SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT YOGA

What is Yoga?
The word Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, and ancient Indian language. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit. What is commonly referred to as “Yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures. Yoga has evolved over thousands of years to embrace a wide range of styles and disciplines. Yoga opens the door for all people to experience great physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and can be modified for all levels to suit all levels of fitness.

Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga can be a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion.

How often should I take Yoga classes?
As often as you like! Every day is a great day to do Yoga. Ideally you include some yin yoga in your routine as well as the more active styles.

Should I eat before class?
It is recommended to practice on an empty stomach, or at least 2 1/2 hours after eating. If you need to eat, eat lightly. However you can drink plenty of water in small sips.

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes you can move easily in are best for Yoga. Tank tops or T-shirts and stretchy pants work best. Yoga is practiced barefoot. When you arrive, you can change into your clothes in our washroom or come prepared.

What should I bring?
A Yoga mat, shawl or light blanket, and water bottle. You may also want to bring a meditation cushion and towel. You may rent a Yoga mat for $2 each or purchase any of these items in our boutique.

Which class should I take?
As a beginner, we suggest trying as many different styles and teachers as possible. Speak with our teachers for more advice on what style is best for you. We have many classes for beginners and all levels.

Do I need to register in advance?
You do not have to, but it is recommended, especially during busy times, which vary throughout the year.

What if I’m late for class?
Our classes are usually open to all latecomers, however if the classes are full, the front door will be locked. We would prefer you get some practice rather than no practice. We kindly ask that if you do arrive late that you enter the studio room quietly to limit disruption for your fellow students.

Can I still practice Yoga while pregnant?
There was a time when pregnant women were encouraged to avoid physical activity. Fortunately, attitudes about pregnancy have changed and medical experts now recommend regular physical activity as part of a healthy pregnancy. Way more details from Health Canada here: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-gs/guide/04_pa-ap-eng.php

What if I’m the least flexible person in the entire world?
Then you officially have the best reason ever to come to a Saimavik Studio Yoga class!! Flexibility will come with time and you don’t have to be flexible to start. Our teachers know how to modify postures to make every posture benefit even the least flexible student.

What if I have health issues?
Yoga has helped millions of people gain health benefits. Being active is very safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. If you are planning to become much more physically active than you are now, start by answering the seven questions in the PAR-Q. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. If you are over 69 years of age, and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor.

Why should I practice at Saimavik Studio?
We are focused on building and supporting community and welcome all. We are dedicated to our students’ needs and strive to offer programs that elevate and uplift the spirit. We offer a wide number classes per week taught by highly experienced teachers.