Classes

Yoga

Hatha (physical) yoga can be performed by almost all body types, in many different stages in life, and can reflect each person's many different moods. While for some people, a more vigorous yoga flow class may seem appropriate, for others a gentle restorative or a deep stretching class may be optimal. For others still, ... their needs change daily.

 

Many, but not all of our classes are taught in the Iyengar method of hatha yoga, which focuses on the precise alignment of joints and muscles to bring about balance, improved strength and ease of movement. This lends itself well to students with special needs resulting from injury or chronic illness. Certified instructors belong to national and provincial associations which regulate the practice and teaching of Iyengar yoga in Ontario and Canada.

 

The benefits of yoga include reduced stress, improved posture and breathing, and reduction in pain. Those who practice yoga regularly tend to avoid injury and experience faster healing time. Small classes in our clean and comfortable studio allow for individualized attention. This ensures that students progress as quickly and safely as possible. Through step-by-step instruction, students learn postures to exercise all system of the body, as well as techniques for quiet relaxation and restoration.

Do Iyengar Yoga (DIY) – The focus of this class is to help you discover what and where there are limitations to the health of your body. Deepening your body awareness and improving the mechanics of the asanas (poses), we work to restore mobility, develop alignment and stability and improve strength for balance and stamina.  

Restorative Yoga uses restful postures to provide the body an opportunity to renew and heal by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the rejuvenation, regrowth and repair of our tissues; thus, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and stimulating the immune system. This restorative class incorporates passive, supported postures leaving students feeling nourished and well rested. No matter what age or level of fitness, relaxing deeper in poses, and feeling their restorative power does wonders for the body.

Yin/Restore - This combined yin / restorative style class focuses on increasing flexibility through longer holds as well as restful, supported postures to promote rejuvenation and repair. The aim is to align the spine, condition joints and open the hips, releasing the build-up of toxins and tension held in connective tissue, along with finding the benefits of deep relaxation.

Yoga Flow - Following the vinyasa style, this more powerful, flowing practice involves synchronizing breath and movement through a progressive series of postures. When this method is practiced with patience, diligence and faith, the result is a light and strong body, increased vitality, greater inner peace and a calmer mind.

Dance

Classic Nia - This a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Trainings teach people how to workout without pain and enjoy the process of getting fit with movement. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.  Using 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dancestyles, Tai Chi, TaeKwonDo and Aikido, and the bodymind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga.

Meditation

Qi Gong - Often described as meditation in motion, QiGong promotes harmony of mind, body and spirit through gentle, flowing movements, while mobilizing joints and muscles.  Join one of our QiGong classes and discover how this graceful form of exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing balance, mobility and coordination.

Mindfulness Meditation - This eight-week course is offered by Mindfulness Meditation Toronto, and is not a part of our core curriculum, but we endorse the class and can help arrange your registration.

In Our Studio

Prana Flow
with Allison Rietta

"When breath is steady, the mind is steady."

 

Experience how conscious and focused breathing helps open the body and calm the mind as you move fluidly from one posture to the next. The classes may also include: pranayama, use of sound & mantra, guided meditation & relaxation, and yoga philosophy. All levels welcome. 

 

Saturdays 

10am - 11am

 

For more info contact:

647-300-4990 or allison.rietta@gmail.com

Allison Rietta
Certified Yoga Teacher

 

Allison Rietta teaches traditional, balanced yoga postures (Hatha) that focus on breath, body and mind. Under her safe guidance, she helps her students relieve symptoms with a mindfulness approach to yoga under the T. Krishnamacharya lineage (KYM). Her classes explore healthy movement and alignment of the spine and joints. The yoga sequences are arranged with purpose and offers adaptation that allow both experienced students and newcomers to work at their own speed. 

Restorative Flow
with Laura Murielle 

Join Laura  for a Restorative Flow Yoga class that is a blend of gentle movement and long-held supported postures which promotes profound relaxation, passive stretching, conscious breath and meditation. 
 

Suitable for everyone. Mats and props are provided.
Intro offer: $20 for your first two classes. 

Thursdays 

6:30 - 7:30pm

For more info contact:

lauracrevillen@hotmail.com

Laura Murielle

Certified Yoga Teacher

Yoga therapist student

 

Laura completed her 300-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Therapy Toronto. She has experience facilitating Hatha Yoga, Restorative and Yoga Nidra sessions in different non-profit foundations in Toronto, including the Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH).

 

She teaches mindful movements coordinated with the breath, asanas (poses), pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Her classes are safe, taught with care to help practitioners learn from their own body for lasting change and optimum health.

 She's currently enrolled in a IAYT accredited 1,000+ hours Yoga Therapist training program and is trained in trauma-informed Yoga. 

Additionally, she is a Reiki Practitioner.

Mindful Yoga
with Meredith Fellowes

Join Meredith in this classical hatha yoga practice. Focus on your breath, alignment, developing strength and flexibility, with the help of her clear, hands-on instruction. Classes include some meditation and end with a delicious guided Savasana (relaxation).  All levels welcome.

 

Thursdays 

9:30am - 11am

 

For more info contact:

meredith@yogamind.ca

Meredith Fellowes
Certified Yoga Teacher

Meredith's instruction comes from years of experience and a great passion for the practice. What differentiates Meredith from many of today's teachers is her clear instruction and sense of her students' needs.  She is not 'practicing' along with her class, but 'teaching' from a deep knowledge base.

 

She provides hands on instruction to help her students experience being in their bodies with greater awareness and acceptance.

Workshops

Dedicated to helping you achieve better health and a balanced lifestyle, we offer a variety of educational courses and public workshops. Representing a wide range of topics related to your well-being, presenters include medical and health care professionals from many disciplines.

 

Discover Yoga

 

This six-week introductory class for complete beginners or those needing a review of basic alignment. Introduces students to the foundational postures, including standing, sitting and restorative poses. Once you have completed a six-week Iyengar intro class (such as our Discover Yoga) or at the discretion of our instructors, you can freely attend any of our other Iyengar classes.

 

This course will be offered at various dates and times throughout the year to accomodate new students as they integrate into our regular classes - see upcoming workshops for details. 

Back 2 Basics

 

This gentle, guided, four-week specialized back-care program, created and lead by RMT and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Dennis Newhook, is designed to help you learn how to better care for your back on a daily basis. You will learn exercises to safely reduce tension, increase mobility and build greater strength and body awareness. Handouts will be provided to guide participants in home practices between lessons. This program is suitable for those with chronic back pain or stiffness. No previous yoga experience is required.

 

This course will be offered at various dates and times throughout the year to accomodate new students as they integrate into our regular classes - see upcoming workshops for details. 

General Asana Guided Practice

 

Take your practice to the next level. In this 2.5 hour guided practice, we will review all major categories of postures and explore a few of the less commonly taught poses. *Iyengar yoga experience required.

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