The nature of our approach is such that you will accumulate knowledge in every class you attend and to be fully part of the learning process, even when you participate only on a drop-in basis. As a first time student at the Studio we recommend that you try either a Beginner or a Beginner/Intermediate class. All of our teachers are accustomed to welcoming and integrating new students into their classes at any point in the term. You will receive the instruction that you need as a new student in order to feel comfortable in the class.
The Gentle Beginner and Complete Beginner Classes are for students who prefer to go very slowly for a variety of reasons. Some people find a slower quieter class meditative, some need to ease themselves into physical activity, some have a specific injury or a condition that requires a gentler approach to the body. These classes introduce those who have not practised yoga before to basic poses and breathing.
In a Gentle Beginner or Complete Beginner Class, we cover fewer postures than in a Beginner Class. Classes are 1.25 hours long instead of the customary 1.75 hours.
In both the Beginner and Beginner/Intermediate classes we cover postures that are appropriate for beginner students. Students will learn and practise forward bends, back bends, twists and side bends as well as inversion preparations. Every student moves at his/her own pace and integrates the practice in the way that is most productive for their body. By definition, in the Beginner classes there is no expectation of any previous knowledge about the postures or our approach to yoga.
Breathing Meditation: Take time just to breathe. These classes include basic breathing exercises (pranayama) and a variety of breath awareness, relaxation and meditation techniques as well as Q&A and discussion.
Yoga for Back Care: is a gentle class that offers guidance for safe and effective exercises for the spine. Through body awareness, stretching and strengthening, we improve alignment and mobility and reduce pain. Suitable for everyone (except those currently experiencing acute back pain).
Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced and Advanced: Intermediate and Advanced students have considerable experience practising the basic principles of the approach at the Studio: breathing, grounding and elongating. Traditional yoga postures such as inversions and backbends are taught as well as meditation and unusual and experimental alternatives.
All Levels classes are designed for learning or relearning the basics, stress relief, body and breath awareness, healthy movement, and enjoyment. The exercises are simple and repeated frequently. Classes are personalized, meditative, positive and relaxing.
Wake up with Yoga:
Begin your day with an early morning wake up of breathing, stretching and stabilizing postures, and meditation.