Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I expect from my first yoga class?

You can expect the following from your first yoga class with Repose Yoga Toronto:

  • To be greeted upon arrival and welcomed warmly.
  • To be asked (privately) about any injuries or physical restrictions that should be accommodated by your instructor.
  • An overview of any props (i.e. cushions, blankets, chairs) required for the class.
  • An introduction to the class/session you have chosen to participate in.
  • Clear instruction throughout the class.

I’ve never been to a yoga class before. Are your classes appropriate for beginners?

Our classes are absolutely appropriate for beginners. In fact, we believe our classes are the perfect place for beginners to experience yoga for the first time. We are committed to ensuring a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for you to explore movement, breathing, and relaxation. Everyone is welcome and will be treated with the respect that each of us deserves.

Do you work with people on a one-on-one basis?

Yes, we do. We offer private and semi-private sessions. These are appropriate for people who are not comfortable in a group setting or whose work and family commitments prevent them from attending weekly classes or on-going series.

What should I wear to my first yoga class?

This will depend on the type of class you are participating in. Generally speaking, you should wear something that you feel comfortable in and that doesn’t restrict your movement.

For restorative yoga classes, it is especially important to be comfortable and warm. Jogging pants, tights, or shorts (in summer) will suffice. You may also consider wearing layers of clothing that can be added or removed as needed (including socks).

For a more active class (i.e. flow) you will likely sweat so consider wearing something to wick the sweat away from your body (clothes you wear to participate in other athletic activities, for instance). Practicing yoga in bare feet will give you a better grip and prevent slipping.

Do I need to bring a yoga mat?

This varies from setting to setting. Most studios provide complimentary mats or rent mats for a nominal fee. You are not required to bring your own mat for private sessions. Please note: If you plan to practice yoga on a regular basis (including at home) you will definitely benefit from having your own mat.

Will the instructor touch me during class?

Hands-on adjustments are used in yoga classes for a variety of reasons including to correct alignment, to deepen a stretch, and to facilitate a release. Some teachers finish class with a brief hand or face massage. That being said, it is perfectly reasonable to opt-out of hands-on touch and yoga teachers should give people this option.

At Repose Yoga Toronto, we stay in line with trauma-sensitive yoga, which means we lean in the direction of no hands-on adjustments. One exception to this is during flow classes, which typically involve hands-on adjustments.  Students will be given the opportunity to decline physical adjustments at the beginning of each flow class.

I’m not flexible. Can I still do yoga?

This is probably the single most frequently asked question. The answer is (unequivocally) YES! Flexibility is not a requirement for practicing yoga. Practicing yoga will likely increase your flexibility but it is definitely not a pre-requisite.

How will yoga help my anxiety?

We teach a combination of breathing practices, restorative yoga poses, and simple mind-body techniques that can balance the body’s stress response system, calm agitated minds, and bring deep relaxation. We equip our students with the tools required to integrate these simple, self- soothing techniques into their daily lives in order to decrease anxiety and increase resilience to stress. Our students frequently report improved sleep following our classes. Poor sleep can exacerbate anxiety, and insomnia is a common complaint of those struggling with anxiety.

What are the health benefits?

The health benefits of yoga are numerous and wide ranging and include (but are not limited to):

  • Increased flexibility and strength
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in chronic tension and chronic pain
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety
  • Reduction of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Does Repose Yoga Toronto have its own studio?

We currently teach classes and series at various studios around the GTA (please see teaching schedule for details). In addition, we are committed to bringing yoga to people outside of the studio setting. This means that we teach yoga in health clinics and centres, prisons (with Freeing the Human Spirit), and other community settings.