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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

LEVELS

 

Beginners

Yogaspace offers both a 4 week Introduction to Hatha Yoga workshop and a 4 week Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga workshop for beginners. Hatha Yoga is a moderate practice providing time and space for the mind and body to receive and respond. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic practice, inextricably linking movement and breath to create a deeply therapeutic effect. In both practices, students develop strength and flexibility while learning to consciously balance effort and rest.
Which style you choose is entirely dependant on your temperament and what you are looking for in a Yoga class. For example, if you are an energetic person who enjoys alot of movement and you are interested in a more athletic or dance-like practice, we would recommend Vinyasa Yoga. On the other hand, if you are looking for a moderate Yoga practice emphasizing a slow, deep approach to stretching and strengthening, we would recommend Hatha. The other thing you could do, is try both. Please do note that we introduce the foundations of Vinyasa Yoga very slowly.

Gentle

These classes are suitable for everyone including those new to the practice of Yoga, individuals with movement limitations and anyone who suffers from chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue or insomnia. Also a highly beneficial counter practice for anyone with an ongoing dynamic physical practice of any kind.

All Levels

These mixed level classes are suitable for all students. Emphasis is on alignment and breath detail with options for students to go deeper. Students are always encouraged to honour internal signals to slow down, take a break and digest as they increase understanding and experience. In All Levels Vinyasa classes, expect to sweat.

Mysore Self Practice at Yogaspace is specifically designed to be accessible to ALL students. Here, students ranging from absolute beginners to advanced practitioners have the opportunity to work one on one with the teacher in a group context, progressing through the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga at their own unique pace.

Level 1-2

These classes assume that students have previous experience in the specific style offered. We move progressively through sequences designed to prepare the mind and body for more advanced postures and core awakening work. Here we courageously explore self imposed limitations and playfully flirt with our edges. Expect to sweat deeply!

Level 2

These classes are suitable to experienced practitioners who are very comfortable in a level 1-2 class and interested in progressing in their practice.

DROP-IN CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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Mysore/Self Practice

Mysore practice is taught to students one-on-one within a group setting. Students begin learning the sequence of asanas (postures) and proper breathing, gradually, with guidance from the teacher. Mysore is a practice for all levels and abilities. New students will be guided slowly. There is no need to fear trying this practice, even if you are a total beginner. The format of the practice always remains the same; it begins with Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) and concludes with Padmasana (seated posture) and taking time for rest. The various asanas gradually fill the space between. The system is designed to purify and strengthen the body while the focused breath and gazing points direct the focus inward, and bring stillness to the mind. It is through the daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga that the benefits of this method can truly be felt. A slow, dedicated and patient approach is best. The Mysore program at Yoga Space, led by Authorized Level 2 Teacher Amica Hilton is a yoga program dedicated to teaching traditional Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), R. Sharath Jois, and Saraswati Jois at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Mysore is a practice for all levels and abilities. We welcome both experienced practitioners, as well as new students. (All)
NEW STUDENTS: New students should allow should allow for 45 minutes to an hour for their practice and may arrive anytime between 6am and 7:45, keeping in mind, they must be finished their practice by 8:25 as another class comes in at 8:30am.

Led Primary Series

This class is a complete practice, moving through the entire Ashtanga Primary Series. Primary series is also known as Yoga Chikitsa, or yoga therapy and its aim is to purify the physical body and bring stillness to the mind. During this vigorous practice students will be guided through the postures and breathing patterns at a steady pace. The teacher will lead the class through the series of postures and count each breath/movement in Sanskrit. In this way the student can learn the proper breathing/movement patterns and correct transitions. The idea is to move through the series without the attachment to perfecting each posture. Performing each pose with its proper Vinyasa to the best of our ability and accepting our present conditions. The class is meant to challenge, but not to overwhelm and is an opportunity to feel the true power of the series. Some experience with the Primary Series is recommended, as this class is a little faster passed and challenging. New students should start with Mysore classes and/or speak to the teacher about joining this class. 2

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic practice in which each movement is inextricably linked to the inhalation or the exhalation. Emphasizing the relationship between intelligent alignment, deep core work and conscious breathing, we encourage students to use the postures to “listen in” and creatively explore individual movement potential both in the postures and their transitions. Our interest is in creating a therapeutic effect rather than on using the body to attain the “perfect pose”. The way we see it, Vinyasa Yoga is as much a form of art as it is a science. To this end, most often, carefully chosen music is incorporated into these classes to inspire the spirit and deepen the breath. Expect to sweat. Expect to feel. All Levels, Level 1 and Level 1 – 2

Vinyasa 2

This class is specifically suited for experienced yoga practitioners who wish to engage in vigorous hatha yoga flow, as well as workshopping more advanced postures such as arm balances and backbends, all the while learning how to incorporate the depth of yoga philosophy directly into their practice. Our class will find its perfect completion by finishing with meditation and chanting. 2

Boot Camp  

A smart, progressive, non-competitive, one hour functional movement class, designed to help individuals attain the core strength and mobility necessary to move through Vinyasa classes safely and without injury. Beginning with a warm up to prepare students for a variety of functional movement exercises set up at stations throughout the room, students move slowly, safely and effectively under the watchful eye of a functional movement trainer, from one station to the next, increasing core strength and developing healthy movement patterns that will make the challenging demands of Vinyasa classes safe and more naturally attainable. Ends with a cool down and mobility work. (All)

Yoga/Pilates Fusion

This class fuses Vinyasa sun salutations, asana and pranayama with core strengthening Pilates and Barre exercise. A creative, challenging, mind body experience rooted in yoga, energized in pilates and influenced by dance conditioning.
(All)

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a slow moving practice that encourages mindful embodiment. Postures are held long enough to feel the subtle dynamic affect of the breath and the small changes, shifts, and adjustments happening in your body. It is a practice of exploration and discovery through movement and stillness, where you can let go of ambition and insecurities in order to nurture a state of presence and self-inquiry. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how engaging it is to move slowly. All Levels/Gentle, Level 1 and Level 1-2.

Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga

A meditative form of Hatha Yoga, where the focus is on helping students to nd ease in both body and mind. We develop focus and awareness through learning to let go of old patterns of holding; relaxing and softening overworked, tight and stressed parts of our body, while waking up parts of us that may have become less mobile, tight, unfeeling, or asleep. Working deeply, tension is released and joints become free, mus- cles awaken and we develop a practice where movement is stress-free and uid. All Levels

Flow Yoga

Journey through the Chakras opening the body for exploration in a sequence of postures to promote glandular health and rejuvenation. Move slowly, focusing inward, as you explore your individual edge and let go of expectations of achievement. (All)

Mellow Flow

Mellow Flow Unwind and pamper your body, soothe your soul and calm your mind. Follow your breath and take the time for your body to allow you in. A mindful, playful class with gentle hands on. Great for people recovering from injuries, anxiety, insomnia or just in need of a little extra attention. (All)

Hatha Restorative Flow

In this class we explore movement and stillness by practicing both active and restorative variations of the postures. We begin with a restorative practice and then gently wake the body with simple stretches and flowing movement. Our active practice is guided by the breath as we explore postures of strengthening and balance, eventually returning to deeply restorative postures to finish the practice. Gentle/All levels (All)

Restorative Yoga (Gentle)

Assisted by the use of props, poses are held for longer periods of time. This enables us to let go of long-held tensions that manifest both physically and mentally. Our Restorative Yoga classes incorporate soothing music, essential oils and lots of deep hands on assistance. Our popular pre-registered Therapeutic Yoga class is an amplified Restorative Yoga class offering 1 practitioner for every 2 students – a must try for all! Gentle.

Vinyasa Restorative Flow

The foundation of this class is a dynamic Vinyasa sequence focused on breath-based movement and releasing key areas of tension. The class closes off with a delightful series of Restorative poses incorporating essential oils and deep hands on assistance. Melt into Savasana and drift home. (All)

Moving into Meditation

This meditation class begins with gentle movement alongside a strong focus on a connecting with the breath to increase body awareness. We will move into stillness and settle into our meditative position of choice, where we will explore one meditation technique per session. The meditation practice will start guided by the teacher, who will slowly invite students to explore on their own ~ but never be too far away. Meditation techniques explored in these classes include mantra, mindfulness, visual, and loving kindness, to name a few.

Prenatal Yoga

These classes will prepare your mind and your body for the most challenging work of your life. A flow of postures and breath work to support your pregnancy and prepare you for labour. Students may join at any stage of pregnancy. (All)

Community Class

These classes are taught by graduates of our renowned teacher training program and have served as the breeding ground for some of the most talented Yoga teachers in Toronto. Taught in the style of both Hatha and Vinyasa, these classes move slowly, are full of detailed instruction and cost only $6 to attend. (All)

Postnatal Yoga

This class is for women who are recovering from childbirth and adapting to their new lives as Mothers. Stretch tired muscles, sore shoulders, aching hips and stabilize the two major joints in your body that are in recovery. Restore, tone and strengthen after childbirth. Take this time to show us your new babe and connect with other new Mom’s as well as teacher/Mom’s from our excellent pre/post-postnatal team. Babies welcome until they crawl. (All)

PRE-REGISTERED WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

 

Therapeutic Yoga

A deeply therapeutic experience and a feast for the senses. Our large back room is lit with beeswax candles and punctuated by soothing music and varying essential oils as people laying on foam floor beds, receive massage, reflexology, myofacial release and Thai massage while moving through a flow of gentle, restorative poses, draped in cotton blankets and soft eye pillows, resting over bolsters in various asanas. 1 practitioner for every 2 students. Deeply healing. Gentle

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

This gentle introductory workshop will familiarize students with all the fundamental elements of Hatha yoga. Students will learn about and experience:
The many types of asanas practiced in yoga classes
Alignment principles necessary for a safe practice and injury prevention
How to get into and out of the postures comfortably and safely
The function of the postures and what you should be feeling in them
How to bring attention to the breath
How to modify the poses for injuries and individual bodies
How to use various props to increase the benefits of the poses
As well, participants will be introduced to Restorative yoga, a deeply relaxing and nourishing style of Hatha yoga that incorporates the use of props for support in the poses so we may hold poses for longer periods of time and focus on calming the nervous system. This course prepares you to comfortably and confidently attend any of the Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga classes on our schedule. If you’re interested in taking Vinyasa Yoga classes, we highly recommend you take the Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga course.

Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga

This fun and informative 4 week introductory workshop is for absolute beginners as well as experienced students interested in sharpening their skills. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic practice in which each movement is linked to the inhalation or the exhalation. Here, we slow it down and we break it down. You will learn the fundamentals of Vinyasa breath work, alignment of the foundational postures and when to inhale and exhale. Each week will build on the previous week with tons of individual attention and lots of time for questions. Learn the foundations of Vinyasa Yoga at an easy pace, from a master teacher. Gain confidence and head out safely onto our drop-in class schedule. Beginners (and experienced students interested in sharpening their skills).

Chair Yoga

Chair yoga is an accessible practice for people living with chronic disease, limited mobility, decreased energy, and those recovering from injury or illness.
The majority of this class is practiced while seated in a chair, with some standing poses practiced with the aid of the chair or wall. Experience how chair yoga improves joint mobility, balance, and spinal flexibility, plus increases core stability and strength.
Each class will include seated relaxation, breath awareness exercises, gentle movements for the arms, spine, and legs, a balance sequence (can be practiced either seated or standing), and end with a guided meditation.

Yin and Pin

Journey inwards with a deep and nourishing yin practice, followed by a light acupuncture session. In this class we will breathe consciously and move mindfully through a series of deeply beneficial yin poses. Poses are intended to bring awareness to areas in our connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) and held for longer periods of time, with the aim of increasing circulation and improving flexibility. Coupled with a deep breathing practice, we can begin to offer these areas fresh prana and create a deep expansion within. Acupuncture is given during an extended savasana to heighten your state of blissful relaxation. A more meditative approach to our yoga practice, and a perfect compliment to a fiery yang practice, this class is suitable for all levels.