How do I regsiter?
Please email or call to check the availability of your class. Your spot is held upon receipt of payment. Payments (cash or cheque) can be dropped off anytime at our locking mailbox at the front door. Please indicate which class you are registering for on your payment. There will be some registration paperwork for you to complete at your first visit.
What if the session has already started?
If there is space available, you may register in a class part-way through a session. The fee will be pro-rated for the remaining number of classes.
What are the benefits of Yoga?
The benefits of yoga are immeasurable. Most notably, yoga reduces stress, increases strength and flexibility, creates a greater awareness of the breath and calms and relaxes the mind. Many people find that it helps them sleep better, eat less, and brings a greater sense of overall health and well-being.
I’ve never done yoga before and I’m not very flexible. Will I be able to do the class?
You do not have to have previous experience of yoga to be able to come to the classes. The beauty of yoga is that everyone can do it. Throughout the class, various modifications and variations are given to ensure your comfort and safety. It is a common misconception that you have to be flexible to do yoga, but it’s not about being flexible. All of us have some level of tightness and tension in the body and yoga is a great way to loosen tight muscles. Remember that everyone has been a beginner at one time.
What do I wear?
You don’t need to wear special clothing to practice yoga. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. We suggest wearing layers, as we warm up and cool down as we practice. Really baggy clothing may uncomfortable as it can get in your way. We practice yoga in bare feet in order to experience a greater sense of grounding and connection.
What do I need to bring?
If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it. But if you don’t have one, there are mats available at the studio for your use. Mats can also be purchased at the studio.
There is some controversy as to whether or not we should be drinking water while practicing yoga. Because yoga works on all the systems of the body, including digestion and the energetic body, some feel that consuming water while practicing can interfere with the benefits of yoga. Others feel that most of us are generally dehydrated and don’t drink enough water, so drinking water while practicing keeps us hydrated. We leave that choice to you. If you feel that you need to drink water while practicing, please feel free to bring your water bottle.
Should I eat before the class?
Try to come to class on an empty stomach, about 1.5 hours after you eat. If you must eat, try to have only a small snack.
How early do I need to come to class?
If it is your first class, please come 10 minutes early to meet with the instructor and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The doors to the studio open 10 minutes before the start of the class, so you are welcome to come a little early to settle in and prepare yourself for the class.
I have injured myself. Is it okay to come to yoga?
If you have a serious injury or medical condition, you may want to check with your doctor before beginning any new physical program, including yoga. Please let the instructor know of any physical limitations you may have so that proper modifications can be given to ensure your safety. If your condition changes due to serious illness, pregnancy or other issues, please notify your instructor. If practiced with respect and gentleness, yoga can help you heal.
Is Yoga a religion?
No, yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a tool for self-discovery, and the joy it brings will enhance whatever faith a person holds. Although yoga’s roots are based in Hinduism, yoga is a separate path, in and of itself. It is not necessary to study Hinduism or Buddhism in order to practice yoga, nor is it necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. Many students find that their yoga practice enhances and renews their faith and spiritual growth.