Gentle SomaYoga *NEW
A class with a gentler and slower pace that uses somatic movement flows within the structure of a yoga class. The somatic movements bring awareness to areas in the body that may be "stuck" due to aging, injury, surgeries or stress. With on-going commitment to developing awareness, the classes will include breath practices, balancing postures, meditation and relaxation. Leave this class feeling more mobile and centred. Suitable for those wanting to do less traditional asana yoga butusing movements to awaken not only the body but the brain. *This has replaced the Gentle Hatha Classes previously offered.
Must be able to get up and down from the floor.
A mixed-level class offering modifications to accommodate those working at different levels. Welcoming those new to yoga, experienced or some where in between.
For students who are familiar with basic yoga postures and pranayama. Continues to explore postures, breath work, and moving with awareness.
A series for the complete beginner that explores basic hatha yoga postures (asanas), breath awareness and relaxation to create a foundation and confidence to move into a gentle or general level yoga class. The class honours each unique body that participates with a mindful gentle based approach!
Yin Yoga is an inwardly drawn practice of seated and reclining asanas that are held for 3 - 5 minutes and focuses on area from knees to navel ( the hips, pelvis and lower spine). The longer held poses stimulate connective tissues (ligaments, fascia and soft tissue) which helps to create more flexibility in the joints than a traditional "yang" practice which generally focuses on rhythmic, repetitive movements to stress the fibers of the muscles.
The yoga postures found in a yin practice can also be beneficial to the body as a whole due to the effects on the meridians of the body as found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A Yin yoga class is a welcomed complement to a more "yang" or active style of yoga or athletics that emphasize the lengthening and contracting of the muscles.
Some yoga experience is suggested.
Yin & Hatha Yoga Mix
This Yin & Hatha (Yang) Mix class combines the cooling, meditative practices of Yin with the warmer practices of Yang movement. This class will be a balance of effort and ease as it integrates a practice for opening and lengthening the yin tissues of the body, with yang movement to awaken energy (Qi) and free tension in the yang tissues. Yin and Hatha practice incorporates both the warm & cool, male & female, sun & moon and allows the student to explore the sensations particular to each practice.
Some yoga experience is suggested.
This class offers all the benefits of a regular yoga class for those unable to get down onto the yoga mat (floor) with ease. The yoga postures have been adapted to utilize the chair as both a prop and support. Chair yoga can be both dynamic or gentle and can offer a challenge without stressing the body. Suitable for those dealing with conditions including joint replacement, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinsons, arthritis or anything that limits mobility or ease in the body.
Class Size is Limited.
PTS Sampler Class Series
Not sure what class you'd like to join? The sampler series gives a one hour experience of 5 different classes offered at the studio which includes: hatha, yin, restorative, and move with ease somatics. See what feels best and join in for the rest of the session.
Yoga for Low Back Care
A series that introduces participants to yoga techniques for overcoming generalized low back pain and building a foundation to create a healthy low back. The program focuses on both stretching and strengthening the low back while developing an awareness of the deep core muscles for support. Each week builds on the previous week and progresses to more challenging options.
Learn tools for creating core support, relaxation and a developing a greater sense of well-being. This program was used in two National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies in the USA. Participants of the study experienced significant reduction of pain over a 12 week period (with regular practice).
Participants may purchase The Essential Low Back Program Book and CD for home practice (with 5 hours of practice on disc) from the instructor if desired for an additional cost.
Note: This program may help alleviate chronic low back pain, tension, mild scoliosis and sacroiliac conditions. It is not appropriate for people with serious structural conditions or who have had recent back surgery.
Move with Ease ~ Somatic Exercise
Minimize pain, release muscular holding and gain greater awareness of your body in this series using Hanna Somatic Exercises. Relearn control over muscles that have forgotten to release or relax due to postural issues, injury or stress. Simple and accessible movements can enable you to create a more easeful body whether it be in your walking, running, pilates, yoga, sports or just day to day movement. These exercises are done on the floor.
Cat Stretch Series (Somatic Exercises)
A 8 week program introducing a basic hanna somatic exercises to awaken all sides of the body. These simple movements can facilitate major changes through awakening areas of SMA (Sensory Motor Amnesia) and allow the body to find a more integrated way of movement. This series gives participants to the basic knowledge to move into the other somatic classes with a firm understanding of the movement principles. It also creates a short movement program to continue at home for 8-12 minutes of time. For anyone wanting to get out of pain. Although these movements can be adapted for chair, the class is done primarily on the floor.
Stand Strong for Bone Health Series
A 4 week series for those dealing with an osteoporosis or osteopenia diagnosis. Learn Bonefit foundation exercises as prescribed by Osteoporosis Canada and how to modify yoga so that it is safe while improving bone health, flexibility and balance. Naturopathic Doctor Molly Brass will join us for a class to explain dietary & lifestyle approaches to support bone strengthening. This is not a chair-based class so participants must be able to get up and down to the mat. No experience necessary!
Sun & Moon Flows (Surya & Chandra Namaskars)
A 4 week series explores gentle variations of the Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra) Salutations while making these vinyasas safe and enjoyable for your body. All levels.
Taiji Qigong Shibashi
A series working with the 18 Healing Movements of Shibashi. These Qigong exercises were designed to balance the "Qi" or energy throughout the body. The practice of Shibashi is said to improve the health and wellbeing of the practitioner, reducing both mental stress and physical tension of the body. It is a simple and easy to learn practice with gentle, rhythmic movements that are meditative and suitable for people of all ages. As you learn the moves you can then gradually increase the repetitions of each movement. The Shibashi practice can be done both standing or sitting.
40 Days to Enlightened Eating
A series for anyone wanting to nurture their spirit, nourish their body and develop mindful awareness in their life. With group support we will take a 40 Day journey of optimal eating based on the the healing sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda for health, energy & vitality. Lighten your body, mind and spirit as you discover the best way to eat, exercise and practice yoga relative to one's Ayurvedic constitution. Classes consist of discussion, recipes, handouts and daily support and culminates with an enlightened meal in celebration of our 40 Days.
This series is based on the the book & course developed and written by Elise Edmonds Cantrell, author of 40 Days to Enlightened Eating. Course fee includes book & supplies.
Present Moment Meditation Series
A meditation gathering that provides support and group energy for a meditation practice. Each week introduces a focus and discussion followed by a meditation "sit". Suitable for those curious, with experience or as a followup to the Foundations course.
Restorative yoga may be referred to as active relaxation. Restorative poses are poses of "being" rather than "doing". The yoga poses are based on traditional yoga movements and may be held from 3 - 20 minutes dependent upon asana. The body is placed in a supportive environment using props (bolsters, blankets, blocks & straps). to help relieve the muscles and bones from their roles of support and action which then allows the nervous system to send fewer messages and become quieter.
Restorative yoga is beneficial for times when you are stressed from daily life, fatigued, when recovering from illness or injury or for times before, during and after major life events.
Please bring a yoga mat and 2 blankets.
Class size is limited to 8 participants.
Kundalini is often referred to as the "the yoga of awareness". A practice of yoga that opens your heart, builds strength and releases the energy located at the base of your spine. Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and movement and challenges its students both physically and mentally. The practices of Kundalini can help to balance your nervous and endocrine systems which directly influence all other systems in the body.
Kundalini Yoga is a yoga practice for the "householder" meaning it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs. The classes incorporate a focus using mudra (hand gestures), mantra, breath work and rhythmic movement to move energy in the body.
No experience necessary. All levels welcomed.
Foundations of Meditation
A series that provides a foundation for developing a meditation practice. Each week introduces a new concept, meditation focus, guided or silent meditation and time for discussion. Whether you are curious about meditation or struggling with maintaining a practice, this class is accessible to all. Handouts will be given.
Yoga Nidra is often called "yogic sleep". It is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs. A variety of techniques are often used to help aid in relaxation including guided imagery and body scanning. This practice is beneficial and on-going practice offers cumulative benefits. If you can lay down on the floor, you can do this practice.
Bring your own blanket or use one of ours. Who doesn't need an hour of time to unwind and reset?
The Yamas & Niyamas: Mind & Movement
A focused class to explore the 1st and 2nd Limb of the 8 Fold Path of Yoga - The Yamas & Niyamas, using asana, reflection and discussion. How can we take this ethical guideline of observing our relationship to ourselves, others and our practice, both on and off the mat? Guided by the work of Deborah Adele's The Yamas & Niyamas.