First time to Circle Studios?

Our tips and etiquette will ensure a pleasant visit!

Yoga is for beginners and advanced students alike!

We’re all stretching, strengthening and sweating together.

Hot Yoga Room: The Bikram method Yoga is a beginners series which means that it is safe + beneficial for any level of fitness and mobility. The 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises are taught in a linear fashion where you are encouraged to work to your therapeutic ‘edge’ even if this is a very small movement to start.

As you progress in your practice, you will want to move deeper to find your challenging edge. This happens naturally and your body will guide you through the process with lots of feedback. The best thing is to keep it simple: listen carefully to the instructions and try to the best of your ability (day-by-day, step by step).

Non-Heated Circle Room: This is a creative play space with a variety of classes for all ages. We offer a fun mix of classes ranging from asana based active classes to more relaxed classes such as Yin Yoga and seated meditation. See our full schedule for class descriptions! Use your yoga membership to mix up your practice throughout the week and try experimenting with something new! Kids Classes, Aerial Yoga Classes and Workshops are sold separately.

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Classes start on time. Aim to be 5 minutes early to ensure arrival before the door is locked.
Give yourself a few minutes to unwind before class starts ♥
Classes Finish on time. The studio is open for 30 minutes before and after class.

Tips & Etiquette

FIRST CLASS SIGN-UP

All classes are drop-in so you are not required to preregister. Simply choose the class you would like to attend and come visit us at the front desk 15-20 minutes before class to sign-up. Pre-registration is available online via the schedule and can be a great tool if you need motivation to commit to getting to class!

As a beginner, the introductory offer of 2 weeks for $30 gives you an opportunity to try as many classes as you’d like in two consecutive weeks. It’s often difficult to know if you like something after just one try, so come as much as you can and see at the end if it is the right fit for you!

HYDRATING + EATING FOR CLASS

Come to class well hydrated- Especially for HOT YOGA. Drink plenty of water throughout the day between 2-3 litres, so you are already prepared when you arrive to class. Bring a water bottle with you. During the class it is best to sip your water not guzzle.

Arrive for class with a two-hour window between a large meal and your practice so your body has time to digest before strenuous exercise. Timing meals throughout the day can be challenging – If you do need to eat, choose foods that are light and easy to digest. We all have different needs depending on our habits and constitution, over time you will find a routine with the right food choices that work for you. Speak to the teachers if you have questions.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING

Clothing: For Bikram-method Hot Yoga light and stretchy, fitted garments are best to allow for comfortable movement and to show the contours of your body so you can see your alignment clearly. For women, wear a sports bra or tank-top and shorts. For men, a pair of shorts and short-sleeved shirt, though most men prefer to not wear a shirt. Fabric that will dry quickly and stay light when wet is most comfortable. We have a great selection of retail for both men and women at the studio.

For Non-Heated classes, depending on your preference , level of activity in the class and the season, wear shorts, capris or pants. On top, dress in layers with a sports bra or tank top and light long-sleeved cover.

Yoga Mat + Towel: For class, bring a yoga mat and large towel that will fit as close to the full length + width of your yoga mat as possible. If you ever need, yoga mats and towels are available for rent and can be purchased new at the studio. You may also want to bring a second towel for a shower after class!

Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated! We have a great selection of refreshing beverages for purchase at the studio.

Circle Studios is a scent-free space.

Absolutely no cellphones, shoes, laptops, or other personal items in the yoga practice space. Gift yourself the time to unplug and center back in on yourself with no distractions- it will all be waiting for you after class. We offer private lockers for your convenience or leave your belongings locked up safely in your car.

STUDIO AMENITIES

We want you to have a positive experience and always leave feeling great!

Showers: You do get sweaty during a certain classes and Circle Studios provides a beautiful new facility with spacious mens + womens locker rooms + showers for convenience. Please bring a towel with you. Towels are available for rent at the studio if needed. Be courteous of others waiting and please take a mindful 2-3 minute shower.

Lockers: We offer lockers and complimentary locks to secure your valuables. Circle Studios Hamilton is not responsible for any lost/stolen items. The only items you will want to take into the yoga room are your mat, large towel and water bottle.

Tired of caring all that stuff around?! Circle Studios offers monthly towel and mat services for your ultimate convenience. For $30 /month you will receive two towels (class + shower) every time you come for class. For $20 /month you can store your yoga mat at the studio. We have a great system to organize the mats: Simply spray and hang it to dry and our staff will roll your mat and have it waiting for you next time you’re in. Combine the two services with any package for only $50/month.

INJURIES + HEALTH CONCERNS

Inform your instructor of any serious health problems or injuries before taking a class. We can assist you to accommodate injuries or limitations by guiding you accordingly in the postures. Listen to your body during class- if something doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it!

Listening to your body is one of the key ingredients of yoga class- through the practice you will cultivate a relationship of deep listening and connect to the body’s innate wisdom. Take your time, move with awareness and watch your body change and open.

HOW OFTEN TO PRACTICE?

We recommend practicing as often as possible in the beginning. Many people find that 3 classes per week is the minimum required to achieve maximum benefits. It is safe to practice every day. However many times you do come weekly, attempt to get into a regular schedule with your practice, the consistency will allow the work you do to keep building and create noticeable changes in your whole self!

AFTER YOUR CLASS

Continue to drink water throughout the rest of your day to re-hydrate and in preparation for your next class! We guarantee you will feel amazing. Have Questions? Please speak with the instructors or staff, we are here to help!

Plan your next class, put it in your planner, co-ordinate with your friends- keep the benefits coming!

Class Etiquette:

⋅The yoga room is a silent space to retreat and come back to yourself; please refrain from talking during your time inside.

⋅Be mindful of your neighbours space and visibility in the mirror as you lay your mat between the lines on the floor. Your fellow Yogis will appreciate placing water bottles and towels neatly in your personal space.

⋅Be good to yourself in class! Breathing in and out through your nose will help to keep you energized + calm. Your body might have a different level of endurance each day, release any judgments or expectations and just do the best you can today.

⋅We are all here growing together, it is not a competition. See the more advanced students in the room as inspiration rather than being intimidated and have fun! We were all beginners once!

⋅After class, we invite you to stay in the room for the final relaxation (savasana) for 2-5 minutes or longer! This allows time for your heart rate and body temperature to cool down. Soak in the joys of your efforts. Ahhhh

Please feel free to ask any of the staff + teachers your questions before or after class. We are here to help!