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1238B - 3 Avenue S.
Lethbridge, AB T1J0J9
info@yogacanada.org
Tel: 403-394-9642

 

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Class Descriptions

Following the title of each class is a brief comment about fitness appropriateness or if a doctor’s consent is required. Please read the description carefully to determine which class is right for you. If you have any further questions you may inquire with our office.

 Each class is unique to the teacher that leads the class but the structure of all the classes reflects the description
**Any students who are pregnant or become pregnant during a semester can only be registered in pre-natal yoga classes**

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​Yoga Basics

You’ll learn basic Hatha Yoga terminology, postures, the use of props, proper alignment, breathing and meditation techniques. You will build the foundation of your practice with this class. We recommend repeating this class several times as there is a great deal of learning here. Coming back to yoga after a time away from the mat? Use this class to review the basics.

​Yoga Basics

You’ll learn basic Hatha Yoga terminology, postures, the use of props, proper alignment, breathing and meditation techniques. You will build the foundation of your practice with this class. We recommend repeating this class several times as there is a great deal of learning here. Coming back to yoga after a time away from the mat? Use this class to review the basics.

​Yoga Basics

You’ll learn basic Hatha Yoga terminology, postures, the use of props, proper alignment, breathing and meditation techniques. You will build the foundation of your practice with this class. We recommend repeating this class several times as there is a great deal of learning here. Coming back to yoga after a time away from the mat? Use this class to review the basics.

Foundations

​New To Yoga? We Were Once Too.

This class is a gentle introduction to yoga, suitable for everyone

You’ll learn basic Hatha Yoga terminology, postures, the use of props, proper alignment, breathing and meditation techniques. You will build the foundation of your practice with this class.

 

Coming back to yoga after a time away from the mat? Use this class to review the basics.

Hatha

The emphasis will be on longer, static holds, there is less flow-based movement and more depth in each asana. You will go through a combination of standing, seated and lying postures that will challenge balance, strength and flexibility.Explore the postures you previously learned in greater detail & learn additional classical postures. You’ll also learn a new Vinyasa flow sequence that will challenge your heart rate and build overall strength. 

*Previous yoga experience required (at least 1 semester of yoga basics)

Ashtanga

(Primary & Intermediate)

A dynamic, flowing sequence of yoga postures, linked together by movement and the power of the breath. This energizing style of yoga will appeal to active participants or those wanting to get in shape. You’ll develop endurance, greater lung capacity and lean muscle mass. Excellent cross training activity for the winter season.

*Yoga experience & moderate fitness level required.

(at least 1 semester of yoga basics)

Stretch for Strength

Gain balance and strength as you lengthen and lean your entire body.  A stimulating series of flowing postures that will challenge your stamina and strength. This class designed to sculpt, lengthen, and challenge different muscle groups.

 We begin by appropriately warming the body to transition into more intense and dynamic movements. Props, including blocks, and weights will be integrated into class.

*Yoga experience required

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the application of yoga practice to alleviate physical & mental health conditions with the view of promoting self care and encouraging overall well being.

 

In yoga therapy we use yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and guided imagery to improve our mental and physical health.

The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of body, mind and spirit.

Restorative Yoga

In this class the focus will be on deepening some of the classic postures.  You’ll release tight shoulders, hamstrings, back and spine.  

Restorative Yoga consists of slow, gentle dynamic movements to create a calming energy. Restorative Yoga consists of longer holds and passive stretching allow you to relax in this nourishing all levels practice

Flow Yoga

Enjoy an active style of yoga, which links poses together in a fluid manner with the breath brings a perfect balance of energy and calm to the body and mind.

*Extensive previous yoga experience required (a minimum of 6 months of consecutive classes)

Intermediate Flow

This class will move through creative sequences based on themes and alignment principles.

*Extensive previous yoga experience required (a minimum of 6 months of active consecutive classes)

Prenatal Yoga

Prepare yourself for the joys and demands of pregnancy. Learn how to manage the constant changes in the body and  cope with the discomfort and fatigue of your pregnancy using yoga therapy. Focusing on mind/body connection through breath and pelvic floor exercises, this practice will ease tension in hips, shoulders and problem areas while improving overall body strength.

*Doctor’s referral is required.Gentle and appropriate for full term pregnancy

Yin Yoga

A meditative, slow, quiet, yet challenging practice that works with deep connective tissues while relaxing your muscles.

Happy Hips Hatha

Happy Hips is a Hatha based practice with emphasis on opening and strengthening the hips. The hips are at the pelvic hub of our skeletal system affecting the way we walk, sit, move and sleep. Creating harmony in the hips often leads to harmony in the entire body/mind. Happier hips make for happier days and nights. This class will emphasize a variety of movement and is suitable for most levels of experience and for those interested in opening and strengthening the hips.

Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga is an unhurried, therapeutic yoga class introducing postures and breathing techniques that gradually build flexibility and strength. It is suitable for those new to yoga, with special physical concerns, or who simply wish to move at a slower pace.This class assists in stress reduction and provides a atmosphere of safety and comfort.

Gentle yoga is for absolutely anyone of any age, shape or size who wants to experience the many benefits of yoga. All levels of practice are welcome, and no experience or flexibility is necessary.

Vinyasa 

An intermediate flowing sequence of postures led together by the power of breath.  An energizing style of yoga that appeals to active participants.

*Extensive previous yoga experience required (a minimum of 6 months of consecutive classes) 

Advanced Power Yoga

A dynamic, flowing sequence of yoga postures, linked together by movement and the power of the breath,  along with core exercises, a very energizing style of yoga will appeal to active participants.

*Extensive previous yoga experience required (a minimum of 6 months of active consecutive classes)

Yin Yang Yoga

 Yin Yang Yoga blends two styles of yoga into one practice - bringing together the benefits of passively holding yoga poses with more dynamic sequences and standing postures. We recommend having completed at least 1 semester of yoga basics before attending yin yang.

Tai Chi Easy

A Simple practice drawn from the ancient Chinese healing system of qigong. Carefully developed and adapted to support and empower individuals in their quest for creating better health, improved vitality and inner tranquility through qigong and tai chi.  The practice consists of 4 main components: gentle movements, self massage, and breath practice, encompassing quiet mindful meditation using traditional chinese techniques to release your own body's medicine while activating the healer within you. 

Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra®

Experience deeper levels of inner peace and health than you ever imagined possible. A guided meditation that systematically guides and relaxes you. Give yourself permission to rest, balance and restore. 

*No experience required. Suitable for everyone, including prenatal & post surgical students.

Kids

Kids Yoga classes - Specifically designed for ages 3-5 and 6-8.  It will include poses to increase strength, flexibility and co-ordination. 

 

Classes are intended to be fun and may include age appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses.

New Baby, New Mom

This unique class is specifically for babies 8 weeks - 4 months postpartum.  

This class will be focused on connection, healing and moving with awareness in early postpartum.

Infant and Me

This unique class is specifically for babies 5 months+ (sitters, scooters and crawlers) up to walkers.

A class to connect with inner vibrancy, re-awaken energy, and to connect with community.

108 Garden Yoga Experience

Nikka Yuko and the Canadian Yoga Institute have partnered to offer regular yoga classes in our garden. Yoga will be outdoors, so please come prepared for an outdoor experience. In inclement weather, the yoga class will be held inside the pavilion at Nikka Yuko. Included in this package is: Yoga mat rental 

  • Water bottle 

  • One yoga class in the garden with Canadian Yoga Institute

  • Courtesy pass for a future visit to the garden

*Drop in's are also available for yoga classes for $15.75 - pay a drop in fee though our website please.*