$60 Intro, Getting Started, & Studio Etiquette
- New to our studio? Create Account
- Purchase the $60 Intro Month
- Browse our Class Schedule and book your classes App: iPhone / Android )
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- Connect with us on Facebook + Instagram, our fav hashtags are #mybwFamily + #modoyogabloorwest
- Scroll down below to check out details on our Intro Month, a recommended strategy for how to take care of yourself as you begin this practice, how to fuel and hydrate your body,
INTRO MONTH SPECIAL
- Meet our teachers
- Try all our class types
- Take your time this month so your body can acclimate to the heat and humidity
- Guest Passes for friends and family (must be new to our studio, please ask them to create an account in advance)
- Where to start? If you’re brand new to yoga, start with our classic Modo, Yin or Mindful Pilates before Vinyasa/Flow
- Yin Yoga should be the only class you take or the last class you take per day as it is contraindicated to stretch deep tissue before you strengthen muscles through more vigorous class/workout/run. If you are cycling to the studio please take your time getting home, do not rush or bike quickly. In cold weather please do not bike home from Yin
- Intro Month Discounts:
- $10 off Membership = the best deal if you’re practicing + per week
- 10% off 5, 10 + 50 class passes = best if you practice 1x week or less (passes never expire)
- The Fine Print
- Intro Offer is valid 1x per student
- Valid only at Modo Yoga Bloor West
- No holds, extensions, exchanges or refunds
- If you’re a returning student who enjoyed an Introductory Month at our original location (between 2007-2013), you’re eligible to buy the Intro Month again and get to know our new home on the south side of Bloor Street.
- Buy the pass anytime or give the gift of yoga; this pass activates upon first use
- Must be 16 years old to practice on the regular schedule. Younger than 16? Book a Private Class solo or group class
STRATEGIC APPROACH TO PRACTICE
- Start where you’re at (size, weight, flexibility, age, all apply)
- Modify postures as needed
- Avoid pain (if you have chronic pain, do not let pain intensify)
- Take breaks
- Take small and frequent sips of water
- Lay down at first sign of dizziness or nausea For Health & Safety, do your best not to leave the room unless its an emergency; a sudden change of temperature has the potential to trigger a fainting spell You’re safest in the practice room in every way, as is everyone else.
- Arrive well hydrated, ideally on an empty stomach or 1.5 hours after eating
- Minimize caffeine intake and balance with purposeful hydration with electrolytes
- Afterward, replenish your electrolytes (drink coconut water, rooibos tea or use an electrolyte supplement as they will replenish minerals lost while to perspiration) and let your body return to resting heart rate/body temperature before eating any food
One of the key components to feeling well during and after a hot yoga class is to ensure your body is adequately hydrated. If you think that 8 glasses of water each day is all you need, please read the below points. Our friend and fellow student Jae Steel, = BHSc (Mwf) RHN shares these hydration tips with us
- KNOW YOUR ELECTROLYTE OPTIONS. Electrolytes help your body absorb fluids and keep the proper balance of minerals in order for all systems to function as they should (you lose more than water when you sweat!).
- Coconut water can be a great choice as it contains an impressive amount of potassium (which is needed for muscle contractions and nervous system functions, as well as regulating fluid balance), is a natural source of sodium (which is like potassium’s partner in crime) and carbohydrates (you know, energy!). If you’ve tried coconut water before and didn’t like it, try a few more brands — the taste can vary quite a bit.
- A less pricey option is to find a natural electrolyte powder you like — we carry the local whole-foods brand Superieur Electrolytes at the front desk. (If you haven’t tried it yet, do! We have single-serving sachets and 70-serving containers in 🍉 🍇 and 🍋 / 🍊. Their tagline is “farma not pharma” as all their ingredients are naturally sourced, and so so delicious).
- Or if DIY is your thing, just add 1-2 tbsp of raw honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar + 1 tsp high-quality calcium-magnesium powder + ⅛-¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt or grey sea salt to one liter of water or chilled herb tea (ginger or nettle are great choices).
- Avoid conventional sports drinks that contain glucose-fructose or sucrose syrup and artificial dyes. They’re tough on your liver and promote inflammation in the body
- In the 30-60 minutes before class, see how it feels to get in about 500mL of water, maybe with a squeeze of lemon and a little drizzle of raw honey. To give you an energetic boost, you might like a glass of Yerba Mate or organic green tea (if you’re okay with a bit of caffeine) or ginseng or ginger tea if caffeine’s not your jam.
- TAKE LITTLE SIPS OF WATER THROUGHOUT CLASS
- Most teachers offer some prompts to take water, but you are not restricted to drinking only when they say.
- Take thirst cues from your body.
- This is the best time to spike your water with electrolytes.
- Cold or even iced water during class may feel most refreshing for the moment it’s in your mouth, but liquids closer to room temperature or warmer will be absorbed by the body faster so you can direct your energy toward your practice
- REHYDRATE AFTER CLASS
- Keep going with those electrolytes, and throw in some protein to support your muscles. Vega makes a Recovery Powder that includes pea protein and glucosamine for repair, as well as anti-inflammatory turmeric, adrenal-supporting maca, and, you guessed it, more electrolytes. (This is not an ad, just the experience of this Modo student/nutritionist)
- EAT WATER-RICH FOOD
- Chewing on foods with high water content is great because the electrolytes are built right in. These include watermelon (no surprise there!), cantaloupe, organic strawberries organic peaches, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes, and organic bell peppers.
WHAT ALL STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW: OUR STUDIO ETIQUETTE
WE ASK ALL TO FOLLOW OUR STUDIO ETIQUETTE AND CO-CREATE A PEACEFUL SPACE AND EXPERIENCE FOR ALL
CHECK-IN WITH RECEPTION
Even if you’ve signed up for a class online, please give your name to our receptionist upon your arrival.
Pre-registered online? We’ll save your spot for up to 10 minutes before class starts. After that, we give it to the next student waiting to drop-in.
LATECOMERS NOT PERMITTED
Out of respect for our fellow yogis, to properly warm-up and take in all instructions and permissions, classes begin and end on time (no exceptions; please do not shoot the messenger if you arrive after the teacher has entered the practice room).
A DEVICE-FREE SPACE
Truly take a break and tuck your cell phone away (on silent!) upon entering the studio. Watches/Fitbits/anything smart must have their notifications turned OFF. No devices may be used in the change rooms or the practice room.
SILENCE IN THE PRACTICE ROOM
Feel free to chat, play, draw or paint, and/or drink tea in our lovely Zen Den. Please maintain silence in the practice room (psst, whispering is not silent).
Aside from the occasional smudge, we respect our shared environment by going scent-free (OK, deodorant also accepted) as more and more of our students are allergic or scents can trigger migraines. No perfumes, essential oils, colognes, sprays or heavily scented soaps in the studio/shower/change-rooms/practice room, please.
LEAVE YOUR SHOES UNDER THE COAT RACK
Leave all shoes, boots, roller skates – whichever – under the coat rack.
MIND YOUR BELONGINGS
Please leave your valuables at home, and we ask that all bags/belongings are left in the change room. Wallet, keys and a 100% turned off cell phone/device may be brought into the practice room if you feel you must. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
WE WELCOME ALL
We recognize and respect all races, religions, genders, abilities, sexual orientations and countries of origin. We stand with you. You are safe here. This is a place for all.
CREATE EQUAL SPACING
Be mindful of how you place your mat down in the practice room so that there is space for everyone.
RETURN YOUR RENTALS
Don’t forget to return towels to the hampers, rented mats to the drying station and water jars to the front desk. Please and thank you.
STAY UNTIL YOU HEAR NAMASTÉ
For health, safety and security reasons we ask all students to stay in the practice room until you hear Namasté (‘nah-muh-stay’). Namasté is a Sanskrit word traditionally spoken by the teacher to signal the end of guided practice and the beginning of your self-directed savasana. In its simplest translation, it means ‘the light in me bows to the light in you‘, acknowledging the community’s equality/oneness and mutual respect.
We look forward to meeting you, please let us know if you have any further questions.
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