Styles

We have a style and level for everybody. All of our teachers offer expert instruction and offer helpful suggestions and adaptations to poses when necessary. If you are new to yoga consider starting with a "basics" class.

Restorative yoga

Our classes are based on many styles of yoga, but have more influence from Interdisciplinary, Baptiste, Anusara and Iyengar yoga. Our yoga teachers pull from these various influences differently and additionally draw from their own backgrounds. The "power" classes have less focus on instruction of details and have more focus on flow of the breath and using the energy of the breath to guide you in the flow. In these classes people want to sweat and move, rather than stopping to learn details of the poses. The "hatha" classes have more focus on details and alignment in the easier levels and the class becomes more physically challenging at the "hatha vinyasa" level. Vinyasa is a faster-paced breath-linked yoga. There are no pauses in between poses (though there may be long holds). Of Hatha, “Ha” is more energizing yoga, flow yoga, while “tha”, is the longer held poses.

We encourage people to stay at their own pace and level of challenge. With our expert instruction you are able to discover the vitality and health that yoga brings. 

 “Practice yoga in a way that makes you want to do it again.” – Mike

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Basics

hatha basics in halifaxThis is a beginner level class with emphasis on coordination of breath and movement, and also on safety and alignment. It is slower paced offering less flow and easier transitions. Our teachers can offer modifications or props when necessary to avoid stress with certain poses, allowing everyone to obtain benefit and experience a joyful practice. This class is a great place to start practicing, especially if you are new to yoga or enjoy learning the details of the poses.

 

Hatha Vinyasa

hatha yoga halifax

This is more challenging class that still may offer details and props but only when necessary. There is more flow or "vinyasa" in the class than with a Hatha Basics class. This flowing component will increase the heat in the body and start to challenge the heart and the lungs in addition to the muscles and tissues. This "Ha" part of the class prepares us for the latter half of long holds that are more meditative while we work on stretching deep connective tissues (the "tha" part). Please check our schedule for the most convenient times for you. These Hatha Vinyasa classes are open to all levels but some experience would be helpful. 

 

Yin Yang Yoga

yin yoga helen halifaxMondays at 11am and Thursdays at 12:15pm. Maxine's Yin Yang classes are a great combination of a faster paced flow yoga practice for the first half of the class, followed by longer held, more supported postures for the latter half of class. This combination warms up your body and allows you to learn a focus or an intention for your practice. Bring a warm layer for this class; otherwise we have all the props that you will need.

 

Power

 

Power 

power hour jolene dentremontThis is a modified All-Levels flowing class that will take you to your edge. Our teachers are skillful at building the energy while still allowing all students to find a variation that works for them. Experience in yoga is helpful.

 

 

 

Advanced Power

advanced power yogaBuilding on the basics, the sequences are more complex, including more challenging poses or variations. However it is not the complexity or challenging asana that make this class “Advanced”. It is the call to focus, listening and being part of a group while working strongly as an individual that gives this class its “Advanced” status. It is recommended to have some experience in power basics or a big, burning desire to step up to a whole new level of focus and awareness.

 

SPECIALTY CLASSES

Ease into yoga in a "gentle" way ... instead of a "yang" flowing practice slow things down for a "yin" practice ... or de-stress and find your breath in a relax and re-new class ... we can help you find yoga during pregnancy or after having your baby ... plus, classes can be for you and eventually can be for your children as they grow up!

Gentle Yoga

gentle yoga class seniors yogaGentle Yoga classes ensure that your yoga experience is a good one. This level of yoga would be of particular interest to those with arthritis, bio-mechanical back pain, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, etc.

Since some individuals need to approach yoga in a more gentle "therapeutic" way we offer these gentler approaches to yoga, so that the postures are modified or adapted to various bodies. We have a number of gentle classes on our schedule including: Tuesday 9:30am, Wednesday evening 7:00pm, Thursday afternoon 1:45pm, Friday 11am; Sunday evening 6pm.

 

Moms and Babes

moms and babes yoga yoga after birth babies and yogaTuesdays 1:45-2:45pm. Five to six weeks after having your baby, you and your baby are invited to return to, or newly begin your yoga practice. These post-partum yoga classes are therapeutic in nature and focus on re-strengthening the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles and relieves stress to shoulders and neck from nursing and/or carrying the baby. Classes are taught by Jolene, certified yoga instructor who has also completed her pre and post natal yoga certification. Moms usually continue with these classes until babies are 12 months old.

 

Yoga for Teens, Youth and Children

yoga for youth yoga for teens reducing stress in teensYouth/Teens: Jordan DeLong offers 6 week workshops: Yoga for Girls (Teens) on Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:00pm. Jordan's sessions concentrate on breath work, stretching, yoga postures and guided meditation. Each class will begin with breath awareness and each class will end with at least a 10 min yoga nidra. Yoga Nidra is a relaxation practice invoking deep rest in the mind and body. The practice works. 

 

Pregnancy Yoga 

pregnancy yoga yoga for pregnant women womens healthPregnancy yoga classes focus on preparing the body for labor and delivery. Postures open the pelvic parameters, strengthen the legs and improve posture, breath capacity and awareness. Many moms return after having their baby informing us how helpful our pregnancy classes were in preparing them and guiding them through the delivery of their baby.  Jolene is extremely gifted in teaching pregnancy yoga with her background and experience. Pregnancy yoga takes place Saturdays at 11:00am. Please join us during any stage of your pregnancy.

In addition to regular pregnancy classes, T.A.Y.S. offers a workshop called "Yoga Birth" with Robyn Berman and Jolene d'Entremont. This workshop will help you and your partner feel empowered during your pregnancy, delivery and beyond.

 

Yin Yoga

yin yoga helen halifaxSunday nights at 7:30pm. Yin Yoga contains the ancient, and some say original, form of asana practice. In a yin class postures are held for longer periods of time and are often supported with props to allow a deeper release. It is because of these long holds that the deeper structures of the body are opened, stretched and awakened. Years of a dedicated asana practice will make anyone healthier, stronger, and more flexible, but at some point the muscles will have reached their limit of flexibility. New depths in postures, deeper ranges of motion, or an increased flow of energy may only be achievable by focusing on the deeper tissues of the body. This is why so many students are finding Yin Yoga to be the perfect compliment and balance to their more active, yang practices. Come and discover this wonderful style of practice. 

 

Yoga Nidra

yoga nidra sandy lundWe have Yoga Nidra classes one Friday evening of each month (dates below for 2017). This classes run one hour. Occasional we have a special yoga nidra workshop that can run for longer time periods for an extra delicious class. To sign up simply show up at class or pre-register on our schedules page

Yoga-nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga nidra refers to the conscious awareness of the deep sleep state. Yoga Nidra is done is a Restorative Yoga pose (supported Savasana) and the student is guided through layers of the body for deep rest and renewal.

The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headaches, palpitations, sweating, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal problems, respond well. Please bring a warm layer.

Dates for the remainder of 2017:

- July 7
- August 4
- September 1
- October 6
- November 3
 

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Early Morning Mysore 

Seth Daley is offering early morning Mysore classes at TAYS. Classes are weekdays 5:45-8:00am re-starting on the Tuesday after labour day. The 12-week session of mysore classes is available for $300 tax in, with other passes available for shorter commitments.

"Named after the city in India where Ashtanga yoga first rose to world-wide popularity the Mysore style has come to denote a method of teaching where the students and teacher work one-on-one rather than in a large fitness-style group setting. While this limits the number of students that can be accommodated each morning, Seth believes that it is an ideal method for learning and developing the practice of yoga. Students arrive at various points during each weekday morning, and stay as long as they have time/energy for. With this kind of flexibility the teacher can help shape each days practice to fit the energy level of the student and keep things both challenging and not overwhelming. Seth has been teaching the only daily Mysore practice in the Maritimes for more than 10 years and is looking forward to the next 10." Please register though Seth. Any questions? s.daley@dal.ca or by phone at (902) 456-7564

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New Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes

yoga nidra sandy lundPlease join Bakes Mitchell with the new Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes that he will be offering at TAYS. Bakes Mitchell has studied and practiced Tai Chi Chuan since 1978. His teachers include Jane and Bataan Faigao at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado; Ben Lo, one of Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s foremost students; Ed Young, Maggie Newman, Lenzie Williams, and others. Bakes has been studying with Dr. Robin Wu in Halifax since 2007. His principle interest is in exploring and promoting the health and meditative qualities of Tai Chi Chuan, as well as the soft and yielding aspects of it as an art of self-defence. 

 

Chi Gong

We will now be offering Chi Gong sessions at TAYS! Starting September 2017, 6 weeks sessions cost $60 + tax. Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15pm.

September 12  through October 17, 2017  (6 weeks) Cost $60 + tax

November 14 through December 19, 2017 (6 weeks). Cost $60 + tax

Chi Gong: Relaxation & Chi Cultivation.  In this six-week class we will learn exercises for relaxing the muscles, opening the joints, and cultivating the chi (breath, or life-force). These gentle exercises provide an enjoyable method for maintaining health, increasing vitality, and learning some of the basic postures and principles of Tai Chi Chuan. This class is open to all and can be taken alone or combined with the Tai Chi Chuan Form class.

Registration is required for these classes please call 902 429 3303.

Tai Chi 

We will now be offering Tai Chi sessions at TAYS! Starting September 2017, 6 weeks sessions cost $60 + tax. Thursdays from 4:00-5:15pm.

September 14 through October 19, 2017 (6 weeks). Cost $60 + tax
November 16 through December 21, 2017 (6 weeks). Cost $60 + tax

Tai Chi Chuan Form.  Tai Chi Chuan (or Taiqijuan) is a traditional Chinese art of self-defence. The slow, gentle, and continuous movements of Tai Chi are both a meditation and an exercise that promotes relaxation, health, balance, and natural movement. We learn to relax our body, focus our mind, and nurture our chi (breath, or life-force). In this six-week class, we will learn the first third of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing (Yang-style) short form, which is a complete cycle in itself. This class is open to all and can be taken alone or combined with the Chi Gong: Relaxation and Chi Cultivation class. 

Registration is required for these classes please call 902 429 3303.

Chair Yoga

Starting again September 6! Stretching and strengthening your body with this 60 minute chair flow. Perfect for all levels and abilities, chair yoga is a great way to relax from head to toe without the stress of getting up and down off the floor. This class works well to relive tension, open the hips, create mobility in neck and shoulders, find length i the spine, improve balance and strengthen muscle tone.  

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