What type of classes do you offer?
Our hatha-based yoga classes have a strong focus on alignment. Hatha is a generic term referring to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Some of our teachers also have training in Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, vinyasa/power yoga, meditation, Yoga Nidra, and restorative yoga, and will bring elements of that training into their classes. We also offer a variety of fitness classes, such as mat Pilates and barre or yoga with weights, to build strength.
Do you offer hot yoga?
We offer only regular-temperature yoga. The room temperature is approximately 21-22 degrees celsius.
Can I just drop in at the studio without booking?
The studio is only open for a short time before and after each class, so we require all yogis to register and pay for their classes before arrival. This helps us ensure everyone has signed the necessary waivers and speeds up the admission process/reduces crowding at reception by eliminating the need to complete paper forms or process payments before class.
Are classes for all ages and levels?
Most of our classes are suitable for those over 16 and for all levels as indicated on the schedule. For those who are new, a gentle or restorative class is a good place to start. It won’t take you long to build up a strong practice if you attend classes regularly. Some teachers are also naturally more gentle than others, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for recommendations.
I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?
Yes! In fact, you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This new-found agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.
I have an injury. Should I do yoga?
Yoga can be one way to heal your body, but yoga teachers are not medical experts. You should always check with your healthcare provider before beginning to exercise, especially if you have a recent injury or surgery. You should also inform the teacher of your specific issue so he/she can make recommendations for adjustments and alternatives during the class. Yoga should not be painful: if it hurts, stop and rest, or mention your pain to the teacher and see if there is something different you can do.
What do I need in order to practice yoga?
For in-person classes and virtual classes, you will need:
- A yoga mat. Look for a mat that isn’t too thin (especially if you have sore knees) and that doesn’t slide on the floor. You will also want to find one where your hands and feet don’t slide. We recommend (and carry) B-Mats.
- A water bottle.
- Yoga blocks to bring the ground closer (alternatives can be large hard-covered books or cans of soup.)
- A yoga strap (alternatives can be a belt, scarf, or towel).
- Blankets and bolsters (alternatives: towels, cushions)
- Padding (towels, facecloths, blankets) for sensitive joints such as knees, elbows, wrists
For virtual classes at home, you will also have a space large enough to move your body in all directions, both lying down and standing up.
Do I need any special props for mat Pilates or classes with weights?
You will need your yoga mat and, as with yoga, it’s always helpful to have yoga blocks or hard-covered books/soup cans to bring the ground closer. Mat Pilates and other fitness classes may make use of light hand weights (1lb or 2lbs generally) and a Pilates (“squishy”) ball. When offered, Barre classes are designed to use the back of a sturdy chair as a barre.
Alternatives to hand weights are soup cans or full water bottles. Alternatives to Pilates balls are a yoga block or a small firm cushion. Yoga Seven carries mats and blocks in our online store.
What should I wear?
Clothing that is comfortable and allows complete freedom of movement. Bear in mind that if you are doing inversions such as a handstand or headstand, you will want a fairly tight-fitting top that won’t ride up! The more closely fitting the clothing, the easier it is for the instructor to check on your alignment. You may want to have an extra layer such as a jacket or sweatshirt and socks so you can stay warm during the final relaxation (Savasana).
Do I have to buy a membership?
You can purchase a single-class pass or a 5-class pass. However, Prana Warriors members can get benefits such as unlimited classes, discounts on workshops, and access to the on-demand video library. Please note that you must register and pay online for any in-person class before coming to the studio.
But whether you have a single class pass or a membership, you must book your class in advance and follow all COVID-19 protocols.