Living Yoga & Health

Class Descriptions

Beginner

Beginner’s mind, beginner’s body. This class is for those wanting a systematic way of exploring and learning how to move safely through the primary beginner poses and breathing practices. We start from the ground up: moving from grounding the feet and legs, all the way up to extending the spine, with introductions to the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga in between. Each class integrates and builds on the previous week's learning and exploration. Absolutely no experience necessary!

Accessible Chair Pilates @ Flo

This class is held at Flo Space, 260 Waterloo Avenue in Guelph. Parking is directly in front of the studio and there are no stairs. The class is done entirely with the support of a chair, no need to get down on the ground. Drawing from yoga, pilates and mindfulness practices, this is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of their body and their ability to move it. Explore functional movement, focus on connective tissue and joint health, strengthen weak areas, mobilize tight areas and consider reorganizing your structure for everyday activities. Props, including chairs, are provided. Friday mornings, 10am-11am.

Deep Practice, Deep Release

A practice of being compassionate. This practice invites you to have an inward experience to enhance the ability to listen to your inner wisdom that guides you in the flow of life. Classes begin with an emphasis on being present in your body, sustaining a flowing breath and warming up. The heart of each class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance body, mind & spirit. The overall experience is one of learning to love and nurture yourself. Meditation (5 – 10 mins) gives you the opportunity to listen to your inner wisdom and connect deeper with your true self. Pace: Moderate All levels welcome.

Evening Practice

Come to Evening Practice after your day and feel the benefits of letting go. For a more precision and alignment based class, and for those having taken Level 1, the Monday night 7:30pm Level 2 class is for you. Need something looser and more playful? Thursday night 7:30pm Level 1-2 is for you.

Flow and Roll

Flow and Roll is a fusion class, exploring traditional Hatha flow and introducing the concept and practice of myofascial release. This class will leave you feeling strong and relaxed, as though you’ve had a self-guided massage.

Foundations

Yoga asana and breathing practices are built from a reliable, safe foundation. More attention and detail will be given to the fundamentals of movements, including breath, strengthening, alignment and ease as we continue to explore the roots of the practice in varied sequences.

Gentle Yoga without Stairs

This class is held at Flo Space, 260 Waterloo Avenue in Guelph. Parking is directly in front of the studio and there are no stairs. This class focuses on ways of gently reintroducing us to our body and mind. We will learn how to move with more ease, less tension, and a greater sense of compassion towards ourselves. This is a good choice for those looking for a restorative practice integrated with ways of building strength and mobility. All props are provided. Tuesdays 5:45pm-7pm.

Hatha Flow Level 2

Hatha Flow is an energetic and mindful form of Asana/pose where students fluidly move from one Asana/pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. For students who have taken a level 1 class and have some knowledge of the poses.

Hatha Yoga @ Flo

Multi-level Traditional Hatha Yoga A Traditional Hatha Yoga class with variations for every type of student. The goal is to move through the entire body in a way that promotes strength, flexibility and detoxification; leaving students with a sense of balance and ease to carry them through their week.

Hips and Hamstrings

Hips and Hamstrings A class geared towards anyone experiencing tightness or a reduced range of motion in their hips and/or hamstrings. This is an excellent class for athletes or those wanting to improve their flexibility, stability and range of motion.

Intermediate Women

Jayelle Lindsay has offered this class at this time on Tuesdays since Living Yoga & Health’s beginning in 1995. We gladly carry on the tradition! Working with subtle movements and deep intentions we grow stronger, find our balance and move with ease. Expect both static and active movement integrated with breath, sounding, and meditation. A class for women who have taken a beginner class, or level one, and are looking for more focus and challenge.

Introduction to Meditation

This series is intended for beginners, and is a simple, practical introduction to meditation/mindfulness and its many benefits. We will cover sixessential practices such as calming the mind, seeing clearly and self-compassion. Chairs are available and all are welcome. Please do not wear any heavy colognes or perfumes as they can cause distraction, and allergic reactions in others.

Midweek Meditation to decompress

Drop-in on any Wednesday in July for an extended, guided meditation that will help you calm your mind, open your heart and deeply relax your body. You will be laying on the floor, supported by pillows and covered with a blanket, while being led through a “body scan” practice. These mid-week sessions can: - restore your emotional balance; - strengthen your focus in the face of constant distraction; - offer a powerful tool for working with pain; - be a stepping stone towards establishing an ongoing mindfulness practice; - offer a support for a better night’s sleep. There will a few surprises, including chocolate! July 4, 11, 18, 25.

Mindfulness Meditation

Using simple practices to focus the attention we will explore ways to settle the body, calm the mind, and open the heart. Expect guided instructions each week followed by a 20-30 minute sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair). Discussion will follow with a chance to ask questions and share your experience. This class is by donation.

Mindful Movement

All yoga practice is considered "mindful". What makes this class unique? With the guidance of a trained mindfulness meditation teacher, emphasis is on building present moment awareness with less attention to precision and alignment. What is showing up for us in this moment and how can we respond with kind attention and equanimity? Suitable for everyone. Particularly for those looking for a class that is a follow-up to the Yoga for Anxiety series with Elisabeth Schramm.

Morning Practice

Start your day with a Morning Practice to get grounded and open your heart. Find strength and stability to face your day with confidence. Awaken the mind to bring lightness and compassion to yourself and to those we meet as move through the day.

Movement Dynamics Pilates

Drawing from yoga, pilates and mindfulness practices, this is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of their body and their ability to move it. Explore functional movement, focus on connective tissue and joint health, strengthen weak areas, mobilize tight areas and consider reorganizing your structure for every day activities.

Over 50 & Gentle

Classes include more warm-ups and fewer poses per class. Emphasis is placed on preventing injury and mitigating the effects of aging while remaining at ease in the body.

Parent & Child in the Park

Wed July 4, 11, 18, 25 & August 1st. At Exhibition Park. Registration recommended, drop ins welcome. $70 + hst, $16 + hst for drop in. This outdoor class leads participants through breathing exercises, flowing movement and yoga asanas. Those with young babes will be given options for postures that include their little ones. Older children may choose to join our yoga flows or play in the park. Dress in layers for the weather. We will post on the website if class is indoors due to rain.

Prenatal

Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary change for your body and life. It is an exciting time. It can also be an overwhelming time. Each pregnancy is unique and so these classes give you the chance to explore a variety of poses and breathing practices that can bring comfort and restfulness to your body and happiness and calm to your mind. Take this time to nurture yourself. There will be ample time for discussion and to share your pregnancy experiences. Have fun, feel supported by other moms-to-be in the class, and look forward to friendships that will grow after little ones arrive. No previous yoga experience is required. Please note: this is not a labour preparation class and it should not replace the healthcare schedule and program you are currently following. It is intended for enjoyment and as an addition to a fit, healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.

Refine and Deepen

For those curious to explore your inner landscape, investigate your boundaries and meet your edges with compassion and curiosity. This class will refine and deepen your foundation and understanding through a play of flow, held postures, pranayama and more. Deepen your practice and expand your awareness. For continuing students with a strong understanding of fundamental safety, alignment and movement principles.

Slow Flow

Ease into your day with the sweetness of breath based fluid, gentle movement and a kind and mindful attention. Our exploration will include somatic, range of motion, spinal movements and self exploration. Appropriate for all levels.

Sunrise Yoga and Meditation

The perfect way to greet the middle of your week, awaken and begin the day with intention. Practice will include a nourishing blend of meditative mindset, embodied movement, active varied flow, restful postures and seated meditation to integrate into your day.

Yoga for Men

This class has been affectionately called "Broga" amongst its practitioners. We work on stretching the legs, releasing the hips, undoing tension in the shoulders. We practice letting go and being present. Each class ends with time for relaxation.

Weekend Wake Up!

This Saturday morning class is for those who are needing to decompress, unload, and let go. We move the spine in all directions with flow, stillness, breath, and meditation. This is a wonderful class to develop strength, stamina, and flexibility while letting go of the aggressive habits of pushing, pulling, and judgement. While we encourage all levels of practice to this class, we recommend that you have some familiarity with yoga, or another body/mind centered practice.