These classes focus on stretching, strengthening, balance and mindfulness. Classes may include some challenging poses and sequences, including inversions or preparation poses for inversions, with modifications and assists offered. We recommend that you are familiar with basic yoga poses and have at least six months of experience practicing.
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 a guided end relaxation that opens students to deep relaxation and increased awareness.
Restorative Yoga Every 3rd Saturday
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” outof 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.
Beginner’s Flow is a perfect class for those newer to the yoga practice, or for those looking for a more gentle flow at the end of the week. This class incorporates simple breath work, full body opening and flow, and ends with a grounding guided meditation. No prior yoga experience necessary.
Intermediate Vinyasa Flow
The emphasis is on flowing with breath through engaged asanas. Flow classes meld a combination of elements from various styles. Often taught to music, these classes are best suited to students with a basic knowledge of the asanas who enjoy a vigorous practice. We recommend that you are familiar with basic yoga poses and have at least six months of experience practicing.
New to Yoga Beginners If you have been curious about taking a yoga class but resisted because you did not know what to expect, this class is for you. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. This class offers a solid foundation to what may blossom into a lifelong yoga practice. Learn basic asanas (poses), improve range of motion, increase strength and balance, relieve tension and calm the mind.
Yoga for All
These classes are open to all students. Breathing, stretching, strengthening and balance will be incorporated into each practice. Instruction and modifications provided.
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.
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. Yasodhara Hatha Yoga Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm (6 week sign up sessions CONNECTING 9/6-10/11 and YIELDING 10/25-12/6).