Swan River Yoga FAQ 

New to Yoga

What if it is my first time to yoga?
Welcome to your practice! At Swan River Yoga, we welcome all bodies and all ages. Please let your teacher know about any injuries you have and start with a beginner’s class, listed below.

What classes are suitable for beginners?
To learn the fundamentals of the physical poses (asanas) and enjoy a physically-challenging class, a beginner’s class on Tuesday morning 9:00-10:15 AM, Thursday evening 6:00-7:15 PM, Saturday morning 9:30 – 10:30 AM, or Sunday afternoon from 1pm-2:15 PM Saturday afternoon is recommended.

To relax, dissolve stress and anxiety, and become more grounded, a restorative class on Wednesday evening 5:15 – 6:30 PM, Thursday 4:00 – 5:00 PM, or Sunday evening 6:30 – 7:45. Please note that the Sunday evening class is a special event once per month which is an extended restorative experience with its own pricing.

What are the benefits of yoga?
In the short-term, the practice of yoga brings immediate relief of stress, better sleep, and increased strength and flexibility. When practiced for years, the practice of yoga brings about a complete change in the physical body, a shift in perspective regarding one’s relationships, the ability to know oneself, and the power to find peace in the midst of challenge.

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New to Swan River

How do I sign up for classes?
Please visit our schedule page and login to Mindbody.

Are there gift certificates available? Yes, you can purchase gift certificates online or at the front desk. If you’d like to purchase online, please click here.

Do I need to bring my own mat to class? You are welcome to bring your own mat, but the studio provides them in addition to props such as straps, blocks, blankets and bolsters.

What if I am recovering from an injury or surgery?
Please let your teacher know at the beginning of class. A private lesson is an excellent way to rebuild your practice after an injury or surgery. Please contact frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com or one of your teachers to schedule.

Do you have a work-study program?
Yes, please email frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com to join the front desk check-in team or the cleaning and gardening crew. A regular, weekly comittment is expected of all team members.

Is there parking?
Yes, Swan River students are welcome to park in the TWO lots directly behind the Mandir. We are not welcome to park behind the building on the North side of Gayoso street.

Can I rent the space for a private event?
Absolutely! Please contact Nancy Maas – nancy@swanriveryoga.com to plan your event.

Why is there singing at the beginning of class?
We honor the full path of yoga, which includes study, service, breathwork, meditation, and singing in addition to the physical poses (asanas). The singing is a time to transition from a busy day to a more subtle awareness of your body and mind. This dedicated time facilitates a more empowered asana practice. There is never any pressure to sing; all voices welcome.

How do I contact Swan River?
We do not use our phone line to receive calls, only voicemails, so email is the way to get a swift response.
– For questions about your class package, please contact frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com
– For questions about events, please contact Nancy Maas – events@swanriveryoga.com
– To join our workstudy team, please contact Deb – deb@swanriveryoga.com
– To rent the space, please contact Nancy Maas –nancy@swanriveryoga.com
– To hire Yoga to You to bring yoga to your business, please contact frontdesk – frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com

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Studio policy & etiquette

How early should I arrive to class?
Please come 10 minutes early to class to check in, set up your yoga space, change and unwind. This will also be less disturbing to others and yourself than a last-minute arrival.

What should I do once I arrive?
Please take your shoes off right away and place them underneath the benches. Then check in at the frontdesk and you are then all set! Please be sure to tell the teacher if you are new, if you have specific injuries, conditions, concerns, or if you are pregnant.

How can I make my check-in at the front desk faster?
We encourage people to use the Mindbody app or signup online thru the Mindbody website before you arrive. If you do not have time for this, you check yourself in on the IPAD when they arrive.

What if I am late for class?
If you find that you are running late, please quietly enter, and if the teacher has already begun to give a spiritual talk or is chanting or meditating, immediately sit down by the classroom entrance and wait until the teacher is done and the asana practice begins before you quietly set up your yoga mat and space. You will then need to check in at the front desk after class is over if you have not done so already.

What if I need to leave early?
If you find that you need to leave early, please let your teacher know before class and be prepared by keeping your things organized, staying in the back of the room, and leaving before Savasana, the final relaxation, and the meditation begin. Please do not leave during Savasana or meditation as to honor those who are practicing deeply.

What is the studio cancellation policy?
For classes – If you sign up online and do not show up, you are NOT charged. You are only charged if you appear in person. For events, workshops & training – All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the start time of the event. All cancellations subject to a 20% administration fee. There are no refunds or credits granted for cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the event start. Class packages are not valid for events & trainings.

Where should I put my things (i.e. purse, shoes, jacket, etc)?
Please bring all personal items in the class space including cell phones, bags, purses, etc. Please turn off your cellphone before you enter the classroom. Lockers are provided for your convenience in the restrooms.

Can I share a class pass?
All the packages which expire, such as the new student special, the one-month unlimited, the 6-month and the one year samadhi packages, can NOT be shared. All prana packages (5, 10 and 20) can be shared and do NOT expire. If the system shows your prana package has expired, please contact frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com.

What if my question isn’t answered here? Contact frontdesk@swanriveryoga.com.