Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not flexible, can I do yoga?
I’ve put this question first because it is the most common phrase heard in all of yoga land.
I get it! You’ve only ever seen imagery of super flexy yogis so that’s the bar, right? Wrong.
When I started yoga, I couldn’t touch my knees, let alone my toes.
Yoga is a great tool for improving flexibility, but it’s also not the goal to get your hands to your feet. Doing yoga will not only improve your flexibility, but also your strength, coordination, posture and overall wellbeing.
How many times a week should I practice?
Do what you can.
I personally believe it’s more beneficial to get on the mat for 10-20 minutes regularly, than to sweat it out for 90 mins once a week.
Should I eat before class?
As someone who just inhaled a kebab 30 minutes before a vinyasa class, I’m not one to make the rules on this. From personal experience, the only effect I’ve ever had from eating within an hour of my class, is that if I’m in prone (belly facing down) poses, I can get a little indigestion. Eat when you want to eat or give yourself a 1-2 hour window. You do you.
And yes, you can bring your water bottle to the mat.
What equipment do I need and what should I wear?
Yoga is excellent because you need very little to get started. A yoga mat is a great tool, but a beach towel can also work.
Straps and blocks are nice items to add to your practice if you feel you want to spend more time exploring yoga, but generally, there’s always a home-style alternative.
Wear something comfortable that you’re able to move freely in. Stretchy pants are awesome, but you don’t need to spend buckets of money, unless of course that’s your thing.
How do the 5- & 10- cards work?
The bulk class passes never expire and can be gifted or shared amongst friends. They are available for use in all of Hanna’s group classes, besides classes at Yoga Cafe Berlin.
How do I join an online class?
Great question. First, make sure you’ve downloaded
Zoom (it’s free) and will be practicing somewhere with a stable Internet connection.
Click here to purchase your class online, and once completed, a Zoom link will be sent to your inbox. Make sure to check your junk box. Click on the link and it’ll send you straight to your class.
You can choose to keep your camera on or off, but know for sure that you are practicing in a safe space, free from judgement.
What if I’m injured?
Yoga teachers are not doctors or physiotherapists (unless they are, but I am not). To be on the safe side, please check with your doctor before joining a session.
I’m practicing yoga with you on YouTube, how do I know if I’m doing it right?
If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
There has been so much fear-based rhetoric kicking around the yoga community for too long, and I’m here to change it!
Our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for. They know when something doesn’t feel right and will send signals. The main signals you need to look out for feel like pain that could be described as ‘sharp’ or ‘electrical.’ It’s up to you to set your ego to one side and decide whether you want to push yourself towards injury, or hold back, listen to your body, and allow your breath to guide you into a version of the pose that works for you.
How early should I arrive for an in-person class?
10-15 minutes is a nice amount of time to allow yourself to set up, chill out, and account for unexpected delays.
Is Yoga a religion?
No, Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. The father of classical ashtanga yoga (the eight-limbed path, not to be confused with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga yoga) is said to be Patanjali, who wrote the Yoga Sutras. These scriptures provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body.
Yoga sometimes interweaves other philosophies such as Hinduism or Buddhism, but it is not necessary to study those paths in order to practice or study yoga.
You do not have to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga.
Can I bring Real Yoga to my workplace or event?
Sure can! I provide one-off, daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly yoga & meditation sessions to give your team or event whatever it is you are looking for: re-energize, relax, strength, flexibility, a calm mind or all of the above.
Sessions can be in person or online,
click here to learn more.
Where do you offer your Yoga classes?
We can arrange sessions in my private studio, at your home or office, online, or at our epic partner venue,
Yoga Cafe Prenzlauer Berg.
*Please note, due to current restrictions all classes will be held online via Zoom.
How does the Sliding Scale payment option work?
We have 2 options for the Sliding Scale Payments:
5 for 40/55/65€
10 for 75/100/120€
I am choosing to offer this in an effort to provide accessibility for those who have been priced out of the yoga and wellness space, and also to celebrate the effort, continuing knowledge and financial investments that are made within the yoga communities.
How does it work?
Community rate: the lower price bracket does not reflect the value of the work itself but is intended to welcome members with low or no income.
Sustainer rate: this price bracket covers the basic running costs such as equipment and rent and is for members with a steady income.
Supporter rate: this higher bracket reflects the true value of the work offered. It is for members with a comfortable income who can afford to cover the broader costs of the offering. Paying the highest bracket may also facilitate the participation for someone paying a community rate.
It is important to note that this is not a pay-what-you-feel method, rather, members should choose the payment option that reflects their financial circumstances.