara halahala moha santyai
I bow to the lotus feet of the Gurus
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
pacifying delusion caused by the poison of Samsara (conditioned existence).
I bow before the sage Patanjali
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (light or infinite time) & a sword (discrimination). One thousand white heads, To Patanjali I salute.

Closing Chant:
Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi
May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
Om peace, peace, perfect peace.

There is some deep philosophy in these chants, especially the initial chant. Do not let that scare you, we are basically honouring the teachers of the past and thanking them for enabling us to practice yoga. We are also setting our intensions, we wish for this practice to help us to become a better person by removing our poisons. Jangali kayamane, the jungle physician, is referred to because in Indian jungles their main job is to remove or cure the poison from snake bites.