What is Yoga?

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "union". It refers to the union of mind, body, and spirit. The practice of Yoga in North America is probably better defined as asana, a Sanskrit word that refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.

The best understanding comes from experience. We recommend you drop in for a beginner class and sample Yoga Within.

 

Class Descriptions

 

General Classes

Beginner Hatha

Enjoy this beginner yoga drop-in class each Sunday morning that is provided by a variety of our new teachers who have recently graduated from our Teacher Training Program. Beginner Hatha is ideal for people who enjoy a soft and gentle approach to their practice. This class is free with a donation to the Food Bank (non-perishable items or cash). All levels are welcome!

 

Gentle/Beginner Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or are familiar with the practice, Gentle/Beginner yoga will help you develop balance, strength and flexibility without feeling overwhelmed or confused. In this class we will take our time to get into postures focusing on the basics. We will combine yoga postures and breathing exercises to strengthen the body, reduce stress and calm the mind. No yoga experience is required.

 

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is perfect for people who want to try yoga for the first time or for those who are looking for a softer approach to their practice. In this class we will combine gentle yoga poses with breathing exercises and restorative postures to stretch and strengthen the body, reduce stress and calm the mind. Everybody is welcome to practice yoga in this supportive environment. No yoga experience is required.

 

Hatha

All levels welcome. Deepen your understanding of the postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques.

 

Hatha & Yoga Nidra

Take time to reconnect and feel grounded for the week to come in this rejuvenating class! Soak in an array of gentle yoga asanas and a guided meditation called Yoga Nidra. Experience different creative movement that is connected with and inspired by restorative and yin yoga. To complete this class, you will be guided through Yoga Nidra which induces complete physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Students of all experience levels are welcome.

 

Hip Opener Yoga

This class is designed especially for opening the hips! The hips are able to move in 6 different ways. Class will begin with the Hip Series – a simple yet powerful sequence of movements designed to open the hips in all 6 directions – bringing flexibility and balance to the hips. Following the Series, we will practice classical postures and creative movement with emphasis on the hips, as well as special stretches and unique prop work to improve flexibility even more. Let’s have a little fun. Come feel the joy of free and happy hips. All levels welcome.

 

Realignment Yoga

Pain in our shoulders, back, hips, knees and ankles is often due to misalignment in our body. The class uses exercises designed to reposition, stretch and strengthen our muscles to help correct our dysfunctions. This can then help to realign our body so that it can function normally and without pain. This class is suitable for all levels, no yoga experience required. 

 

Sunrise Yoga

Start your day the right way - enjoy an early morning practice to get yourself ready for day. This 6:00 am class draws from all styles of yoga to create a wonderful wake-up and get ready practice. All levels welcome!

 

Yin/Restorative Yoga

Give your body the opportunity to fully rejuvenate and repair itself in this relaxing yin yoga class combined with restorative poses. Holding poses for a longer period of time encourages the connective tissue to feel more elastic, providing you with an increase of range of motion and a feeling of space within. This is a practice which stretches and re-balances even the most stubborn tendons, ligaments and fascia in the body. There will be modifications made available to help guide you into the right posture for your body.

Features of this class: suitable for all levels/includes, gentle stretches during pregnancy/will offer modifications for injuries/only gentle inversions with props.

This class is beginner friendly!

 

Yin Yoga

Known as the quiet practice, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin postures are held for three to five minutes which gives the body an opportunity to open and release tension from deeper tissues. This form of yoga is a great complement to more dynamic and active practices, and is a great aid for learning to sit in meditation.

The practice works with our energy body, clearing blockages in nadis (meridians) and increasing the flow of prana or chi, improving the health of our organs as well as increasing our energy and promoting a general sense of wellbeing.

Yin Yoga is suitable for most levels of students.

 

Yoga, Chakras & Meditation

This class is perfect for those who enjoy the physical benefits of yoga and are interested in exploring what else it has to offer. We will use the chakra system as a tool for self discovery both physically and mentally. Each week introducing a new chakra as the theme for the class.

We will start each day with a flow class designed to develop and strengthen the mind/body connection and finish the class with a guided meditation for the corresponding chakra. The meditation offers a platform to look inward, identify and release stress, anxiety, depression or whatever is not serving us to make space for growth and the cultivation of a more positive outlook.

This class is not recommended for beginners. 

 

Yoga for Stress Release

In this Hatha class, we work to release the stress and tension that tends to build up over the week by taking extra time to work through postures. This slower pace helps to open the joints and refresh the muscles. We also work with the breath to help slow down a busy mind. Doing this helps us foster a calm and relaxed state to help carry us through the week to come. All levels welcome.

 

Vinyasa Classes

Ashtanga Basics Yoga

In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of Ashtanga, including the breath connected to movement (known as vinyasa) and many of the primary series postures. All levels are welcome whether you are a new or existing Ashtanga practitioner looking to cultivate a deeper understanding of this practice or return to the basics. 

 

Ashtanga-Inspired Flow

Drawing from the Ashtanga Yoga system, this class will focus on breath and movement creating a flow of postures that enhance flexibility and strength. No two classes will be exactly the same but will include sun salutations and the opportunity to try more complex poses.

 

Beginner Ashtanga

Experience the flow of Ashtanga Yoga as you learn the building blocks of this dynamic practice. 

A strong, flowing class appropriate for complete yoga beginners or for those who practice yoga wanting to try the Ashtanga method for the first time. 

 

Intermediate Ashtanga

Must have a basic understanding of the primary series. A fast, strong, flowing class building strength and flexibility. This class is not recommended for beginners.

 

Family, Kid, Prenatal Classes

Mum & Baby

Share the joy of yoga with your baby! Mum & Baby yoga is a gentle practice which combines traditional Hatha postures for mums with stretching exercises, songs and soothing techniques for babies. While enjoying the company of other mothers and babies in an informal setting, mums can focus on building their strength and flexibility and on using breath and body awareness to achieve relaxation.

Suitable for all levels and for babies from 6-weeks to crawling. 

 

Prenatal Yoga

Through the practice of prenatal yoga, expectant moms can develop strength, stamina and stability while becoming aware of how the practice needs to be modified for their changing bodies. Time is devoted to cultivating awareness of the breath and to what’s going on within the body, especially the belly. With this connection we turn inwards to cultivate internal resources we will draw on during labour and birth. Through a variety of postures, we explore the difference between discomfort, stretching and pain and discover ways to relax through it all.

 

Specialty Classes

Happy Hearts Mindful Community

Happy Hearts Mindfulness Community was founded in 2013 inspired by beautiful experiences Edmonton folks had at Thich Nhat Hahn retreats. The intention was to foster a friendly, open, and supportive community of practice in Edmonton area.

Happy Hearts is guided by a small but growing group of dedicated volunteers, committed to sharing compassion and mindfulness. 

 

Hormone Yoga Therapy for Women

Hormone Yoga Therapy for Women is a holistic and natural approach to ease or eliminate the adverse symptoms of hormonal imbalances, whether the imbalances are related to PMS, irregular cycles, fertility challenges, peri-menopause, menopause and more. The dynamic exercises originate in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga combined with Tibetan breathing techniques. The glands responsible for hormone production are the ovaries, thyroid and pituitary glands, and to a lesser degree the adrenal glands. These glands are targeted in HYT by utilizing internal massage and consciously directing the energy flow during each exercise.

 

Iyengar Yoga

Sri B. K. S. Iyengar developed a style of yoga that is characterized in the practice of asana and pranayama with the innovative approach emphasizing precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing, and the use of props, which helps the practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits of yoga, which a sustained practice can bring: the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity. This intelligent practice develops our ability to grow and to separate what is worthwhile and productive from what to leave behind, and provides a framework to live in harmony with others, our environment and ourselves.

(taken from https://www.iyengaryogacanada.com/iyac/what-iyengar-yoga)

 

Kundalini

Kundalini yoga was brought to the west in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga is yoga of awareness. It is a Science, which works on the seven chakras, the arcline and the aura. It involves postures, breath, movement, sound, mantra and meditation.