Please note certain classes are not offered on an ongoing basis. To know which classes are offered when, consult the schedule here
Jane, Ann-Karine, Myrielle and Annick
HEAL AND RESTORE
To renew your energy, to support healing of injury or disease, or to relax deeply, this non-invasive practice is effective by providing the space, time, appropriate postures in proper sequence and with appropriate support in order to deepen awareness and allow the deep wisdom of the body to carry out its work (see the gallery for some of the postures taught in this class)
This class is intended for beginner yoga students or students who have not practiced for a period of time. Basic asanas (postures) are introduced progressively with detailed alignment instructions. Students learn foundational standing poses, twists and forward bends along with breath awareness.
Slow-paced and supported practice using lots of props focuses on breath awareness, body connection and proper alignment. Appropriate for students with or recovering from injury or disease, those with reduced mobility and is also very enjoyable for seniors.
YOUTH YOGA ( 12-17 YEARS)
Youth Yoga is a one-hour class designed for students ages 12 to 17. Though the class is taught in a dynamic way, instruction includes proper alignment. Once a month, during new-moon time, students will be taught a quieter practice that includes pranayama (breathing techniques).
Once students have taken at least one session of regular classes of basic yoga, they can consider level 1. Level 1 includes the refinement of basic standing poses, forward bends, seated postures and twists. It introduces backbends and inversions, pranayama (breathing techniques), chanting and meditation. Because level 1 is not a beginner’s practice and focuses on deepening awareness, it is suitable for continuing students who prefer a gentle and slow approach to their asana practice (see the gallery for some of the postures taught in this class).
Level 1-2 (intermediate 1) is meant for students who feel confident in level 1 or already have a regular strong practice in other styles of yoga. Building on level 1, we enjoy refining and deepening the asanas (yoga postures). The regular practice includes longer holds than level 1, deep forward bends, balances, twists, inversions and backbends as well as pranayama (breathing techniques), chanting and meditation.
Please note that a level 1-2 + (intermediate 2) class is also sometimes offered. It is a slightly stronger level class than level 1-2
Level 2 is for students who have been practicing regularly for at least 2 to 3 years. Assuming that all level 2 students know the basic postures well, this class is about introducing more subtle internal aspects of asana alignment as well as pranayama. Level 2 students are expected to have a keen body awareness and an increasing ability for concentration. Wth the teacher’s guidance, they are able to choose the variations of postures and the length of holds that are appropriate for their body needs, while practicing at their threshold (see the gallery for some of the postures taught in this class).
Level 2 + is a step up from level 2 and the transition class leading to level 3. This class is for students who have at least 2 years of regular continued practice at Centre Yoga or in an Iyengar yoga school. Students in level 2+ are expected to know the Sanskrit names for and physical alignment of all basic yoga postures and pranayama. In level 2+ concentration must be steady. Asana are held for increasingly longer periods of time, including shirshasana and sarvangasana or variations. Students are also expected to be very attuned with their bodies and responsible for which postures they decide to practice, which variations are appropriate for them and when to seek the advice of the teacher.(see the gallery for some of the postures taught in this class).
LEVEL 2 - VINYASA
For level 2 students (see above), these short asana-breath linked classes are designed to support strong yoga students as a second, third or fourth practice of the week.
Please contact Eliot before deciding to come to this class.
Level 3 is for students who have at least 3 years of regular continued practice at Centre Yoga or in an Iyengar yoga school and have been authorized by Eliot to register for this class . Students in level 3 are expected to know the Sanskrit names for and physical alignment of all basic yoga postures and pranayama and in the process of learning more advanced postures or their variations. In level 3 concentration must be steady. All asana are held for long periods of time, including shirshasana and sarvangasana or variations. Level 3 students are able to determine the intensity of their practice for any given session and adapt to their personal needs no matter what postures are being taught in the class. (see the gallery for some of the postures taught in this class).
FREE COMMUNITY CLASSES
Free community classes in spring 2019 are designed for apprentice teachers of alignment based yoga at Centre Yoga to perfect their teaching skills before they graduate. They are also great opportunities for those new to yoga to try classes free of charge and for continuing practitioners to enjoy an extra led practice in the week at no extra cost.
We are very grateful as well for the attendance of advanced practitioners and teachers to come and serve as students to the apprentice teachers and give some precious feedback at the end of the class by filling out a very short form.
We welcome you to our community classes this spring!
FAMILY YOGA - (PARENT-CHILD YOGA) taught by Ann-Karine
This course is designed for parents (or grand-parents) and children (8-12 years old) wanting an introduction to yoga practices. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, we will explore postures, the breath and relaxation. This activity will help develop body awareness, confidence and well being.
CORE FLOW YOGA
Build strength, balance and fluidity. Working from inside out (deep core & pelvic floor), to proper breathing and posture. It incorporates postures that flow with the breath, building strength, balance and fluidity. The practice finishes with restorative poses to relax and unwind, preparing you for the week ahead. Class is designed for all levels and suitable for anyone wanting to safely strengthen their core!
YIN & YANG (ENG)
The perfect balance for your day or week! A blend of active and calm poses, strengthening and stretching. The practice finishes with restorative poses by the fireplace, so you go home feeling restored and recharged.
Class is suitable for all levels.
PRENATAL YOGA (ENG)
Move your body in ways that feel good and help alleviate some of the common effects of pregnancy. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as simple postures that can be helpful during labour.
MOM & BABY YOGA (ENG)
Classes are designed to gently stretch, strengthen and relax areas of the body affected by parenthood, meet other moms & bond with your baby using songs, physical movements and simple infant massage all while in our poses!
Introduce your family to the joy of Yoga! Strengthen your family bond and encourage a healthy lifestyle through simple postures, breath work, creative play, songs, games, and crafts. This class is for all ages and levels.
HATHA YOGA - MILD TO MODERATE
This ‘express’ yoga class offers a good start to vitalize your body and let go of the tension of the week. Meditation, breathing, stretching and postures (asanas) will allow you to reach out to your body gently and with openness. Accessible to all, this class invites you unite your body and your consciousness.
For fun, relaxation and rigor, this yoga is a great way to end the day. This practice is a series of postures (asanas) performed in a fluid sequence that increases flexibility and reinforces the body. Celebrate your body and push your limits!
Please note Cathia's courses are given in French
Kundalini Yoga, also known as Yoga of Awareness, is particularly powerful in its effects; sessions are very structured and each of them carries a particular theme to work on. It provides a vast number of very diverse techniques from which to chose to serve one’s main objectives and aspirations.
Please note Sophie's courses are given in French
GONG HEAVEN - FOR ALL
Come finish the week on a relaxing note to the soothing sounds of Gong.
The evening will start with some mindful breathing exercises, continue for about an hour of relaxation lulled by the sound of a symphonic gong and conclude with a final meditation with a mantra chant. Consult our Events & Activities calendar to know the dates.
Please note Sophie's activities take place in French
FLETCHERS PILATES® BEGINNER
Fletcher Pilates® is intelligent exercise! It evolves directly from the original method taught to Ron Fletcher by Joe and Clara Pilates. Guided by proper breathing, Ron Fletcher combined the principles of classic Pilates with his extensive movement background to develop an organic, flowing and artful series of movements that are as challenging to perform as they are satisfying to master. Myrielle’s classes have a mix of Fletcher Fundamentals™, Fletcher Towelwork® and Fletcher Floorwork® and she guides students to deeply engage the body, mind and breath. – A body that moves better, lives better.
The language in which classes are taught is indicated below the teacher's name
FR/ENG: in both languages