FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently asked questions
Booking and Payment
Can I drop-in?
Yes you can provided space is available! Drop-in also means you are purchasing a single session.
What kind of packages do you offer? How do I pay?
We operate on the basis of pre-paid "credit packs", ranging from pack of 1, 5, and 10 sessions, for both private sessions and group classes.
How do I book? What is the class cancellation policy?
You may book and pay for classes and prviate sessions up to 2 weeks in advance on our website or via our App (iOS, Android). At the moment we only accept Mastercard or Visa as form of payment through the App. If you prefer to pay by other means such as cash, PayMe, or FPS, please contact us for arrangements. All purchases are non-refundable.
Before and During Class
What should I wear and bring?
We provide yoga mats, cushions, and benches which are throughly sanitized using RAZE technology. You may bring your own personal mat as well if that is your preference.
What do I do upon arrival?
Send that final text message and turn off your phone prior to entering the studio. When you arrive, we will conduct a quick temperature check for the safety of everyone. Then kindly remove your shoes.
When should I arrive at the studio?
Kindly arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class begins. If you arrive too early, another class might still be in session and we would not be able to let you in. There are abundant shops around the neighborhood for you to browse around in case you arrive a tad too early.
What if I'm late?
Please do not be late!!! We all understand unexpected circumstances can cause you to be late. But this is really one policy that we must strictly adhere to. Imagine when everyone is meditating and suddenly a latecomer walks in. When class commences, we will post a sign at the front door which indicate entry is no longer possible.
What are the measures taken in light of COVID-19?
All props such as yoga mats and cushions are sterilized by RAZE self-sanitizing coating which decomposes bacteria, viruses, odors, and VOCs. Disinfectants will also be made available in the studio should you wish to further wipe down any of our props.
What is the language of instruction?
For group classes the default language is English. But depending on the actual demographics for a particular class we can switch to Cantonese or bi-lingual. For private sessions, classes can be conducted either in English or Cantonese.
Should I wear a face mask in class?
Subject to any prevailing government regulations that may be updated from time to time, wearing of face masks is mandatory for instructor and clients.
What is the difference between group and private classes?
Private sessions are tailored to the needs and requests of the client, and can include a combination of stretching, yoga, meditation, and relaxation practices. There will be continuous attention on postural alignment and other techniques.
How big is the studio?
It is a boutique studio of around 450 square feet. Our classes usually will accomodate no more than 5 persons (or per other directives of the HKSAR Gov't) which is ideal for more personal attention and interaction.
Are there shower / changing rooms?
We have our own private washroom with toilet but no showers. Before and after classes you may change your clothes within our curtained areas.
Where is your studio?
We are located in Unit 1701 of Harvest Building, 29-35 Wing Kut Street in Central. Go to Contact to view the exact location via Google Map.
Do you have lockers?
We do not have lockers but we do have racks that are visible at all times where you can deposit your belongings. The less valuables you bring with you, the more your mind is at peace.
Are you open for business?
We have opened since 6th Sep 2020! However due to the intermittent mandates from the HKSAR Government to curb the spread of COVID-19, studio premises may be closed from time to time. Outdoor classes are always an option. Please subscribe to our mailing list to stay updated of our latest news.
I am new to meditation, how do I begin?
If you have made it this far into the website, you are well on your way to becoming a meditator. As the saying goes, there is a first time for everything. So the best way to lift the mysterious veil of meditation is to experience it yourself! Some classes will resonate more with you than others. At the moment we do not distinguish classes into "beginner" or "intermeidate" levels. Go to Classes for detailed descriptions.
Is meditation a religious practice?
Meditation had long been de-mystified. Mindfulness related practices have been scientically proven to be beneficial to the body and mind in recent decades. The methods and techniques taught at Mindful Studio did have Buddhist roots. We invite anybody who is keen on exploring mindfulness to come and experience it for him/herself.
What if I fell asleep during meditation?
What if you don't fall asleep? Truth is even seasoned practioners fall asleep sometimes. Our body and mind are in a constant state of flux. Some days you would feel more energetic, and some days you would feel otherwise! Falling asleep may mean you are sleep deprived, or it may also mean you are getting relaxed which often intermingles with sleepiness. Basically there's no need to worry as our teachers will be there to guide you.
Can I practice if I am pregnant?
You should rely on your doctor's advice regarding pregnancy.
What qualifications do the instructor have?
The Founder of Mindful Studio had undertaken over 800 hours of training in teaching yoga and was as an ordained Buddhist monk for 3 years where he practiced meditation intensively during the period (check out the Blog). Below is his brief resume:
1998 - Bachelor of Science (Cornell University, USA)
1999 - Master of Engineering (Cornell University, USA)
2008 - Yoga Teacher Training in Hong Kong (Pure Yoga)
2008 - Yoga Teacher Training in Mysore, India (Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences)
2009 - Yoga Therapist Training in Mysore, India (Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences)
2010 - Yoga Teacher Training in Himalayas, India (Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre)
2010-2012 Master of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong
2012 - 2014 Ordained in Yangon, Myanmar as a Buddhist Monk
2020 - current candidate, Master of Buddhist Counselling, University of Hong Kong
Are certain personalities more suitable for meditation?
Meditation and Mindful Studio are open to all but those who identify with one or more of the following traits may derive even greater insights from their practice: