YOGA IS 99% PRACTICE AND 1% KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Please arrive 15-20 minutes early for class to fill out new student paper work, reserve your spot and get changed.

  • Drink a lot of water the day you plan on coming to class to make sure you’re well hydrated

  • To avoid discomfort, do not eat a heavy meal 1 hour before class. A light snack such as fruits or vegetables is fine.

  • Wear lightweight and comfortable clothing. Classes are conducted barefoot on a yoga mat.

  • When you sign in, please let reception know if it’s your first class or if you’re pregnant. Also, please advise your instructor if you have any injuries or concerns.

  • If it is your first class and you are under 18, please bring a parent or guardian with you so they can sign your waiver.

  • Honour where you are in your practice. Be respectful towards your body and never push yourself to the point of pain.

  • Have fun! Your yoga practice is a journey. Some days it will be easy and some days it will be darn challenging! No one came out of the womb mastering a warrior three pose, so enjoy the process as you move through your journey and don't be too hard on yourself.

 

YOGA MYTHS

 

I'M NOT FLEXIBLE ENOUGH FOR YOGA

Despite all of the pictures of young, fit people with their legs over their heads, yoga is not all about flexibility. Traditionally, asanas, or poses, were practiced to prepare the body to sit in meditation for long periods of time. As an added bonus, these poses help to keep your internal systems and organs functioning properly, tone your muscles, keep your joints lubricated, and help you achieve mental clarity and calmness. Avoiding yoga because you think you’re inflexible is like refusing to start lifting weights because you don’t have big muscles! Flexibility comes with time and is just a fun side effect of a regular yoga practice!

 

YOGA IS FOR WOMEN

Originally, yoga was only for men. When it first arrived in the West, it attracted the attention of many influential women such as Elizabeth Arden and Marilyn Monroe, lending the impression that yoga was a female only practice. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The benefits of yoga can be experienced by both men and women alike. In fact, yoga provides a good foundation for strength training by increasing core strength, flexibility and mobility. Athletes can also greatly benefit from adding yoga to their training for core strengthening and the correction of misalignment and imbalances that could otherwise lead to overuse injuries, (i.e. tendonitis, IT band syndrome, etc).

 

YOGA IS TOO EXPENSIVE

Zenergy Yoga believes that a healthy body, mind and soul should be available to everyone regardless of socio-economic status. We strive to offer the lowest possible prices with the highest quality instructors, services and facilities because we believe that the numerous benefits of yoga should be available to everyone.

 

I'VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE AND I'M AFRAID THAT I'LL MAKE A FOOL OUT OF MYSELF

Although yoga is typically practiced in a classroom setting with a group of people, it is very much an individual journey where we begin to focus on our own breath and the sensations in our bodies. Yoga teaches us to “leave our egos at the door” and honour where we are in our practice, never pushing ourselves to the point of pain or comparing ourselves to our neighbours. The beautiful thing about yoga is that each pose looks different on each person, so there is no need to worry about being judged or embarrassed. It’s called a yoga “practice” for a reason!