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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Yoga means different things to different people. At Pranify - yoga is a spiritual discipline based on subtle science. Originally from India, the ancient practices focus on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science, an ever evolving living legacy of teachings. The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Yuj’, meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite’. Some Yogic scriptures state that the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, human & nature.

    In our modern world we see a very adapted version of a sacred Indian way of life. As westerners we respect that we all benefit greatly from the rich yoga culture that was nurtured in the east. We are in active practice of cultural appreciation, and acknowledging cultural appropriation when it's recognized and are collectively committed to learning and growing together.

  2. Prana translates to life force energy. It is the subtle yet powerful energy that is present in all living things.

    Humans, animals and plants all have prana. We can generate prana through actions, we can change the pranic energy in our body in many ways to help or hinder our lived experience.

    To ‘Pranify ’is to maximize your life force.

  3. You will always need to pre register for classes. If it's your first time, start here with the waiver.

    If you have been to the studio before (even if it was a long time ago when we were called Modo or Moksha) head to the home page and look in the top right corner, you will see My Account. Follow the prompts, even if you have forgotten your password - no problem, you can request a new one. Once you are signed in, look for ‘Schedule’ and select the class you want to attend.

    Download the App here, use your login info and make the pre registration process a breeze in one click.

  4. If you are new to the practice of hot yoga - give yourself plenty of time and grace as you adapt to doing physical exercise in a heated space. The Roots is an ideal place for everyone, and anyone to begin. It's active enough to have moments of feeling challenged, but gentle enough to have moments of relaxation in between. At any time in any class you are encouraged to pause, stand, reconnect to your breath and then re-enter the pose or the class. You can also stop and lay down, to take a break and then join back in.

    The flow classes will have more movement with more unique poses, held longer for more challenges. A Yin class will be more gentle, slower and more relaxing.

  5. Come in with intention, energy flows where intention goes! Be open to everything and attached to nothing.

    Commit, and then recommit! It doesn't actually become easier, but the reasons it is worth it become more clear all the time.

    Give yourself time. We often feel as though the studio space can be a bit of time machine…things can slow down, let them. Arrive early, stay late.

    Allow for the practice to follow you off the mat, and out the door into your everyday life.

  6. Ideally you bring a yoga mat, a towel (can be a regular towel or a yoga mat towel) and a water bottle. Choose to wear clothes you can move freely in, and get sweaty in. For the full experience, plan to shower and take your time after class. So it's an option to bring a change of clothes (it's not so fun leaving wet! Especially in winter).

    If you don't own a mat or a towel you can rent them for $3 each at the front desk.

    If you want to invest in your own gear, we sell a range of quality yoga mats and yoga towels. We have all the props at the studio for your complimentary use. We also sell yoga props like straps and blocks if you prefer to have your own.

    We sell Flow Alkaline boxed water at the front desk and have a filtered water fountain to fill your own bottle.

  7. Yoga is more of a breathing exercise than what you might think! We are pairing intentional breathing with intentional movement. The breath comes first, and the breath comes last. In between there is the alignment of the physical body.

    Long deep breathing through the nose is optimal at all times.

    If you find yourself needing to breathe through your mouth - it's likely you have pushed yourself a little too far or have simply forgotten and the inner autopilot has taken over, maybe your mind is caught up elsewhere. Notice, return to breathing through the nose, and continue on with the practice of presence.

    Instructors will all cue the breath differently, there are names for certain breathing styles like ‘Ujjayi’. Pick up on what works for you as your journey unfolds. It's work, but it's worth it!

  8. Waiting at least 2 hours after a decent meal is best.

    Hydration primarily happens throughout your day, not so much during class. It's worth keeping up with your water intake as a ‘life practice’, carry a reusable water vessel with you everywhere. Invest in a water filter system that makes you love the water you consume. Add in fruits, vegetables and herbs to keep it fun and interesting. You can drink water during class anytime you feel the need but ultimately water is a way to Pranify your body any and all the time.

  9. Upstairs in Suite 206, 2900 Pandosy St.

    Enter from West Avenue or from the parking lot.

    Our city is always growing! Please give yourself plenty of time to find a park. On the south side of the building, there are 12 marked parking spots. Resist the temptation to park in an unmarked stall! You will be ticketed. In the streets surrounding the building there are many other options, some are free for 2 hours. Some blocks are $2.50 for 2 hours. On the far side of Original Joes Restaurant there is a large parking lot with plenty of paid parking.

  10. As you continue on your path to deepening your relationship with your body and yoga, you may feel inspired to practice everyday! Embrace that. There will also be seasons where it becomes increasingly challenging to get to a class. This is normal. Part of this process is the ability to deeply listen to your own inner guidance and find balance.

    Ideally - once yoga has entered your life, the journey begins. We love a quote:

    “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”

    — B.K.S. Iyengar

    Which also means that sometimes the flame may burn dull, but it never goes out. You can always re commit and begin again. Allow for an ebb and flow.

    To really notice the full range of benefits, 3 times a week is a great goal. Maybe you will find that the more you do - the more you want to do.

    It is never easy to carve out time and space - and the classes also never really become easy…we adapt to the barriers and reasons ‘why not’ and start strengthening the reasons ‘why too’. This is all personal.

  11. You can cancel the booking the same way you made it - via your web browser on your phone or computer. Or via the app. Log in and hit cancel booking.

    We ask everyone to make their best effort to cancel within 3 hours before class. If you do not cancel your class and simply do not show up, we also charge $20.

    We are fair and reasonable people, if you have any questions or concerns please email us Kelowna@pranifyyoga.com

  12. Although we do not offer any refunds we will take each request on a case by case basis as we acknowledge that sometimes life unfolds unexpectedly and grace and support are so important in our community.

  13. We always start class on time. Once the teacher has entered and begun, we do not allow late comers into the room.

    Always sign in at the front desk. Please don't breeze by and jump the line we want to see you and say hello. Wait in the line until it's been acknowledged that our team has registered your arrival.

    Once you are in the yoga room, it is a silent space so enjoy the peace and quiet. Keep your verbal community connections for outside in the foyer or change room! It's important to honor this your worth the piece of peace and so are the members in your community.

    We also encourage you to prepare yourself mentally and physically to stay in the yoga room for the duration of class. If you feel overwhelmed or ungrounded please don't hesitate to simply lay down on your mat for a rest. If you absolutely need to step out, thats Ok but please avoid making it a habit.

    Take up the invitation and rare opportunity to leave your phone tucked away in the change-room. Keep it on silent, or leave it in your car. We all contribute to making the space sacred, and this helps.

  14. With an open mind! A yoga practice is a journey that never really ends. It takes an immense amount of compassion for yourself, patience and sincere humble effort. The benefits often only reveal themselves in a very gradual and subtle way - over an extended period of time.

    Being present is the ultimate goal and way to optimize our lives!

    Breathing with care, deeply and by balancing the inhale and exhale will optimize your experience.

    Finding harmony between effort and ease will bring you to a place of true ‘yoga’.

    Preparing yourself to have plenty of time before and after class for an extended time in the space, hydrating throughout your day and allowing your mindfulness practice to extend out into your life will bring great results.

  15. If you are present and breathing, you are doing it!

  16. It's all about the flexibility of your mind! Remove the urge to compare yourself to others, we are each built differently and have lived lives - giving us all different bodies. There are modifications for every pose, you can ask the teacher after class if a certain shape doesn't make sense in your body.

    Once you are in the room you will see cork blocks and straps - these are helpful tools that can enable us to open the body in more ways. Take 2 blocks and a strap to your mat, experiment with how they can work for you. Ask the instructor for options!

    Ultimately this is a no judgement space, yoga brings peace into the body and you can begin right as you are / where you are.

    To those of you that think you are to inflexible to do you we would ask you are you ever to dirty to shower ;)

  17. When you practice yoga once a week, you change your mind. When you practice twice a week, you change your body. When you practice every day, it will change your life.

    Benefits will depend on your approach, your consistency and your relationship with change.

    You could find that you sleep better, eat better, walk better, breathe better, poop better, rest better, speak better, run better, play better and ultimately - love better. More presence.

  18. Many people actually practice yoga as a way to manage their health conditions. There are many different types of classes which suit different needs and can also be adapted and modified for injuries. However, if you have a medical condition or injury and haven’t practiced yoga before, we recommend that you speak to an experienced yoga teacher (or physical therapist with knowledge of yoga) to get advice about any poses or movements you need to avoid. Checking in with your doctor is also a great idea before you begin.

  19. We are in the practice of active listening and we are always open to hearing feedback and your thoughts. We thrive on community collaboration and believe there are always ways to ‘do it better’.

    While we welcome it, we can't make any promises to make changes based on requests. Please, use your voice! But remain unattached to a specific result.

    You are encouraged to write to us here.

    • Monthly auto payments with 30-days notice required to cancel.
    • Billed monthly starting on purchase date.
    • Allowed one suspension for 30 days every six (6) months. $15 admin fee per suspension is applied.
    • Medical suspensions and cancelations: no charge, but requires a note and clearance to come back.
    • Cancellations made during the three hours before class is scheduled to begin will incur a $20 late cancellation fee to honor the limited number of spots available in class to comply with the current mandate

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