Fees & FAQ
*New Students always welcome
5 Classes – $67.50 + hst
10 Classes – $135.00 + hst
20 Classes – $260.00 + hst
3 Months unlimited $288.00 + hst
6 Months unlimited 528.00 + hst
Walk-in fee $15 + hst
* Private one on one Yoga Therapy Sessions Available. 60.00 plus hst or 160.00 for 3 session
***Expiration dates for Class packages are as follows: 5 class - 6 weeks, 10 class – 12 weeks, 20 class - 24 weeks, frompurchase date. No Refunds, class transfers or exchanges, expiration dates are firm. Any and all participants of Niagara Falls Yoga Center must be 18 years or older and of sound mind and body to participate in classes.
Yoga Center Etiquette:
* Please enter through back of building.
* Remove shoes
* Wear clothing that is suitable for stretching and breathing
* It is advised to have your own Yoga mat and towel (We do have extra mats at the studio if this is not possible. You may also purchase mats at Yoga Center)
* Arrive on time, a few minutes before class is beneficial.
*Please keep in mind this is not a gym atmosphere, Yoga class is often an intimate setting, please mind your personal hygiene.
*Please do not walk across others mats.
*Minimize conversation, and keep voices to a soft whisper. The few minutes before class are an ideal time for a short meditation and for setting an intention before your practice, Not only is this good etiquette but its beneficial for your state of mind.
* Completely shut off cell phones
* Do not wear perfume or heavy scented products, as some people have extreme allergies to perfumes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What Should I bring?
A. Your Yoga mat and a towel. If you do not have your own we do have some at the center for use but it is highly recommended you eventually have your own.
Q. What are Asanas?
A. Asanas are postures that produce mental equilibrium, steadiness, health and lightness of limb. Asanas are the positioning of the body as a whole with the involvement of the mind and soul. Asanas have two facets, pose and repose. Pose is the artistic assumption of the position. Reposing in the pose means finding the perfection of a pose and maintaining it, reflecting in it with penetration of the intelligence and with dedication.
Q. What are the Health benefits to practicing Yoga Asanas?
A. Asanas act as bridges to unite the body with the mind and the mind with the soul. These dynamic form of postures help to keep the body strong, flexible and relaxed. Asana practice strengthens the nervous system, increases fresh blood supply to vital organs, tones muscular tissue, improves circulation, lifts mood, relieves joint pain and increases spinal flexibility. Specific asanas calm the mind and body while others create more energy in the body. Asanas assist us to constantly refine our process of inner perception. Regular practice can help to balance and bring equilibrium to the entire system, especially for those who work in a profession where the body is constantly under strain or placed in a compromising position. The benefits of asana practice can be discussed and explained forever. It is a beautiful and endless topic. Please always remember to practice with joyfulness, and integrity. Every time you step on to your mat make the decision to enjoy where you are and stay in the present moment, it truly is a gift.
Q. What is Pranayama?
A. Prana is the energy permeating the universe at all levels. It is physical, mental, intellectual, sexual, spiritual and cosmic energy. All vibrating energies such as heat, light, gravity, magnetism and electricity are also prana. It is the energy which creates, protects and destroys. Pranayama means extension of breath and its control. Pranayama is an art and has techniques to make the respiratory organs move and expand intentionally, rhythmically and intensively. It consists of long sustained subtle flow of inhalation (puraka), exhalation (rechaka) and retention of breath (kumbhaka). The inhalation stimulates the system and the exhalation throws out vitiated air and toxins. The retention of breath distributes the energy throughout the body. Pranayama has various techniques that create changes in the practitioners body.
Q. How do Asanas differ from physical exercise?
A. Asanas are practiced with mental, emotional and spiritual awareness to improve strength, vitality, flexibility and longevity to the whole body, including all the organs and systems. Physical fitness is just one by product of Yoga practice. Physical exercise is mainly focused on physical fitness and development. In some Asanas, blood pressure and heart rate decrease. In physical exercise it is increased. Asanas use the practice of controlled breathing “pranayama” whereas physical exercise may be done quickly with harder and heavier breathing, forcing the respiratory system to work harder.
*** ” Yogasanas exercise the entire body and revitalise all the physiological systems, resulting in a sound mind in a sound body, as each asana cultivates the body and mind evenly. Yogasanas and Pranayama have stood the test of time for centuries and are helpful for all needs of men and women in their pursuit of perfect health and supreme happiness” *** – Geeta Iyengar (Yoga a gem for women)
Q. What does “AUM” mean and why is it chanted before the start of a Yoga class?
A. “AUM” is a sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras. Sound is a vibration and vibration is the source of all creation. Therefore when we speak, sing or make specific sounds we are in one type of a creation process. Different sounds carry different vibrations, creating different energies. The word “AUM” is said to be the sound that contains all other sounds, and to be of perfect vibration. Chanting this word before asana practice will calm the mind, create peaceful and sacred space which is preferable before beginning practice.
Q. Am I to old to start practicing Yoga?
A. Asanas can be practiced at any age. There are specific methods and techniques used within practice with respect to ones age and capacity. As we age we may become more disassociated from our bodies and bodily experience. When we reconnect back to our bodies through asana practice, we reattach ourselves to our bodies hence becoming more aware within oneself and making it possible to bring back our natural instincts, intuitions, feelings and insights. We need to be guided back to the undeniable wisdom of our body.
Q. I am overweight, can i still practice Yoga?
A. Yes. If you are overweight you can and should practice Yoga. Yoga is not about being overweight or thin. Asana practice helps to increase range of motion of joints and can help correct postural problems that may have resulted from weight gain. Re-engaging in physical activity through asana practice can bring a renewed sense of control over ones life, and your relationship with your body for the better.
Q. I’m not flexible, can i still practice Yoga?
A. If you are not flexible, it is all the more reason to start practicing Yoga Asanas. Practicing Yoga helps us to reconnect with our bodies to create more flexibility, stamina and vibrant health. Regardless of the situation or form we find ourselves in, we can explore both familiar and unfamiliar postures to expand our consciousness and reconnect with ourselves.