FAQ

COVID-19 Phase 3 Update

When does The Yoga House Re-Open?

We are ready to invite you back into the studio ripe with an enthusiasm to see your sweet (masked) faces again.

Classes will resume Tuesday, September 8th.

What do I need to know to book a spot?

  • Please see the Class Schedule page for available times!
  • Book ahead of time online to save your mat spot: (416) - 690 - 8966
  • The Yoga House can accommodate 9 students
  • Please bring your own mat, towel and filled water bottle. The bathroom is available.
  • Please review our update COVID-19 Registration Waiver here.

Will there still be online classes?

Online classes are still ON!
The class will be a fusion of Online with you folks in the studio–the camera will be on me, so no worries about getting dolled up! (giggling).

What can I expect in Phase 3 at The Yoga House?

Please enter wearing a mask and keep it on during class, removing only for sips of water. I will be wearing my mask.

  • Please sanitize your hands upon entry to the studio.
  • To minimize close contact in the front entrance, the door to the studio will be opened 15 minutes before class. Please arrive on time.We will open the door and let everybody into class at the same time.
  • I will take attendance verbally when you arrive.
  • Spots in class will be indicated with tape.
  • Please bring your own mat, towel and filled water bottle. The bathroom is available.
  • No hands-on adjustments — which will make me crazy, but I will be able to watch you closely and give lots of suggestions.
  • The French Doors to the ravine will be left open to maximize air flow when possible
  • NEW 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are feeling unwell, please reach out to us ASAP by email.
  • Ensure you arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the entire class.
  • Bookings by the website. No Class Pass

What can I expect before arriving at the studio?

  • I’ve always taken care in the cleanliness of The Yoga House Studio, and now I am taking it to the next level! All high-touch and common surfaces will be disinfected before and after class.
  • As always, I and Joanne (my Assistant) are here for you — reach out to us via email with any questions or concerns

Yoga Mat Classes

What can I expect from the live stream online yoga classes?

The live stream is available to keep you alive and well during these redefining times.

Livestream Tips

  • If you choose to join by live stream, give yourself a bit of time before the class to get your computer or mobile device setup with Zoom to ensure you get in the class on time.
  • Please make sure that your microphone is muted and video is off upon entering.
  • Select and pin Celeste’s video for large screen viewing.

What can I expect in a yoga mat class?

Small, communal classes means you will be seen and adjusted. I opened The Yoga House in 2000, to offer a boutique studio where I could really know my people. My students (people) have scoliosis, degeneration in their lumbar spine and are working through a shoulder issue. Each class promotes dialogue encouraging you to ask for what you need: “Celeste, can you show me a pose to help my shoulder?” “Celeste, I gotta lighten up today, can we do some laughter yoga?”

Classes are fun, educational and help you realize you are stronger (more flexible) than you think.

Whether you are Gumby or a crusty one, you feel so glad you came.

What do I wear to yoga?

Comfy, not too baggy, breathable clothes. You do not need “yoga pants” just track pants are great. You will find that if the pants are calf length, than it’s easier to do standing poses. Wear tops that are not too baggy so that when you bend over or go upside down you don’t eat your t-shirt.

Eating before yoga?

Yoga is best done on an empty stomach. If you are peckish before you come and need to eat, have some easy to digest fruit. Avoid any hard to digest foods like spicy or heavy foods that you know make you feel tired.

How do I stick with my yoga practice?

This is the question that is on everyone’s mind. Most people need to have a teacher to keep it up on their own. Yet, most people can’t fit more than 1-3 yoga classes in their week at the most. Yoga is best done a little each day rather than one class a week. To start to get into a regular habit, use a DVD that really inspires you (I suggest using mine on YouTube: CelesteInspires TV) or schedule time with a Yoga Buddy. Agree to meet at a specific time and make it an absolute contract with back up times when schedules get tight. Follow my DVD together, and plan to teach each other one pose at the end. Teaching a pose is the best way to learn it. The first time my heels hit the floor in downward dog, I was demonstrating it, I couldn’t believe they were down!

Is yoga aerobic? Will it burn body fat?

No…and yes, kind of. Yoga is not aerobic, unless you do a flowing practice that is very challenging, like power yoga and ashtanga yoga where you don’t stop to hold poses and use a lot of arm and core strength. Even then, it is unlikely that your heart will be in the training zone (needed to challenge your body enough to make your body burn more calories and raise your heart rate.)

And, yes it will burn body fat and make you leaner. This is not because it is aerobic (for most people) but because you will have the tendency to eat better foods because you will actually crave them. You will also have a tendency to eat less calories because of this and become more sensitive to foods that work better for your body. Anyone I have known that has started and stayed with yoga lost body fat and became leaner. When you reduce your body fat, you are more muscular by ratio and this raises your metabolism. This means your muscles are being used and toned and you reduce their shrinking (atrophying) which often happens with aging (yet is not natural, like many people think). When you keep your muscle fibers firing actively through the various movements that yoga provides, you can feel like you can do many activities and often can without feeling stiffness or overuse. This means you may go for a long, long walk with a friend and not have stiff calves the next day. I love to run, but only do it occasionally. Sometimes I run for 3 days in a week when I get the running fever and I never suffer from shin splints or stiff muscles because of my practice. Having scoliosis, I never was able to run without keeping up my mileage or I developed knee problems. Now, I can go for an hour run when I haven’t run for 8 weeks or more. Also, I have absolutely no back pain in my fifties. When I was in my twenties, and didn’t do yoga, I had daily back pain.

Is Yoga spiritual?

Yes. For the record, let’s define spiritual.  To be connected to spirit, or your true self, you feel alive and very awake.  “Awake” means you are alert to life as it is and do not need it to be anything other than it is. This is far from accepting, it is the essence of a liberated mind:  you don’t care what happens and work directly with what does happen with care, and a light joyful attitude. Even when it’s a really awful day.  You just get to have awful.  Yet, the awful flavor does not define you, it only shows you what you need and deem important.  Being spiritual does not mean you will change professions and eat organic, where different hemp clothing, dawn a new haircut or grow what’s there. (There’s also a very good chance you will change emphatically; I stopped eating French fries, and I now put my leg behind my head at parties where I forget to drink wine.) You may just feel very integrated into your true self and trust yourself more. Bingo, you’re spiritual.

How many days a week do I need to do yoga?

Please don’t ask me that.  I’ll say six.  I know, but, it just feels so very good (after 8 years) to practice daily. So, as far as flexibility, mobility of spine and hips go and the capacity to keep up range of motion of the joints, you are truly best to do it every other day. That’s the science of flexibility: it lasts for 48 hours.  Which is a bummer, yet to keep your bum and hips happy you need to bend and rotate them every other day for 10 minutes. MINIMUM. Swear to God. If you’re super rushed, breathe deeply and put your hands behind your head, lift your chest bone with elbows pressed back like important authority figures do at their desk.

What is yoga good for?

I don’t mean to be an evangelist, (God, those people scare me) but the real question would be: What isn’t yoga good for:

  1. Impatient people
  2. People afraid of farting in public
  3. Perfectionists (same as above)

Since I personally fall into all those categories, and I have stayed with practicing yoga, then I can truly say, you can. Here’s what yoga is good for, in all honesty, it is good for almost everything.

Here are the top 40:

  1. Reduce insomnia
  2. Chronic fatigue
  3. Blood pressure issues
  4. Stiff muscles
  5. Lack of sense of humour
  6. Imbalance
  7. Loss of muscle tone
  8. Relaxation
  9. Relationships (especially partner yoga)
  10. Controlling appetite
  11. Controlling mood swings
  12. Feeling of confidence
  13. Improved sex life
  14. Improved muscular and cardiovascular stamina
  15. Improved muscular strength
  16. Body fat reduction
  17. Improved circulation
  18. Purifying and toning organs
  19. Improved self-esteem
  20. Reducing facial wrinkles
  21. Strengthening cardiovascular system after heart attack
  22. Reducing athletic injuries
  23. Improving all, yes, all athletic performance
  24. Improving willingness to stick with diet changes
  25. Improved posture and therefore energy
  26. Reduction in mood swings
  27. Reduction or elimination of the mid-afternoon slump
  28. A more intimate life with people, from “strangers” to family
  29. Increased concentration
  30. Reducing effects of cataplexy
  31. Controlling appetite
  32. Tightening mid-riff bulge
  33. All back-related issues from slipped disks, kyphosis, scoliosis, etc.
  34. Releasing nagging worries
  35. For returning to a peaceful state of mind
  36. Toning the buttocks
  37. Toning the backs of the arms
  38. Toning all of the leg muscles
  39. Strengthening feet and arches
  40. Plantar fasciatus

What if I've NEVER (ever) done yoga ...am a crusty-stiff beginner, eat burgers, and my doctor is making me go?

Perfect.  You were made for the Yoga House tribe and for Celeste’s unbridled enthusiasm to get you on the mat and breathing deeply at stop lights.

Private Sessions

What can I expect in a private session?

When I first started practicing yoga, I hired a teacher to come to my house for a spot check once a week. I have scoliosis and found yoga hard and painful. Yet, the results were altering my posture and creating such mobility, my life was changing. With a trained eye catching what I couldn’t see, I was able to move into the poses that aligned my body.

Now, I feel most alive when I inspire people to feel how to stay with yoga and exercise while building resilience and the ability to rely on themselves.

I provide my students with a video for them to do at home. Many students do a monthly plan—where I update their video and they come back next week or month for their spot check and fresh video. You may wish to combine your private sessions with Thai Massage.

Urban Retreats

What can I expect at an urban retreat?

Since I started yoga, I have practiced in nature whenever I can. Now, “Nature Time” and forest bathing are non-negotiable.

My monthly retreats provide this meaningful reminder: to get out in nature and back into your own true nature. Each month I offer an oasis of sanctity, forest bathing, raw authentic sharing, nature walks in the ravine, and super fun education. They taste good too.

Once a month I offer “Joy” workshops. Based on my book, The Intelligent Body, I facilitate the essence of living joyfully in all ways in your life by discovering how you need to.

Booking Online

How do I book online?

Logged Out/New Student:
To register for a class, Thai massage or private session:

  • Book by type:
  1. Please “Sign Up” on the yoga class, Thai massage or private of your choice from the description list
  2. Select the pass you would like to purchase
  3. Complete your information and payment for selected pass
  4. Register for your spot on the calendar or skip this section and register at a later time
  5. Check your email for pass payment and class registration confirmation
  • Book from the calendar:
  1. Please click on your choice from the calendar
  2. Select your pass and complete payment information
  3. Check your email for pass payment and class registration confirmation

Logged In/Have Credits:
To register for a class, Thai massage or private session:
1. Login to your account using the email you signed up with (the email that receives your pass receipt)
2. Click on the session of your choice to register
3. Check your credits: If you have enough credits, you will be registered in the class. If you don’t have any credits, you will be prompted to purchase a pass.

How do I buy gift certificates?

Go to the Homepage and scroll down past the Classes Timetable to get to the Gift Certificate section.

You can purchase any pass available as a gift online in the payment form.

To purchase a gift certificate from the form click on ‘this is a gift’ and select the pass you wish to purchase. Then let us know who the gift is for and select a delivery method.

Continue by completing the payment form with billing and credit card information.

How do I reschedule a class?

Reply back within 24 hours to your registration confirmation email to let Celeste know
Where is the Yoga House Located?
7 Copeland Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1A9