Yoga FAQ

What is Yoga?
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word yug, meaning ‘yoke’, and is also interpreted as ‘union’. The physical practice of yoga was primarily designed to facilitate the deeper practice of yoga, the understanding and mastery of the mind and awakening of consciousness. It's aim is to transform and empower the sincere practitioner to see one's Self, source and life's purpose more clearly. Yoga is an action, AND a state of mind. 

What is Satya?

Satya is often explained as "truthfulness" and is one of the recommended social practices (yamas) in yoga. Satya also holds another meaning. Built with the sanskrit word "sat" which can be translated to 'true essence', 'unchangeable' or 'reality'. "Sat" is the truth, or the reality which is beyond distortion. 

​What should I bring to class?
Towels, mats and props are available for your use. However, most people eventually like to have their own mat. we do have a few available for purchase.

What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing is recommended, something that will allow you to move freely and won’t interfere with your physical practice. There is space at the studio for you to change clothes and store your personal belongings securely while you practice.

What should I bring to class?
Towels, mats and props are available for your use. However, it’s a good idea to have your own mat. We do have a few available for purchase.

What if I can’t do all the poses?
None of us can. Yoga is never a competition. Listen to your body, begin slowly and your body will progress when its ready. Yoga class is a place of non-judgment and acceptance, and never a place to achieve “perfection,” which is why we call it practice.

How do I know what class to take?
At Satya we offer classes of various styles and levels. We encourage students who are beginners to sign up for our Yoga Basics 8 week series. Or our gentle yoga classes are great fit for beginners and those with some physical limitations. Please take a look at the class descriptions on our website. Feel free to consult with Teresa ( about which classes would be best for you. 

Where should I Park?

Satya Yoga is located in the "Old Hardware Shops". We share parking with the Butler Pantry Store, Booked for the Season booksellers and Back to the Fuchsia Flower Shop. We are one of the only locations downtown to have our own lot on site. Feel free to park anywhere in the lot, including the spaces that state 'old hardware parking only'.

Yoga Studio Etiquette 
PLEASE be on time, late arrival will be disruptive to the teacher and students. Just as important is the need to have a few minutes on your mat before class to quiet your mind and be present: rushing in to a yoga class is counter to the purpose. 

Turn off your cell phone when you enter. Airplane Mode is preferred. We can hear the phone if it's left on vibrate mode.

Remove your shoes before entering the studio. 

Refrain from wearing perfume or heavily-scented lotions or oils

Don’t skip Savasana. Not only will you be robbing yourself of the reward of your practice, you will be denying others this special time. If you intend to leave class early, before the class begins, let the instructor know what time you're leaving. 

Yoga is best practiced with an empty stomach. We recommend not eating for one to two hours prior to practice. Ingesting coffee too close to practice can also aggravate the digestive system.