◊ THE CLASS: 60 min Moksha ◊
WHAT TO BRING
- Mat (available to rent)
- Towels for your mat and for your sweat (also available for rent)
- Water bottle
- Loose fitting clothing
Recently, our most frequented YEG yoga studio rebranded, so we wanted to give you the scoop on all the changes they’ve gone through and make sure you’re as up-to-date as possible. When we first went to Metta Yoga, it was a Moksha Yoga location. After our trip to review Moksha, we have gone back So. Many. Times. Mostly because they’re conveniently located for me, they’re on Fitset, and because we just really like it there. Metta holds a special place in this FC crony’s heart, as it’s the first place I’ve ever practiced yoga – I’m talking ever. Metta has been open in Edmonton under the Moksha brand for over ten years, and has shared firsts with many of the community. You’ll find a v interesting mixture of serious practice and a jovial community. The team is always pleasant and inviting, and the sweaty yoga practice is challenging, fun, and accessible for anyone. I’ve had great experiences under both brands, and whether you’re new to yoga or a professional yogi, it’s most definitely worth checking out.
They’re located on the corner of 149th St. and 111th Ave. in West Edmonton. While the location is easily accessible because it’s on the axis of two major roads through town, it’s definitely a little out of the way for most people. This isn’t a studio you’ll stumble on when walking down the street, as it’s located right across from an industrial park and there isn’t much in the area. BUT, it is one of the few hot yoga options in Edmonton, and it’s definitely worth a drive to get steamy. Because of the location, there’s ample free parking, and a number of bus lines will take you right by the studio.
CLASS SCHEDULE + PRICE
This studio has five types of classes which is pretty great for a hot yoga studio. The Flow and Power Flow classes are more challenging, with some classes requiring you to hold 40+ poses throughout the practice. I generally take the Metta class, which is one of their most popular, suitable for beginners, and is offered up to five times a day. The class structure has not changed from the Moksha model, so it’s the same consistent Moksha series condensed into one hour, which I love. This results in the poses flowing together with few pauses and creates an atmosphere that’s more vigorous and fun. You’ll have a fluid class and experience an extremely logical practice that doesn’t have you bouncing from standing to seated positions too often, instead focusing on each in turn to push your body to the limit before moving on.
They have a very built out class schedule with something for everyone, any time of day with up to 8 classes offered during the week running from 6:30am – 9:00pm, and up to 7 classes on weekends.
The drop-in rate is on par with most Edmonton studios at $20 before tax. The best bang-for-your-buck is the 20 Class Pass, which works out to $12/class before tax. Metta recommends to sign-up online beforehand to reserve a spot, and to show up 15 minutes prior to the start time. On Fridays, Metta holds a by-donation Karma Class with a $5 minimum donation (which goes to local charities) and passes aren’t used. I’m not sure I can think of a better way to start our weekend than by giving back to our community. Oh hey, soft spot.
- Drop-in: $20
- 5 Class Pass: $80 ($16/class)
- 10 Class Pass: $140 ($14/class)
- 20 Class Pass: $240 ($12/class)
- 1 Month Unlimited Membership: $150
- 1 Year Unlimited: $1200
- Intro Offer $50 for 1 Month (though this has to be purchased on your first visit)
We are SO EXCITED about the changes that have been made to the design of the studio. The Metta team put in serious WORK to rejuvenate and clean the studio, and we were impressed AF. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted with the sign-in desk and a stocked retail boutique. There are huge boot racks (which is nice because there’s nothing worse than wading through a sea of winter boots at the end of class) and the lobby has two long benches for peeps to hang out before or after class. The design aesthetic utilizes a mixture of wood, light stone, and concrete. In terms of vibe, you’ll find a really interesting combination of community and seriousness, and we want to delve into that a little deeper. The studio takes the practice of its yogis very seriously, and talking is highly discouraged in the practice room. That said, the change rooms and lobby area are full of chatter, probably more than we have ever seen in a studio in Edmonton. The contrast was cool and intriguing and we kinda like it – work hard, play hard. The change rooms offer a TON of space to clean up the sweat after your practice, and we appreciate it. There’s nothing worse than waiting in line for a shower. Nothing. Worse. The men’s room has two showers, a bathroom stall, and a bunch of toiletries to sample, including locally made natural deodorant (we defs grabbed some and will totally be back to buy more). The ladies room has three showers, two bathroom stalls, and some basics toiletries (elastics, Q-Tips, etc.). Both change rooms are prepped with lockers, but don’t have locks – so if you want to secure your stuff, don’t forget your lock!
The hot room is pretty standard with full mirrors along one wall and full windows along the opposing wall. It’s not the prettiest room we’ve ever stretched in, but absolutely the largest. It. Is. Massive. There were ~20 people practicing with no shortage of space – even my lanky frame didn’t have to worry about crossing over into our neighbor’s space. The class we attended was quite late, so the room was dark when we entered (finding your friend is an adventure), and the instructor adjusted the lighting when necessary. I’ve been to Metta in the daytime as well, and the full windows on a summer day are open and airy.
The crowd is mainly female, but with a healthy representation of men as well. There was a good sprinkling of diversity in the room, with numerous body types, ages, and experience levels in attendance. There were also a LOT of newbies, which is awesome, as it allowed the instructor to break things down for us and encourage growth in those baby yogis. The music that is played for most Metta classes tends to be quiet and subdued and generally doesn’t start until after the first flow, which lends itself to the silent practice that Metta strives for.
- Men’s and women’s change rooms
- Towels and mats for rent
- $5 reusable water bottles – no plastic bottles for sale
- HUGE merchandise section including mats, water bottles, nutritional supplements, Lululemon, towels – basically anything you could want or have forgotten.
- Extras like hair-ties, body wash, and shampoo
- Blocks and bands in the practice room
- Lockers (don’t forget a lock!)
Kristen was our instructor for the 60min Moksha class during our first review, and she’s also the Studio Manager. Her teaching style is the absolute bomb.com. She’s totally down to earth, approachable, and super natural at teaching. Kristen has a voice that exudes happiness, and she made us feel welcome and comfortable practicing in her studio. She demonstrated some of the class, but spent the majority of her time walking the room and providing hands-on adjustments. A large portion of the class was fairly new to yoga and we were seriously impressed when Kristen noticed too and modified the practice to accommodate the room. Kristen is passionate about smart flow style yoga, and actually stopped the class for a few moments to demonstrate step by step what the flow should look like, and how to properly execute each pose. We LOVE this approach, and we love that Kristen was thinking on her feet. If we could give her more fruit, we totally would – absolutely one of our favorite instructors so far.
This was our first class with Sheyanne, and we were NOT disappointed. First, Sheyanne exudes a natural energy that draws you in and allows you to get into your natural rhythm both inside the practice room and outside of it. She upheld the standards that we’ve come to expect from Metta, but also has a really great way of injecting her personality into the standard Metta class. We mentioned earlier that Metta tends to take a more serious approach to their classes, but that didn’t stop Sheyanne from throwing in a few quippy comments throughout the class to put smiles on everyone’s faces and remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. Little comments like “extend your leg and give yourself a smile in the mirror” go a long way.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADSIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL
We’re rating this guy Hard, but depending on your experience level we could see it flexing into Way Hard for newbies. The Metta class is described as an all-levels class with a combination of flow, power and yin, so I went in expecting something right down the middle in terms of hard-ness (word?) and that’s exactly what we got. Kristen and Sheyanne both had us working right out of the gate, starting with some warm ups to waken the body, and a small opportunity to set intentions. The classes are always beautifully put together to allow us to move to different parts of the body in a sequence that makes sense. The first part of the class is largely dominated by standing poses, then moved into seated poses, and finished with floor poses. We basically started with the most exerting poses, and then moved further down the mat. Kristen spent most of the class tweaking form and demonstrating poses for the group, and we found that Sheyanne took a more hands off approach. Both are fine, but we would definitely say that Kristen’s class was a great class for beginners. That being said, the workouts were intense, and we definitely had shaky legs a few times with the many standing poses in a row. We had a great experience; the classes were challenging, sweaty, and sweetly serious.
To try Metta, visit their website here.