Information for New Students

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a holistic science which utilizes different techniques in order to maintain optimum health of mind-body. It is a practice of paying attention to what is, of staying connected to the present moment, observing the physical, mental and sometimes emotional states of awareness without judgment.

What should I expect to be doing in a class?

During a yoga practice we use breath techniques, eye gazing (dristhi), posture and poses, attention to alignment and concentration to bring about a greater sense of calm and awareness.

Yoga is a non-competitive activity.  Take responsibility for your body and practice, you can work at your own pace, modify where you need to, and if you need to leave out a posture, no big deal.  Yoga is a life-long practice, and a good practice should leave you wanting more.

How does Yoga help?

Physical benefits: it can create a toned, flexible and strong body. It can help improve respiration, balance metabolism and circulatory health.

The mental benefits of yoga practice: teaches you how to quiet the mind, so you can relax and handle stress better.

Do I need to register for classes?

All classes on the schedule are drop-in, which means no pre-registration is required (unless otherwise noted).  Click here for more information about our class styles and fees. If it is your first time to one of our studios, we will ask you to fill out our First-Time Waiver form. The first-time drop-in fee is $8.00.

It is my very first time to Yoga?

Excellent! While all the classes on the regular schedule are drop-in, if it is your very first time to yoga, we recommend that you start off with the classes called Hatha Beginner or Gentle Yoga.

When you arrive, we will ask you to fill out our First-Time Waiver form, the first-time drop-in fee is $8.00. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class is scheduled to start, and let the teacher know about any injuries or physical challenges you may have.

Thinking of Others – Etiquette

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before class starts.
  • If you do arrive late, it's okay, but please set yourself up quietly.
  • If you see a class in progress please wait outside the room.
  • Please turn off any device that makes noises. 
  • If you have to leave early for any reason, please let your teacher know.

What do I bring/wear?

Bring with you an open mind and good sense of humour. But on a practical level, wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in, no shoes/socks required, we work in bare feet.  You may want to bring with you a hand towel and water. We do have yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, cushions and other props for you to use.

Mat rental is available for $2.00. 

I have an injury / physical limitation, can I still practice?

Good question, this will depend of course on the injury, has it just happened, something you've been dealing with for a while, and what does your health-care professional say?  We are here to help, so please consult with your teacher so we can suggest modifications/variations on poses for you.  When done mindfully, sometimes it can be useful to practice with an injury, but sometimes, no practice may be the best advice too.

I am pregnant, and can not make it to the pre-natal class, can I attend the other classes on your regular schedule?

Yes, but please let your teacher know that you are pregnant.  Again, yoga is a very adaptable practice, and we can suggest helpful modifications for you.

Can children come to class?

Again, this will depend on the maturity level of the child and the discretion of the teacher, but yes, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. It will then be up to the teacher to decide, if the child may come alone to class without an adult present.