Frequently Asked Questions

Waiver Q & A


1. Why is the Yoga Centre asking students to sign a waiver now?

Having students sign a waiver serves two purposes. Firstly, it ensures that you are aware there are risks in taking yoga classes and your responsibility related to those risks. Secondly, it protects the Centre from claims for injury to person and property. Participants in sport and recreational activities have become increasingly aware of their right, if they become injured, to make a claim against the organizations offering these activities. In order to protect the Centre from the time and cost of defending an injury claim, we have created a release to ask people to think about their rights and responsibilities, and to waive any future claims against the Centre before engaging in any of our yoga classes, workshops or other events. The prevailing line of legal authority in Canada holds that releases relating to recreational sports activities are not unconscionable. We are one of the few yoga studios in Victoria who currently do not have a waiver.

2. Do I have to sign the waiver to take classes at the Centre?

Starting September 2015, all students must sign the waiver prior to attending classes, workshops, retreats, intensives and special events. The initial box ensures that students think about each of the four points before signing the full waiver.

3. When do I sign the waiver?

The waiver must be signed when you register for a class, workshop, intensive or retreat. Each time you buy a term of classes, a short or long pass, or pay for a drop in, you must sign the waiver.  Drop-in students must sign the waiver each time.

4. Why are we signing the waiver on paper and not on an electronic device?

We have chosen the paper copy because we want you to take time to read the waiver carefully. With just a few tablets available you would be rushed. The Centre will keep the paper originals for 3 years. At that point, we will scan them onto a USB stick and hold on to them for another 2-3 years.

5.  Why is the waiver written in this language?

This kind of language is consistent with language used in waivers examined by the courts in the prevailing line of legal authority in Canada.

6. Why doesn’t the Centre just purchase enough insurance to cover damages and legal costs in the event we are sued?

A waiver provides protection against lawsuits and it would be prohibitive to pay the insurance rates for the amount of insurance required. The Centre’s insurance company has recommended that we put a waiver in place, for the reasons cited in question #1 above.

Download the waiver here and bring a signed copy with you when you register >Current Waiver.
Questions? Download >Waiver Q and A.

What class should I take?

Check the Class Descriptions page to see the variety of classes we offer. If you are still not sure, please call us.

Class Etiquette

No scents: Please do not wear perfume, cologne, essential oil or any scented products to class.

Keep your voice low in the lobby. When a class is finishing, students will be in relaxation.

If you are ill, please focus on your healing at home. You are welcome to make up classes during the term.

Cell phones: Please turn your cell off before class.

Leave no trace: Please use the change rooms to store belongings. Take wallets and purses into the studios.

Put away props: neatly place tissues in garbage receptacles, and take all belongings home with you.

Missed Class

If you miss a class, come to any class at your level during the same term. If possible, attend a class in the larger studio.

Refund Policy

Once the term has begun, there are no refunds for classes missed. With doctor’s note, credit may be given for future classes. A $20 service fee applies.

NO Scents Please

Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, strong essential oils, scented deodorant, clothing or hair products, or any other scented products during class.

Do I book in advance?

We have flexible attendance options to suit your needs. You can register for a term of classes, purchase one of several drop-in passes, or pay for a single drop-in class. Some classes require permission from the instructor. Please read class descriptions to find a class that is right for you. Remember to let us know when you are new to the Iyengar Yoga Centre – your first regular class is free. (Regular classes are starred* in the schedule.)

When should I arrive?

It’s best to arrive ten minutes early.

Do classes ever fill up?

Yes! The busiest classes are at night, so remember to give extra time to park. Registered students have a reserved space. Pass holders and drop-ins are welcome, space permitting.

What should I wear?

Yoga is practised in bare feet. Wear a t-shirt and shorts or leggings fitted at the knee – so that we can see you are pulling up your kneecaps! Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, strong essential oils, scented deodorant, clothing or hair products, or any other scented products during class.

What should I bring?

Our studios are fully equipped with mats, blankets, and props. We do not charge rental fees for mats or other equipment. If you prefer to use your own mat, bring it along. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. We suggest waiting a few hours after a heavy meal and at least one hour after a light snack before class.

What if I'm not flexible?

You have the best reason to come to a yoga class! Iyengar teachers know how to modify postures to suit your body’s needs and your flexibility will improve with a regular yoga practice.

How long are the classes?

We teach 1-hour, 1.5 hour, and 2-hour classes and offer more than 40 classes every week. Classes at all levels – from yoga beginners to advanced – are available including specialised children’s yoga classes, pregnancy yoga classes, and 50+ classes. Check the class schedule to see what is being offered at a time that is convenient for you.

What can I expect in a class?

No two classes are the same! Intelligent sequencing is a hallmark of Iyengar yoga. Teachers know how to plan a class that nurtures and balances your body while addressing many other factors – the time of the day, the practitioners in a class, their levels of experience, the instructor’s theme, and what poses had been taught during the previous few classes.
If you have particular physical conditions or are menstruating or pregnant, consult your teacher at the beginning of class. You may receive alternate poses suitable for your practice that day.

How should I begin practising Iyengar Yoga?

If you have not done yoga before, please attend Level I or All Levels classes. Students who have done other types of yoga but who have never experienced Iyengar Yoga are also encouraged to take these classes for a time. Once you are established in the basic postures, consult your teacher about moving on to the next level. 50+ students may attend the Level I, All Levels and 50+ classes. Click here for class descriptions: (

I missed a class. Can I do a make-up?

Yes! If you miss a class, come to any class at your level during the same term, either before or after you miss the class. If possible, attend in the larger studio.

Can I register for part of a term?

If there is a space available in the class, new students may register for the remainder of the term. We also offer several drop-in passes.

Do you offer bursaries or scholarships?

In order to qualify for a bursary, students must have ongoing attendance in at least one term of regular Yoga classes. A single bursary will cover a portion of your term fee.  Students may apply for one bursary per term. Applications for consecutive terms are permitted.

Workshop scholarships are available to students holding an Iyengar Yoga Centre Membership. They must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to summer intensives and two weeks prior to regular workshops.

How does Iyengar Yoga differ from other styles of yoga?

Yoga became popular in the west mainly through the teaching of B.K.S. Iyengar. His method is now the most widely practised in the world. Iyengar yoga is accessible to anyone. Regular practice increases suppleness, strength and stamina and improves posture and concentration. The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.
Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energizing, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn yogic breathing.

Why is emphasizing alignment in the yoga poses important?

Iyengar yoga emphasizes alignment of the joints, with quality of movement prioritized over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working to your maximum. This makes the yoga postures safe to perform. Poses are held long enough to allow tight muscles to lengthen and relax. Yoga props such as blankets, wood blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of the poses or to help if you have difficulties.

What's the certification process for Iyengar teachers?

All our yoga teachers undergo rigorous training, lasting years. Many of our teachers at the Centre have decades of experience, travelling regularly to India for instruction at the Institute in Pune. Three years of weekly study with an experienced certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a well-established, regular personal practice are prerequisites for application to the IYCV Teacher Training Program. Regular attendance at intermediate/advanced classes is required (where available). Once certified, teachers must continue training regularly and complete professional development training each year to maintain their membership with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC). Click here IYAC teacher certification for more information about certification.
These high teaching standards are part of the reason Iyengar Yoga is the most widely performed method of Yoga worldwide. Our certification mark is the guarantee of this quality.