Demonstrating Dancers Pose at Asana

 

How should I prepare for a Yoga or Barre class?

Make sure to hydrate at least two hours before class. We also recommend, if possible, you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. Continue to drink water after class to replenish the fluid you have lost by sweating. Most importantly, prepare to have fun!

What should I wear/bring to a yoga/barre class?

Yoga – Please bring a mat, a towel (if necessary) and a bottle of water. The studio rents mats and towels. The studio also has a water filtration system and we sell water bottles. Wear exercise clothes that you can sweat in. Arrive to the studio 15 minutes before class to meet the instructor, relax on your mat, and be present before class.

Barre and Yoga/Barre Fusion– Please bring a mat, barre grip socks, a towel (if necessary) and a bottle of water. The studio rents mats and towels. The studio also has a water filtration system and we sell water bottles. Barre grip socks are available to purchase at the studio, but we cannot guarantee that we will have all sizes and colours available at all times. Contact the studio to confirm available stock. Wear exercise clothes that you can sweat in. Arrive to the studio 15 minutes before class to meet the instructor, relax on your mat, and be present before class.

You may want to bring a change of clothes for your trip home if you choose. We have showers available for use.

Can I attend a yoga class if I’m not flexible… I can’t touch my toes?

You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga or attend barre classes. You definitely do not need to be able to touch your toes. All of our bodies are different from one another and not everybody is able to practice the same asanas (postures) in the same way. This is one of the many beautiful things we love about yoga. At asana studios, our classes focus on building strength and improving flexibility. The goal is to practice the postures safely. A regular practice can allow improvement in flexibility, strength and balance (both physically and mentally). Please don’t be so hard on yourself, many yogis are not able to touch their toes and that is ok, there is no room for judgement in the yoga practice. Modifications are provided in all of our classes.

What is barre?

Often conducted in group classes, barre is a form of exercise which usually focuses on the lower body. This form of exercise can help develop strength from the ankles up through the calves, the knees, the thighs and the glutes. The barre is used as a prop to help with balance while performing exercises that focus on isometric strength (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles), combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Our barre classes are fitness-based and use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines including yoga and Pilates. Light weights and resistance bands may be used during class to improve strength. Visit the Class Descriptions page for additional information.

Can I attend a barre class even though I’m not flexible or a dancer?

Definitely. You do not have to be flexible or a dancer to enjoy barre classes. Typically, these classes focus on small pulsing movements with a focus on alignment, core engagement and form. Similar to yoga and other forms of exercise, barre classes can help build strength and improve flexibility, balance, endurance and stability in the body over time. The barre is used as a prop to assist and modifications are provided. Exercise balls, weight, straps and other props may also be used.

** Always check with your physician before starting any new forms of exercise including yoga and barre classes.

Where can I park?

Parking locations and cost

Kensington Gate Parkade located next to Julio’s Barrio offers great rate for parking (remember to keep your receipt as your code to enter the parkade will be printed on your receipt):

Click here for details on lot 804 – Kensington Gate

Find a rate for on-street parking here.
Click the lots below to see the lot rates:
Lot 20 (203 – 14 St NW)
Lot 21 (344 – 14 St NW)
Lot 57 (1210 Kensington Rd NW)
Lot 37 (1056 Memorial Drive NW)
Lot 23 (1101 Memorial Dr NW)
Lot 67 St. John’s Parkade (409 – 10 St NW)
Lot 68 Lido Parkade (1075 – 2 Ave NW)

There is also free street parking available in certain areas during specific times.

Please click here for more details.

Please note: we are a short walk (5 to 7 minutes) from the Sunnyside train station.