In order to make the best use of our time together on the mat, please arrive 15 minutes before the class start time to get settled, especially if it’s your first time to the studio as you’ll be required to sign a waiver (better yet, download the waiver ahead of time and bring it with you for faster check-in).
Hatha, literally meaning “sun and moon”, is the traditional physical practice of Yoga, used to bring balance to our minds and bodies. In our Hatha classes, you can expect a slow moving, intentional practice of basic yoga poses. Alignment cues will be given to ensure a confident practitioner. You’ll be stretching and strengthening your body, while using your breath to connect to your mind and body. A regular Hatha practice will help you dissolve barriers that may have you stuck in habitual and limiting patterns, opening you to your authentic self. ALL levels of experience are welcome.
Mixed Levels Hatha Flow
This class infuses the basic postural alignments of Hatha yoga with a well balanced flow of poses, open to beginners and experienced yoga practitioners (good for students of all levels). You can expect a slow moving flow of postures to stretch/strengthen your body, pranayama (purifying breath work), and meditation. The easiest variation of the pose will be taught, then more advanced options will be given for those who are looking for a more challenging practice.
This class is based on a variety of sequential movements that link postures with breath to form a continuous flow. Vinyasa Flow yoga invites the body to naturally stretch, strengthen and develop a sense of balance and ease. This accessible yet challenging practice is invigorating and powerful. Some yoga experience is recommended.
The term Yin refers to slow, passive and meditative. In this class you’ll hold seated postures for up to 5 minutes, targeting the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally aren’t exercised very much in a more active styles of practice. The idea is to gain more flexibility and maneuverability that we tend to lose as we age. This style of Yoga is a perfect complement to the more dynamic, muscle-targeting classes such as Hatha and Vinyasa, which emphasize more heat and the contracting of our muscles. As this is a slow practice, it really challenges the mind, as when the body becomes still the mind wants to overcompensate. Yin will teach you to connect with your breath and body, in order to quiet your busy mind. ALL levels of experience are welcome.
A Yin/Yang class is split into two parts: a dynamic flow representing the active “Yang” energy and a slow series representing calm “Yin” energy. Expect to break a sweat during the first half of class but poses taught will be accessible to yoga students of all levels. The last half of class will be a series of deep stretches-targeting the connective tissue, inviting stillness of the body and mind. The Yin/Yang style provides a balanced practice which can bring you both calmness and introspection, but it's also a lively and inspiring practice to carry with you for the rest of your day!
Note: We're offering this class as a trial on Saturdays 11am-12:15am, starting November 18. Please reserve your spot and come check it out. We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to keep this class on the schedule.
Restorative Yoga at its core is a practice done to bring balance to our nervous system. In our society what is demanded of us is to push ourselves past what we feel our limits allow and often to keep pushing. As a result, our nervous system can become overloaded and leave us with a sense of unease. This practice of always pushing ourselves towards greater and newer achievements can bring a sense of accomplishment and understanding of what we are capable of, but often it leaves us feeling drained and interestingly unfulfilled. The practice of Restorative Yoga allows us the time we need to get back to our centre and to have a supportive and welcoming environment where we can be at peace with taking time to simply be present. We end up finding a sense of release, relaxation and are able to release any tension held in our body. Gentle postures are used; as well as extra time is given for transitions between and during poses. The deep layers that are available for each practitioner to explore, as well as the pace of this class, lend themselves to all levels of practitioners.
Kundalini is primal energy that is said to lie dormant at the base of the spine, until it's awakened! Activate your inner fire with this dynamic practice that is a total body and chakra workout, as well as being very detoxifying. Betsy Johnston, your teacher and guide, honours the traditional Kundalini “umbrella” yet teaches with a fresh, contemporary twist! Kundalini is our energy and is a biological mechanism, linking the activity of the reproductive system and the brain. Its purpose is to actively cultivate higher consciousness through specific movements and breathing techniques. AnyBODY can practice this style of Yoga. Come move, breathe and feel alive! ALL levels of experience are welcome!
Yoga for Runners
This class is specifically designed for runners. The poses used are chosen based on the biomechanics of running, injury prevention and the demands of the core training program used by runners. The class will focus on body awareness, core strength, hip mobility and specific recovery techniques. This class is also welcome to those who don’t currently have a running regimen, as its structure is beneficial to all.
Sacred Gong Bath Meditation
Hear the call of the Sacred Gong and experience the transformative power of sound healing! Join Marci Harriott as she leads you on a sound journey into a deep experience of self care and relaxation. This class will start with about 10 minutes of yoga to warm-up the body and allow you to be open to receiving the therapeutic sound vibrations. You’ll then lie down comfortably and cover yourself with a cozy blanket to simply surrender to an experience of tranquility and ride the healing waves the sacred gong offers. Expect to calm your mind, open your heart centre and rebalance your nervous system as the mystical vibrations of the gong soothes your soul. This class is open to those new to Gong Bath Meditation and those who are already hooked on it's beauitiful benefits!
Join Heidi Joffe for an inclusive, dynamic ashtanga-based series designed for all levels and abilities. This moving meditation aligns, purifies and strengthens the physical and subtle body in a joyful synthesis of breath and movement. With this specific series of poses you’ll develop energy, endurance, flexibility and confidence in a safe and nurturing environment. Some general yoga experience is recommended.
Tween/Teen Yoga (ages 11-17)
The focus of this class is to instil a sense of confidence in students by creating a safe, non-competitive, welcoming and fun environment! Yoga teaches us to be mindful and comfortable in our bodies at any given moment. Rachel believes tweens/teens can especially benefit from this practice, as nowadays there are so many distractions from reality such as social media, the Internet and electronics. This class welcomes budding Yogis of ALL levels and will feature the basics of Yoga… occasionally incorporating Yoga games!
Note: This class is not currently offered, but please let us know if you're interested in seeing it on the schedule again.