Suitable for all levels, this class is great for beginners.
The room is heated to 102 degrees Fahrenheit (40 C) allowing muscles, ligaments and tendons to be warmed and stretched in a specific sequence.
Internal organs and glands are gently massaged and the heated room ensures that participants will enjoy a safer stretch and also have a good sweat. In this cardiovascular hot yoga class, fresh, oxygenated blood is brought into to every part of the body cleansing and rejuvenating the entire system.
In addition to the many physical benefits there are others as well. Increased concentration, willpower and mental clarity are just some changes that are commonly reported. In recent years medical doctors and psychiatrists have adopted yoga as a credible solution to various human ailments. Above the obvious physical benefits of hot yoga one can expect to gain a degree of mind serenity with regular practice. Having faith in oneself, improving self-control, determination, increased concentration, and building patience are some of the mental rewards that can be gained from doing yoga.
Hatha Yoga in a warm room focuses on a deep, safe and effective journey into yoga. Hatha Yoga postures are scientifically designed to give a comprehensive workout to the entire body.
Come prepared. We advise that you:
-Arrive 15 minutes before class
-Refrain from eating anything heavy 2 - 3 hours before class
-Bring a towel and some drinking water
-Wear comfortable clothing, preferably shorts and a sports top
-Mats are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one
Very similar to our Hot Foundation class, but with only 26 postures practiced twice each and two breathing exercises, in a room heated to 40 degrees C. The original Hot Yoga sequence as taught by Bikram Choudhury, and practiced by millions of people worldwide. Taught by Dallas who was trained by Bikram Choudhury, with many years experience teaching this style.
The foundation of this ancient system, discovered by the late Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his disciple K. Pattabhi Jois in the 1930's, involves a series of set postures practiced in sequence (vinyasa) known as the Primary Series.
Astanga yoga is a challenging form of hatha yoga. Each pose is linked to the next through a series of connecting movements called vinyasa, allowing the body to create heat and leading to more flexibility. Smooth, deep breathing (ujjayi), gaze (dristi) and locks (bandhas) are synchronized with the movements. This powerful and vigorous practice purifies and realigns the body, cultivating a feeling of inner peace, and leading to a natural state of meditation.
Our class introduces the basic concepts of the sun salutations and we always aim to include all the poses in the Primary Series. Extra time and attention are devoted to the breathing techniques and to establishing correct alignment within each posture. This class is designed to give the practitioner a firm and solid foundation in the practice.
We also offer Mysore classes for those with a knowlege of the Primary Series. This is a chance to practice in a group, with no instruction. Teachers are present to give help and assists.
Hot Vinyasa Flow
This class is based on Barkan Method Hot Yoga. Taught by Stephanie (who trianed in this style under Jimmy Barkan), this class links poses from our regular hot series through a vinyasa sequence. Vinyasa means moving with the breath through a series of poses including Upward Dog and Downward Dog, also called sun salutations. Clear instruction accommodates all levels within the class. After moving through a series of vinyasas the class will go into standing postures, before following the thread of the breath into seated poses. A perfect accompaniment to your Hot Yoga practice, this class builds upper body strength and stamina.
This style is modeled after the ashtanga yoga classes in Mysore, India taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Mysore class provides an opportunity for students of any level to develop a “self practice,” which an integral part of the ashtanga system. Students work independently on the particular series of postures that is most appropriate for them. The teacher assists, adjusts and quietly discusses particular difficulties or concerns with each individual if need be. Students gradually work through and memorize the sequence of postures.
Yin Yoga was developed by Paulie Zink as a method for deepening one’s flexibility. Postures are held much longer than in a regular yoga class, allowing the practitioner to get way deeper, stretching the fascia in passive poses. Targeting the connective tissue over time will lead to much greater flexibility. Staying in a pose for up to five minutes or longer can be very challenging both mentally and physically - the meditative benefits of this class are amazing. This is a great class for atheletes, runners and sports people who need more stretching time after a work out or those students with chronic tension who are looking for a restorative, gentle class in a quiet, supportive environment.
This class is in a warm environment (but not as hot as usual!)
Wednesday nights are by donation, one hour session, led by Jeanne, our resident Insight Meditation teacher. This experienced group of Saskatoon meditators welcome everyone to share the insight meditation experience with them. Check out their website for more info - http://www.saskatooninsight.com
Intermediate Yoga Workshops
We explore intermediate poses from our Hot Yoga lineage originating in Calcutta, India - focusing on safe alignment and inner awareness. Also known as the 84 Asanas, these poses are inspiring and require some previous yoga experience. This class also introduces preparatory poses for the advanced series, and strengthening exercises. We work on arm balances, lotus and meditation series, and inversions. This is a light hearted workshop style class with lots of tips and individual help from the teachers - don't be intimidated - everyone has to start somewhere! Led by Dallas & Stef, who is trained in our advanced series by Jimmy Barkan and Tony Sanchez.
Yoga is a safe, simple and natural method of preparing for the miracle of childbirth. This class is not practiced in the heat. We combine stretching with strengthening and breathing exercises to teach women the essential skill of being able to breathe correctly throughout birth and in times of stress. Linking the postures with breath, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit and helping you connect with your baby. Suitable for second and third trimesters - please consult your doctor.
10 week session begins Monday, January 5th at 7:30pm
Sign up for all 10 weeks for $120, or 5 weeks for $75.
Join in Monday evenings for 75 minutes of gentle prenatal yoga in the beautiful studio at Hot Yoga on 20th. We will be in the unheated room. This class will involve strengthening and lengthening muscles while keeping the needs of the prenatal yogini in mind. Please contact me directly with any questions you may have!
This will be an ongoing weekly session!
Kids Yoga (5 week session)
Kids yoga is on hold for now. Classes will incorporate books, games, and yoga cards and will be very interactive. The focus will be on having fun while learning yoga poses. Suitable for ages 5 - 10, taught by certified kids yoga instructor Amanda. Cost is $50 for 5 weeks, pre-registration is required as there is limited enrolment. This 5 week session is focusing on yoga and dance.
Still not sure?
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