CHAIR BASED YOGA SERIES
Tuesdays | Sept. 10th - December 3rd
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
If you have discounted yoga due to an issue that prohibits you to get down on the mat, try our chair based yoga series.
This chair adapted series includes all components of a "regular" mat class without having to get down on the floor, which can be problematic for many people. The chair will be used as both a support and a prop and offers the student to create more stability as they practice. If you have an issue that affects your mobility such as arthritis, a joint replacement, MS, Parkinson's, knee issues or recent injuries, this class can allow you all the benefits of yoga in both a gentle and dynamic manner.
MOVE WITH EASE ~ SOMATIC EXERCISE CLASSES
Fridays | Move with Ease | Sept. 13th - Nov. 29th | 9:00 - 10:00 am | $196
Reduce pain, chronic muscular holding and tension and create more ease in movement with Hanna Somatics exercises. These simple movements can help restore your ease of motion and fluidity and re-set the patterning in the brain. Develop awareness of the areas in your body that may be suffering with sensory motor amnesia and have forgotten how to release & relax due to injury, posture or stress. We will look at movements for varying areas of the body including hips, waist and shoulders. Somatics are a great addition to your current exercise regime. Move better & feel better!
What is Hanna Somatics?
Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind/body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness.
learn more at www.hannasomatics.com
YOGA BASICS FOR NEWBIES
Thursdays | Sept. 12th - Oct. 17th | 7:15 - 8:30 pm | $102
This popular session is for the complete beginner. The series 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 or even to a different style of yoga.
This class introduces a mindful based hatha yoga that honours each unique body that participates! Learn how to modify postures that work for your body and how to put them together into a short basic sun salutation.
YOGA FOR LOW BACK PAIN SERIES
Mondays | Sept. 16th - Oct. 28th | 11:15 am - 12:30 pm |
$135.00 * | 6 weeks
This 75 minute class series focuses on 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. Participants may purchase The Essential Low Back Book and CD for home practice from the instructor or a download for use on computer. Suitable for people who experience generalized low back pain due to muscular strain, injury or weakness.
This series is based on yoga practices studied by the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) that were developed by Internationally recognized yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg (USA). Participants of the study experienced significant reduction of pain over a 12-week period.
Space is limited to 8 participants.
*The cost of the course does not include The Essential Low Back Program book (88 pages & MP3) The instructor will have books available for purchase if desired for home support.
CAT STRETCH SERIES | SOMATICS BASICS
Mondays | Sept. 30th - Oct. 28th* | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
$ 64 | 4 weeks
A 4 week program introducing a basic somatic exercises (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna) 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.
Begin to develop a skillful approach to recognize patterns that keep us stuck. Learn to differentiate the reacting state to responding mode while understanding your minds fluctuating states. The road to letting go and being in the present moment.
SOMATIC FOCUSED EXPLORATIONS
Mondays | November 11th, 18th & 25th | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | $25 each
November 11th Slouched & Slumped (Shoulders/Chest/Upper Back)
November 18th From Shoulder to Fingers
November 25th Below the Waist (Pelvis & Lower Leg)
These classes are limited to 8 participants.
PATH TO STILLNESS SAMPLER CLASS SERIES
Not sure what class you'd like to join?
This new offering gives you a sample of 5 different classes offered at the studio and includes hatha, yin, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and move with ease somatics. With a shorter format and session length, it can help you decide what feels best for you.
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. Based on the book written by Elise Cantrell.
**Includes Book & Starter Kit
Find some time for yourself with a Restorative Yoga class that will be a gift to yourself in countless ways.
Experience the benefits restorative practice. This is a wonderful way to nurture yourself this winter season. Restorative poses are poses of "being" rather than "doing". The body is placed in a supportive environment using props (bolsters, blankets, blocks & straps) with gentle attention to the breath. 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 a blanket.
Class size is limited to 8 participants.
MIND & BODY FOR MOOD
with Sharon Smith-Carter
TBC | 4 Weeks
A specialty series for those who struggle with mood issues such as anxiety and depression brought on by stress, pain or trauma. These classes will offer a safe space to explore various mind & body techniques through movement, discussion and lecture. No experience is required and chairs are provided. The only prerequisite is to come to the class with a beginners mind. Handouts will be given.
Learn to shift the lens in which you view your mental & emotional health.
*This class is not a substitute for medical care. If you are under the care of a medical professional or therapist please consult prior to registration.
SUN & MOON FLOWS
Thursdays | TBC | 7:15 - 8:30 pm
$ 68 | 4 Weeks
Surya Namaskar or the Sun Salutation is known to create energy and heat to awaken the body while Chandra Namaskar or the Moon Salutation is more meditative, cooling and calming for the body. In this 4 week series we will explore gentle variations of the Sun and Moon Salutations while making these vinyasas safe and enjoyable for all bodies.
All levels welcome.
Experience Deep Relaxation with Divine Sleep
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. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Most people think that relaxation is very simple; just recline and close your eyes but unless you have released your muscular, mental and emotional tensions, you are never totally relaxed. Although Savasana is experienced at the end of yoga classes, Yoga Nidra allows more time to really release and experience a deep state of deep relaxation.
Please call to ensure space is available. After reserving a space, please forward a post-dated cheque or cash payment to secure your place in the classes.