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. Purchases can be made via the webiste 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.

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 semi-private classes. Pack of 5s expire 6 months from the date of your purchase, and Pack of 10s expire 12 months from the date of your purchase. As there are 45-min and 60-min semi-private classes, if you wish to join both types of classes, please purchase separate credit packs under the 45-min and 60-min categories. Purchases can be made via the 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.

How do I book? What is the class cancellation policy?

You may book and pay 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. For semi-private classes, you may cancel up to 4 hours in advance without penalty. A late cancel or no show will result in a deduction of credits. If you arrive late to class, that will also be considered as no show. For private sesions, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance.

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. For meditation classes, if you wish to sit on the floor (cross-legged), wear loose-fit pants or those made of strechable material. If you are in office outfit and do not feel like changing, then you may simply sit on the benches. For meditation pratices, you may keep your socks on if you wish. Sometimes as the mind calms the body may also cool down, if you have a tendency to feel cold easily, you may bring a shawl. There could be light stretching movements even in meditation classes. For yoga classes, please come in yoga clothing.

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. For meditation classes you can either sit on the cushions on the floor or on the benches. For yoga classes just pick one of the yoga mats (or use your own).

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. Late comers will also be deemed as "no shows" and the credit for that class will be forfeited. So, please be punctual. =)

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. Upon entry into the studio, you will be asked to undergo temperature check and to sanitise your hands, as well as scanning the venue QR Code or having your contact details registered. Those who have a high temperature or demonstrate symptoms of illness will be asked to leave the premises and re-schedule class without penalty. Until further notice, if you attend class on any given day, you also warrant and declare ALL of the following: a) That you had never been infected with COVID-19; b) That you or anyone you live with did not arrive in Hong Kong from overseas within the past 14 days; c) That neither yourself nor anyone you have been in close contact with is on Mandatory Home Quarantine from the Centre For Health Protection; d) That you have not been present at any of the buildings gazetted under "Compulsory Testing Notice" in the past 14 days; and e) You are not currently experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, flu, etc.).

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, as of 24 June 2021, wearing of face masks is optional if ALL clients in the same class have completed the full course of vaccination at least 14 days prior to attending the class. Clients are required to provide proof should they elect to practice without masks. For more information please check with the studio prior to your visit.

What is the difference between private and semi-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 more instructions on postural alignment and other techniques. Clients taking private sessions may attend alone or bring a friend for the same price. Semi-private classes contain no more than 3 clients per class and are conducted in accordance with the class descriptions stated on the website (e.g. "Let it Flow", "Mindful Recharge"). Verbal instructions will be fully provided but instructor would render less individual attention.

The Studio

How big is the studio?

It is a boutique studio of around 450 square feet. Our classes will accomodate no more than 5 clients (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 re-opened since 18th Feb 2021! 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.

About Meditation

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. Generally speaking, meditation is safe (and can even be beneficial) for moms-to-be. Please inform your instructor if you are pregnant. We would suggest you refrain from our semi-private classes if you are pregnant. Private classes can be arranged as pre-natal classes.

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: 1. Those who are intrigued by the miracle of the universe and life. 2. Those who enjoy the beauty and clarity of solitude. 3. Those who have interest to cultivate love and compassion. 4. Those who are keen to explore the mind and body connection.

Studio Location

We are located at Unit 1701, Harvest Building on 29-35 Wing Kut Street, nestled between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road, and within walking distance from Hong Kong, Central, and Sheung Wan MTR stations. 

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