What should I bring?
The most basic necessity is a yoga mat, and if you forget yours, no problem. We've got plenty. We also supply all of the other props, such as straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters and Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls. Hydration is important, bring your water bottle as well.
What should I wear?
For both ladies and gentlemen, a tank top or t-shirt and shorts or leggings will be fine. Or whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Ideally, you should wear something that is form fitting. The Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls will catch on loose, billowy clothing which may cause some frustration. Ladies, if you feel comfortable, you might want to wear a sports bra top underneath your tank or t-shirt so you can remove a layer when massaging the upper body. We also practice in bare feet.
What if I've never done yoga before?
We would say, "Welcome, you've come to the right place!" It's important for you to come with an open mind and be willing to learn. This might not be what you envision as a typical yoga class, especially if the only perspective you have has been learned from social and mainstream media. You will move, feel and maybe even breathe in a way you never have before. To us, it's not about the pose, it's about how you get into the pose. What we teach isn't based on your level of experience in a yoga class or how flexible you are, it is based on understanding your body's ability to do what it can in that moment and exploring your mobility, strength and range of motion.
What if I can't touch my toes?
Let's figure out why you can't. Maybe you need to learn how to move in different ranges of motion, or stretch and strengthen a little bit, or maybe you have bone or soft tissue limitations. Whether you can't touch your toes, reach your arm behind your back, or do the splits (although why do you need to that?), our classes are designed to give you the tools to understand your own anatomy. There are zero judgements in our studio.
I already practice yoga, why should I come to your classes?
Here are some reasons: Because you hit a plateau in your current practice. Or you want to know why your current practice is causing you pain. You may want to gain greater depth and understanding of your individual anatomy. You might want to add more self-care strategies to your practice. Changing movement patterns and perspectives once in a while can be a good thing, both for mind and body.
Will I feel like I got a workout?
That's a tough question to answer. It depends. We're probably not going to "push, push, push" for an hour, so if that's what you are looking for, sadly, we might not be right for each other. We focus on mindful movement and each class is going to be different based on a few variables. Some classes may have a bit more intensity. Or maybe you take a class that focuses more on self-massage. It also depends on the teacher and maybe even the needs of the class for that day. In any of these scenarios though, you will be doing your body and mind a ton of good.
Is it hot yoga?
No. We practice in normal room temperature. You will likely work up some heat during some classes, but wearing removable layers will help solve any discomfort if you don't like a little bit of sweat.
What if I'm pregnant?
Depending on how far along you are, there may be things we do in class that need to be modified or changed for you, but please be aware, that there may also be a lot you cannot do. Our self-massage/restorative classes or private sessions may be more suitable. Hopefully we'll be able to provide pre-natal classes in the future.
How often should I practice?
It depends on your goals. This might be a conversation we need to have in person. There is no question that Yoga Tune Up® and the other classes we offer are a compliment to any sport or activity you do, or just life in general! You could do this work as little as once per week or as much as every day.
So tell me again, what exactly do we do in your classes? Is it Yoga?
It depends on what your definition of yoga is exactly. There are many diverse opinions on this subject, too lengthy to discuss right here, but to us, yoga is a mindfulness practice of the body. So yes, it's yoga and you really should come in and experience the classes for yourself. Here is a list of things you will do in a class:
Can I eat before class?
As with any physical activity, it's probably not the best idea to have a big meal right before you come to class. A small meal or light snack an hour or two before is all right.
Do I need to sign up in advance?
No, you do not have to do advance sign-ins, but you are certainly welcome to sign up online especially when classes start to get busy. Since our maximum is only 15 students, you may also want to consider arriving 10 to 15 minutes early to ensure you get a spot.
Can I arrive late or leave early?
No, sorry. Our open space, which also happens to be on the second floor, is not conducive to late comers as the door downstairs closes when class begins. We're pretty sure you wouldn't want to leave early either... and miss your final savasana? If you have to leave on time, let the teacher know before class begins to ensure we don't run over time (it happens).
Do you have change rooms/showers?
We have a unisex change room where you can hang your coat and store your belongings in cubbies. There is a private curtained change area within that room. If you require a bit more privacy, there is a separate bathroom down the hall. The shower is not in use.
Is there parking?
There is plenty of metered street parking on Danforth and Green P lots in the neighbourhood, including one around the corner from us off Gough Street. You may be able to park on some side streets, but please check the signs for the rules.
How close are you to transit?
We are easily accessible by TTC as we are only one-and-a-half blocks west of Pape station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We take cash, credit, debit or e-transfer.
Do you offer yoga mat storage?
Not at the moment, but let us know if you are interested.
Anything else I should know?
We'd like to keep the second floor as sanitary as possible. Please take your shoes off before you join us upstairs.
We are committed to being green-er. We will minimize our use of natural resources by not selling bottled water, keeping the temperature at a comfortable level so it's not too cold or too hot, take advantage of the natural light coming into the room, and use recycled or sustainably sourced paper products.
We are a welcoming, supportive and caring community. Come with an open mind, be prepared to learn, have fun and feel amazing.