PILATES/FUSION  CLASSES

Yoga/ Pilates Fusion Enjoy the best of both worlds – the release &  relaxation of yoga with the strengthening & toning elements of Pilates in this fun & challenging class. (drop in) (B, XB, I)


       
DANCE FITNESS

ZUMBA fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms & easy-to-follow moves to create an exciting hour of joyful calorie-burning, body-energizing movements. WEAR RUNNERS drop in) (ALL LEVELS)

ZUMBA + TONING combine slower and more controlled dance movements & aerobic benefits of Zumba with the toning benefits of weight training in this fun workout.



MEDITATION

GODDESS GIRLS: Meditation for Teens: Classes will be themed each week with the intention of cultivating a greater sense of happiness, self-love, empowerment, and peace. teen girls beginners

Traditional Hatha Yoga & Meditation: To practice real meditation, one needs at least one posture in which one can be perfectly comfortable for a longer period of time.   Postures promote flexibility & strength and warm te tis sues

OSHO Dynamic Meditation: a fast, intense dynamic meditative process which has five stages: Breathing, catharsis, mantra, witnessing & celebration. Each stage is demarcated by the music which has been specifically made for this meditation.





Our classes are open to everyone, regardless of their level of experience, as we are offering mindful practices which are meant to be experienced on a personal level, within a comfortable physical & mental state. This means that a first time beginner could enter a more advanced class, but would not participate in any exercise that feels uncomfortable but would be encouraged to rest or sit quietly at those times, perhaps visualizing themselves doing the activity.

At the same time, an advanced practitioner could also benefit from a beginner level practice, as we all know that there is always much to learn when one has an open mind & heart, and when the ego is allowed let go!

That being said, a rough guide has been provided

B: beginner    ExB: experienced beginner   I : intermediate    Adv: advanced

Yoga Classes:


Hatha Yoga All  Levels
Stretch, strengthen, breathe & relax: this traditional meditative style of yoga explores hatha yoga postures, breathing & meditation techniques. (ALL LEVELS)

Gentle, Therapeutic & Beginners Yoga Experience  all of the benefits of yoga in a slower, gentler meditative pace. A great introduction to yoga for anyone, as well as for those experiencing stiffness, pain, stress or fatigue recovering from injury or living with chronic illness (B,XB)

Gentle Somatic Yoga Hanna Somatics are powerful but simple exercises to relieve pain &
undo even long-held muscular tension through slow, mindful movements.By learning this series of exercises, we create more body awareness, increase flexibility and range of motion, and an overall sense of well being.
By combining gentle Yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques & Somatic exercises
we practice empowerment through the developement of attitudes of self-care through self- awareness,
and setting intentions of creating for ourselves more spaciousness, stability and strength in mind & body.

Yoga Flow: Flowing with the breath through a series of postures. We will take plenty of time to warm up, move through some moderate postures to get the energy moving. While this is a more challenging practice, you are always encouraged to work at your own level, with modifications offered. Some previous yoga experience & familiarity with postures is recommended.

Yin Yoga:  involves holding yoga stretches (while seated or lying down)  for a longer period of time, usually around 5 minutes, to stretch connective  tissues such as fascia as well as muscles to increase flexibility. Particularly good for athletes to balance active physical  practices such as running, cycling & power yoga but also to help calm the mind after the multi-tasking nature of a busy life.  (ALL LEVELS) 

Yin Somatic Yoga This class which combines yin yoga postures held for 3 - 5 minutes (seated or lying down) with flowing energizing series of yoga postures. Yin Yoga is wonderful for athletes, those who would like to be more flexible & feel more open to stretch & strenghten the deep connective tissues. The yoga flow series will increase blood flow, warm up the muscles, build flexibility & strength & leave you feeling energized!  (by drop in: all levels)

Gentle &Therapeutic Yoga  Begin with slow movements to explore your range of motion, then settle into longer supported poses to lead you to deep relaxation where your body, mind and spirit take time to renew and restore. Suitable for those recovering  from stress, illness, injury, surgery, those experiencing balance difficulties, and those simply wishing to decompress and unwind.  All levels welcome. (B,XB, I)

RESTORATIVE YOGA + Warm Stones  Restorative yoga is a gentle form of yoga where the body is guided into poses aided by blankets, blocks and bolsters to support the pose effortlessly for several minutes at a time. This encourages the mind and the body to slow down as you turn the awareness inwards, focusing on the breath.  New to our restorative class – we are introducing warm stones to our postures.  These stones will be added to some of the poses … placed on the back, the belly, in the palms of the hands … wherever seems the most delicious.  The warmth of the stones will heighten the soothing and nurturing sensations, allowing a deeper feeling of centering and relaxation within the pose.
Our Studio is located in beautiful Brentwood Bay, in a space occupied for many years by 'The Thought Shop. ' As mind/body practitioners, we find this ironic, as we come to this space to practice 'non-thought'!  We are located in a storefront location in an undivided space, so it is necessary to lock our front door at the beginning of a class to avoid disturbance. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if at all possible.

  • Come with an empty or near empty stomach; having a light snack 1-2 hours before class will help control hunger pangs. Having a full meal before class can result in feelings of nausea or discomfort. Drink enough water before & during class to remain hydrated. (dehydration can contribute to muscle cramping & stiffness)

  • Bring your own sticky mat & blanket if possible. We keep our equipment as clean as possible, but having your own will prevent the spread of germs. We also have high quality items available for sale at very good prices in our retail area. Mats & blankets & other props will be available to borrow if necessary, at no extra charge.

  • Please clean any borrowed equipment after use & return them as you found them.

  • Please remove shoes before entering studio space to keep our beautiful cork floor clean & unmarked.
If you are wearing shoes for a particular class (such as Zumba), please be sure that the soles are clean and there are no stones embedded

  • Please refrain from wearing perfume or strongly perfumed products, even 'natural' scents.

  • When chatting with others before class, please do so quietly to be considerate of others who may prefer to be more introspective or meditative.

** Remember  to  turn  off  cellphones  before  entering  studio! **