Stretch and Balance
Stretching is a vital part of exercise routines as it gives muscles the ability to lengthen, 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 improv- ing core strength to support back health and 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.
These classes may include some challenging poses and sequences, with modifications and assists offered and encouraged. Classes may include inversions or preparation for inversions. These classes may challenge your strength, balance, and flexibility. We recommend that you are fa- miliar with basic yoga poses and have at least six months of experience practicing.
Restorative Yoga 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” 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 Meditation & Flow
This beginner’s slow flow class is intended for students newer to their yoga practice. These gentle classes are often themed to focus on specific areas of the body to develop strength and flexibility. Alignment cues, props, and modifications are provided. No prior yoga experience necessary.
Vinyasa flow classes emphasize flowing with breath through engaged asana. Flow classes combine elements from various yoga styles. Often taught to music, these classes are best suited to students with a basic knowledge of the postures who enjoy a vigorous practice. Students can expect to work on improving strength, flexibility, and balance.
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
This eclectic practice is open to all students, and will include hip openers, core work, endurance challenges, pranayama breath work, and restorative meditation.
Stimulates cardiovascular system, engages core, tones, and stretches the full-body. This class induces calmness of mind and body through deep breathing, visualization, and meditation., and combines Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, and Qi Gong principles into fluid movements using a Chi Ball. Chi Balls provided.
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 Yasodhara Ashram on Lake Kootenay, British Columbia.
Session One: January 10 - February 28
Session Two: March 21 - April 25
Session Three: May 2 - May 30
This class is open to all students. Breathing, stretching, strengthening, and balance will be incorporated into each practice. Instruction and modifications provided.