The nature of our approach is such that you will accumulate knowledge in every class you attend and 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 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
Gentle Beginner and Complete Beginner
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, while others 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.
Beginner and Beginner/Intermediate
In both the Beginner and Beginner/Intermediate classes we cover postures that are appropriate for beginner students. Over the course of a few weeks, the students 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.
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
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, unusual and experimental alternatives.
All Level 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.
Qi Gong uses slow, repetitive and meditative physical movements ranging from simple to complex that work every tissue and system in the body. Qi gong calms the mind and activates the energy and breath maintaining optimum health and over time may allow the body to recover from chronic illness. Sets usually are 5-10 moves. Modifications can be made to accommodate physical challenges.
Pre Natal Yoga
Practising yoga during pregnancy nurtures you throughout this powerful transition. Our classes provide instruction, information, emotional support, and an opportunity to share your experience. The poses stretch and strengthen your body, creating space for your baby. Learn deep breathing techniques and enjoy guided relaxation as you prepare for giving birth and new parenthood.
Practise and discuss asana and pranayama techniques that you can work with at home to help you manage anxiety. Understand the basis for each practice and how it may help you to re-energize the natural relaxation response and move you toward health and balance.
Kundalini yoga can provide us with energy while leaving us feeling grounded and refreshed. We will practise rhythmic movement with breath, pranayamas, and mantra.