*listed in order by weekday offered (Monday-Sunday), see also our interactive calendar.
Morning Hatha with Ann Waschuk: Monday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Looking to deepen your practice? This class will explore poses in a more in-depth manner, playing with different traditions as well as different perspectives. The classes each week will vary in tempo: sometimes quiet and flowing, sometimes stronger practices and sometimes a little of both – play, exploration, mindfulness and variation are the themes.
We’ll explore the hatha (physical postures) and we’ll also chew on some yoga philosophy, while safely filling ourselves with pranayama techniques and testing out a variety of means into meditation including mantra practice. Awareness of body/mind/spirit is our quest; keeping it sattvic (light) and joined is our mission. Each class will consist of centering, asana and pranayama, ending with a 30-minute guided savasana (deep relaxation/nidra), which many people think of as the dessert. Observing yourself on the mat is the greatest of self-discovery; revealing much more interesting stuff about yourself than just your flexible or inflexible hips! We’ll send our egos to the spa for the class and see what unfolds in the freedom. Open to students with any style of yoga experience. There’s no need to be a Gumby; you just need a flexible mind, an understanding of your body alignment, familiarity with basic asanas, use of full breath and a sense of humor!
Yoga for Men with Brian Olajos: Monday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This is a class which has been designed with the flexibility, strength, and balance needs of men in mind. Not exclusively for men, it is open to novices and yoga practitioners of both genders. At some points in life, such as times of stress or retirement, we may be aware of the need for something to improve how we feel, both physically and mentally. This course is designed to assist with such needs. The program for each class draws from different yoga traditions and involves centering and breathing, warmups, a practice with a specific focus on one of the body’s energy centers, and a meditation. The energy centers are addressed according to such themes as ‘The Root of Self,’ ‘Power,’ ‘Balance from the Heart,’ ‘Voice and Projection,’ and ‘Perception.’ This program has been created with the intention that each student will have something practical which they may take away with them from each session.
Beginner Flow with Adele Ohama: Monday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Beginner Power Yoga is suitable for students of all levels, from fresh new beginners to students who are already experienced in yoga – those who are looking for a refresher on foundational postures to advance their established yoga practices. This class specializes in an eclectic but practical mix of awareness activities that encourage good habits to develop a safe and healthy yoga practice with components of both strength and flexibility. The class structure is sequential, starting with simple movements and yoga postures, explaining the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of particular postures and movements. It then builds towards the warm and flowing breathing techniques, postures and sequences of ashtanga yoga. Over the course of the session, new skills and postures are added so, by the end of the course, students have been set up for success to practice a primary series sequence of postures ranging from basic and standard poses towards more challenging poses. Additionally, you are then armed with strategies of how to continue, develop and enjoy your yoga practice. Many students enjoy repeating this class over several sessions.
Poses are modified to meet individual needs as required.
Drop-in students are welcome.
Warm to hot: not suitable for pregnancy.
Yoga Fundamentals with Ann Waschuk: Monday 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
For those new to yoga, or those practitioners who are looking to revisit the basics. This more “traditional” class will explore the fundamentals of postures, breathing practices, meditation and yoga philosophy. A lengthy guided relaxation will end each class preparing you for a restful Monday night sleep.
Beginner Yoga with Maxine Winchester: Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a light-hearted class of stretching, toning and learning the basics of yoga, combined with some laughter. This Beginner Yoga class includes flexibility of the spine plus joint freedom of the hips and shoulders with pure movement. Learn the breathing techniques to increase oxygen intake, which regenerates the body while it enhances well-being and healing. We will be sitting, standing, laying and using the walls for some of our postures, all while having access to YARD’s many props for support. This practice is gentle and progressive using pain-free movement to create openness in the body and heart and also helping to calm the mind.
Remember yoga is unique to you alone and what you get out of it is also unique. Please be patient and do not judge your body, as it will honour you with wellness if you honour it with awareness; yoga accepts your body the way it is and is non-competitive. Use yoga as a tool to restore balance to your whole being. All classes end with relaxation time. Students of all ages are welcome, and there will be a few laughs to lighten the journey.
Gentle Modified Yoga with Paula Carnegie Fehr: Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Yoga is for everyone, yet most classes require the ability to get easily up and down to the floor, to be on hands and knees, to put oneself in inverted positions and to sit or stand for lengthy periods of time. Gentle Modified Yoga is a practice that has developed over several years to help people explore yoga without the strong physical demands of regular classes. There is a concerted emphasis on self-awareness and learning to pay attention to the body and its signals. The main components of this class involve smaller joint movements, gentle postures using props where required, effective breathing, relaxation and self-observation. It can benefit anyone, but it tends to draw seniors and people with specialized needs or those who may be living with/recovering from illness and injury. Props, including chairs, belts, and bolsters, are integral components used to assist students to develop their abilities.
Class numbers are kept small to help everyone find their comfort in the different poses. In some ways, this class could be considered advanced yoga because of the attention paid to the smallest of sensations – and many people are challenged to look so deeply into themselves. However, Gentle Modified Yoga is just that: gentle and modified. Anyone can do it.
Dynamic Flow with Trish Campbell : Tuesday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Continuing Power uses ashtanga yoga as a template for a dynamic series of postures intended to increase your endurance, strength and flexibility while focusing on the breath. It is best suited to those with some prior experience in more vigorous yoga styles looking for a bit of a workout. The class varies, ranging from the traditional primary series sequence to vinyasa flow sequences focused on particular goals, such as leg strengthening, back bending, hip opening, etc.
Most practices include the following: a short meditation, a warm-up, some sun salutation variations, a standing sequence, a seated sequence and a closing sequence. A range of modifications for various postures is generally available, so the class is suitable for practitioners with various levels of flexibility and strength.
The room is heated to 30 degrees Celsius.
This particular class is not suitable for pregnant women or those with medical conditions for which heat and strenuous exercise are contraindicated.
Kundalini Yoga with Dena Fairell: Tuesday 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
These Kundalini Yoga classes will consist of a yoga set (kriya), relaxation and meditation. Each class begins with tuning in, where students take time to focus their intentions and create a positive space to practice. Yoga sets will focus on breath awareness and a particular aspect of our being, whether physical or emotional. Meditations will combine elements of mantra (sacred sounds), mudra (hand postures) and/or a breath technique.
Students are invited to use a seed mantra, Sat Nam, mentally during the movements and postures. Sat (truth) mentally vibrated on the inhale, Nam (identity) is projected on the exhale. This aspect of using a seed mantra feeds the mind with a positive affirmation and allows the student to participate in any yoga set, regardless of any physical limitations. If students are unable to do a posture or movement, they can always return to the seed mantra while sitting or lying down.
Flexibility is not the emphasis of class, but more so the ability to keep up – to do the very best you can, to excel and to develop the neutral mind.
Suitable for most fitness levels.
No prior yoga experience is necessary.
Not recommended for pregnancy.
Light Vinyasa Flow with Paula Carnegie Fehr: Wednesday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
While many flow classes are typified by strong dynamic postures, the focus of this class is to connect breath with movement in order to feel strong, flexible, steady, and calm. As a form of Hatha yoga, it is an active practice. It follows the usual sequencing of more static styles of Hatha with centering, warming movements, sequences to build strength/flexibility/stability, cooling movements, relaxation, and meditation. The students are shown a variety of posture flows, and once the sequences are learned, the students are encouraged to let their own pace of breathing guide them through the flow. It is meditative and draws on the student’s ability to steady the mind and stay with the breath even when the postures become challenging. The room is warm but not deliberately heated, so people who have difficulty with practicing in a heated environment will be comfortable: the only heat above room temperature is that which the student creates internally.
This can be a strong practice and is not recommended for inexperienced practitioners. Because the emphasis is on how to move safely and mindfully from posture to posture, students should already have a good understanding of how to practice beginner to intermediate asanas safely before attending this class.
Yoga for Backs with Connie Walker-Dymianiw: Wednesday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Do you have recurring lower back or sacroiliac pain? Do you have tension in your shoulders and neck?
This class will explore the anatomy and movement of the spine and how our posture can affect the ease with which we move. Learn how to change your postural habits by stretching and releasing tight muscle and tissue, improving alignment in the body and strengthening the muscles that impact the spine, thus improving its muscular balance. Discover more ease of movement as you re-awaken your spine. The focus of this class will be on gentle asana (postures) and movement with the breath. Time will also be spent on restorative postures that will trigger the relaxation response in the body. Breath work, meditation and guided relaxation (savasana) will round out the class leaving you rejuvenated.
Open to students of all levels.
Please note: This class is designed for those with general non-specific (non-serious) back pain.
Deep Stretch Yin with Wanda Oster: Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.; with Various Instructors: Friday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; with Various Instructors: Sunday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses or asanas that are held for longer periods of time: three to five minutes or longer per pose is typical. Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—tendons, fascia, and ligaments as well as joints—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. The poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved qi flow is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity and emotional well-being. As a more meditative approach to yoga, Yin aims at cultivating awareness of one’s inner silence and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
This class is great for those with injuries, tight joints and muscles or anyone looking to slow down and experience a deep stretch. Students of all levels welcome. If you are pregnant, please consult your health care provider and let the instructor know.
Suitable for students of most levels of yoga.
Not suitable for children under 14.
Mindfulness Yoga with Ann Waschuk: Wednesday 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Explore yourself deeper and refine your practice to rediscover the inner peace and ease that is inherently yours. An active practice of asana, pranayama, philosophy and chanting, meditation along with a lengthy guided meditation. Experience with yoga & a sense of humor is required.
Kundalini Yoga with Brian Olajos: Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 p.m.
This class has been created with a primary focus on the body’s energy centers, the Chakras. If you feel the need to address non-specific fears, seek more power in your personal life, wish to be heard or better understood by others, or to simply feel better about yourself, this may be the class for you. Each session will follow a program of tuning in and warmup, a sequence of exercises (a Kriya) which is designed to address the needs of a specific Chakra, and a meditation. Examples of themes for this program include: ‘The Root of Existence,’ ‘Identity,’ ‘Power,’ ‘For and From the Heart,’ ‘Perception and Intuition’, and ‘A New Energy Balance.’ Kundalini yoga can increase your strength and stamina, aid in your recovery from illness and injury, and provide you with a measure of inner peace. No previous yoga experience is necessary.
Himalayan Yoga Tradition Joints and Glands with Barbara Breau: Thursday 12:10 - 12:45 p.m.
Come as you are, (changing into yoga garb is optional); kick off your shoes; pull up a chair ( or roll out a mat if you prefer) and enjoy your Lunchtime reprieve. These classes include slow methodical movement, breath flow awareness, and easeful mind observation. Class content comes primarily from the Himalayan Joints and Glands Series of Movements. Also included are various Himalayan relaxation and meditation practices as taught by Swami Veda Bharati. Return to work revived and ready for a productive afternoon.
Happy Hour Hatha with Suzanne Blackwell: Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.