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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 Master Class

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

Functional Strength  

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

Develop strength and flexibility while learning to consciously balance effort and rest. Release the spine through stability and breath. Our Hatha classes are taught in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli. All Levels/Gentle, Level 1 and Level 1-2.

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)

Kundalini Power Glow

A flowing series of dynamic yoga postures, transformative breath techniques and meditations designed to give you a strong body, powerful mind and youthful glow. These classes draw on the ancient teachings of Kundalini and Buddhist yoga from India and Nepal. The many benefits of these practices include relief from depression and anxiety, balancing of weight, strengthening of the immune, glandular and nervous systems, youthful looking skin and more radiant prosperous being. Most importantly, practicing these extraordinary teachings liberate us from mental and emotional pain while enhancing true happiness. 1 – 2

Hatha Restorative Flow

This is a Hatha class that opens and closes with a series of delicious Restorative poses. Melt into Savasana and float home. (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 Tuesday night drop-in Restorative class is taught by a team of teachers who offer an abundance of hands on work. Please note: 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.

Restorative Yoga (All)

This class emphasizes the supported poses developed in the Iyengar tradition that encourage rest, recovery and relaxation. This class is also suitable for students working with limitations and injuries, and for those wanting a more relaxing, gentler class.

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 $5 to attend. (All)

Family Yoga

A great way to spend quality time as a family. Each class will begin with a mini mindful mediation followed by stretching and active posture all designed in a fun, relaxing, and playful way. Yoga games, songs, and partnering will be incorporated to keep the classes engaging. Ages 5 – 14. Parents can use any drop-in pass and children are $10 each. It is recommended that family’s attending the class with more than 1 child under 4 years of age allow for a 1-1 child/parent ratio. Children 4 yrs and up may attend on a 3-1 child/parent ratio. (All)

Mindfulness Meditation

This up-lifting and peace-inducing class begins with a 15 minute yoga warm-up designed to ideally prepare your body and mind for meditation. In the next 10 minutes you will be guided through an ancient Buddhist technique that helps you connect more deeply with your internal self to enhance your awareness. You will then be instructed in mindfulness meditation during which you will meditate in silence for twenty minutes. The many benefits of this practice include: a reduction in mental stress, slowing of aging, reduction in chronic pain, enhanced contentment and joy, and a greater feeling of love and compassion for the self and others. (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

 

Introduction to Hatha Yoga (Beginners)

This gentle 4 week introductory workshop will familiarize students with all the fundamental elements of Hatha Yoga. Students will learn about and experience: 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, basic anatomy and anatomical terms as applied to Yoga, basic breath work, how to modify the poses for injuries and your unique body, how to use props to increase the benefits of the poses and basic Yoga class protocol like how to set up, how to finish, do’s and don’ts. Gain confidence and head out safely onto our drop in class schedule. Beginners (And experienced students interested in sharpening their skills)

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)

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga

This 4-week series is an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga and is suitable for beginners, and also ideal for students interested in our morning Mysore program.
Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga that involves synchronizing the breath with movement – for each movement there is one breath, creating a steady rhythm to the practice and meditative flow. The practice is designed to bring healing to the whole body, to both cleanse and strengthen the body, while bringing about calmness to the mind.
Over 4-weeks students will be guided through the fundamentals of the Ashtanga practice slowly, proper breathing, sunsalutations, standing postures, seated postures and closing. Each week will be dedicated to teaching a little bit of the sequence, repeating what we have learned from our previous class and adding on a few new postures.
This is a powerful practice! Repetition is part of the Ashtanga method and our hope is that each week you come to your mat and find small shifts or different feelings in your body. Having a consistent method gives us the opportunity to work on ourselves, our weaknesses, our strengths, to breath in the postures that challenge us.

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