Common Questions

We’re here to help you Find Your OM!

Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you have any others, please email us!

What is Yoga?

The main focus of Yoga is to find harmony between body and mind. Yoga is an Indian spiritual path aimed at achieving the union with the Higher Consciousness. A practitioner of Yoga is called a Yogi (male) or Yogini (female).

Outside India, Yoga is mostly associated with the practice of asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga or as a form of exercise. All Yoga is derived for Hatha Yoga. The Sanskrit term Yoga has many meanings. It is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, “to yoke”, or “to unite”.

At Yogacara we strive to ensure an authentic Yoga practice, and not simply what is trendy. Yoga has taken on a life of its own in the western world; much of it based on a “fitness” mentality. Authentic Yoga focuses on balancing all aspects of mind & body, and does not simply focus on the ego and physical appearance. Yoga is considered to be the most ancient physical discipline; it is a metaphor for balance in every area of life.

I have never been to a Yoga class before. Which one should I try?

All of our classes are designed to ensure that Beginners can attend. Rest-assured that modifications are made in each class for every level.

I'm pregnant. What classes should I take?

All styles are available to you during your 1st trimester. During the 2nd & 3rd Hatha or Restorative is a great class for you up until the 34th week of pregnancy. Please let your teacher know so they can give appropriate variations for you. Your safety is important to us so please avoid attendance after the 34th week.

What do I wear to a class?

All you need is some comfortable clothing that you can move in. Please do not feel that you have to go out and purchase specialty clothing for yoga; it is not necessary, and not required. Come as you are!  We provide a space that promotes non-judgment and we remind people that Yoga is a “non-competitive sport”.

What should I eat before class?

Try to not eat at least 1/2 hour before a class. The lighter the meal the better, as you will be working with your digestive tract and that may cause mild discomfort.

Do you have mats, or do we need to bring our own?

We provide mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters & straps for all students. You are free to bring your own mat and rest it on top of the mats provided.

With a cap on students per class, how do I know if I will get a space?

Our on-line check-in system will ensure you have a spot in the class. Sign in for classes up to 30 days in advance. For those people who have limited access to the internet, simply call us at 604.935.2020, and reserve your spot over the phone.

If you happen to receive our voicemail, simply state your full name, phone number, the date and time of the class you would like to attend, and we will log you in manually. As we continue to grow, we will add on classes to accommodate the growth. That is our commitment to our students.

Is parking available at the Studio?

Our studio has parking available in the day lots located along Blackcomb Way, only a short walk to the studio.

Are bike racks available?

Yes! We have two bike racks right out front. Please be sure to bring a lock for security.

Are your Teachers accredited?

All of our teachers have completed their training through accredited schools, recognized by Yoga Alliance. They are also certified in First Aid (with CPR).

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