+ yoga studio etiquette




Member Obligations & Studio Behaviour

Arrive on time. We reserve the right to deny class entry to anyone, who arrives after the scheduled class start time.
Place shoes neatly on shelves or under coats depending on your studio location. Our floors are shoe free.
Check in BEFORE entering practice space with your membership card.
Lost or Forgotten Membership cards. A $5 fee is required to replace your card & will be done before taking class. One exception will be available per student. Photo id may be required.
You may not allow any other person to use your membership or its benefits. Doing so may result in suspension or cancellation, with any outstanding balance immediately due and payable.
Inform your teacher of any injuries or if you are new to yoga prior to each class.
Cell phone ringers MUST be turned off as soon as you check-in for class so as not to disturb other classes.
Studio practice rooms are silent. Enjoy this quiet time for your meditation &/or pranayama practice.
Align your mat to a sticker and prepare your spot with all props you may need. Not sure what? Ask your educator.
Nothing in the studio except items used directly in class. No personal belongings permitted in practice spaces.
Help out your friends. As a community member, please help those that look confused or unsure. Thanks!
Please keep noise and voices to a minimum while waiting for, or leaving classes.
Do not enter a class late or leave early without giving the teacher prior notice. We want to make sure you’re ok.
Attend class in good health (no colds/seasonal illnesses please) and in good hygiene.
You agree to abide by all Samatva Yoga rules, regulations and schedules which may be posted or verbally explained from time to time. These may be amended from time to time, at Samatva’s sole discretion.

Class Attendance + Online Reservations
Though you can sign up for classes online, you must ALWAYS check-in at the desk before 10 minutes before class begins otherwise you will be marked as a “late cancel” and you reservation released. All “late cancels” are subject to a $5 fee/class pass deduction for each occurrence. Samatva Yoga reserves the right to refuse online sign-ups at our discretion. We only allow 50% of class space to be reserved online in advance so we always have room from walk-ins. Class reservations can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and you can remove yourself via your MBO account up to 1 hour before class starts. No class reservations/cancellation via email or phone.

Valuables & Personal Property
Samatva shall not be liable for the loss of or theft of, or damage to, the personal property of member or guests, including items left in lockers, at the advisor desk or elsewhere in the studio. Please avoid bringing valuables onto studio premises.

Mat Storage | Active Memberships Only
While we love to offer you mat storage, please understand that space is limited and you leave your mat at the studio as your own risk. Samatva Yoga will not be responsible for lost or stolen mats. All mats are to be tagged with updated and active status. One mat per Infinity Membership included FREE. If you use multiple studio locations a $10/monthly fee is applicable for additional mats. Mat storage is $10/month all other passes. Mats must be taken home during holds and may be considered abandoned and subject to donation without contact. All mats left 14 days after cancellation will also be considered abandoned.

From time to time, Samatva Yoga shoots images and video of classes, workshops and other events. As part of our community, you hereby provide Samatva Yoga the right and permission to use your name, image or likeness in its sole discretion for promotional, advertising and marketing purposes.

YOUR GUESTS ATTEND FOR FREE | 1st Visit with Infinity Members – New students Only
A benefit of the Infinity Membership only. Members can invite a guest to attend a class with them as often as you’d like! All Guests must check in with their Member. No Guest will be admitted free of charge to a class without the Member in attendance. Guests MUST be new to Samatva Yoga. Samatva reserves the right, in its discretion, to prevent any guest from using the studio.


general questions & etiquette

New students at Samatva Yoga have 2 different unique opportunities to begin their yoga practice.

Beginners Foundation Series | $99-145

Starting a yoga practice can be both exciting and sometimes intimidating. We always recommend taking the Beginners Foundations Series. This 8-week program will give you great understanding in the fundamentals of the practice, modifications for physical limitations/injuries and philosophy (including meditation, pranayama (breath exercises) & class-styles (which is right for you?). Enjoy one-on-one instruction with the same teacher and group of participants at the same time each week . For many, this will keep you accountable in the starting process with a weekly class. PLUS be sure to do the Add-In Unlimited option! It’s a steal!

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Introductory Offer Prana Pass | Unlimited month $39

Grab the Introductory Offer | Prana Pass (new students only) and get going unlimited right away! As we are interdisciplinary and have many educators, we allow time for you to try us out. You do not need to do the Beginners Course, however, it is proven that you will remain more committed is you have a better understanding of why you do what you do.

While we always recommend the Beginners Series to start, a list of our more gentle/slower/open & beginner level classes View Beginners Friendly Class Styles

This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal “edge” and you will get 100% of the benefit!
The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allow you to work deeper and safer. The heat also heals, helps prevent injuries and promotes sweating which flushes toxins from your body. While Samatva offers hot yoga, we are also of the mind that room temperature practices are also very very beneficial. You do not have to do hot yoga to practice here but you have the option should you wish to try!
Absolutely not! We are interdisciplinary. You can enjoy both hot and room temperature classes with whatever class card or membership you choose. It’s up to you!
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find most hot yoga classes more athletic and thus more challenging and effective for weight loss and workout results. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With presistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise. We do also offer very dynamic classes in our room temperature studio for those not wishing to practice in the heat.

Want a slower paced class, more meditative and relaxing/restorative style? We have those too!

Yoga is amazing –even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. We suggest starting with two or three times a week, for an hour or an hour and a half each time. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle –do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after awhile your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of sweat pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special foot gear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but our studios will always have mats and other props available for you.
All you really need to begin practicing yoga is your body, your mind, and a bit of curiosity. But it is also helpful to have a pair of stretchy pants, leggings, or shorts, and a t-shirt that’s not too baggy. No special foot gear is required because you will be barefoot. It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you. As your practice develops you might want to buy your own yoga mat, but we will have mats and other props available for you.

In the hot room, women should wear shorts or thin cotton leggings and leotard, jog bra or halter top. Men should wear shorts or bathing trunks. Since the room is heated, you will want to wear something that you feel comfortable sweating in.

We recommend that you do not eat a full meal at least 2 hours before class. If you are hungry, however, we recommend a light snack such as a banana or energy bar.
When class concludes you will be lying in Savasana on your back. Typically, a new student’s first reaction is to get get up and leave the room as soon as the educator has finished. But hold on, at Samatva, we guide you until the end.

Savasana is when your body gets to recuperate and recover & integrate your practice. The longer you stay in savasana, the more your heart rate and breath returns to normal. It also helps to relieve stress and strain both mentally and physically and has incredible healing powers and is the traditional way to deepen your practice and internal connection.

Yoga is a great way to keep fit during pregnancy & and to begin to deepen the relationship with you little one and your newly (& ever-changing) body. In particular it can help strengthen the pelvic area, normalize thyroid functioning and blood pressure, and help keep you calm and relaxed – all of which is good for the baby, too. In general, however, you want to avoid strain, compressing the belly or abdomen and inverted postures, especially in the later stages.

At Samatva we offer a full line of yoga for the family including pre-natal, baby & me, momma bootcamp, $5 Kids (4-8) and $7 Teens (high school)

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online class reservations

Take a look at the online studio schedule and click the “BOOK NOW” button for the class you would like to attend. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account (MindBody Online – our online store and class scheduler) to complete pre-registration. If you are currently practicing or have previously taken a class with us, please do not create a new account. Simply, click “Forgot Password?” and submit the email address we have for you on file to receive instructions to set your password. If you have trouble logging in or finding your account, please contact the studio to confirm the email address we have for you on file.
Yes, you will need an MBO account. If you are a current member, class pass holder or previously taken a class at Samatva Yoga, you already have an MBO account. Please read “How do I reserve my space for classes online?” answer above for log-in and password help.
No, pre-registration is encouraged but not required. We leave 50% of the spots in all of our classes available for walk-in students (ie – for a 30 person capacity class, pre-registration caps at 15, leaving 15 spots for walk in students). So if you see a class that does not have a “BOOK NOW” link, that means pre-registration is full, but half of the spots are still open for walk-in students. In this case, it is advised to attend the studio 20-25 minutes early.
You may reserve your space in a class up to 2 weeks in advance. You may also create a recurring registration if you know you attend the same class each and every week. This way you will not have to register at all, our system will do it automatically for you!
No, not for drop-in classes but yes for all workshops, programs & events.
This means the allotted online reservation spaces have been filled (50% of the studio class space). In this case, we still have half of the spot open for walk-in students and it is advised to attend 20-25 minutes before your class.
You may cancel your reserved class by selecting “Your Schedule” in your MindBody Online account.
Cancellation can be done up to 2 hours before class begins.
Class Pass Holders – You will be charged your drop-in yoga class and it will be deducted from your current class pass. Infinity & Unlimited Membership Holders – There is a $5 charge for each “no show” or non-cancellation. This amount will need to be settled before attending your next class.
Scan your studio swipe card at the front desk and inform the attending advisor that you pre-registered online. Reserved students must check in 10 minutes prior to class start time or risk losing their space.
All students attending Samatva Yoga classes must check in at the desk with their provided studio scanner card. When you begin with us, you will receive one complimentary. If you are joining us for your first class, we will provide it when you come in. If you have forgotten or lost your scan card, there is a $5 replacement charge for each card.
First-time students receive a $39 Unlimited Month (Prana Pass Intro Offer – $30 online pricing). To get going in your first class at Samatva Yoga, simply click “BOOK NOW” to add the class you would like to attend. Click “Check Out” and you will be prompted to create a MindBody Online account. Once you are done creating your account, you will be able to add either a single drop-in pass or enjoy your Unlimited Intro Month or add an alternate service of your choosing to your account. Click “Check Out” once more and you are now registered for class.
You must have an intro unlimited pass, class series, or membership at Samatva Yoga in order to reserve classes online. You can purchase 1, 10, and Promotional Class Packages via MBO on the web and the app. To reserve a class and purchase a class series, simply click “BOOK NOW” to add the class to your cart. Click “Continue” and follow the prompts to create a MindBody Online account. Add a class package service of your choosing and click “Check Out” once more to reserve your space.
If you have not attended any yoga classes (karma classes & QYC excluded) you are eligible for an Intro Month Unlimited for only $39. If you do not see this option, please contact the studio at 613 548 7685 or 613 384 6463.
All returning students out of practice for 6 months or more are eligible to re-do the Intro Prana Pass (one month unlimted – $39). In this case, you will have to purchase your pass in-studio before the class you wish to attend. Once purchased, you will be able to pre-register unlimited class visits for the next month.


about the yoga practice

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

The Indian sage Patanjali is believed to have collated the practice of yoga into the Yoga Sutra an estimated 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As we explore these eight limbs, we begin by refining our behavior in the outer world, and then we focus inwardly until we reach samadhi (liberation, enlightenment).

Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.

Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali’s eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.