A class of mixed levels with a gentler and slower pace. Working with more "opening" movements to facilitate mobility. Suitable for those with health concerns, seniors or just taking it easier.
Must be able to get up and down from the floor.
A mixed- level class offering modifications to accommodate those working at different levels.
The shorter time frame class allows those who are short on time an opportunity to participate after work or school.
For students who are familiar with basic yoga postures and pranayama. Continues to explore postures, breath work, and moving with awareness.
Yoga Basics for Newbies
A 6-10 week series (depending on session) 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. This yoga is a mindful based hatha that honours each unique body that participates!
Yin Yoga is an inwardly drawn practice of seated and reclining asanas that are held for 3 - 5 minutes that work with the hips, pelvis and lower spine of the body. The longheld poses stimulate connective tissues (ligaments, fascia and soft tissue) which creates more flexibility in the joints than a traditional "yang" or muscular tissue practice that 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 entire being 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 (cycling, running) 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 warm, energetic practices of Yang movement. This class will be a balance of effort and ease as we integrate 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 Yang 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.
Chair Based Yoga
This class offers the benefits of a yoga class for those unable to participate fully in a "regular" class due to physical limitations. Yoga postures will be modified to incorporate the use of chairs and props, to assist those with challenges within their bodies. Gentle stretching, releasing, strengthening and relaxation can enable the body to re-gain ease of movement. Suitable for those dealing with conditions including joint replacement, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinsons, and arthritis that limits mobility or ease in the body.
The class size is limited.
Yoga for Low Back Care
A series that introduces participants to yoga techniques for overcoming generalized low back pain and building a sturdy foundation for good low back health. Focus will be 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 lays a foundation for developing good low back health while progressing to more challenging options. Learn tools for creating core support, relaxation and a 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.
Participants may purchase The Essential Low Back Program Book and CD for home practice (with 5 hours of practice on disc) from the instructor for an additional cost if desired.
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 conidtions or who have had recent back surgery.
PTS Sampler Class Series
Not sure what class you'd like to join? The sampler series gives a one hour experience of 4-5 different classes offered at the studio which includes: hatha, yin, restorative, yoga nidra and move with ease somatics. See what feels best and join in for the rest of the session.
Surya & Chandra Namaskars (Sun & Moon Salutations)
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.
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 of the spine; flexion, extension, rotation and lateral bends 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). The props 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.
A class generally includes six components: tuning-in, pranayam or warm-up, kriya, relaxation, meditation and the closing blessing song, “May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You”.
Kundalini Yoga is a yoga practice for the "householder" meaning it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs. Three hour Kundalini yoga is practiced in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan, meaning you can become healthy, happy, and holy—in body, mind and spirit. This is a fantastic practice to find your energy during the darker winter months and beneficial for those who may be suffering with SAD.
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.