The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit. The art of yoga is an ancient philosophical and spiritual system intended to unite the body and mind. The kind of yoga we will offer involves postures, called asanas, and breathing exercises, called pranayama. This type of yoga is usually called Hatha yoga.
The postures and breathing exercises in Hatha yoga help you to learn how to control and maximize your breath, allowing you to push through difficult physical tasks and moments.
Through practice, this combination of breath and movement can improve your mind-body awareness, as well as your health, stamina and flexibility.
We will also offer Ashtanga and Hot Yoga. Ashtanga yoga focuses on breathing and breath control, helping you to concentrate on your own senses. Hot yoga is yoga practiced in a heated room, to help you sweat out toxins and make your muscles and joints more limber, for increased flexibility and better posture.
Pilates, meanwhile, are exercises that focus on strengthening your core muscles, including your back, hip and abdominal muscles. They also help increase your flexibility and improve your posture. Like yoga, pilates also teaches you to breathe properly, which energizes your body and allows you to focus better.
We also offer Prenatal Yoga, Kids’ Classes and Private Classes.
Prenatal Yoga is for moms to be looking to connect to their babies through breath, body and mind. Classes are open to pregnant women at all stages. Prenatal Yoga will prepare you for the birth of your little miracle. It focuses on deep, long breathing to relax the body and mind to improve the circulation of oxygen and blood for you and your baby. You will have the opportunity to connect with other expecting mothers who can offer support and help you grow.
In Kid’s Yoga Classes children are guided through their yoga practice in a fun and uplifting way. Kids Classes are open to children age 3-12. We teach the fundamentals of the Yoga postures which help to strengthen their bodies, improve flexibility and balance and promote self-confidence. We create an open, accepting environment which helps children bring awareness to their existence and inspires self- love.A healthy body mind and spirit can begin at a young age with yoga.
Private Classes: Teachers tailor the class based on the needs of the individual student, focusing on breath, alignment and depth. All levels- intermediate.
All Levels Class (AL): This class is designed to accommodate yoga practitioners at all levels. It will connect basic yoga postures to the breath while toning and stretching the muscles, detoxifying the body and relaxing the mind.
Hot Core (HC): This class will focus on strengthening the core muscles. It will tone muscles throughout the abdominal area and deep inner core. All levels.
Yin Yoga (YY): This class will emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles and target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.
OUR YOGA TEACHERS:
After receiving my yoga teacher certification by the beautiful beach in Mexico, my love and passion for yoga continues to grow. I wish to share the gift of yoga with students seeking a spiritually enlightening and physically rewarding practice. I teach the style of Vinyasa yoga, which harmonizes traditional asana postures to the breath, calming and quieting the mind, while detoxifying and strengthening the body.
The mental, emotional and physical healing I have gained throughout my 7 years of Yoga practice inspires me to pass on this healing to others. As a teacher I look to offer students practical Yoga techniques to bring about breath awareness, mental calm, emotional stability, physical fitness and spiritual growth that may be extended beyond their Yoga practice and brought into their everyday lives.
Laura was introduced to yoga in 2005, it was in her very first class that she made a life-long commitment to the practice. To this day, Laura continues to be astonished by the transformation that yoga has brought to her life. Through yoga, Laura is able to practice becoming more present, peaceful and compassionate, and aims to infuse these practices into her teaching. Laura is passionate about integrating yoga into the world of social activism, she is the co-founder of Children of Light Charitable Organization, and is dedicated to reducing childhood poverty in the rural region of Gambo, Ethiopia. In between fundraising and yoga Laura is also studying International Development and Professional Writing at York University. Laura is inspired and guided by the teachings of Michael Stone along with the Moksha Yoga Community. She is thankful to all of her teachers for their ongoing support and inspiration in becoming more awake. As a yoga teacher, Laura hopes to assist students in the practice of opening up their mind/body, to relieve stress and anxiety, and to bring more joy and kindness into the world.