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If you’re brand new to yoga, or just want a more thorough understanding of the basics, we provide several opportunities to help you familiarize yourself with the practice.

  • Our 7-week Intro to Yoga courses are an excellent place to start. Go step-by-step through the basics of yoga. 
  • Our 7-week Yoga for Round Bodies course is aimed at creating a comfortable environment in which to build strength, flexibility, and balance specifically for students in larger bodies.
  • See our list of Beginner Friendly Drop-In Classes that outlines which of our drop-in classes are recommended for beginners.

If you’ve never set foot in our yoga studio before, click here for some advice and guidelines on what to expect when you visit for the first time. You can also read up on our general studio etiquette here.

*Please note that our space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible as we are on the third floor of our building, with no elevator. Those who have difficulty climbing stairs may also not be able to access our space. We apologize for this lack of accessibility. 

 

Drop-in Classes That Are Beginner-Friendly:

Basics, Rest & Renew, Slow Flow, Hour Flow (for fit beginners), Community Class.

Click here to read the class descriptions.

Click here for our full schedule of drop-in classes.

 

More on Intro to Yoga

Our Intro courses are designed to ensure you learn the basics you will need for Expanding Flow classes and beyond. These classes are great for brand-new beginners, those re-starting their practice after a long break, and also for students who are new to practicing alignment-based yoga. Focus is on standing poses and key principles of alignment to increase strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility. Intro classes will build progressively from week to week to empower new students to move deeper into the practice in a safe and consistent way. Classes also incorporate breathing techniques and restorative poses to release tension and reduce stress.

Intro to Yoga classes are 75 minutes and run for 7 or 8 weeks. We have new Intro classes starting every month (with reduced course times in July-August).

Read more about the course here or visit our registration page for course dates and to sign up. Advanced registration is recommended; our intro courses often sell out.

 

What students are saying about Intro to Yoga:

Meaghan, I wanted to express my thanks to you for introducing me to Yoga. I feel that I am learning the best technique, I feel supported and Yoga has made a huge impact on my life. I am sleeping through the night, have very little back pain now, and what I have learned in your classes carries over into my life in many ways, in particular, into my violin teaching. So….my students are benefiting as well. Most of all, I feel more connected to myself, to people around me and to the earth. You have been very generous and kind in sharing your knowledge, expertise and yourself with all of us. I didn’t want the classes to end without you knowing how much of an impact you have had on us so thank you so much!  - Olga K. 

Leena, your ability to inspire and teach should not go unmentioned. What I have learned through you, starting with Intro to Yoga and now many, many classes later, is unmeasurable. I am continually inspired by your energy, your enthusiasm, and your ability to create a comfortable and non-competitive learning environment.  Thank you for your guidance and dedication to the practice. - Brian S. 

 

More on Yoga for Round Bodies

Our Yoga for Round Bodies course offers clear and thoughtful modifications of poses for students with round bodies, to make more of the poses and sequences of yoga accessible and doable. These classes are great for beginners or intermediate students and are aimed at creating a comfortable environment in which to build strength, flexibility, and balance specifically with the round body in mind. This class is not about weight loss, but about honouring our bodies and creating an environment where all bodies can do all poses. Focus will be on standing poses and key principles of alignment. Classes will build progressively from week to week.

Yoga for Round Bodies classes are 75 minutes and run for 7 weeks. We have new courses beginning every other month.

Visit our registration page for course dates and to sign up. Advanced registration is recommended; this course is very popular.

Some people have asked why we don't have a Yoga for Round Bodies drop-in class. We don't think that there are enough folks who would regularly come to a drop-in class to sustain it. We offer it as a course to ensure that we have enough people who can commit to coming. If drop-in classes work better for your schedule, consider trying out our Basics or Slow Flow classes, which are taught at a similar level to the Yoga for Round Bodies course. Emma, Monica, and Amanda teach Basics and Slow Flow, and all have plenty of experience teaching differently sized bodies. If you enjoy the specific atmosphere of our Yoga for Round Bodies course, we encourage you to take the course continuously. The course will support your practice in an ongoing way.

 

What students are saying about Yoga for Round Bodies:

"Hi Emma – as always, I love your classes. I always come away feeling very empowered by what my body can do and tranquil from your calming guidance & encouragement." - Lisa S.

"I loved last night's class. I think the gradual approach to triangle pose was really good. By the time we got there I didn't have any difficulty with the pose. I'm not saying it was easy, but it felt natural. And no soreness after class, which I enjoyed." - Clare H.

 
 

Guidelines for Practice

  • Refrain from eating a heavy meal two to three hours before practicing.
  • Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to prepare for class.
  • Remove your shoes on the 2nd floor to keep the studio clean for everyone.
  • When you enter the studio, print your name on the sign-in sheet at the front desk.
  • Wear comfortable exercise clothing (we have two changerooms and a unisex bathroom).
  • Remember to turn off any mobile devices in order to cultivate a calm and peaceful space.
  • If you don't have your own mat, you may rent one of ours for $1 (please sanitize the mat with the spray provided after class).
  • Inform your teacher if you are working with any limitations or injuries to ensure you have a safe and healing practice.
  • If you are late, wait until after the centering "Aum" has finished before entering to room.
  • Stay for the entire class, and if you need to leave early, please inform the teacher before the class begins.
  • Ask questions if anything is unclear, either during an appropriate time in class, or after class has ended.
  • Be kind to yourself and don’t push beyond your boundaries: modify your alignment in every pose to reflect your present flexibility.
  • Avoid the temptation to compare yourself with others in the room; yoga is a personal progression, not a competition.
  • Most classes will begin with the sound of Om (Aum) and end with Namaste (we welcome your participation in these traditional gestures, but appreciate that for the reasons of faith or personal preference if you may choose not to participate).

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