Balance for Life: This safe and slower-moving class is designed for people who want to improve their balance but might have some physical challenges, be recovering from an injury, or just realize that their ability to balance has changed over time. We work gently to increase range of motion and strength in shoulders, back, hips and legs; to develop better balance through a number of postures, while building core and breath awareness.
Barrelates: A Pilates workout class that combines ballet barre work, light weights and Pilates matwork, concluding with yoga stretching to lengthen your body and increase your flexibility.
Beyond Community Class Join our Beyond team of instructors for a weekly class for the community, in support of community. Each Sunday afternoon, join us for a one hour all levels Hatha yoga class by donation. Suggested donation $5 in support of Chrysalis House and the Kanata Food Cupboard.
Core Yoga is a balanced blend of yoga, strength, and conditioning exercises, combined to create a practice that explores and enhances core stability. Strengthen and tone while mindfully building a foundation to support every day movement, balance, and posture. Finish each practice with longer held passive stretches designed to release tension and restore body and mind. This class is suitable for all levels of practitioners.
Flow and Let Go: Begin with mindful movement exploring slow flow sequences designed to generate a little bit of heat and to release excess energy. Then slow things way down with long-held cozy restorative poses where you’ll have the opportunity to tap into the healing potential of deep rest.
Forever Strong This class is a to great way to complement your yoga and Pilates classes. Increase your physical strength & endurance and keep your body and mind Forever Strong! Appropriate for any level, Forever Strong classes combine weight bearing and resistance exercises all done progressively working through all major muscle groups. We will wrap up the class with a full body stretch. Wear comfortable workout clothes and indoor exercise shoes. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat. **Heart Wise Class**
Forever Young Yoga Mobility, balance and coordination are the cornerstones of our Forever Young class. There is no age limit to living healthy in body and mind. This class provides a blend of gentle, safe and progressive movement mixed in with yoga inspired stretching to keep you “Forever Young”. Great class for beginners of all ages.
Forever Young on the Ball Mobility, balance and coordination. This special edition of Forever Young integrates the use of a stability ball to provide a blend of gentle, safe and progressive movement mixed in with yoga inspired stretching, energizing music, and fun. BYOB – Bring your own Ball! **Heart Wise Class**
Gentle Pilates This gentle Pilates class incorporates elements from classical Pilates exercises focusing on teaching key Pilates principles. This class is taught at a slower pace with emphasis on proper technique, execution and progressions. All levels welcome!
Gentle for Hips Our hips are the connection point of both the spine and the legs. The ‘hip girdle’ and the 17-25 muscles that it includes are the central station of the body. Tight hips are a symptom of our desk-bound modern life. This class will work on the poses that help to loosen the hips, improve range of motion and circulation, increase mobility, stability and flexibility and may help to alleviate knee and low back pain.
Gentle & Restorative Enjoy the best of both worlds with Beyond Gentle & Restorative. This class focuses on a very slow warm up which includes stretches and extremely gentle movements. The stretches help you connect with your breath as well as prepare your body to let go and relax in supported Restorative yoga poses. This practice allows the muscles to relax and release tension, as well as bringing the mind and body into balance.
Gentle Somatic Yoga® incorporates slow, mindful movements that unwind long held, stress-based patterns and/or injuries. Therapeutic and corrective exercises called Somatic Movement Flows® erase chronic muscle pain and significantly increase flexibility though self-correction. GSY® is revolutionary in its ability to improve overall health, well-being, and personal performance.
Gentle Yoga This is a softer, more gently paced class that is meant to cultivate an internal meditative experience while stretching and recharging the body. Gentle yoga is less strenuous and best for beginners, or those looking for a calm class that incorporates breathing, postures and movement. A great place to start if you are new to yoga!
**Heart Wise Classes – Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays – 9:00 a.m.**
Gentle Yoga with Nidra This Hatha-based gentle yoga class is a wonderful way to ease into your evening and pave the way for a better night’s sleep. This is a softer, more gentle, and slower paced class that is meant to cultivate an internal meditative experience while stretching and recharging the body. This form of yoga is less strenuous and best for beginners or those looking for a calm class. Each class will be completed with the practice of Yoga Nidra. Considered one of the deepest states of rest, this accessible practice is experienced in a laying position where you will be guided through a specific systematic method to bring your body and mind to a calmer physical, mental, and emotional state.
Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit. These classes invite you to shift through a series of standing, seated and floor poses that will build body awareness, strength, focus and flexibility in preparation for breathing exercises and meditation. This class may also include some active flow or sun salutations. A variety of levelled classes are available throughout the week.
Hatha Hips A hatha based practice with emphasis on strengthening and opening the hips.
Hatha & Meditation Create a mind-body connection by exploring mindfulness through yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation practices.
Meditation A guided meditation class that will provide you with relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques. Explore meditation processes through different guided meditations and visualization practices. New, novice and experienced meditators will find a place in this class.
Pilates Our mat Pilates class will teach you to use your body more efficiently and target key structures that support your core during work or play. Pilates uses controlled movements, proper alignment and breathing to strengthen all core muscles. All levels welcome!
Pilates For All This Pilates class incorporates elements from classical Pilates exercises and stretches focusing on teaching key principles. Options and modifications are provided for all levels with emphasis on proper technique, execution and progressions. New and experienced students are welcomed.
Restorative Yoga Join us for this amazing class that will slowly move your body into full relaxation while being fully supported with the right props. Rest quietly in poses accompanied by eye pillows and soft music and surrender into deep relaxation. This class is deeply nurturing and appropriate for everyone.
Slow Flow and Yin This balancing practice of yin and yang energies begins with mindful movement exploring slow flow sequences designed to generate a little bit of heat and release excess energy. Then slow things way down with longer-held yin yoga poses to target the deeper connective tissues to increase energy flow in the body and release energetic blockages.
Yin poses are held for 3-5 minutes. Props are used to aid in physical release of tension without adding undue stress to the body. where you’ll have the opportunity to tap into the healing potential of deep rest. All levels welcome!
Somatic Movement Reconnect to your body and feelings, through gentle, guided movement lessons that can promote lasting, systemic changes in how you move, think and feel. Somatic awareness classes can help reduce chronic pain in all parts of the body, reduced mental tensions, relax the entire nervous system, and lead to greater flexibility and stability in physical movement, sensing, thinking, and feeling.
Yin & Meditation A series of Yin Yoga postures followed by a period of guided meditation. Release tension be present and enjoy this calming yoga class! Yin and Meditation together allow time for reflection, release and re-energizing of the body while quieting the mind. This is a gentle, mindful practice. All levels welcome.
Yin Yoga A Yin practice works deep connective tissues and increases energy flow in the body, releasing any energetic blockages. Poses are held for 3-5 minutes. Props are used to aid in physical release of tension without adding undue stress to the body. All levels welcome.
Yoga Flow also known as Vinyasa Yoga is a creative form of yoga in which poses are linked together with the breath in a flowing sequence designed to stimulate energy and increase vitality. Find your flow with a variety of levelled classes available throughout the week.
Yogalates This is an amazing blend of yoga and pilates mat work that will move, strengthen and stretch your entire body. Work on core stability, posture, and flexibility while incorporating the roots of a traditional Hatha yoga practice.
Yoga Nidra Great for those who struggle with meditation, this accessible practice is experienced in a laying position where you will be guided through a specific systematic method to bring your body and mind to a calmer physical, mental, and emotional state.
Yoga Sculpt A unique class where light weights are used and combined with yoga poses. Movement is controlled and connected through the breath. This is a more athletic approach to your practice designed to improve lean muscle mass, enhance and build strength and endurance.
Note about class levels…
Hatha and Yoga Flow classes have now been assigned recommended experience levels to help you find the class that meets your needs, and to support your ongoing growth and development. All of our Gentle Yoga classes are a great place to start and open to all.
Level 1: Suitable for the experienced beginner, i.e. 3 to 6 months of regular practice.
Level 2: Suitable for the intermediate student, pace of the class may be quicker, presumes a mastery of the basics.
Level 3: Suitable for the advanced student. The pace of this class may be quicker. Presumes a mastery of the basics, and readiness to build into complex postures and variations. May include inversions and arm balances. Previous experience is essential.