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.
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 deepening of the postures. In these classes people want to sweat and flow, 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. TAYS' Chiropractor, Dr. Brent MacNeil, believes so deeply TAYS yoga and its benefits that he will pay for your first yoga class.
“Practice yoga in a way that makes you want to do it again.” – Mike
This 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.
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.
Hatha Aligned (Advanced Fundamentals)
A Hatha yoga class that integrates bio-mechanics of the body through the application of specific and powerful alignment principles with qualities of the heart based on Anusara yoga. Suitable for students who practice any style of yoga and are looking to deepen their awareness & understanding in their attitude, alignment, and action of each pose. These classes explore backbends, forward bends, twists, hip openers, and basic inversions.
Double Dose Classes
These powerful classes are taught by two teachers: Leslie Hunter and Tomomi Kojima. Tomomi and Leslie take turns teaching the verbal component of the class while the other teacher offers continuous hands on physical assists to the students. The learning curve is steep and the experience is unforgettable and deep...in many ways. Starting in January, Leslie and Tomomi will be teaching Double Dose classes on Mondays at 12:15pm, Thursdays at 5:30pm as well as their usual Fridays at 12:15pm.
This is a challenging yet accessible vinyasa class. This class links breath to movement to get the heart rate going, focuses on foundational postures and deepens the understanding of alignment. This class is a great place to start practicing, especially if you enjoy a bit of physical challenge.
This vinyasa class is more challenging than the power basics. This is a 60 minute modified All-Levels flowing class that will take you to your edge.
Building on Power 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.
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!
P.T. Yoga Therapy
Physiotherapy Yoga class is a group yoga therapy class that combines yoga with therapeutic movements based on you individual needs. Participation is intended for those who have had an assessment with Mike Munro PT and who are attending the group class as part of their physiotherapy treatment. This class can be billed under your physiotherapy plan after you have the initial assessment. Starting November 2013, this clas will be on Wednesday mornings at 11:00am.
Our Gentle Yoga classes are taught by Maureen Nowlan, certified yoga instructor and retired nurse, and Mike Munro, certified yoga instructor and registered physiotherapist. Allow our teachers to help you ease into yoga. Gentle Yoga classes ensure that your yoga experience is a good one. These classes take place Tuesday mornings 9:30-10:45am, and Thursday afternoons at 1:45pm until 2:45pm.
Moms and Babes
Tuesdays 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.
Parents n Tots and Youth Yoga
Classes from September to June. Kerry is a certified hatha vinysasa yoga teacher and is a Certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. She loves sharing the experience of yoga with children of all ages. Kerry brings to her classes, a light-hearted nature, a passion for psychology and healing, and a desire to guide people in finding a sense of balance, peace, joy, and overall well-being in their lives. She is excited to begin sharing yoga with young people as they take on the various experiences and challenges they encounter while growing up. Parents n' Tots classes are Wednesdays at 11:00am (ages 2-5) These children's classes run from September until June. Kerry has started teaching her sessions as Themed class. What fun! A Halloween theme in October, a Christmas theme in December, a winter theme in January, Valentines in February and an Easter Theme in March.
Cost for these classes 5 chits for $47.50* OR drop in for $10 per class. *The family yoga prices are for one adult and one child; additional children/family members add $5 each.
Pregnancy 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 and Hillary are extremely gifted in teaching pregnancy yoga with their backgrounds and experience. Pregnancy yoga takes place Saturdays at 11:00am. Please join us during any stage of your pregnancy.
If you are interested in Midwifery or Doula Services during your pregnancy please check: Doula Services Certified Birth Doula and a Certified Lamaze Birth Educator 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.
Sunday nights at 7:30pm by Helen Fong. 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.
Sandy Lund will be offering a Yoga Nidra class one Friday evening of each month. This class will run from 7:15pm - 8:15pm.Please check our workshops page for these dates. To sign up simply show up at class or pre-register on our schedules page. This class costs one chit or pay regular drop-in rates.
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.
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.
"Relax and Renew(TM) "
Sandy Lund and Helen Fong teach our Relax and RenewTM / Deep Restorative yoga sessions.
Sandy Lund or Helen Fong will be offering Relax and RenewTM sessions ONE Saturday afternoon a month from 3:00-4:15pm. Please check our schedule for exact dates.
Relax and Renew classes are the antidote to stress. “To relax is to rest deeply”. Using props to fully support the body and a mindful, gentle approach, each posture is passively received rather than actively sought. Unlike other forms of exercise or other styles of yoga, restorative poses require little to no effort. The practice is in the ‘non effort’ supporting the on/off switch from ‘fight and flight response’ of our full lives into ‘relaxation response’. During this practice of deep relaxation, you will be healed and nurtured from within. Sandy has trained with Judith Laster, an internationally known yoga teacher, and is the only "Relax and Renew" Teacher in Atlantic Canada.
Helen Fong Offers a laughing yoga class one Saturday afternoon a month from 2:00pm until 3:00pm. Join Helen for this form of yoga that empties the lungs of stale air and balances the different energizes in your body. Health benefits include stress relief and improved functioning of your immune system. You'll leave feeling refreshed and happy. Please check our workshops page for these dates. To sign up simply show up at class or pre-register on our schedules page. This class costs one chit or pay regular drop-in rates.
Leanne Whiting teaches Flying Yoga one Saturday afternoon each month. This class runs from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please check our workshops page for these dates. These classes cost 2 chits or $20 plus tax for drop-ins.
Flying yoga is a unique playful & therapeutic yoga practice that combines the wisdom of yoga, the playfulness of acrobatics, and the healing art of Thai Massage. It uses gravity and metta (loving kindness) to release and open the flyer’s spine while grounding and trusting the stability of the base.
The flyer uses minimal effort to receive the numerous benefits of inversions, while the base guides, and therapeutically heals the flyer. This method of healing is also known as Anti-Gravitational Spinal Elongation Therapy.This practice introduces amazing new ways of developing strength, flexibility, awareness, courage, and connection.
Flying yoga is an extension from the evolving practice of AcroYoga (www.acroyoga.org). It is a community based practices that emphasizes trust, strength, connection, and freedom!
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Zumba with Amy
Join Amy every Wednesday morning (7:45am) and Thursday evening (8:30pm) for Zumba Fitness classes at the studio. Classes are 1 hour in length and cost $69 for 10 (tax in), or $8 (tax in) for a single drop in class. If you have an unlimited registration with us please check out Zumba as well, you won’t regret it!