Bliss YogaSpa Preparing for a Yoga Class

Preparing for a ClassStudio EtiquetteCommon Phrases

Preparing for a Yoga Class

  1. Come well-hydrated and avoid caffeinated products (including green and black teas) a few hours prior to a hot class. Caffeine dehydrates the body and can increase heart-rate.
  2. Eat a light snack/meal 1–2 hours before a hot class. Fruit, granola/protein bars, or half a peanut butter sandwich are good options. Think light!
  3. Eating snacks or meals before a non-heated class depends on each student. Some prefer to have an empty stomach, while others may want a snack prior to class. Avoid heavy or greasy meals.
  4. Bring a yoga mat. For hot yoga, bring a towel large enough to cover your mat. Bliss offers both products for rental or purchase.
  5. You may want to bring an additional towel for showering or to dry off with after class.
  6. Bring at least one large bottle of water. Filtered water is available if you need to refill your water bottle. Bottled water is also available for purchase.
  7. Wear clothing that is comfortable to move, stretch, and sweat in. Materials that breathe and wick away moisture are most suitable. Yoga clothing is also available for purchase at the studio.
  8. For hot yoga, please bring a change of clothes for after class. You will be sweaty and wet!
  9. Shoes and socks are not worn in class. (You may wear socks, but please be aware that you may slip and slide.) The yoga studios are disinfected and cleaned between every class. You may wear clean indoor flip-flops throughout the facility and change rooms.
  10. Blocks, straps, and bolsters are provided for your use. If you prefer your own props, please feel free to bring them.
  11. If you have never been to our studio, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your class so that you can fill out paperwork and ask questions. Our staff will welcome you and give you a tour.
  12. Please be prepared for class 5 minutes prior. Latecomers will not be permitted - no exceptions. Please respect the other students and teacher in the class by being on time. We offer staggered class times to accommodate busy lifestyles.
  13. Online sign-up is available and recommended to secure your spot, especially during peak class times. Cancellations must be done two hours prior to class. Late cancellations or no-shows will result in the class being deducted from your account.
  14. Change rooms with showers are available for both women and men. All change rooms have secure lockers and storage areas for your use. You can touch-up after class in our change rooms or use the facility to fully prepare for your day.

Yoga Studio Etiquette

  1. Students are requested to be in class, on their mats, and prepared to practice 5 minutes before start time. This will help ensure that classes start on time and make it such that you are relaxed and ready.
  2. You must respect silence within the practice rooms before and after class. The practice rooms are used to centre oneself, meditate, and escape the chaos of daily life. Please respect others that need this time of silence.
  3. We ask that you remain in the practice room throughout the entire class unless there is an emergency. Your instructor will explain what to do if you feel the need to leave the room.
  4. No technology is allowed in the practice rooms. Throughout the rest of the facility, we ask that your phone be kept on vibrate or silent to maintain a peaceful environment for all clients.
  5. Please be mindful of heavy fragrances as heat amplifies odours. We want the practice rooms to be welcoming for all students.
  6. Please leave all bags and extra items (besides your mat, towel, and water) in the change rooms.
  7. Although there are lockers available, we ask that you leave your valuables at home.

Commonly Used Yoga Phrases

Ananda – Means BLISS!!

Asana (AH-sah-nas) – Translates as “seat”, but is what we call the physical postures of the yoga practice.   This is the 3rd limb of Pantanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga.

Ayurveda (i-yur-vay-dah) – Is a science and practice, which is based on nature and the 5 elements.

Chakras – The word chakra translates into wheel and chakras are wheel like vortices of energy within the subtle plane of existence, which help to assimilate and organize prana, or life force energy.  Our 7 primary chakras are located in the body following the line of the spinal column from the pelvic floor to the crown of the head, which assist in governing different aspects of our life.

Dharma – Is the universal law that is constantly guiding us into alignment with our life’s purpose and our highest Self. 

Dharana – Is the 6th limb of Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, and refers to focused concentration on a single point, and is the practice that guides us towards states of meditation.

Dhyana (dee-an-a) – Is the 7th limb of Pantanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga, and refers to the complete and undistracted concentration that is meditation.

Drishti – Translates as “Point of Focus”, and refers to your where you focus your eyes when practicing asana, pranayama, or meditation.

Mantra – Represents the mind, and is a word, syllable, or group of words or syllables repeated in the mind to help cultivate deep focus, while invoking a deity, feeling, way of being, or intention.

Meditation – Means “To Become Familiar With”, and is the practice of complete concentration when the mind is fully focused on a single point, whether that be a mantra, an object, the breath, the body, or simply observing the flow of thoughts within the mind.

Mudra (moo-dra) – The word mudra translates as “seal” or “gesture”, most commonly practiced with the hands, but can also incorporate the whole body, and is used to seal in energetic flow and help to manifest an intention or way of being.

Namaste (na-mah-stay) – A Hindu salutation that means, “I bow to you”, and used as to close a yoga class, with the honorable expression of “The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you.”  Namaste is always offered with Anjali or prayer mudra, sealing the palms in front of the heart.  

Niyamas – In yogic philosophy, Pantanjali defined the 8 limbs of yoga, one being the Niyamas, which are personal observances that we make to live more peacefully within ourselves.  Cleanliness, Contentment, Austerity, Self-Study & Devotion to a Higher
Power.

Om – The universal sound, often used to close a yoga practice, and when broken down has 3 syllables, each representing their own specific function.  “Ah” represents creation, “Ooo” represents preservation, and “Mmmm” represents transformation. 

Prana – Often referred to as “Life Force Energy”, but more accurately translated into “Constant Motion”, as Prana is the vibratory force that animates all living things.  In Chinese Medicine Prana is referred to as Chi.

Pranayama – Is the controlling of life force energy through breathing techniques.

Ujjayi (oo-jai-ee) - Is an audible breath technique produced by a slight contraction of the throat muscles, which creates an oceanic sound at the back of the throat with each inhale and exhale.  This form of breathing is excellent for creating internal heat while cultivating deep focus in the mind.

Vinyasa – Translates as “To place in a special way” and is commonly referred to in class as our flow.  Moving in and through postures synchronized with the breath. 

Yamas – The first of Pantanjali’s 8 limbs, and are observances we make to conduct ourselves in living more peacefully within society, and include, Non-violence, Non-stealing, Truthfulness, Moderation of Action & Non-collection of material items. 

Yoga – Means to yoke, join or unite.  It is the uniting of the body, mind, and spirit, the uniting between the individual and the universal.  Pantanjali describes yoga in sutra 1.2 as “Yoga calms the fluctuations within the mind.”