Yoga Seven

FAQ

What type of classes do you offer?

Our hatha-based yoga classes have a strong focus on alignment. Hatha is a generic term referring to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures. Some of our teachers also have training in Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar, vinyasa/power, meditation, sound therapy, and restorative yoga, and will bring elements of that training into their classes. We also offer a variety of fitness classes, such as mat Pilates and barre, to build strength.

Do you offer in-person classes?

Yoga Seven does not have a physical location, but it does share space that could be used for in-person classes in the Port Credit area. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, a few in-person classes may be offered, with limited spots available, if it is safe and permitted to do so. Participants will have to sign a special waiver and follow all mandated health and safety protocols.

Are classes for all ages and levels?

Most of our classes are suitable for those over 16 and for all levels as indicated on the schedule. For those who are new, a gentle or restorative class is a good place to start. It won’t take you long to build up a strong practice if you attend classes regularly. Some teachers are also naturally more gentle than others, so email info@yogaseven.ca to ask for recommendations.

I'm not flexible - can I do yoga?

Yes! In fact you are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This new-found agility will be balanced by strength, coordination as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

I have an injury. Should I do yoga?

Yoga can be one way to heal your body, but yoga teachers are not medical experts. You should always check with your healthcare provider before beginning to exercise, especially if you have a recent injury or surgery. You should also inform the teacher of your specific issue so he/she can make recommendations for adjustments and alternatives during the class. Yoga should not be painful: if it hurts, stop and rest, or mention your pain to the teacher and see if there is something different you can do.

What do I need in order to practice yoga?

For virtual classes at home you might need any of the following depending on the type of class and your practice.

  • A space large enough to move your body in all directions, both lying down and standing up.
  • A yoga mat—look for a mat that isn’t too thin (especially if you have sore knees) and that doesn’t slide on the floor. You will also want to find one where your hands and feet don’t slide. We recommend (and carry) B-Mats.
  • Yoga blocks (alternatives: soup cans; a large hard-cover book)
  • Yoga strap (alternatives: a belt or a long towel)
  • Blankets and bolsters (alternatives: towels, cushions)
  • Padding (towels, facecloths, blankets) for sensitive joints such as knees, elbows, wrists
  • A water bottle
Do I need any special props to take barre and mat Pilates classes?

You will need your yoga mat and, as with yoga, it's always helpful to have blocks or hard-covered books/soup cans to bring the ground closer.  Both mat Pilates and Barre may make use of light hand weights (1lb or 2lbs generally) and a Pilates ("squishy") ball. Barre classes are designed to use the back of a sturdy chair as a the barre.

Alternatives to hand weights are soup cans or full water bottles. Alternatives to Pilates balls are a yoga block or a small firm cushion . Yoga Seven carries mats, blocks ,weights, and Pilates balls in our online store.

What should I wear?

Clothing that is comfortable and allows complete freedom of movement. Bear in mind that if you are doing inversions such as handstand or headstand, you will want a fairly tight-fitting top that won’t ride up! The more closely fitting the clothing, the easier it is for the instructor to check on your alignment. You may want to have an extra layer such as a jacket or sweatshirt and socks so you can stay warm during the final relaxation (Savasana).

What does Namaste mean?

Namaste is a Sanskrit word meaning "I honour you". The teacher usually says it at the end of class, and it’s usual for the class to respond with the same word.

Do I have to be a Prana Warriors Member, or can I just drop in to a single class?

You can purchase a drop-in pass for a single class without joining the Prana Warriors Society. However, Prana Warriors get benefits such as unlimited classes, discounts on workshops, and access to the on-demand video library.

How do I book a class a purchase a pass/membership?
  1. Go to www.yogaseven.ca/schedule and select Today’s Schedule.
  2. Change the date until the class you want to take is displayed.
  3. Click the Book Now button. A sign in screen will appear:
  4. If you already have an account with Yoga Seven:
    1. In the With Email area, enter your username and password, then click Sign In.
  5. If you need to create an account with Yoga Seven:
    1. Click the No Account? Sign Up button. The sign-up form is displayed.
    2. Complete at least the areas highlighted in red (more information is better!), and then click Next to continue.
  6. If the Terms & Conditions document appears:
      1. Read through the whole document.
      2. “Sign” at the bottom by holding down your mouse button and dragging the mouse pointer over the signature box to make the rough shape of your signature.
      3. Click the “I agree to use Electronic Signature” button
      4. Click Next to continue.

    Note that the Terms & Conditions document will not appear if you have signed it previously.

  7. The screens that follow prompt you through the process of purchasing as necessary. Simply make your choice and click the Next button to continue.
  8. When the process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email for your class. If you don’t see it, check your junk or spam folders. Make sure you have approved no-reply@wellnessliving.com and info@yogaseven.ca as safe senders.
Do you have an app?

Yes! Download the WellnessLiving Achieve App … it's free for Apple and Android smartphone users and allows you to book or cancel sessions, view your schedule, join classes, and manage your account.

I am having a problem with my account (billing or technical) – who can I contact?

We are sorry to hear that you’re experiencing issues. Please email us at info@yogaseven.ca and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

What if I can’t make a live-streamed class I’ve registered for?

If you have registered for a class and find you cannot attend, it’s important to remove your name from the registration before the class starts otherwise you may encounter charges. You can cancel by logging into your account and going to My Schedule, or using the link in a registration or reminder email from info@yogaseven.ca.

What time should I log on to take a live-streamed class?

Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before class so the teacher knows you’re coming and you have time to ask any questions and get settled.

If I’m late can I still join a live-streamed class?

Yes! Join late or leave early if you need to. Please keep your microphone muted so you don’t disturb the practice.

What if I don’t want the instructor to see me?

Your video and microphone will both be off when you join a class. You can leave the video off, turn it on to say hello and then turn it off again, or turn it on and leave it on. Your choice: we are an all-inclusive community for all ages, races, and body types. If you've turned on the microphone to say hello, please always mute it before class begins so as not to disturb the teacher's instructions.

How often can we expect new videos?

We aim to upload new content monthly, whether it is a video of a livestreamed class or specially recorded content.