Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us for help.
I am new new yoga! What class should I attend?
We have a comprehensive guide for newbies; let us guide you to choosing your first yoga class.
What do I need to bring to class?
What to Wear
The most important thing is to wear clothing in which you can move comfortably (stretchy apparel, t-shirt, shorts, etc). In the studio you will be barefoot so the soles of your feet can grip the mat. In the winter, a long sleeved shirt and socks are recommended for the end of class when we relax in a reclined pose on our mats.
Bring your water bottle to class; you can fill it up at our filtered water station. We also offer tea for after class refreshment.
Most students bring their own yoga mat, but we have mats in the studio that are available for you to use at no charge.
How early should I arrive for class?
Before your first class, show up 15 minutes early to fill out a short contact form and waiver. We will also orientate you to the studio facilities and sign in system, and review any pre-existing issues that may affect your practice.
We open the studio 20 minutes before class starts, so you are welcome to arrive during this time. We recommend you show up 10-15 minutes early to secure a spot in class. Weekend morning classes are the busiest times – but if you show up early, you will always get a spot.
The time before class is a great opportunity to sit, relax and breath, and prepare yourself for your yoga practice.
How often should I come to class?
Everybody is different. The number of times a week you practice yoga depends on many things including the other physical activities you engage in, your state of health, your intention, and your schedule. However many classes you choose to take, we do recommend that you set up a regular schedule week-to-week. This will allow you to witness a progression in your practice, and will allow your body and mind to become settled so you can achieve greater benefits from yoga.
The most important thing is that you listen to your body, and stay aware of the changes that your whole being will progress through while practicing yoga, both during class and outside the studio. If you are coming more than twice a week, you should consider a term membership for the best value.
Do I need to pre-register for class?
No, most classes are drop-in with the exception of our pre-registered classes and workshops (check our yoga class schedule where pre-registered classes are indicated by a icon).
For any class, drop-in or pre-registered, we recommend that you show up 10-15 minutes early to ensure your spot in class, and to give you time to relax before practice begins.
Are the rooms heated?
Our two studio shalas are at room temperature.
Do you have showers?
No, Kushala Yoga does not have showers. However, the space has two change rooms and two washrooms.
Do you sell retail items?
Yes, our studio has a small retail section that carries an assortment of items including: yoga props (mats, blocks, bolsters, cushions, straps, blankets, dowels, sandbags), meditation cushions, wellness items (eye pillows, aromatherapy, candles, pit balm, soap, Joy-a-Toes), books, journals, leisure wear, and yoga wear.