current class styles

vinyasa flow (hot or not)

‘Vinyasa’ = linking breath + movement. In all of our vinyasa classes we focus on balance, power, flow, flexibility + alignment within the fundamentals of yoga. Discover a deeper union of body + mind + breath, while strengthening your metabolism, circulation and cardio. Be prepared to leave this class feeling lighter, stronger + recharged. Experience years of stress melt away and cleanse your body of toxins as you stretch, tone and strengthen.

*Hot Vinyasa Flow is known for it’s detoxification benefits and rejuvenation of the skin. The heat allows your muscles + joints to ease into full range of motion; while you are encouraged to always respect + honor your unique limitations. Our Hot Vinyasa Flow classes are heated to 98 +/- degrees.

*please note, we will not be offering hot yoga during the pandemic (as per recommendation from our local health unit inspector); however, we are offering warm classes.

gentle hatha

Gentle Hatha is perfect class for new yogis who want to learn the fundamental poses in yoga, and/or seasoned yogis who are craving a more traditional and/or gentle practice. In our Hatha classes, we move in + out of poses (asanas) mindfully, with detailed focus on safe alignment + breath (pranayama) while honoring your own individual needs, level of experience and personal limitations. Hatha yoga will allow you to develop ease, comfort, strength, mindfulness + flexibility over time in both mind + body. Gentle Hatha is recommended for all levels, including beginners!

lunch break yoga

Whether you are at the office or at home you can now join us virtually for this practice! For those who live or work within close proximity to the studio, perhaps you opt to join us in the studio, to take a break from your work space. This class is designed to recharge your energy to get you through the rest of the day. This is a combination class of Hatha and Vinyasa to help you create space in both your body and mind; as well as a little “you got this’ boost to remind you that you are in fact, enough.

restorative yoga

Restorative yoga provides us the opportunity to slow down and develop a greater sense of balance + health. In our fast paced society, many of us spend our time in a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ state (sympathetic nervous system). Too much time spent in this state leads to dis-ease. In restorative yoga, you will learn to arrive back in your body + into a state of ‘rest + digest’ (parasympathetic nervous system). With the use of the floor, wall, and props such as, bolsters, weight bags, blankets + blocks, you will begin the practice of surrendering into deep relaxation + restoration. Be prepared to shed tension + stress, quiet mental chatter and become unstuck. 

yin yoga

Yin yoga is a slow-paced floor practice, targeting deeper connective tissues in the body; lengthening, strengthening + stretching the fascia + ligaments, while inviting the muscles to relax. Postures are held for longer periods of time (usually 1 – 3 mins/up to 5), improving energy flow along the meridian pathways, reducing stress + anxiety, improving flexibility + joint mobility, and calming the mind for deep + quiet introspection.

styles coming back soon

yoga for beginners

We understand that walking into a studio for the first time can feel intimidating. If you have been considering trying yoga, or getting back on your mat after a hiatus, this is the class for you.  Designed for beginners, this series will slowly guide you to reconnect, explore + honor your body’s needs and limitations while increasing balance, flexibility, stamina, focus + muscle tone.  Be prepared to feel lighter, looser + freed up in both body + mind. Together, we will hold + share space with no judgement, no competition + no comparison and invite inward acceptance, compassion + self care.  Our Yoga for Beginners is often scheduled as a series.

yoga for the chakras | series

Join us for this exciting 8 week series that will leave you feeling more grounded, connected, freer and lighter in both mind and body! This series will help you grasp a deeper understanding of what the main 7 chakras are and provide you with some of the tools to help balance each chakra. Each week we will move through an all-levels yoga practice designed for one of the Chakras (from root to crown), followed by a guided meditation specific to that chakra. The final class will include a full chakra balancing yoga practice, and end with the healing practice of Yoga Nidra.

yoga nidra

Allow yourself to restore, rest, heal, balance and create positive personal change with Yoga Nidra.  Gain insight into this ancient practice for imbalances such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia etc.  Release tensions and impressions stored in layers (the Koshas) of the mind and body from negative core/self beliefs. Yoga Nidra is a meditative form of very deep relaxation that has a profound effect on the body, mind and emotions.  All you need to do is lay comfortably in savasana on your mat, and listen.  Whatever you experience, whether you are awake or asleep, your deepest layers will go through the journey, and as a result, you will benefit in so many ways!  Oh….  and a  45 minute Yoga Nidra practice is equal to 3-­4 hours of sleep!  This class is often run 1x/month during our busy seasons. 

prenatal yoga

Our Prenatal classes are designed to help expectant mothers release built up tension in both body + mind.  Learn useful breathing techniques (pranayama) that will help reduce pregnancy related anxiety, help you focus during your delivery + bring a sense of calm into your life.  Guided gentle movement + postures not only help you to find ease in your own body, they will gently massage your baby; creating an inner memory of calmness+ relaxation that they will carry within them indefinitely. In this supportive + warm environment, we invite you connect to other moms, and further explore the miracle of pregnancy + childbirth.  With your permission, these classes often end with a lavender foot, or brow massage that will heighten your experience of pure bliss.

peace | love | yoga

Prepare yourself for 75 mins of self-love, healing + peace, from the comfort of your own home! Designed to help you shed unresolved emotion, anxiety + tension from mind, body + spirit, we will begin on our mats with asana (yoga poses) to help release stagnant energy. You will then take a reclined comfortable position on your mat (or in your very own bed) to prepare for a 30 – 45-minute guided yoga nidra practice, which will leave you feeling lighter + more at peace, within yourself + the world around you. *Option to turn your camera off during the nidra portion of this experience, for privacy.

you + me yoga

You + Me Yoga is the perfect opportunity for you and your child (child and guardian) to practice yoga and spend fun, quality time together! Join us in this warm + welcoming environment, where you can foster connection and strengthen your relationship in a healing, adventurous and powerful way. Experience playful partner poses + sequences and learn relaxation techniques that you can use anywhere. This class is for children ages 5 – 9, and an adult caregiver.  This class is run as a 6 or 8 week series, once or twice throughout the year.

kids yoga

Our Kids Yoga classes are designed for children between the ages of 5 – 9 years old. This is an exciting and fun way to introduce yoga to our children and that is exactly how we think yoga should be for kids….. fun! Through games, adventures, stories, imagination and creativity, yoga and mindfulness are introduced and integrated. Yoga for kids provides learning tools for life, such as, belly breathing to calm the nervous system, practicing kindness and patience and so much more! This class is run as a 6 or 8 week series, once or twice throughout the year.

tween yoga

Yoga for Tweens has been designed for adolescents between the ages of 10­-13 years. The transition from young child to tween (adolescent) often results in mixed emotions, uncertain moral standards, and heavy peer pressure.  Our tween classes are designed to help tweens find their sense of calm, build self awareness + acceptance, self esteem, self confidence, focus and balance (on and off their mats), and so much more!  If this sounds like something your tween(s) could benefit from, register for an upcoming session today! This class runs as a 6 or 8 week series, once or twice a year.

yoga + meditation

Yoga + Meditation: Create a deeper mind | body connection through gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation. This blended class helps create opening in the body, relaxation + self discovery.  All levels are welcome; no experience necessary.  Drop ins, beginners, members and class card holders are welcome.

restorative yoga & thai massage (warm)

There is nothing quite like the union of Thai Massage and Restorative Yoga.  This is a slow paced gentle class combining traditional and restorative yoga poses with the magic of Thai massage.  Come join us for a full hour of gentle stretching, relaxation and bliss.  This class is a whole being experience, and is another perfect compliment to your more active yoga practices/life.    Our Restorative Yoga & Thai massage class has a maximum capacity of 10 participants, on a first come, first serve basis.  Option to preregister online, or call/email ahead to secure your spot.  Beginners, drop ins, members, and class card holders are welcome.

occasional specialty offerings

hot power flow

Similar to our ‘Hot Vinyasa Flow’, our Hot Power Flow is a  powerful, energetic, and playful flowing class.  Detox, stretch, strengthen, DE-stress and improve your metabolism and flexibility all in one class guaranteed to  leave you feeling rejuvenated and empowered.  Following a vigorous sequence, you will be rewarded with stretching areas of the body that hold knots and  tension.  Like our Hot Vinyasa Flow, this class has a strong emphasis on breath and allows beginners, intermediate and advanced students to be challenged in the same class.   Please arrive well hydrated; and feel free to refill at our water station when needed.  Drop ins, members, and class card holders are welcome.

intro to vinyasa

This series of classes are designed for those who are looking for a little more core and flow, while still focusing on breathing and reducing tension.  In Vinyasa, we are still warming up and cooling down slowly, while learning to incorporate a more flowing with the breath.  This class will help to really warm up the muscles, and help to increase your cardio stamina, slowly!  This is the perfect class for beginners who are interested in exploring Vinyasa style yoga, for those who want a gentle flow, or for those who have been away from their mats, but would like to return at a gentler and slower pace. Over the 8 weeks, we will break down the Sun Salutation variations, while building strength in our core, major muscles and in our minds.  Spots are limited to 12; please preregister early, to avoid disappointment.  Our Intro to Vinyasa Flow for Beginners is run as a preregistered series; drop ins are welcome if space allows.

mindful flow

Similar to our ‘Gentle Vinyasa Flow’ class and ‘Intro to Vinyasa for Beginners’, the Mindful Flow is in a non heated room, with an increased focus on mindful movement; breaking down the poses and sun salutations. Learn tools on how to calm the mind and incorporate breath with movement, while strengthening, stretching, and relaxing your physical body.   This is a great class for beginners when our ‘Intro to Vinyasa for Beginners is not running (or the time does not coordinate with your personal schedule),  or for anyone simply wanting a more gentle flow.   Beginners, drop ins, members, and class card holders are welcome.

karma class

Karma means “to do,” action without any intention for reward.  Sending out a non-­selfish intention in order to help others is what good karma is all about.  We hold Karma classes a few times per year. 100 percent of all donations go towards a family or organization in need; often in our community.  If you know of a local family or non profit organization who could use community love and support through a Karma class, please email us: info@old.yloft.ca Each Karma class will be advertised in our monthly newsletters and will include details, such as the style and temperature (hot vinyasa flow, non-­heated and/or Hatha).  A minimum donation of $10 is suggested.  Drop ins, members, and class card holders are welcome.

intermediate yoga

Be prepared to work hard and sweat in this creative and vigorous vinyasa practice.  Designed to be accessible for strong beginner students with variations that will challenge even the most advanced yogis, this class will be a full-spectrum, sweaty good time.  Learn the techniques and progressive stages to access even the most difficult poses in a straightforward and attainable way.  Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare you for yoga postures.  The heart of each class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body.  Each class ends with deep relaxation and meditation.  Our Intermediate Yoga runs occasionally, as a preregistered series; drop ins are welcome if space allows.

mom + baby yoga

Join us in experiencing the joy of practicing yoga with your baby.  In this class specifically designed for postnatal women, we will focus on calming the mind, releasing tension and toning the body.  Through gentle movements, breath work, stretching and strengthening, you will soon begin to feel stronger, more confident and a stronger connection between body + mind.  You and baby will both benefit from the bonding time together while connecting with other moms and babies in our community.  In this supportive environment, moms are free to tend to their babies needs.  This class is suitable for beginners, and/or for moms transitioning back into a gentler practice, and for babies who are not yet crawling.  Please note: babies are not used as props in our mom and baby sessions.

family yoga

Family yoga is a fun and entertaining class for the whole family, Moms, Dads (Guardians/Grandparents) and Kids!  Come explore yoga together!  Life can be a bit of a balancing act – family, work, fitness, down time… let us help you out by combining two things we love; Family & Yoga!  Appropriate for the whole family, while child centered and created for fun!  Classes will include yoga poses, exciting yoga stories, and lots of fun and games, while strengthening bonds between family members, as well as, building confidence, self-esteem, and strong healthy bodies!  Children and parents will also be guided through breathing and relaxation to help focus and feel grounded.   This 60 minute class promises fun for the whole family.  All abilities and levels of experience welcome!  This class is perfect for young families with children 3 years old and up.

qigong

Qigong is an ancient Chinese holistic healing method that involves meditation, controlled breath work and movement. Qi (pronounced Chee) is our Life Energy. Qigong is a process dedicated to creating balance, strength , agility and grace to assure vitality as we age. Qigong is a system that may be used for a lifetime. Any one can practice Qigong. The first part of class will be devoted to improving your awareness of tension and blocks in your body so you can remove unnecessary stress. The next step is to begin to be aware of your internal organs and to tune into the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body. We will also explore breathing exercises within our basic Qigong routine.

Qigong practitioners believe that energy flows through the body like a river. If the river flows too slowly it will become stagnant and not supply the body properly. If the river flows too quickly it can cause degeneration and exhaustion of the vital organs. Our practice will help us cultivate smooth flowing chi to help balance our energy.  No previous experience necessary. 

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