Suitable for all levels, this class is great for beginners.
The room is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (42 C) allowing muscles, ligaments and tendons to be warmed and stretched in a specific sequence.
Internal organs and glands are gently massaged and the heated room ensures that participants will sweat helping them to flush toxins out of their system. In this cardiovascular hot yoga class, fresh, oxygenated blood is brought into to every part of the body cleansing and rejuvenating the entire system.
In addition to the many physical benefits there are others as well. Increased concentration, willpower and mental clarity are just some changes that are commonly reported. In recent years medical doctors and psychiatrists have adopted yoga as a credible solution to various human ailments. Above the obvious physical benefits of hot yoga one can expect to gain a degree of mind serenity with regular practice. Having faith in oneself, improving self-control, determination, increased concentration, and building patience are some of the mental rewards that can be gained from doing yoga.
Hatha Yoga in a warm room focuses on a deep, safe and effective journey into yoga. Hatha Yoga postures are scientifically designed to give a comprehensive workout to the entire body.
Come prepared. We advise that you:
-Arrive 15 minutes before class
-Refrain from eating anything heavy 2 - 3 hours before class
-Bring a towel and some drinking water
-Wear comfortable clothing, preferably shorts and a sports top
-Mats are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one
26 postures practiced twice each and two breathing exercises, in a room heated to 40 degrees C. The original Hot Yoga sequence as taught by Bikram Choudhury, and practiced by billions of people worldwide.
The foundation of this ancient system, discovered by the late Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his disciple K. Pattabhi Jois in the 1930's, involves a series of set postures practiced in sequence (vinyasa) known as the Primary Series.
Astanga yoga is a challenging form of hatha yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements called vinyasa, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. Smooth, deep breathing (ujjayi), gaze (dristi) and locks (bandhas) are synchronized with the movements. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace, and leading to a natural state of meditation.
Our class introduces the basic concepts of the sun salutations and we always aim to include all the poses in the Primary Series. Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice.
We also offer Mysore classes for those with a knowlege of the Primary Series. This is a chance to practice in a group, with no instruction. Teachers are present to give help and assists. Contact us for more info on Mysore classes, or 'like' us on Facebook for weekly updates on class times.
Hot Vinyasa Flow / Yin Yang Flow
A traditional vinyasa flow class which builds stamina and strength, based on The Barkan Method. Taught by Stephanie, who was certified by Jimmy Barkan, one of the worlds leading Hot Yoga teachers. Vinyasa means moving with the breath through a series of poses including Upward Dog and Downward Dog, also called sun salutations. Clear instruction accommodates all levels within the class. After moving through a series of vinyasas the class will go into standing postures, before following the thread of the breath into seated poses. The Yin / Yang Flow class will finish with a series of longer hold, Yin poses to deepen flexibility. A perfect accompaniment to your Hot Yoga practice!
For empowerment, vitality, endurance, concentration and personal growth. Kundalini Yoga combines posture, movement, stretches, breath, meditation and mantra to carry us to a deeper awareness of the Authentic Inner Self. Through various sets of Yoga postures, the chakras (energy centres) are awakened and balanced.
Yin Yoga was developed by Paulie Zink as a method for deepening one’s flexibility. Postures are held much longer than in a regular yoga class, allowing the practitioner to get way deeper, stretching the fascia in passive poses. Targeting the connective tissue over time will lead to much greater flexibility. Staying in a pose for up to ten minutes or longer can be very challenging both mentally and physically.
This is a hands-on restorative class in a warm environment (but not as hot as usual!)
Wednesday nights are by donation, one hour session, led by Jeanne, our resident Insight Meditation teacher. This experienced group of Saskatoon meditators welcome everyone to share the insight meditation experience with them. Check out their website for more info - http://www.saskatooninsight.com
Sivananda Yoga is a traditional, exact and easy-to-learn system that aims at naturally achieving the union of body and spirit through creating a healthy body and mind that leads to spiritual evolvement. Sivananda Yoga philosophy can be summarized in 5 points - proper exercise: Asanas, proper breathing: Pranayama, proper relaxation: Savasana, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. A typical class starts with Sun Salutations, and then moves through the 12 basic postures, finishing with a deep relaxation.
Yoga is a safe, simple and natural method of preparing for the miracle of childbirth. This class is not practiced in the heat. We combine stretching with strengthening and breathing exercises to teach women the essential skill of being able to breathe correctly throughout birth and in times of stress. Linking the postures with breath, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit and helping you connect with your baby. Suitable for all trimesters - please consult your doctor.
Our Prenatal yoga is by appointment. If you have a group of friends we can arrange a private class, minimum 3 people. Please email us for more information.
Kids Yoga (8 week session)
Next session starts on SaturdayMay 4th - June 29th. Every Saturday afternoon from 4 - 5 pm, excluding May 18th. Classes will incorporate books, games, and yoga cards and will be very interactive. The focus will be on having fun while learning yoga poses. Suitable for ages 5 - 9, taught by certified kids yoga instructor Amanda. Cost is $80 for 8 weeks, pre-registration is required as there is limited enrolment. Parents receive a 20% discount on regular yoga classes when purchasing kids classes.
Still not sure?
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