Living Yoga & Health

Descriptions

Absolute 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!

Afternoon Vinyasa

Vinyasa Yoga is an energetic and mindful form of Asanas/pose where students fluidly move from one Asana/pose to the next while connecting breath to movement. All levels welcome.

All Levels

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.

All Levels Saturday Morning

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.

Beginner

Whether you have been away from your practice and need a way back in, or you are completely new to the practice and want to try it out, this is a good place to start. 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. Each class integrates and builds on the previous week's learning and exploration.

Chair Class

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.

Dynamic Movement

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.

Dynamic Movement Express

Noon hour refresher, this class is a perfect way to unfurl from your desk or your day. A shortened 50 minutes version of the Dynamic Movement Class (see description above), you will be back to work from your lunch break with increased clarity and mobility.

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 and Nidra

Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice of Yoga that is done lying down in a comfortable position on the floor. It is a guided practice intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. We live in a chronically exhausted, overstimulated world, with an overly reactive sympathetic nervous system which can over stress the body. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, that takes you deeply into the parasympathetic nervous system addressing your physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs. All levels welcome.

Gentle Somatic Yoga

A subtle and slow paced class that blends Hanna Somatic Education with breathing techniques, healing meditations and gentle yoga postures. We will "reset" muscle tension through specific muscle contraction followed by slow, deliberate release and complete relaxation. This is called Pandiculation and it re-programs your brain to muscle connection, thereby unlocking holding patterns of stress and pain. This practice increases self-awareness, flexibility and freedom in your soma.

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

Based on traditional Sivananda Yoga, this class focusses on breath awareness, energy points, asanas/poses, building concentration, balance, and meditation. Poses may be held for a few breaths to bring the mind into present time, condition muscles to be strong, develop core awareness, and improve balance. Guidance and modifications will be offered. No Previous yoga experience necessary.

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

Ready to go deeper? This class explores the poses with more detail and subtlety. We build on the primary poses and move into more challenging poses with intelligence and curiosity.

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!

Introduction to Meditation

This 6 class series is intended for beginners, and is a simple, practical introduction to meditation/mindfulness and its many benefits. We will cover six essential 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.

Morning Vinyasa

Vinyasa Yoga 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. All levels welcome.

Mindful Yoga

The experience of stress, anxiety and trauma can result in a sense of disconnection from our own body, or a lack of ease and peace in the body. The intention in this class is to provide a safe space to explore yoga and mindfulness, using the principles of ‘Trauma Sensitive Yoga’. In an environment that is non-judgemental, non-competitive and non-harming, you will be offered guidance, but also be encouraged to make choices for your own practice. No physical assists or corrections will be offered. The practices are gentle, suitable for beginners and those with experience in yoga. The specific practices or forms chosen will encourage the participant to find some freedom of movement in the body, to develop self awareness in a safe environment and calm the central nervous system. You are welcome to contact Elisabeth directly if you wish to discuss the class further.

Open Sit

This open sit is pretty much every Sunday, and all are welcome. Come once, drop in occasionally or make it a weekly ritual. Whatever works best for you. My experience is that Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Christians, beginners and more experienced practitioners are able to meditate and inquire together. No fundamentalism please. Wear comfortable clothing, and please do NOT wear scented perfumes or colognes as they can be distractions and sometimes even trigger allergies in others. We will sit quietly for about a ½ hour; inquire for about ½ hour and then sit for another ¼ of an hour. If you are a beginner, please come 10 minutes early, for some brief instructions. Chairs will be available. Support is by donation, something like: $0 for people with no money; $5 for students and the unemployed; $10 for people with okay jobs and $15 and over, for people with great jobs. Watch for updates at www.agoodheart.ca.

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.

Qigong and Meditation

Description coming soon!

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.

Restorative

This class focuses on creating a quiet sanctuary where we can begin to unwind from our busy lives. We will focus on soothing the nervous system and cultivating space for a deeper experience of our body and breath. Using props to support our body, we will hold gentle postures that encourage our bodies to release, relax and heal. Suited for everyone, and a wonderful complement to a more active physical practice.

Restorative and Relaxation for Teens

These Teen Restorative Yoga class are an opportunity for students to rest and relax. In this supportive, non-competitive environment, students will have the opportunity to rest in restorative yoga poses and relax during a meditation technique called Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep. Calming strategies will be learned as well as breathing exercises and mudras or hand postures. This is the perfect class for busy teens who need some time to slow down and rest and for anyone working with anxiety and stress. (ages 12 - 18) flexible

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 All Levels

We wake up to whatever kind of day it is and greet it with kind attention, movement, and breath. This class is suitable for students who have some familiarity with yoga or have been practising for many years. A variety of yoga asanas and breathing practices will change from week to week. All ages and stages welcome.

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 Anxiety

Discover how yoga can be a support in the experience of anxiety. We will explore mindfulness practices through gentle yoga and breathing practices that will calm the mind and body. Participants will complete the workshop with practices that can be integrated into daily life, at work and at home. No previous experience required.

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.

Yoga Principles for Beginners

Yoga Principles for Beginners Building on the Absolute Beginner class, Yoga Principles for Beginners will allow students to deepen their knowledge of the physical and philosophical practices of yoga. You will build on your foundation, and begin to explore new postures, new breath work techniques and the philosophy of yoga.