Class Times/Descriptions: Scroll down for Interactive Class Calendar.
Grow on ALL levels
Whether you’re looking for a physically-focused class or one that is more spiritually oriented, YARD has something for you. Since our humble beginning, we’ve offered a wide range of classes. Currently we have moving (light to vigorous) Flow classes, medium-paced Hatha-based classes, broad-range Exploratory yoga, deep stretch Yin, unusual & interesting Kundalini, gentle Restorative & Therapeutic classes and some for special interests (e.g. Yoga for Backs, Yoga Nidra [long deep relaxation], Nightie Nite Yoga, etc.).
YARD has always been inclusive of all teachings of yoga, and we’re pleased to continue offering diverse classes. Check the schedule below for full information on the classes that are available this season, and know that you’re always welcome at YARD.
*NEW* Includes GST!!
Winter 2017 Class Rates
(1 class weekly for 10 weeks)
$135.00 for 90 min ($9.00/hr)
$90 for 60 min ($9.00/hr)
Registered Discount (for 10 weeks)
(2 or more classes/week & Student Rate)
$112 for 90 min ($7.50/hr)
$75 for 60 min ($7.50/hr)
$18 for 90 min ($12/hr)
$12 for 60 min ($12/hr)
5-Class Punch Pass
$80 for 90 min ($10.67/hr)
$55 for 60 min ($11/hr)
*NEW* 10-Class Punch Pass
$150 for 90 min ($10/hr)
$105 for 60 min ($10.50/hr)
NOTE: Prices DO include GST
Punch Passes & Drop-In:
Purchase in person when you arrive for class. Doors open 15 minutes prior to class start-time.
- Comfortable space for 35 students
- Change rooms and washrooms
- Props including blocks, bolsters,straps, blankets, bricks & kneeling pads.
- Loaner mats if you haven't got your own!
- Basic yoga props are available for purchase or can be ordered for you.
Full Class Descriptions are further down the page below our Interactive Class Calendar. Scroll down to explore each class in depth.
Interactive Class Calendar - If you have Google calendar, you can add your classes from this schedule to your own.
Full class descriptions
*listed in order by weekday offered (Monday-Sunday)
with Ann Waschuk: Monday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00 p.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!
with Kyla Belich: Monday 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Therapeutic yoga is gentle form of yoga, practiced using simple forms of movement in a range of motion free of pain or tension. Moving in this manner allows your body to rediscover movement in the major joints in their optimal range of motion resulting in pure movement; over time, this pure movement results in a reduction of tension or pain. This gentle class is suitable for all levels including those with acute or chronic conditions or pain.
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.
with Ann Waschuk: Monday 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Apprehensive about taking a yoga class? Worried about everyone watching you? Concerned that you are not “bendy” enough? Put your fears aside: this light-hearted class will have you so intent on mindfulness that there won’t be time for anything else.
“Yoga Postures are to be comfortable and steady.” This quote is from the ancient authority on yoga: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. While much of our culture thinks of yoga as bodies in contortion, even the contortion must be comfortable and steady. Rest assured: there will be no pretzel poses in this curriculum!
This class focuses on exploring basic postures (asanas) and vinyasas (flowing postures) in a mindful way to discover what is comfortable, steady and safe for you. You will be introduced to not only the hatha yoga (physical postures) but also basic pranayama (breathing practices), yoga philosophy and techniques for meditation. Each class will consist of a short centering, stretching, postures, mindful breathing and a 15 to 30-minute guided savasana (deep relaxation). The state of mindfulness will be the emphasis of the class: being in the “now,” exploring, discovering and listening to your body, mind and soul.
Open to beginners of all ages and sizes and good for those who wish to re-discover their “beginner’s mind.”
Rise & Shine
with Suzanne Blackwell: Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Start your day off at just the right pace and leave class feeling worked but relaxed! Wake-up Yoga targets active stretching for better freedom in those key tricky areas, including lower back, hips, shoulders and hamstrings. Strategic “wake-up postures” give a boost to your spinal health, core stability, muscle strength, tone, endurance, and balance in both the upper and lower body. Movement is steady and postures are often held, giving you time to explore your own anatomy and alignment. Mindfulness and body-respect are cultivated for better overall wellness off the mat. Breath work for stress relief is a weekly staple. Light and humorous sprinklings of yogic philosophy may also give you something to think about. The finishing deep relaxation sets you up for physical, mental and emotional ease in the rest of your day.
This Hatha class blends techniques from Himalayan, Yin, Therapeutic, Sadhana-Yoga-Chi (soft flow), Kundalini, Ashtanga and Power yoga traditions. Suzanne also draws on her personal experience as a fun-loving athlete, previous “9-to-5-er,” coach, teacher, martial artist and member of the “formerly-frequently-injured club”. Room is comfortably warm (not hot). Suitable for all levels – offering the basics for beginners alongside more challenging options for the more experienced and athletic students.
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.
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.
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.
Free Karma Yoga
with Various Instructors: Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Experience different styles of yoga with our various instructors. Each class will include yoga postures, breathing techniques, and deep relaxation. Here is a schedule of the upcoming offerings:
Jan 4/17 Ann Waschuk
Jan 11/17 Maxine Winchester
Jan 18/17 Enola Nygren
Jan 25/17 Sandra DeClerck
Feb 1/17 Connie Walker-Dymianiw
Feb 8/17 Wanda Oster
Feb 15/17 Simonde Lalonde
Feb 22/17 Deb MacGregor
Mar 1/17 Marlies Booth
Mar 8/17 Anomi Bearden
Deep Stretch Yin
with Wanda Oster: Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
with Wanda Oster & Delaney Hansen: Friday 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
with Wanda Oster & Suzanne Blackwell: 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.
Desikachar Inspired Yoga
with Ann Waschuk: Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Some days a strong physical practice (yang) serves us best; some days we need a still one (Yin) ... and at other times something in between is “just right”. In yoga terms these practices are known as rajasic (fiery), tamasic (heavy) and sattvic (light). In this class, we will focus on the latter (sattvic) - we will keep it light & free in all aspects. Each morning begins with a short centering to unify the breath, body and mind. Techniques drawn from the Desikachar tradition will be utilized to come in and out of a variety of single postures (asanas) as well as different sequencings of postures (vinyasas). Although this will not be a “strong” physical practice, it can at times be challenging. Rest assured that there are many modifications available to facilitate your body’s needs. In fact, in Desikachar’s latter years of teaching, his philosophy was “to modify the yoga to the student, rather than the student to the yoga”. This style is a very mindful one - quite meditative. We will be moving into and staying in postures with conscious intent: focusing on allowing the breath to flow through us to move us or give us strength and steadiness …. rather than our habit of using tension to hold us or to push us through. Sometimes you may actually be surprised how much “work” you have accomplished without feeling that there was any effort at all. We will also explore other aspects of yoga such as the philosophy, some mudra and perhaps even some mantra. Each class will end with a guided relaxation (savasana) to soothe body, mind and soul as well as a short breathing practice (pranayama) which should leave you feeling refreshingly relaxed or peacefully energized for the rest of your day. Open to all levels
Happy Hour Hatha
with Suzanne Blackwell: Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
This class targets freedom in those pesky little “tricky areas,” including lower back, hips, shoulders and hamstrings. You’ll also develop core stability along with muscle strength, tone, endurance, balance, and flexibility in both the upper and lower body. Movement is steady, with lots of time to explore anatomy and alignment when holding postures. Spinal health, body-respect and overall wellness are also emphasized. Postures are practiced with a mindful attitude: why just work on the physical when you can enhance your mental and emotional energy, as well? Breath work for stress relief is a weekly staple. Small doses of practical, often humorous yogic thought are sprinkled in to keep things fun and relevant. The finishing deep relaxation sets you up to be “calm, cool and collected” for the rest of your evening.
This Hatha class blends techniques from Himalayan, Yin, Sadhana-Yoga-Chi (soft flow), Therapeutic, Kundalini, Ashtanga & Power yoga traditions. Suzanne also draws on her personal experience as a “fun-fan,” coach, teacher, athlete, martial artist, and member of the “formerly-frequently-injured club”. Room is comfortably warm (not hot). Suitable for all levels – offering basic poses for the “not-so-sure-about this” beginner and more challenging options for the athletic, adventurous or seasoned regular!
with Paula Carnegie Fehr: Thursday 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
No frills... Just Hatha. Hatha Yoga is the physical practice of postures and breathing. It is Yin, Power, Ashtanga, Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Desikachar.... you name it. Most classes known to North Americans are a form of Hatha Yoga. This class focuses on the development of physical postures and the incorporation of breath to create comfort and stillness in the body/mind. Some classes will be more still and others will be more flowing, while yet others are a blend. We will explore ways and means to find the strength and flexibility to practice many of the more traditional poses such as backbends, forward bends, inversions, balance poses, and standing postures. We will explore breathing practices which help to create strength and flexibility, as well as to calm the mind and emotions while practicing a pose. Students who are members of Yoga Teacher Training programs are welcome to use this class as part of their ongoing requirements but it is geared for most levels of practitioner. This is not a beginner class, so participants are expected to have a minimum of one year of practice in order to benefit the most from the teachings.
Embrace your inner-self and let go of the weeks events with Heart-Warming Yin. Yin yoga postures are more passive postures, largely taking place on the floor and there are fewer postures included in this style than other more flowing styles, and the poses are held for longer periods of time (generally between 2-6 minutes per pose). Yin yoga is unique in that you are asked to relax in the posture, soften the muscle and move closer to the bone. The practice of Yin yoga through its stillness requires students to familiarize themselves with the self, their feelings, sensations, and emotions, which can be easier to avoid in a fast-paced yoga practice. Come, open your heart with this practice and free yourself to "light-heartedly" enjoy your weekend.
Some of the benefits of Yin yoga include: increasing mobility in the body, especially the joints and hips, better lubrication and protection of joints, better coping for anxiety and stress and reaching deeper states of relaxation.
with Dena Fairell: Friday 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.