Yoga is an ancient meditation practice, movement practice, and lifestyle originating at least 5000 years ago. You may be familiar with yoga as a "good exercise" - and you are correct! Although the physical aspect of yoga is only one part of it, we also do some meditation and breathing in most classes. Yogis were typically recluses, living away from society and focusing their attention inwards to become better people. While it isn't always practical to live in a cave nowadays (especially with our Albertan winters!) we can still learn a lot from the practices handed down from yogi to yogi and do our best to apply them to present day situations. And of course, being mindful that BIPOC creators were mocked for practising what is now widely known as a popular form of exercise, and that it was a "men only" practice until only a few decades ago.
I am still learning and decolonizing my own practice every day. Classes are evolving and changing as I learn more and reflect my own understanding in my teachings.
Having obtained my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020, I offered online yoga classes during the height of the covid19 pandemic. I am currently only offering one-on-one sessions. You can see some example classes on my youtube channel (Healing Sense RMT Yoga) to get a better feel of which class might be right for you.
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Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you aren't sure what class is right for you, or if you'd like to try a one-on-one session to help you understand your body and practice better.
Stretch and Breathe
Level: Beginner and Up
These classes are 30-45 minute sequences to help loosen up stiff joints and tight muscles by moving through stretches, and learning some breathing patterns for meditation. We will not be holding stretching for long periods in these classes.
It is a beginner class with no advanced stretching positions and can be easily modified to accommodate for limited ability. All levels are welcome!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
~45 minute classes based on some of the more traditional asanas (poses). We will focus our breathing as we hold some positions, but all of the Hatha classes still include a warm up and cool down sequence, as well as descriptions for functional positions that can train your body properly for full asanas later. Some of these classes will also include breathing exercises and/or short meditation portions.
Geared towards Beginners, but all levels are welcome! This option is great for increasing strength, stability, and mobility. You do not have to be flexible or a regular gym goer to take this class!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
These 45 to 60 minute classes have more of a work out than the other options! Lots of cues for modifications and different options to protect your joints as we flow and breathe through some routines that will nurture your strength and balance. They'll get all your muscle groups involved as we link our bodies to our breath cycles for an incredibly energizing session that will leave you in an utterly peaceful savasana. (If we end there. I promise nothing.)
If you are new to yoga and/or exercise, or you have certain physical requirements (such as wrist pain, spinal conditions, etc), please inquire about the Beginner I and II classes. (Plank-less options available)
If you are comfortable with movement/exercise and are able to modify for your requirements without specific instruction, please inquire about the Intermediate classes (lots of movement, get sweaty, more physical based practice. Many planks.).