Yoga Class Descriptions


Asana Classes

Hatha
A balanced combination of sustained poses with attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principals. Mindfulness; observing breath and body (triputi) are an integral part of class. This style of yoga provides a great stretch and strengthens the body.

Hatha Flow
A balanced combination of sustained poses (Hatha) as well as poses flowing in a mindful progression from one to another. Attention is always given to basic alignment & therapeutic principles. Mindfulness; observing breath and body (triputi) are an integral part of class. Classes are balanced with energy, to give you a good physical work-out, and calm, to keep you balanced.

Slow Flow
Similar to Hatha Flow yet suitable for individuals who are challenged by back and/or joint problems or chronic health issues. We will work in our pain-free range of motion.

Flow Foundations
Join in for the joyful practice of yoga. This class uses a combination of movement, postures and breath to work on strength, flexibility and balance. An all levels class with focus on alignment, beginners will safely learn the basics while more experienced students can take postures to a deeper level.

Prana Vinyasa
We exist in an ocean of powerful, yet subtle energy known as Prana within the Yogic/Vedic tradition. By exercising the subtle-energy body just beneath the surface of the skin, we can begin to move our practice with more than just muscle. In this stimulating yoga flow class you will learn to channel Universal energy into the body, filling your cellular “batteries” with this free, vital life-force. Cues are made during class to help you guide the flowing prana throughout your body’s Nadis, or energy channels, into the Chakras and back out again through the body, bringing ultimate strength, lightness and grace into your practice.

Sunrise Yoga
This is an open class, which means that no one is ever late. Anyone can join the class at whatever time works best for them, stretch a little, and then join in. Sunrise yoga begins with a short sitting meditation, pranayama, and stretching, then workshop on particular poses. The class continues with a flow sequence, such as sun or moon salutations, Forgiveness Asana Series, or linked standing poses. Following will be some of the Tensegrity Repair Series, supine poses, and sitting poses, ending with restorative yoga and savasana.

Level 3 Yoga (Vijnana)
This class is suitable for yoga practitioners with 3+ years of yoga practice experience, and familiarity with inversions. This is not a “power” class but one in which we explore more advanced practices that are appropriate only for someone who has a regular sadhana and no physical injuries. We begin the class with sitting, kriyas and pranayama. A specific topic is explored, such as an area of physical anatomy or one of the 7 vital principles, and how this effects the methodology of asanas. We flow through poses to experience the effect of concentrated practice, and we look closely at specific poses and actions in the body. Drop-in with prior approval from Cathy: yogavalentine@gmail.com

Intermediate Group Practice
Intended for yogis with an already established personal practice, these sessions offer an opportunity to practice and share in a group setting. Beginning with a brief meditation and pranayama, followed by an asana focus that will vary each week. Ability to do headstand is a prerequisite. Drop-in with prior approval from Hanna: hannamunneke@gmail.com

Restorative Yoga
In restorative yoga, props such as bolsters and blankets are used to fully support the body, allowing it to open slowly and naturally with no effort. Concentration is on the breath, allowing for a deep introspective class which restores energy to the body and calmness to the mind.

Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a potent tool that allows us to wake up the unconscious and subconscious mind, aiding the process of working through karmas and releasing samskaras. Yoga Nidra is the place where dreams come from, the meditative heart of yoga.

Vinyasa
In vinyasa we synchronize movement and breath to cultivate a flowing, meditative practice. Paying equal attention to posture and transition, we build an awareness of the energetic and structural benefits of asana. Everyone welcome – modifications will be offered for a variety of levels.

Yin Yoga
Yin is a therapeutic class that meditative, slow paced, and helps balance an active lifestyle. We will explore long deep stretching to enhance flexibility and joint mobility while encouraging healing and realigning the body’s connective tissues. With deep stretching through the pelvis, hips, low spine and shoulders we will help create spaciousness and stillness in the mind. All levels are encouraged and welcome.

Hatha Yin Fusion
Including meditation, pranayama, asana, breath focus, and mindfulness. Combining hatha and yin, this class includes strengthening, vitalizing movement as well as grounding, deepening body inquiry


Philosophy Classes

Bhagavad Gita Study
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the great scriptures of the world and the cornerstone of Indian spirituality. This class studies various aspects of the Bhagavad Gita each week, including the written commentary by Baba Hari Dass.

Living Yoga Philosphy
In these classes we explore a variety of topics related to various aspects of spiritual teachings. The topic or focus for this philosophy class varies from week to week. Some samples: the ethical foundation of yoga, karma yoga, the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, the history of the Centre, introduction to Baba Hari Dass.


Other Offerings

Satsang
Satsang is a gathering at which spiritual seekers sing kirtan and other devotional songs, listen to spiritual readings and meditate together. This is an important part of the Centre schedule attended by 20-60 people each week. We meet at the Centre at 3:30pm every Sunday of the year. On the first Sunday of each month (except January, July & August) we also offer a community dinner by donation after satsang.

Kirtan
Kirtan is a part of the Hindu tradition of singing the praises of the divine in its many forms; as such it is an important practice of bhakti (devotional) yoga. The format is typically call-and-response in Sanskrit, but there are also songs from a wide range of spiritual traditions. The Centre is fortunate in having many fine singers and musicians and a strong kirtan following. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to join us (no experience necessary!). We gather at the Centre each Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Arati
Arati is a ceremony of devotional service offered to one’s chosen ideal of God. With the help of sound, forms, rhythms, gestures, flowers, light, incense and offerings, the mind is carried away from its material preoccupation toward a world of divine beauty.

Full Moon Yajna
A Yajna (pronounced Yag-ya) is a ritual of sacrifice derived from the practice of Vedic times. It is performed to please the deities or to attain certain wishes. An essential element is the sacrificial fire – the divine Agni – into which oblations are poured, as everything that is offered into the fire is believed to reach the deities.

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