What does “Yoga” mean?

Yoga in Sanskrit means “to unite.” As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit.

What is Vinyasa?

Vinyasa, also called "flow" because of the smooth way that the poses run together, is one of the contemporary styles of yoga. In Vinyasa yoga, each movement is synchronized to a breath. The breath is given primacy, acting as an anchor as you move from one pose to the next. Each movement in the series is cued by an inhalation or an exhalation of the breath.

I am not flexible. Can I still do yoga?

One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone has a different body, each of us has a path to take to make ourselves comfortable. You come to any class to learn. Put it this way, you don’t go to a French class if you already speak French. It’s the same logic with yoga. You come to class to help stretch your muscles and lubricate your joints.

What if I can’t do a pose?

I stress the non-competitive nature of yoga and invite you to make the practice your own — honouring your body and doing what is best for you—not forcing yourself into a shape that you aren’t ready for.

What should I wear?

I suggest comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose or it will get in your way. Most women wear a top with leggings and men wear a tshirt with shorts. No footwear is necessary because we will be practicing bare feet.

Do I need to bring anything?

Mats, blocks and straps are provided. You may want to bring a hand towel and water, though I suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice.

When should I eat, and do I need water?

Plan to practice on an empty stomach. If you need a snack, eat a piece of fruit or something light before class. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, so do hydrate well both before and after class. As you don’t want to extinguish all the internal heat you are trying to build during class, if you need to drink while practicing, take small sips. Drink up when you’re done.

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