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Your first class

Below are answers to questions that beginners often have when getting ready to take their first yoga class. If you would like to speak with someone directly to discuss anything else that may be on your mind, please contact us at info@ahimsayoga.com or 416.922.YOGA (9642). We’re happy to help!

  • I haven’t exercised in a long time and am not very flexible. Can I still do yoga?

    • Yes! Ahimsa Yoga is designed to meet you exactly where you’re at, regardless of your physical condition or level of experience. When you’re just starting out, please make sure you are gentle with yourself and take it easy. Yoga is a practice for life. Part of the journey is learning to accept ourselves as we are and to begin from there. But if you still have questions or concerns, give us a call or send us an e-mail!
  • I have an injury or medical condition. Can I still do yoga?

    • If you have a particular injury or medical condition, please let us know when you arrive so we can make sure you have practice options and modifications that are safe and healthy for you.
  • I’m not really interested in spirituality. Is yoga right for me?

    • Your yoga practice can be as secular or as spiritual as you choose it to be. Not everyone resonates with yoga’s spiritual side, and that’s ok. Regardless of why you’re interested in yoga, you can derive all the benefits that practice has to offer.
  • What class should I go to?

    • Ahimsa classes that are particularly beginner-friendly include Foundations, Yoga101, and Ahimsa Restorative. These classes tend to be smaller, allowing for more individual attention and interaction with the teacher.

      • Yoga101 – a pre-registered active series that takes beginners through the fundamentals of yoga practice, building progressively over the course of six weeks.
      • Foundations – a one hour active drop-in class focussed on establishing a strong foundation in the practice of Ahimsa Yoga.
      • Ahimsa Restorative – a gentle and relaxing practice that is safe for all students
  • When should I arrive and what should I do when I get there?

    • For your first visit, please plan to be at the studio 20-30 minutes before class begins. When you arrive, kindly check in with the front-desk staff who will assist you in registering, provide a brief orientation to the studio, and answer any questions that you may have.
  • I’ve never been to a yoga class before. What should I expect?

    • Classes are held in a single-room studio with lots of natural sunlight and wooden floors. The temperature of the studio is comfortably warm but not “hot”. Sometimes teachers will play relaxing or inspiring music, but never so loud that it interferes with your ability to hear their instruction. Teachers often begin class by chanting Om (feel free to join in or just listen) and introducing a theme to engage you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Active classes then move through a number of sun salutations – a series of flowing movements connected with the breath. A variety of standing postures are then explored, followed by seated postures, and then savasana (final resting pose). Different options and modifications are provided throughout the practice to ensure that your experience is healthy, invigorating, and free from strain and suffering. You may break a sweat in active classes! Restorative classes begin with a series of gentle movements to create healthy joint function. Meditation and breathing techniques are introduced before moving into a series of restorative postures. Restorative practice involves longer-held postures supported with props to provide an easeful, healing, and deeply restful experience.
  • What should I wear?

    • Please wear clean, non-restrictive clothing that you feel comfortable moving in. For women, leggings and a tank top or t-shirt are a good choice. For men, shorts and a t-shirt work well. You may be more comfortable in a snug-fitting top which resists the tendency to rise up in forward bending poses like downward dog. One thing we ask you not to wear is your favourite scent. Many people have sensitivities to fragrances so we ask that you please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other strong-smelling personal products.
  • What should I bring?

    • You may want to bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. In the more active classes, it’s likely that you will break a bit of a sweat! (We don’t sell water in plastic bottles as a part of our commitment to a greener environment.) Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, or you can rent or purchase one at the studio. Other items you may wish to bring along include a face cloth or hand towel, and a headband or elastic to keep your hair out of your eyes.
  • Do you have changerooms?

    • There are changerooms on site where you can leave anything you don’t need to have with you during class. A shower is also available for use at our Toronto studio (please bring your own towel).