I've never done yoga before. What is a class like? I'm nervous.

When you "enter" a yoga class, people will likely be laying down or sitting quietly with their eyes closed.  The instructor will guide you through movements, poses, and breathing techniques. If they are a good instructor, they will provide modifications to the poses so that someone of any experience level can safely enjoy the benefits of the pose. Yoga classes always end with "savasana", which means "corpse pose". Physically, this is an easy one, you just lay down on your back and try to go completely limp. Mentally, it's a little more challenging, as the goal is to not let your mind wander, but to focus on one thing. Savasana usually lasts 5 to 10 minutes.

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All yoga classes provide a safe, non-judgemental atmosphere. In fact, a lot of students close their eyes during parts of the class to help develop their body awareness. Yoga also teaches “non-attachment”. Students are encouraged to notice what’s going on inside and outside themselves, and to let that observation go without forming opinions on it.

Any yoga class that you take will be as gentle or as challenging as you make it. The amazing thing about yoga, which sets it apart from other workouts, is that if you feel tired or weak that day, you are encouraged to step out of a pose and just relax. There’s no excuse for skipping classes based on how you feel! Your body will tell you what it needs that day.

There are lots of different styles of yoga, ranging from gentle and relaxing to vigorous and sweaty. The best thing to do is try different styles until you find what works best for you.

What do I wear?

You don’t need to dress like a Lululemon model to do yoga – just wear something comfortable that you can move in. Nursing scrubs, that old race t-shirt, whatever you can find in your closet, throw it on.  “I have nothing to wear” is no excuse!

Do I have to be a vegetarian/super fit/speak Sanskrit to do yoga?

No. Yoga is for everyone.

What makes yoga so great?

Yoga is one of the few forms of exercise that you can do your entire life, and you can even get better at it as you age.

If you're a bit science-y like me, you'll find this interesting: a 2010 review paper examined more than 80 studies that compared yoga and regular exercise, and found that yoga equaled or surpassed exercise in such things as improving balance, reducing fatigue, decreasing anxiety, cutting stress, lifting moods, improving sleep, reducing pain, lowering cholesterol, and more generally in raising the quality of life.

Yoga has been shown to have positive health benefits on blood pressure and osteoporosis. It helps to counteract the deterioration of disks that lie between your vertebrae, keeping your spine "youthful" and preventing that hunching that happens with age.  Studies have shown that patients who do yoga have fewer hospital visits, less need for drug therapy, and a smaller number of serious coronary events ranging from heart attacks to death. 

There are many other benefits that I haven't mentioned.  Yoga is good stuff.

I've tried yoga before but find the meditation part really hard. I can't stop thinking. Am I not cut out for it?

The mental chatter that comes when you try not to think is sometimes called our "monkey mind". Picture a little monkey in your head jumping around from thought to thought, always attaching to something. This is normal, and it doesn't mean you are "bad" at meditation or yoga. Taming the monkey can take months, years, or decades. Just like anything, the more you practice, the better you'll get at it. There are tons of different meditation techniques out there and the best thing to do is try different ones until you find the one that works for you. I find moving meditations (a good flowing yoga sequence, or even going for a run) work really well for me.

What’s with the oms?

If you Google it, you will find that “om is the basic sound of the universe. By chanting it we are physically and symbolically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature, and the universe”. 

A simpler explanation is that the vibrations have a physical effect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. It also creates a feeling of synchronization when performed with a bunch of people, just like any type of group singing would. It brings the class together as one voice, brings everyone’s energy together.

We don't typically lead oms in my classes but you may encounter this in other classes you attend.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, e-Transfer (email to grow@stephaniereynoldsyoga.com) or payment by credit card through our online shop. If you are 100% sure your cheque won't bounce, I will take a cheque. But if it does bounce, I will ask you to pay the fees that my bank charges me (as well as the fees that your bank charges you). 

Are there any other fees or charges?

Aside from HST, the prices you see on our website are the prices you pay.

What if I have to cancel my registration for a class that I've already paid for?

No problem. Just let us know as soon as you can, so we can fill your spot with another student. You can get a refund, although some charges may apply. A link to our cancellation policy is here.

What if I've registered and paid for a full session but have to miss a class?

You are always welcome to make up a missed class by dropping into any of our other classes. Note that make-up classes must be taken before the end of the session. You can also transfer your missed class to a friend and bring them with you the following week. 

I want to take your classes but my schedule doesn't allow me to commit to a regular weekly class. Do you have any other options?

If there is room in a class and you have the prerequisites to join, you are welcome to drop in - the price for a single drop-in class is $15.

We may be able to make other arrangement with you - contact us and we'll see what we can come up with.

I am pregnant and due before the end of the next session, but I'd really like to take classes up to the end of my pregnancy. How can we make that happen?

If you have unused classes at the end of your session because you've had your baby, we will make an exception and allow you to carry over your unused classes to drop into classes once baby is out, provided there is room in the class. Please note that a credit will not be given - you can't use them towards regular registration for a session.

Alternatively, you can preemptively take make-up classes, so maybe week 1 and 2 of the session you double up and take two classes a week. This may allow you to fully take all of your classes of the session before baby comes.

Are you classes just for women who have had their babies recently? My baby is 20 (30, 40) years old but I could benefit from your classes.

Once you've had a baby, you have a postpartum body for life. Our classes and workshops welcome and benefit women of all ages and stages of life.

How can I get a receipt for a class I've paid for?

If you pay online through the shop, the system should automatically send a receipt. If you pay by cash or eTransfer, just let me know that you would like a receipt (you can email me at grow@stephaniereynoldsyoga.com) and I'll make one up for you. I don't automatically issue them, but am very happy to if you need. 

How can I leave feedback on a class I attended?

With this handy form! You can also leave a review for the public to see right on my Facebook page.  And check out what other clients have said about our classes here.