Yoga is different for everyone. It is often described as an ancient system to balance the mind, body and spirit. For some, it is simply a form of physical exercise and for others a more spiritual practice of meditation and self awareness. Yoga is not a religion but for some, simply a way of life that can have the same core values such as love, contentment, truth and non-harming of others.
Dating back more than 5000 years, yoga was traditionally a meditation practice. However, sitting for long periods of time required physical movement to allow for lengthier meditation. Once asanas were added, it was discovered that there were numerous benefits, which are constantly being studied today.
Hatha uses movement/postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana) to bring balance and unity to the mind, body and spirit. Ha-tha literally means sun & moon. Generally this refers to the balance of opposing energies in the body - sun which is Yang, energetic, warm, masculine, right-side, and moon, which is Yin, calm, cool, feminine, left-side.
Most "styles" of yoga, are Hatha based (ie. Hot Yoga, Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, etc.)
~ The quality of your breath affects the quality of your life ~
Bliss Yoga I createdBliss Yoga several years ago which combines Restorative Yoga and Massage. Imagine a nurturing class incorporating gentle movements to calm the nervous system, and therapeutic poses to produce a deep state of relaxation, while receiving the healing benefits of touch through simple massage. Suitable for ALL levels.Beneficial for conditions related to stress and illness
Core Yoga Working from the inside out (deep core & pelvic floor), this dynamic practice targets core muscles with a strong emphasis on proper breathing & posture. It incorporates poses that flow with the breath, building strength, balance and fluidity. Class is designed for all levels and suitable for anyone wanting to safely strengthen or rebuild their core including those with diastasis recti or recovering from abdominal surgery such as c-section.
Corporate Yoga Yoga at work? OF course! Yoga not only raises morale but relieves stiffness, improves posture, and reduces stress and fatigue resulting in healthier and happier staff! Classes are designed for all levels and is suitable for pregnancy. Props such as blocks and straps are provided, and are also available for purchase.
Flow Hatha Flow links postures with movements that "flow" with the breath. It incorporates a variety of poses to challenge, invigorate, build strength, stamina and focus. The physical practice will create heat in the body, helping to detoxify and improve the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. The class begins with warm ups and ends with relaxing poses such as in Yin or Restorative yoga to relax and unwind. Hatha Yoga My classes emphasize proper alignment using props such as blocks and straps to accommodate any special needs, prevent injury and assure maximum benefit. My interest is more therapeutic based. Therefore, at the beginning of a class, I may spend time with a new student so that I can find ways to best assist their practice. Classes are designed for beginner and intermediate students and encompass a variety of styles with a strong emphasis on pranayama. I often tailor my classes to suit the general mood or energy of the students. On a full moon we may play with moon-salutations or end a Flow class with restorative poses!
Partner Yoga The word yoga literally means “union" or “to yoke” – and what better way to experience that than with a partner! Classes are designed to be fun and incorporates the more familiar poses that can be done together (2 trees are better than 1) and not so familiar (double dog anyone?). Bring your spouse, a friend, a parent, even your child! This is a great class in a relaxed atmosphere. There are always plenty of options and props to support one another, making it perfect for those new to yoga wanting to try it out!
Parent/Baby Gently stretch, strengthen and relax areas of the body affected by parenthood, meet other moms & bond with your baby using songs, physical movements and simple infant massage. We cover diastasis recti, pelvic floor function & c-section care, proper sitting & standing posture plus lifting & carrying baby. Class is designed for all levels and stages of the postpartum period.
The first few months with your new baby can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster. As a mom, I know the importance of being part of a group of other parents who can offer support, advice and their own “mommy moments”!
Prenatal Practice postures that encourage a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as simple postures that can be beneficial for your pregnancy, labour ad motherhood! We will have occasional guest speakers plus you will have an opportunity to bring your companion to practice the breath-work & postures that can be beneficial during labour.
Restorative For many of us, we are always on the go, doing something and surrounded by stimuli that can wreak havoc on the nervous system, putting us in a constant state of “fight or flight”, without even realizing it. When the body is able to fully relax, healing begins, both physically and emotionally.
Contrary to Yin where you “stretch", Restorative poses use many props (bolsters, blankets, straps, blocks) to allow the body to relax and open in a way that you won’t feel it. Receive the benefits of a complete practice that incorporates all movements (forward and backbends, inversions and twists) and ends with svasana.
This class is suitable for all levels, and is beneficial for all ages, stages of mobility and/or illness. In the case of illness, please consult your health care provider and let me know so that I may be better able to assist you in your practice.
Therapeutic Yoga As a yoga therapist, I guide students using practical tools such as pranayama, postures and even ball work. Classes are designed to address individual needs and goals and is beneficial for conditions related to stress and illness.
Warm/Hot A warm/hot class is a detoxifying practice consisting of yoga postures that help to build strength, flexibility and stamina. The room is heated between 85 -105F. This class is appropriate for beginners and experienced students as postures can be modified to suit the individual.
Yin Yin Yoga is often referred to as a quiet practice. It is considered “passive stretching” as opposed to contracting muscles. It is designed to gently stretch the connective tissues and helps open and release the body, complimenting the more active styles of Yoga (Yang). A Yin practice helps relax the body, release physical and emotional tension and quiets the mind, making it a great way to prepare for meditation.
Yin & Yang The perfect balance for your day or week! Its combines yang - a more active, flowing, strengthening practice, with Yin - which is more calming, stretching, releasing. Each class finishes with restorative poses to allow for complete integration and relaxation so you go home feeling restored and recharged. What could be better than that!
Yoga & Mobility A perfect blend of gentle movement and calm poses, to help you feel free in your body and mind. There will still be a focus on core including pelvic floor and proper breathing, while working with mobility as well as overall stability. The practice finishes with restorative poses, so you leave feeling rested and recharged. Class is suitable for all levels incl. pregnancy. Think of it as a gentle flow to nourish your body & soul!