Choosing a Class
It is the intention of the Institute to provide different styles of practice so that each person can choose the one which suits them best and fulfills their particular goals. Our highly complementary styles of Yoga may be studied simultaneously. The benefits of all types of Yoga on your physical, mental and emotional health are immense. A typical Yoga class blends postures, movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Students benefit immensely from a consistent and diverse Yoga practice. Wear loose comfortable clothes and bring a towel. We wish you a rewarding experience!
Level 1 : Beginners
Level 2 : Intermediate
Kundalini Yoga Classes
For empowerment, vitality, endurance, concentration and personal growth. Kundalini Yoga combines posture, movement, stretches, breath, meditation and mantra to carry us to a deeper awareness of the Authentic Inner Self. Through various sets of Yoga postures, the chakras (energy centres) are awakened and balanced.
Each Chakra radiates a particular energy important to our health, state of mind, and general well being. Each chakra is associated with particular aspects of our physical, emotional and mental being, including our talents and skills. We will explore how to further open the chakra centers and balance and elevate their vibration.
The spine, ligaments and muscles are strengthened and stretched to develop a strong and flexible body structure. Furthermore, your glandular and nervous systems are energized and balanced, increasing self-healing and vitality, and strengthening the inner core of your body.
Early morning Kundalini practice at 5h00am. Free. All are welcome.
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Kundalini Live Music (Kirtan)
the "science of sound", chanting ancient mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. The class includes warm-up exercises and gong meditation. Beginners welcome !!
The Ten Bodies
According to the ancient technology of Yoga, we all have ten hues, minds and bodies. Each of these bodies has eight chakras, three conditions, five elements, a unique physiology, and a related psychology. When you learn to know yourself in this way and experience others with this increased awareness, you become more authentic, more compassionate…a better parent and partner.
The classes are based on the Kundalini style and are comprised of tuning-in and centering the self, movement, deep relaxation and meditation. With a heightened awareness of your body, mind and spirit you'll have the beautiful gift of experiencing your chakras and your 10-bodies. “They will help make certain parts of your life stronger, balanced and more real. “ says Surjeet Kaur.
"If you understand that you are Ten Bodies, and you are aware of those Ten Bodies, and you keep them in balance, the whole universe will be in balance with you." ~ Yogi Bhajan.
Hatha Yoga Classes
Traditionally yoga is used to calm the mind and provide a healthy and strong body.
Hatha yoga combines a solid practice of postures (asanas) which are taught with a deep knowledge of alignment and safety, mixed with specific exercises bringing attention to the breath and physical sensation. Through this, the intention of the practice is to stabilize the mind in the present moment while building strength and flexibility.
The result is a deeper knowledge of ourselves and a day-to-day life experience more centered, stable and peaceful.
One does not need to be flexible to begin hatha yoga. With a sustainable and regular practice, naturally the body will open and release resistances. Even then, the emphasize is not as much on how the poses are perfectly performed than on the quality of being present, receptive and relaxed.
Hatha Yoga - Vinyasa
Hatha - Vinyasa is a dynamic practice which emphasizes stability and strength in equal proportion to flexibility. Focusing on present moment awareness, it links one posture to the next in a unique flow, which, in essence, is a manifestation of the subtle movement of the life force, of prana. Hatha - Vinyasa promotes balance; a balance of strength and flexibility, lightness and heaviness, movement and stillness. Through vinyasa one may come to know the vibration of life. This integration arises when breathing and movement become one. The mind is then set free and the practice becomes like a meditation in motion, and can act as a conduit for a deeper exploration of our core identity and being.
Hatha Mudra Yoga
Combining Hatha, Swara, Mudra and Mantra Yoga, Daniel Gauthier offers the perfect intro for those who aren’t sure what yoga to practice.
Let there be no doubt, this is a fun class first and foremost. Adapted for beginners and perfect for spiritual seekers.
- Hatha: Practice, practice, practice.
- Swara: The flow of air in one or two nostrils, also means sound or tone. Our thoughts will use swara, following the breath, understanding prana, vayus (pranic air current) and koshas (sheat of body and mind, realm of experience)
- Mudra: We will explore the Hasta (practice with the hands), the Kaya (body attitude) and Mana (head, eyes, etc) Mudras
- Mantra: Why learn sanskrit names and repeat posture names as we practice?
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites.
Plus value: From time to time, students will receive by email “yoga practice sheets” so that they can carry on their research… in between classes.
For relaxation, inner focus, and flexibility. A class begins with centering, followed by gentle stretches, moving into postures with an emphasis on alignment, awareness of breath and an acceptance of all physical sensations. In a compassionate and non judgmental way you are encouraged to be present in the moment and to move at your own pace, honoring your body's feedback. The most essential teaching in Kripalu Yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment. When you fully experience sensations consciously without labeling or judging them, the doorway to your higher self is opened, this is what we call "Witness Consciousness". It unifies mind, body and spirit by making you aware of the inborn wisdom that iscommunicated by your body at every moment.
During meditation, mantras, mudras (specific hand and finger positions) and breath techniques are used to calm, and uplift the mind. The practice of Kundalini Meditation awakens the unlimited creative potential of the greater Self.
Ki and Heart Meditation (Meridian Yoga)
Experience the depth of your Heart and the mystery of ki (universal life energy). Discover your life purpose and experience how your intentions can influence others.
Ki Oneness: exercises to discover how to unify with others and the world.
Heart Practice: exercises to broaden one’s awareness of how the ki world and Heart state affects all life.
Meridian Stretching: a form of partner yoga for increasing ki.
Ki Meditation: Meditation in which we pray for the spiritual development and happiness of all being
Yin Yoga and Restorative (Hatha Yoga)
Yin Yoga is an excellent complement to active asana practices (yang). A Yin practice consists of relaxed floor poses, held for a few minutes at a time. The poses emphasize connective tissues (not the muscles) of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lumbar spine. A Yin practice regulates the energy flow in the body, induces awareness and a relaxed focus, while preparing the mind and body for longer meditation practices. Through supported asanas, Restorative Yoga seeks to increase flexibility and stamina, conserve energy, tone the body’s organs and relieve mental and physical stress. This practice helps to rejuvenate the entire body and creates a feeling of balance, peace and tranquility.
Restorative and Meditation (Hatha Yoga)
Speciality Yoga Classes
Yoga and Meditation for Conscious Pregnancy
Prenatal Yoga uses postures, breathing, and meditation to help mothers-to-be discover a deeper sense of peace and harmony within. Gain flexibility, focus, strength, and awareness through a gentle practice that is designed especially for the pregnant woman's needs. It is a time for connecting, nurturing, slowing down and learning to meditate, while being in the company of other mothers-to-be.
Mom and Baby yoga (and Daddys too!) 6 weeks to 20 months
Motherhood and fatherhood is a precious gift and the beginning of a new adventure. Bring your baby (6 weeks to 18 months) and exercise, breathe, relax, dance and meet other families. For the mother, the class focuses on post partum needs such as toning the pelvic floor and re-establishing core strength while encouraging relaxed and healthy breathing. Dads stay in shape too! As you stretch and strengthen , your baby participates right alongside you. Then its their turn, and movement, coordinated with songs and dancing together is a great recipe for fun and deepening your relationship with your baby. Chanting is also an integral part of the class. Everyone comes together for a time that is joyful and stress free. Siblings up to age 3 are welcome.
Kids Yoga 4-7 yrs
The benefits of yoga and meditation for children have been scientifically proven to demonstrate that yoga acts principally on the endocrine system and balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
We see such effects as:
• heightened concentration
• diminished anxiety
• improved balance
• higher self-esteem and emotional stability
• flexibility and consciousness with respect to the environment and body.
Each course is composed of a program of postures and breathing techniques. Course finishes with relaxation and meditation.
Toddler Yoga 21 months – 3 yrs
To tone the abdominals, streamline and re-align the body. The ultimate body-conditioning and training system for developing back and abdominal muscle strength, flexibility and postural alignment. It is a safe and balanced workout done lying on a mat. Muscular toning and streamlining without bulking are also benefits of this practice. In addition, deep synchronized breathing encourages physical consciousness and relaxation.
Developed in the 1920's by the legendary physical trainer, Joseph H. Pilates, this method of exercise is a system which focuses on improving; flexibility, muscle tone, spinal length and abdominal and lower back strength without building bulk. The 'powerhouse' -abdomen, buttocks, and lower back are a focus of strength and support. Pilates yields numerous benefits; increased flexibility, lung capacity, mental focus, physical coordination, posture, balance and control, length and core strength.
This practice streamlines the body without bulk or joint stress, leaving the body toned and feeling revitilized with ease. Widely used by dancers over the years, pilates is also used in rehabilitaiton and sports training as well. Now praticed by all who are ready for a slim, trim , fit body!