BEGINNER YOGA CLASS
This class is suitable for Beginner and Intermediate students. Occasionally using props, the class will focus on body awareness and proper alignment in the basic yoga poses. The class will end with a 15 minute Yoga Nidra relaxation/meditation, so please bring a blanket to stay warm. A dedicated Yoga Nidra practice will drop the body and mind into a deeply relaxed and healing state. It also reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat. Instructor is Val Kunimoto, a Certified Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Association of Alberta and has been teaching yoga in the Lethbridge area for 40 years.
Experience the beneﬁts of Hatha Yoga to help you relax, build strength, improve balance and enhance your quality of life. Our safe, gentle approach offers spiritual nourishment as well as health benefits. You’ll come away refreshed, renewed and invigorated.
Perform yoga poses and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Experience the many benefits of yoga without having to get up or down from the floor. Benefits include increased balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion for joints, and stress reduction. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and conditions.
Gentle yoga classes are a great place to take it slower, and still experience all the benefits of yoga. Perfect for the beginner or individual that hasn’t practiced yoga for a while. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat, blanket and water bottle. Plan on practicing barefoot or wear nonslip socks.
YOGA FOR MEN
Are you stiff and thinking about how nice it would be to be able to bend over and tie your shoes without straining now and as you age? How is your balance and coordination? Skip Cooper will lead you through movements, balances and stretches. Props will be used. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and water bottle.
YOGA NOON HOUR
This moderately paced class teaches safe alignment in foundational yoga poses assisting students to build strength, increase flexibility and breath awareness. Wear comfortable workout clothes, bring a yoga mat, water bottle All skill levels welcome.
YIN/DAOIST YANG YOGA
“Athletes don’t retire because of muscle problems, they retire because of joint problems. Yin Yoga postures gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues (facia) that form our joints.” (Paul Grilley) Yin consists of long held poses of 3 or more minutes, that mainly target the spine, lower back, hips and knees. Most of the poses are similar to traditional seated yoga postures, however, Yin Yoga targets the joints and connective tissue rather than the muscles. Since the poses are longer in duration, it can be more difficult to stay present or be mindful. This is why Yin Yoga is often described as challenging, like a meditation.
In this new session, there will be an OPTION to wake up your body with a short Daoist-centered Yang sequence which will follow the regular series of focused yin postures. This will ultimately help to balance the flow of energy in your body.
Individuals participating in this Vinyasa style class will move with the breath through a series of poses improving balance, strength, and flexibility. We flow through a number of sun salutations (getting up and down off the mat) throughout the class. A variety of props will be used. Recommended for students that have some yoga experience. Bring a yoga mat & water bottle.
This class involves a series of classical pilates exercises performed on a yoga mat. Each exercise emphasizes breath, core conditioning, and body awareness. We will pay special attention to alignment and form. Light weights, resistance tubing and other props may be used to add strength and stretch work. Wear comfortable workout clothes, bring a yoga mat, and water bottle.