Where is the entrance for The Yoga Loft?
We are located at the very back of the Crossfit Rebuild building (the old Presto Bowling alley), on the upper level. Our main entrance is at the back of the building at the top of an exterior set of stairs. You are also free to enter the building at the front, during the open hours of Crossfit Rebuild, and take the indoor staircase up.
Where do I park?
The parking lot for The Yoga Loft is located next to the building (to the left of the building if you are facing it). It is located on the corner of King St and Union St. There is also plenty of street parking on Union Street, both sides of King Street and Duke Street.
Please note, there are a few spaces reserved for the Pizza restaurant next door, as well as a couple near the front of the building for other tenants (these spaces are marked).
Do you have changerooms available?
There is an upper level washroom in which you can change. There are also changerooms available on the lower level in the Crossfit Rebuild lobby, which you are free to use.
Do I need my own mats, blocks, etc…?
We have everything you need to practice yoga, without having to purchase anything special. This includes studio yoga mats, 2 sizes of blocks, extra-long straps, bolsters/pillows, sandbags, and mat spray.
If you have your own mat or props and wish to bring them, that is fine as well. We offer complementary mat storage for Monthly or Yearly Members who wish to leave their own mats on-site.
I’m brand new to yoga and unsure about what to wear.
Wear any comfortable, stretchy clothing. Fancy yogawear is not a necessity! A t-shirt or tank and stretchy pants, track pants or workout shorts are all great. Most people are more comfortable with shirts that gather a bit at the waist, so that when they are bending forward, their shirt doesn’t lift up.
Do I have to practice in bare feet?
I want you to feel comfortable. There is no right or wrong way to practice yoga. Most people practice flow or power yoga in bare feet, because yoga mats can sometimes be slippery with socks, and for some people, bare feet helps the sensation of feeling grounded. However, other people simply prefer to leave their socks on, and that is totally fine too. For gentle, restorative classes (where slipping on a mat is not a factor) socks are great, especially if your feet tend to get cold.
Do you have hot yoga?
We try to keep the room at a comfortable temperature for practicing yoga, however we do not have a hot studio.
Our personal experience and philosophy is that when a yoga space is heated too high, you can deplete your energy, becoming drained and sometimes dehydrated. You are also at risk of over-stretching (or hyperextending) without realizing it, or slipping due to excess sweat, leading to possible injuries or strains. There are also times and conditions when hot yoga is not medically advised (such as during pregnancy, heart conditions and blood pressure issues). Hot, humid environments are also breeding grounds for bacteria. 😦
Another part of our philosophy is that when yoga is done mindfully and with attention to the breath, that you are able to create your own inner heat. This “inner fire” enables the experienced yoga student to actually practice more challenging forms of yoga, if so desired.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to CONTACT me.