What is Yoga?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means "union". It refers to the union of mind, body, and spirit. The practice of Yoga in North America is probably better defined as asana, a Sanskrit word that refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.
The best understanding comes from experience. We recommend you drop in for a beginner class and sample Yoga Within.
The Classes at Yoga Within
What is Beginner Hatha?
No experience required. A safe place for individuals to experience yoga postures, breathing techniques, and develop relaxation skills.
What is Hatha?
All levels welcome. Deepen your understanding of the postures, breathing, and relaxation techniques.
What is Beginner Ashtanga?
No experience required. Learn the breathing and postures of the primary series. A stronger flowing class.
What is Ashtanga?
You should have a basic understanding of the series. A strong, flowing class building strength and flexibility. A good work out.
What is Gentle Yoga?
For all ages and body types, this is a gradual approach to classic Hatha yoga. The use of props and a focus on awareness allows each student to stretch, strengthen, balance, breathe and relax – in a way that is right for him or her.
What is Core Strength Yoga?
This class is an ALL levels flow yoga class that focuses on building and strengthening your core muscles. Through a series of hatha yoga postures your core muscles learn to engage and support you. There is a strong focus on learning to connect your breath with movement, creating a strong active practice. A strong core is the foundation of all strength.
What is Kundalini?
Kundalini yoga was brought to the west in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga is yoga of awareness. It is a Science, which works on the seven chakras, the arcline and the aura. It involves postures, breath, movement, sound, mantra and meditation.
What is Shape your Buddha?
A fun fusion of yoga and circuit training exercises in a relaxed environment designed for people of all levels of fitness. Learn how to tone and shape your body with circuit training, while you relax and boost your spirit with yoga. Build strength and confidence inside and out!
What is Boot Your Buddah - Outdoor Stair and Conditioning Class?
Our Boot Your Buddha class is a fantastic way to get in shape this summer. This class combines the benefits of breathing and stretching from yoga, into a safe and challenging stair workout. This class is an ALL levels class. Boot Your Buddha is about creating a level of challenge that works the best for you. Whether you have never done any amount of fitness before and just want to get moving or even if you are an experienced fitness junky there is something for everyone. So no more excuses get moving! Boot Your Buddha!!
A typical class includes: Breath work, Stretching, Ground strength training (body weight), Ground Cardio, Stair Conditioning/Circuits
What is Prenatal Yoga?
Through the practice of prenatal yoga, expectant moms can develop strength, stamina and stability while becoming aware of how the practice needs to be modified for their changing bodies. Time is devoted to cultivating awareness of the breath and to what’s going on within the body, especially the belly. With this connection we turn inwards to cultivate internal resources we will draw on during labour and birth. Through a variety of postures, we explore the difference between discomfort, stretching and pain and discover ways to relax through it all.
What is Mom & Baby Yoga?
Mom and Baby yoga is a gentle practice which combines traditional Hatha postures for mums with stretching exercises, songs and soothing techniques for babies. While enjoying the company of other mothers and babies in an informal setting, Mums can focus on building their strength and flexibility and on using breath and body awareness to achieve relaxation. Suitable for all levels and for babies from 6 weeks to crawling. Share the joy of yoga with your baby!
What is Yin Yoga?
The fundamental theory of Taoism is that all things can be described by their mutually complementary Yin and Yang aspect. A Taoist analysis of Yoga practice emphasizes the critical difference between Yin and Yang tissues of the body. Muscles and blood are Yang, connective tissues and joints are Yin. Yin and Yang tissues do not respond to training in the same way and a student’s practice becomes more effective when the difference is understood. Most forms of Yoga practiced today are Yang, they emphasize muscular movement and contraction. By contrast Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin postures are held three to five to ten minutes at a time. This form of yoga practice would be used to complement more active practices, and is a great aid for learning to sit in meditation.
The practice works with our energy body, clearing blockages in the nadis (meridians) and increasing the flow of prana or chi, improving the health of our organs as well as increasing our energy and promoting a general sense of wellbeing.
What is Sunrise Yoga?
Start your day the right way - enjoy an early morning practice to get you ready for what ever is coming. This 6:00 am class draws from all styles of yoga to create a wonderful wake-up and get ready practice.
What is Retro Yoga Flow?
Bridging the styles of a Hatha class with the flow of an Ashtanga class, the Hatha Flow class is a stronger flowing class creating a good work out and a bit more challenge than your regular Hatha class. This one is sure to become a favourite. We'll move to the breath and an ever-evolving playlist of retro music beats, vinyasa style, and get sweaty, strong and open. Come as you are. All experience levels are welcome.
What is Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors?
Yoga Thrive is a hatha yoga programme designed for people in cancer treatment, for survivors and their care-giviers.
What is Hip Opener Yoga?
This class is designed especially for opening the hips! The hips are able to stretch/move in 6 different ways. Class will begin with the Hip Series – a simple yet powerful sequence of stretches designed to open the hips in all 6 directions – bringing flexibility and balance to the hips. Following the Series, we will do classical yoga postures with emphasis on the hips, as well as special stretches and unique prop work to improve flexibility even more. Let’s have a little fun. Come feel the joy of free and happy hips. All levels welcome.
What is Restorative Yoga?
This class is designed for deep relaxation. We will begin with meditation to center the mind, followed by gentle stretches and restorative postures to gently open the body and bring a sense of deep restoration. Props will be used to support the poses so that you can relax completely and open gently. Finish feeling refreshed, restored and renewed. All levels welcome.