Restorative yoga

Our yoga teachers base their teaching style of yoga from Interdisciplinary, Baptiste, Anusara and Iyengar yoga and additionally draw from their own backgrounds. The "Hatha" classes have more focus on details and alignment. Classes become 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). The "power" classes have less focus on instruction of details and have more focus on the flow of 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. 

Ease into yoga in a "Gentle" way ... instead of a "yang" flowing practice slow things down for a "Yin" practice ... or de-stress and rest in a Yoga Nidra 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!

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 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 a 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. 



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.


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. These classes are taught by Maureen (retired nurse) and Maxine (occupational therapist/kinesiologist/osteopathic studies 5th year).


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.  Leigh is extremely gifted in teaching pregnancy yoga with her background and experience. Pregnancy yoga takes place Saturdays at 11:00 am. 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. See our schedule below for times for our classes.


Yin Yoga

yin yoga helen halifaxYin 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. See our schedule below for times for our classes.


Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga uses props to fully support the body so that each posture may be 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 or flight’ response of our full lives into ‘relaxation response’.


Yoga Nidra

yoga nidra sandy lundWe have Yoga Nidra classes one Friday evening of each month (dates below for the near future). These classes run for 1.25 hour. Occasionally 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. 

Times/dates for 2019:

​September 20
October 18
November 29
December 20


Chair Yoga

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 relieve tension, open the hips, create mobility in the neck and shoulders, find length in the spine, improve balance and strengthen muscle tone. 


Hip hop Yoga

Whether you are young or young at heart come and take part in a fusion of Hatha yoga and hip-hop music offered by Helen Fong.

Discover how your breath, movement, swagger, and sweat can playfully mix with instrumental hip-hop beats. Relieve stress, breathe deeply and bring stillness to your busy mind.

You do not need to be a Hip Hop star or a bendy noodle to have fun at this class. ALL levels are welcome!

We try to have Hip Hop sessions once a month, Saturdays, from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The next session is scheduled for September 14, 2019. Tell your friends and bring your family...the more the merrier.

Next dates: September 14, 2019, October 12, 2019, November 30, 2019, December 14, 2019


Early Morning Mysore 

Seth Daley is offering early morning Mysore classes at TAYS. Classes are weekdays 5:45-8:00 am. The 12-week sessions of Mysore classes are available for $300 tax in, with other passes available for shorter commitments.

Named after the city in India where Ashtanga yoga first rose to worldwide 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 day's 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 11 years and is looking forward to the next decade. Please register through Seth. Any questions? or by phone at (902) 456-7564



Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes

yoga nidra sandy lundPlease join Bakes Mitchell with the Tai Chi 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 main 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. Required: at least five (5) participants pre-registered for each session. If you are interested, please pre-register now by calling TAYS at 902-429-3303.

The prerequisite for the continuing form class is knowledge of the first third of the Cheng Man-ch'ing short form. Students will be expected to practice tai chi daily during the session. We will emphasize form correction and the principles of tai chi throughout the class. 

The dates and times of classes for Autumn 2019 are:

  • Tai Chi - Continuing Form, Wednesday nights at 7 pm; 8 week sessions; $80 + tax 

The 8-week session is October 16 - December 5, 2019

Tai Chi Chuan Form.  Tai Chi Chuan (or Taijiquan) 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). 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.