New to Yoga?

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about our studio and yoga practice in general. If you have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

What style of yoga do you teach?
We teach alignment-based, heart-centered hatha yoga. All of our teachers are certified hatha yoga teachers and registered with the Yoga Alliance. Most of our instructors are trained in the Anusara school of hatha yoga. Many of our teachers also have experience in the Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa traditions.

Do I need a reservation to attend a class?
No, all classes are on a drop-in basis. You do not need to call ahead or reserve in advance. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to allow adequate time to get settled before the time class begins.

Are mats and props available for use? Is there a rental fee?
We have mats and props available free of charge.

How much is a class?
A single class is $22. A one-week unlimited class pass is $30 and can be done any time (does not have to be the first time you come to the studio). We also offer 5, 10 and 20-class cards as well as 3-month and one-year unlimited passes. All our class rates and package are here. All taxes are included in our class prices.

How large are the classes?
Depending on the time, class size varies between 8 and 25 students. Call or write us if you have a question about a specific class time.

How big is the studio?
Our studio is 1000 square feet.

What do I need to wear?
Yoga is best practiced in comfortable, exercise clothing that you can move in freely, and bare feet. No shoes are allowed in the studio.

Should I bring water?
You may wish to bring a water bottle. We have spring water available at the studio free of charge. Only water bottles are allowed into the studio.

Can I practice yoga immediately after eating?
Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. We advise you to eat lightly 2-3 hours prior to your practice.

What do I do if I have a chronic or recent injury?
Our teachers can offer modifications of the postures and options to work with many types of injuries and physical limitations. The Level 1 classes are best for those with active injuries. Please inform your instructor of any physical challenges before the class begins. If you are not sure if it is appropriate for you to practice yoga due to an injury or chronic physical limitation, please call or write us to discuss your situation.

What is the difference between the class levels?
Our curriculum is progressive. Higher class levels mean more challenging postures, longer holding times, and more complex actions and refinements. Read about our class levels here.

Are there changing rooms?
We have separate changing rooms for men and women. Please note that we do not have showers at the studio.

I have never done yoga at all — will the class explain the poses? Will I need to know the Sanskrit names of poses?
Level 1 is the best class for you. The poses are explained step-by-step and you will be guided into the poses safely. You do not need to know the Sanskrit names for the poses.

What is the best class for me as a beginner?
Level 1is the class best suited to those new to yoga and those who have had limited or infrequent practice.

Is there singing or chanting in your classes?
We chant a short Sanskrit invocation at the beginning of every class. Chanting is optional and the words to the chant are available in the studio.

Is there parking near the studio?
Yes, there is metered parking directly in front of the studio and 2 hour free parking on the surrounding side streets. Here is a map of street parking in the immediate area: http://shriyoga.ca/how-to-get-here/. At busier times, you may need to allow extra time to find a parking space.

Do I have to fill out any paperwork on my first visit? What time should I arrive?
The first time you attend class there is a short waiver form to fill out. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the class to complete your registration.

I am not flexible; can I still do yoga?
Yes! One of the main reasons for practicing yoga is to increase your flexibility.

Do you offer hot yoga?
We do not offer hot yoga classes at Shri.

What should I do if I arrive late?
If you arrive after the teacher has begun the centering period, please wait outside the studio doors until the centering and chant end. After the chant, enter quietly and settle quickly for the start of the class. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after the class has begun, we do not recommend joining the class.

What should I do if I have to leave early?
Position yourself close to the door, so you can leave without disturbing others.

I bought a class card but I cannot use all of the classes on it by the expiration date. What can I do?
Let us know and we will be happy to extend your card due to illness or travel.