Hatha yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strengthen the body and increase flexibility. Minimal props are used, but support is provided to make the practice work for your body. Open to all levels, but it is not designed as a beginner's class.
Stretch and Balance
Stretching is a vital part of any exercise routine as it gives your muscles the ability to lengthen, to expand and restore after exercise. Increase flexibility, range of motion, balance and strength while making a deeper connection between the mind and body.
This class incorporates sequences studied by the National Institute of Health that improve back health. The class also focuses on improving core strength to support back health. The class is appropriate for those with low to low-moderate intensity back issues. The class also brings in Pranayama and reflective questions to help students explore the symbolic meaning of yoga in one’s life. Please bring a journal to class with you.
These classes may include some challenging poses and sequences, with modifications and assists offered and encouraged. Classes may include inversions or preparation poses for inversions. These classes may challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility. We recommend that you are familiar with basic yoga poses and have at least six months of experience practicing.
***Restorative Fourth Saturdays: (1/27,2/27,3/24,4/28) Relax & Renew focuses on the “yoga of being” rather than “doing”. Created by BKS Iyengar, it’s about being supported and letting go to tap into the body’s innate healing system. The practice uses numerous props and spends time in each posture to experience its full benefit. Students often “float” out of this deeply nourishing practice.
Lisa Sadleir-Hart is a certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise, certified health education specialist and a spiritual director. She has practiced yoga since 2002 and taught gentle and restorative yoga classes since early 2007. She also facilitates retreats on spirituality with a focus on integrating the expressive arts and wisdom of the body into one’s spiritual journey.
Beginners Slow Flow
Appropriate for people who are new to yoga or familiar with a few basic yoga poses, and those who have no serious injuries. Need not be “flexible” to do these classes! Classes will include detailed alignment cues so those newer to the practice can continue building a foundation for a safe practice. These classes are a great compliment to running and other athletic activities and will focus on core work, strengthening the major muscles groups, stretching safely, balance, and breath.
Yoga Playtime (ages 3-6 & guardian)
Share yoga playtime with your little one (3-6yrs)! In this class, we will be taken on a journey of the imagination through playful poses, games and activities that give the entire family a way to interact, be silly and connect in a comfortable setting. Poses are practiced both individually and as a family. Parent/guardian must attend class
This will be held on the third Saturday of each month.
February 16, March 16 and April 20
These classes may include some more challenging poses and sequences, with modifications and assists offered, and options for up-leveling. Classes may include inversions or preparation poses for inversions, and may challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility. We recommend you are familiar with basic poses.
The perfect class for beginners and seasoned practitioners as you refine the relationship to your body and awaken to new habits. This class teaches precision and alignment of yoga postures. The pace is more reflective as we develop strength and flexibility through longer holds of common postures and blend mindfulness and breath-work to build awareness. Expect a challenge as we give postures time to imprint. There is greater detail of instruction and the opportunity for interaction and hands on adjustments.
10-week session: 1/9-3/13 6-week session: 4/2-5/8
Core to Yoga
Exercises are designed to help strengthen and tone your core, upper and lower body for yoga. Mat exercises and some props may be used. Core abdominal strength improves nearly every pose offering improvements in your balance and ease in your asanas. All levels welcome.
Yoga for All
This eclectic practice open to all students. The class is sure to include hip openers, core work, endurance challenges, pranayama (breath work), and restorative meditation.
Stimulates your cardiovascular system, engages core, tones and stretches the full-body, and induces calmness of mind and body through deep breathing, visualization and meditation. Combines Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Qi Gong principles into fluid movements using a Chi Ball. Chi Balls provided for class.
Pay As You Can – Exploring Yoga
This class is for fit beginners to seasoned students. The class will be theme based and include gentle and strength building asanas, breath work and meditation. Pay As You Can classes are donation based. Students with punch cards are welcome to use them. Class will be held the first Monday of each month.
Yasodhara Hatha Yoga (YHY) is a gentle, compassionate, student-centered yoga that meets students wherever they are. YHY focuses on self-discovery and nurtures the whole person body, mind and spirit. Yasodhara Yoga has its origins in the Saraswati lineage from Rishikesh, India and was brought to the west by Swami Radha, founder of the Yasohara Ashram on Lake Kootenay, British Columbia.
Series 1: January 18-February 22
Series 2: March 1 - April 12
Series 3: April 19 - May 24
Baby & Me
This class serves as an avenue for "getting back into shape", but also is a complement to your new life as a parent. Practice breathing, core strengthening, and standing and seated yoga poses. A great way to connect with other parents in the community. Open to parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers up to two-years old.
Meditation for Everyday
Open to all who are interested in developing their meditation practice even for the very first time.