Ashtanga Yoga **
Ashtanga Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga focusing on deep strength and endurance using breath to link the postures fluidly together. There is a high level of focus on precision within postures and intentionality of breathing. The Basics class is designed for students just starting out with an Ashtanga practice.
Baby and Mom *
Learn baby and mom yoga postures to support postpartum healing and toning in a fun and relaxed way. Other class activites include infant massage, song/mantra singing, and sharing circles. Open for infants 6 weeks old to the creeping stage. Please dress comfortably and bring a blanket and toy for baby
*Please note the classroom is open 15 minutes before and after class for convenience and socializing, and that the actual instructional class starts at 10:00 and ends at 11:00am
Bikram Hot Yoga *
Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture.
Bikram Yoga is practiced in a very hot room, so be prepared to sweat and to work hard. Why the heat? It warms your muscles, and allows for a deeper workout and cleanses the body by flushing out toxins.
Designed by Bikram Choudhury this 90-minute program stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. It can also promote weight loss and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the Bikram series of postures combines skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, that increase mental clarity and reduce stress.
A large towel, a sticky mat and a large bottle of water are required. Towels can be rented for $2, sticky mats can be rented for $2. Water is available for purchase.
(All Our Teachers are Trained and Certified by Bikram Choudhury).
Gentle Yoga *
This class offers a gentle and healing approach to Hatha yoga. While appropriate for all, this practice can be used in the case of particular ailments to provide techniques for preventing and managing health concerns. The postures are designed to soften and gently stretch muscle tissue and to awaken the body's natural structural alignment and movement. This class involves postural adjustments in every posture to find your body's perfect alignment. Great for all levels!
Hatha Yoga (All Levels) †
A classic approach to yoga that emphasizes physical detail and focus. An accessible way to learn the basic postures and breathing techniques of yoga while restoring your energy, strength and flexibility. A great class for beginner and intermediate students.
Hatha Yoga (Beginner) *
A classic approach to yoga that emphasizes physical detail and focus. This is the place to begin if you are new to yoga. It is an accessible way to learn the basic postures and breathing techniques of yoga while restoring your energy, strength and flexibility. This class is recommended for anyone wishing to develop a foundation in yoga.
*Please note that Michael Fahey's teaching style involves postural adjustments in every yoga posture to find the perfect alignment for your body. If you do not want adjustments, please let him know before class begins. Michael teaches Hatha Beginner on Wednesdays at noon.
Hatha Yoga (Intermediate) **
A classic approach to yoga that emphasizes physical detail and focus, while incorporating asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork) and relaxation. Providing stress reduction, increased flexibility and strength for those moving beyond the beginner stage. The class is student-based, moving at the pace of the class as a whole.
Hot Yoga †
This Yoga practice incorporates elements of Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga and Power Yoga with work on the hips and abdominals. It is a fast paced, aerobic yoga incorporating yoga philosophy. If you like a good physical workout and you like to sweat, you'll love this class.
Hot Yoga is performed in a heated room for 90 minutes. It stretches and strengthens every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint in the body. It works the cardiovascular and circulatory systems, massages your internal organs and stimulates the nervous system while dabbling in yoga philosophy along the way. Hot Yoga brings the body into balance, regulating appetite, sleep and mood disturbances. While promoting relaxation- it increases focus, concentration and will power and it gives great strength and flexibility.
Hot Yoga revitalizes and heals the mind, the body and the spirit.
Hot Yoga is a sequenced class, Hot Flow is a 75 minute all levels class that moves at the pace of the class as a whole.
House Dance †
Capital Sessions Beginner House Dance Class and Practice
OK, OK, this isn't a yoga class per se, but it will improve and replenish
your yoga practice with revitalising energy and fun!
A child of the 80s, house dance originated in Chicago and grew up in New York City. The name
House comes from a shortened version of the name "The Warehouse", a club in
Chicago where seminal DJ-Producers began mixing drum machines with disco,
funk and soul records, a combination which gave rise to the soulful
electronic sound we now know as house. The dance style evolved a lot over
the last 25 years, incorporating moves from Jazz, Tap, Latin, HipHop,
Breakin, Aboriginal, Country and Western and Capoeira, but its main
elements: Jacking, Stomping, Skating, Footwork and Lofting remain the
foundation of the dance. House is known as the most inclusive of the urban
dance styles, and is not a battle dance, rather a conversational social
dance, where dancers dialogue and share stories and feelings through
movement. The class will cover the basic vocabulary of NYC house dance,
give you lots of drills and techniques you can practice and open the door to
the world of house dance. Practice is an additional 45 minute session of
exploratory movement, lots of dancers on hand, a space to practice and
assimilate what you have learned.
Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a holistic practice that incorporates movement and breath with yoga sets that have specific effects greater than the individual components of the series. Includes mantras and meditation.
The following classes are taught with a theme:
Monday 5:30pm - Experience Health & Vitality
Tuesday 6:30am - Rise To Your Excellence
Friday 5:30pm - Immune Strengthening Yoga
Power Vinyasa **
Power Vinyasa yoga focuses on using breath to connect to the body, mind and practice. Using an energetic vinyasa flow as foundation, combined with specifically sequenced set of flowing yoga postures. It has the ability to build strength, increase endurance, release tension, and create more flexibility in the entire body. Suitable for students who have previous yoga experience, this class is taught in either a heated or reglar temperature room to help facilitate the integration of sweat, strength and spirit.
Power Yoga **
A unique routine of challenging hatha yoga postures that stretch and tone your whole body. The heated room and focus on breathing and alignment will help you rediscover a range of motion that you thought forever lost.
Wake-up to a strong flow of postures for a full experience before starting your day of work. This class is recommended for intermediate to advanced students with previous yoga experience. Please note that this Power class has a duration of 65 minutes.
A sticky mat and large towel are required for all classes in the Hot room. Water is highly recommended. Towels can be rented for $2 , sticky mats for $2. Water is available for purchase.
Begin your day with Power Hour, held in the Sun room. The room is not heated, so this is a great class for those who don't like the challenge of the heat, but still want the benefits of a power yoga class. Start with Sun Salutations and flow into moments of both challenge and ease.
Prenatal Yoga *
In prenatal yoga, sets are chosen to enhance your pregnancy experience! All movements are done with safety in mind for you and for baby.
In Kundalini-based Prenatal Yoga, easy flowing postures, breathwork and powerful meditations are combined. In Hatha based Prenatal Yoga, gentle postures and breathing techniques are combined. Both styles are suitable for all stages of pregnancy; We've had mothers trying to conceive join in these classes to be around the energy of mothers and babies, mothers in early stages of labour and everywhere in between.
The Thursday Prenatal class is practiced in the Kundalini tradition, while the weekend Prenatal classes are practiced in the Hatha tradition.
Vinyasa Flow †
A class based on Shiva Rea's creative and energetic vinyasa yoga (Prana Flow®). With a focus on intelligent sequencing, energetic anatomy and natural rhythm, this class will leave you feeling energized, empowered and open. A perfect balance of strength and fluidity, to help you evolve in your practice and your life.
Yin Yoga *
Yoga as practiced in North America is almost exclusively Yang or muscular in nature. The Yin aspect of Yoga uses long-held relaxed floor postures to stretch and stimulate the "Yin" or deep connective tissues of the body. The two major differences between a Yin and a Yang Yoga practice are that Yin postures should be done with the muscles relaxed and should be held a longer time. This is because connective tissue does not stretch like muscle and will not respond well to brief stresses. This gentle practice will increase your flexibility, opening your hips, lower back and shoulders and will enhance your overall sense of well-being. It is a wonderful complement to other yoga practices.
Yoga poses that ask our muscles to move and contract are yang in nature. Yoga poses that ask our connective tissues to relax and lengthen over time are yin in nature. Yoga poses that ask nothing of our bodies except rest and healing are restorative in nature. This class brings together the perfect marriage of yin and restorative yoga with poses designed to support relaxation, deep stretching of the connective tissues, and total rest and healing of body and mind. Yin/Restorative is suitable for anyone and has benefits for everyone.
Yin/Yang Yoga *
In all Yang – there is still Yin. In all Yin, there is still Yang.
Designed to offer the balancing effects of yin (passive) and yang (active) styles of yoga. This class draws upon the more internal, quiet and longer held postures, balanced with the more active, moving and dynamic or heat producing yoga postures to create a wholistic body experience. See Hatha and Yin descriptions for more detail.
Yoga for Runners †
Yoga for Runners will help you feel more agile and flexible, give you greater strength and stamina, and will encourage the right frame of mind needed to reach your full potential. Runners have different needs than the typical yogi. The combination of active and passive stretching will help to strengthen and stretch muscle groups that tend to be the tightest and most frequently strained by athletes. Improve your performance and avoid injuries! No yoga experience required. Suitable for runners of all abilities and experience.
Yoga Therapy †
Yoga therapy is the facet of the ancient science of Yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Yoga therapy focuses on the path of Yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of Yoga: awakening of Spirit, our essential nature. This gentle Hatha yoga class will focus on experimenting with pranayama, affirmation and asana. If you are looking to go deeper within, develop a deeper connection to your breath and body, begin to heal your physical and emotional body this class is for you!