Studio Guidelines

Arrive ahead of time…

  • Ample free parking is provided onsite
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of class to allow plenty of time to check-in. We reserve the right to deny class entry to anyone who arrives after the start time.
  • Enter and leave the studio quietly. Take time to sit in quiet meditation to mentally and physically prepare for class. Conversations should be kept at a low volume.
  • Please silence mobile devices upon entering the studio as a courtesy to others.
  • Every student is required to sign in at the front desk tablet. New Students are required to sign a waiver prior to participating in their first class, please arrive 15 minutes early to do so.  Online waivers through Mindbody Online or our App are acceptable. First-timers? Get comfortable and take a look around your new yoga studio.
  • Inform your teacher of any injuries or if you are new to Yoga prior to each class.
  • Group public classes are for students aged 14 and over. If you are aged 14 to 18 we require signed parental consent.
  • Please do not leave early without giving the instructor prior notice; we want to make sure that you are ok.

Bare feet = happy soles…

  • Leave your shoes at the entrance on the rack provided.
  • Keep the studio clutter-free by putting your extra items in the cubbies provided – please no personal belongings in the practice space.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle – we are happy to provide fresh filtered water at the studio.

Be courteous…

  • Please avoid perfumes as some people are allergic.
  • Be neat, quiet and mindful as you enter and leave the studio.
  • Be friendly 🙂 Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness is a community-centered space, say hello to someone new.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure….

  • If you have health concerns, see your doctor before your practice and bring a note to class. We do not and cannot offer medical advice.
  • Pregnant students require a doctor’s note.
  • Look after your body, ask for modifications and choose a class that suits your body and your fitness level.
  • At the close of the class, please sanitize and replace all props and mats to their proper location. Mat cleaner is provided.
  • Attend class in good health (no colds/seasonal illnesses please) and in good hygiene. If you are sick or have anything contagious, please do not attend – Take care of your body.

 Stay safe…

  • Yoga should never be painful. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Ask your instructor for another option.
  • Listen to your body as you know it best.
  • Please rest whenever you need to. Sit back into Childs pose or lay in Savasana.
  • Choose a style of yoga that works for you. If you’re new to yoga start with Gentle Hatha, Slow flow or Classic Barre. We also periodically offer Beginners sessions to provide the basics in a workshop setting – check our schedule for when the next session will run.
  • Unsure of which class to take? See our Class Descriptions for more information.
  • See our Terms/Conditions for buying passes, pausing your pass and returns/refunds.

Pass Holds for 6 and 12-Month Memberships

Can I put my membership on hold? Can’t use the studio right now?

Eligible members with a 6month AutoPay or 12 Month AutoPay can put their unlimited monthly membership on hold. Our 6month members may place their pass on hold once in 6months and the 12-month members may place their pass on hold up 3 times in 12months.

Policy as follows:

Members with 6month unlimited memberships may put their pass on hold for up to 7 days per calendar year, for a minimum of 7 days in length.

Members with a 12month unlimited membership may put their pass on hold for up to 14 days per calendar year, for a minimum of 7 days in length. More than one hold is permitted provided that the combined total of all holds does not exceed 14 days per calendar year.

Holds cannot be backdated unless due to medical reasons and Dr’s note must be provided.

The current month will be extended, and payment dates will be adjusted forward by the number of days on hold.

72 Hours Notice Required:

Note that we require at least 72 hours’ notice to review and process requests.

72 hours advance notice must be provided in person or via e-mail to info@sweetserenityyoga.com


Ending a Contract

Cancellations: We require one month’s written notice to cancel any autopay membership. Students can cancel their autopay membership if they have completed their minimum contract commitment. If the minimum commitment is not met, they can leave their contract early by paying for half of the remaining time left on their pass (minimum charge of one month).

Transfers: Time transferred to another student will be added to that student’s existing commitment (or new student) in order for the original pass-holder to leave their contract early. All future payments remaining on the contract will be transferred over and the responsibility of the transferee to pay the monthly cost. A $50 transfer fee will be charged to the original pass holder. *Please note no transfers, holds, or refunds on trial passes.

Why No Refund Policy?

That the number of classes run, teachers pay, advertising, rent, expenses etc, is based on the number of passes sold. That when a student agrees to pay with post-dated debit/credit card, we are actually offering a discount based on the commitment we are receiving. Our monthly payment plan (without added cost to the student) was meant to make it easier for a student to pay.

*Though we acknowledge many businesses offer refunds, being an independent small community business hit hard by multiple covid closures, we don’t have the reserve or resources larger companies do. We have a no refund policy the same way small, independent stores have the same. Instead, we have offered our transfer and suspension policies to help address students’ concerns, which can then also allow Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness to stay sustainable.

CPA Regulations: As of January 2019, Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness’ Cancellations, Transfer, and Suspension policies are amended to follow the regulations set out by the Canadian Consumer Protection Act. For more information please visit CPA’s website: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/04002_00


Yoga FAQ

Yoga FAQ

  • What is Yoga?

    Yoga originated in India as a spiritual and physical practice that brought balance and healing to the body and mind. In North America Yoga has become not just a practice but also lifestyle. Yoga is both an art and a science; through practice a student will explore the connection between the body, mind and spirit. Yoga uses the natural flow of breath, and is a unique way to exercise the physical as well as mental self to achieve total wellbeing. By practicing yoga one can rejuvenate the body and the mind. Yoga stretches, strengthens and builds stamina, in addition to improving the functioning of all the vital organs. Yoga helps individuals realize their potential for holistic self-healing and inner peace.

  • What type of yoga is taught at Sweet Serenity?

    We generally teach te Vinyasa style of yoga. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad ranges, but essentially it means “breath-synchronized movement.” In Vinyasa Yoga the teacher instructs you to move from one pose to the next while inhaling or exhaling a breath. This style of yoga typically starts with a series of poses called sun salutations to warm the body up;, the remainder of the class allows for a great deal of variation and involves lots of movement beyond simple active stretching. Because there are many different types of yoga – each with unique benefits – Sweet Serenity borrows elements from many of them in order to offer a wide variety of classes with different goals for all levels of ability.

  • I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?

    Absolutely! In fact, you’re the perfect candidate for yoga. Give it a try and, over time, you’ll notice that it helps you to become more flexible. Everybody is different, so never feel the need to practice poses exactly like the teacher: they are there as a guide, and have been practicing yoga for a long time. Listen to your body, don’t force yourself, and stay within your limits. Also, as with any other exercise program, please consult your doctor before beginning any new Sweet Serenity Yoga and Wellness class.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class, especially if you are practicing hot yoga. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are also available for use in studio at no charge, and we’ll have anything else that you’ll need.

  • When should I practice yoga?

    This is entirely up to you; however, try to avoid practicing if you’ve eaten a heavy meal in the 2 hours prior and only eat something light and easy to digest if you’re hungry as class approaches. This is because you’ll be twisting, bending, and turning upside down – things that are not very comfortable with a full stomach! While some people enjoy early morning sessions, sessions before lunch, or a relaxing class just before bed, it’s recommended you practice yoga as consistently as possible. Some like to practice 1-2 one hour classes per week and some thrive on daily classes just find a time that works for you and schedule your classes so you don’t forget! We also recommend that our clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there’s no set formula for results.

  • Can I do yoga while pregnant?

    You sure can! While yoga can have many benefits for mom and baby during pregnancy, there are many poses and transitions that need to be avoided. Sweet Serenity has a registered series* of Prenatal Yoga for those looking to keep their practice going in all stages of their pregnancy. These classes are designed with safe and mindful poses to support you and your growing baby. This registered series offers gentle poses, breathing and relaxation techniques suitable for pregnancy and allows you to learn techniques to relieve aches and pains while connecting with your body and baby. It’s also a great way to meet other new moms-to-be in the community!
    *Registered series’ are to be paid in full at the time of registration and cannot be combined with any other offer or pass.


  • Barre FAQ

    Barre FAQ

  • What is Barre?

    Expect to have FUN! Barre is a low impact, high intensity workout in which small isometric movements target and tone specific areas of your body. Although there are elements of yoga and pilates, barre is a workout like no other. It lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat – and you can see results in as little as ten classes! There’s no need to spend hours at the gym or pay a personal trainer when 60 minutes in a barre class will have you addressing every muscle group and feel worked. Instructors put their own spin on every class so no two barre classes are ever the same and you’ll never be bored with a workout again. All classes in the barre program are designed to challenge at every level. We offer modifications and challenges for everyone, regardless of experience or ability. Please let your instructor know if you have any injuries or concerns prior to class, and feel free to ask any questions before or after class as well.

  • What do I wear to class?

    Leave your tutus & leotards at home! To get the most from your barre class it’s best to wear capri-style yoga pants, a comfortable top and a light sweater. You can wear anything that you’d normally work out in, but please try to avoid loose shorts or shirts. Barre classes focus on specific muscle groups one at a time, and therefore it’s important to keep your idle muscles warm until they’re ready to become the focus.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are also available for use in studio at no charge, and we’ll have anything else that you’ll need.

  • Why do I shake?

    You’re shaking because your muscles have reached the point of fatigue. We say embrace the shake! It’s a good thing! Our goal is to have each muscle group we target during a specific section of class to shake every time. After you shake, we stretch to lengthen the muscles while they are warm and flexible. This leads to long, lean muscles that are noticeably toned.

  • How often should I take class?

    At Sweet Serenity Yoga we have many class styles to choose from, which allows for “muscle confusion;” this is the idea that by constantly changing your workouts you “confuse” your muscles, thereby increasing the stimulation and resulting adaptation. We recommend that all clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there is no set formula for results. Having said that, a great start would be 2-3 classes a week; to get the most out of your workouts, you’ll want to eventually increase your workouts to 3-4 times a week. All classes are constantly being updated so each class remains fresh to avoid muscle adaptation and make sure you’re always being challenged.

    Please feel free to reach out to your favourite instructor or speak to anyone on our team about your goals and we’ll be happy to weigh in on the best way for you to reach them.


  • Fusion Fitness FAQ

    Fusion Fitness FAQ

  • What is Fusion Fitness?

    Fusion Fitness is the combination of traditional yoga with other forms of fitness, like Pilates or resistance training.  This technique still focuses on balance and flexibility, while also providing strength or aerobic exercise for your routine. People who practice fusion yoga benefit by adding two techniques at one time.  Often fusion yoga has a strong focus on the abdominal and spinal muscles which can help promote strong core muscles.

    The great thing about fusion yoga is that the workouts are constantly changing to add different workouts or target different areas of the body.  While there are a million ways to fuse yoga with other workout techniques, there are three popular yoga fusion classes that people take.

  • What is the difference between yoga and fusion fitness?

    Fusion Fitness is a blend of cardio, interval training, and yoga styles movements and mainly concentrates on cultivating core strength in the body. It is a valuable tool for increasing strength, definition, and proper posture. We aim to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit and helps people find harmony and release stress!

  • What do I need to bring?

    Arrive to class WELL hydrated; avoid caffeinated beverages prior to class. Bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water for your practice. Avoid eating heavy meals 2 hours before practicing, but don’t show up hungry either. If you’re feeling hungry close to class starting, it’s recommended you eat something light and easy to digest such as a piece of fruit. Drink plenty of water before and after each class. Wear comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. Yoga mats are available for sale in the studio, as well as other props you may need.

  • How often should I take class?

    At Sweet Serenity Yoga we have many class styles to choose from, which allows for “muscle confusion;” this is the idea that by constantly changing your workouts you “confuse” your muscles, thereby increasing the stimulation and resulting adaptation. We recommend that all clients take advantage of our full program by incorporating cardio, strength training, and restoration into a complete and well-balanced fitness regimen. Every client is different, so there is no set formula for results. Having said that, a great start would be 2-3 classes a week; to get the most out of your workouts, you’ll want to eventually increase your workouts to 3-4 times a week. All classes are constantly being updated so each class remains fresh to avoid muscle adaptation and make sure you’re always being challenged.

    “10 sessions – feel the difference. 20 sessions – see the difference. 30 sessions – have a new body!” -Joseph Pilates