Yoga Classes at Janati
There are a variety of different teachers leading different class styles in our studios. Typically, classes run in 8-16 week periods, and are subject to registration numbers and availability. Not all classes listed below will be currently in session, but check back as we approach the end of the current period to see what’s coming next.
Regular Class Descriptions
~ Ayurvedic Yoga ~
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and translates to “art of living”. The Ayurvedic model seeks to balance the individual person through awareness, lifestyle, yoga, and balancing the qualities of nature – which are in both our internal (body-mind) and external environments.
This class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), and dhyana (meditation).
The Yoga practice component intends to harmonize our internal environment (body-mind) with the qualities that are dominant in nature. Our intention is to increase the understanding of Ayurveda so we can better apply these simple and ancient concepts to finding our own balance and harmony.
This class is appropriate for all levels of practitioner.
~ Feel Good Yoga ~
Yoga for that awesome feeling… Relax, breathe, let go and experience Yoga to a new level. Have a nap. Its all part of this awesome class.
All levels welcome.
~ Flow ~
Flow classes focus on moving the joints and spine through their healthy ranges of motion. We move deliberately from posture to posture generating heat, building strength, and connecting our body/mind.
Traditionally known as vinyasa, flow classes are about the deliberate placement of the body, breath, and mind.
~ Focused Flow ~
Letting go is not just releasing specific situations or the stress of our daily lives at the beginning of a yoga class. Letting go is a constant daily practice. Letting go creates a sense of space in our entire being, full of contentment, full of an inner knowingness. In Focus and Let Go, with self-compassion, non-attachment, and non-judgement, we will learn to slow down our racing, busy minds using meditation and pranayama (breathwork) and, through postures and slow flow, let go of what no longer serves us.
All levels of experience are welcome.
~ Foundations for Power ~
In this class we slow down and break down the components of a power yoga class, including Sun Salutations, flows & postures.
We learn to recognize the terminology and the cues used in a class, how to move and breathe through a flow, and get in and out of postures safely and effectively.
Tips and suggestions for finding a sense of ease & balance while holding a strong pose will be shared with you.
If you have thought of joining a power class but have been hesitant or concerned that you aren’t quite ready, this is the place to begin.
~ Fundamentals of Yoga ~
Learn, or re-visit, some of the poses (asanas) and shapes that are commonly taught in yoga. Explore a variety of breathing techniques (pranayama) and experience mindful meditation. This class will give you a good foundation and prepare you for many other classes in the future. All levels welcome, but this class will greatly benefit those who have never done yoga or those who have only done yoga a few times.
~ Gentle Flow ~
Here we stretch, strengthen, flex and balance very gently. We use the key alignment principles of basic yoga poses as our guide, linking our movement to breathing practices that help us move towards steadiness and relaxation, both on and off the mat.
~ Gentle Hatha ~
Gentle yoga poses and breathing practices to help you unwind, strengthen, and relax deeply.
This all-levels class is for anyone seeking greater physical ease and stability, and a spacious “pause for breath.”
Athletes with tight muscles, people with injured or aging bodies, new yoga students, and anyone with excessive stress, sleep issues, or anxiety—all will benefit.
~ Ground and Calm ~
This class welcomes the mind, heart and bones to settle down and find rest. It creates space for freeing breaths, inward focus, deep release and gentle grounding.
The practice moves between a soft flow and restorative postures, supported by guided visualizations that inspire the imagination and awaken the heart.
You will enjoy freeing the lower back, hips, spine, shoulders and neck as healing chants draw each class to a close.
All levels of experience are welcome.
~ Healing Flow ~
This is an approachable Vinyasa based class, with postures that flow from one pose into the other. The pacing will be moderate with the encouragement for students to ease into each pose mindfully. Adaptations, modifications and supports will be provided. Each class will begin with an opening meditation and end with a restful integration.
The intention of this class is to work the body gently and mindfully, to promote healing and growth in the practice.
Beginners and all experience levels welcome.
~ Inner Stillness ~
A gentle Hatha flow with breath work and meditation.
~ iRest ~
An 8 week program that will open and move you, led by IRest Level 1 instructor, Larry Aitken.
iRest is integrative, in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.
People using iRest report:
- Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression
- Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
- Improved interpersonal relations
- Increased energy levels
- Increased sense of control in their lives
- More confidence and joy in their lives
- Greater sense of peace and well-being
~ Kundalini ~
Kundalini Yoga is a tradition involving yoga postures, movements, breath-work, mantra, and meditations to harness the innate potential lying dormant within human beings to develop various aspects of the Self. This practice strengthens the nervous system, optimizes endocrine function, and offers exercises for the body, mind and spirit. A typical Kundalini Yoga class involves a set of physical postures and dynamic exercises followed by a deep relaxation and closing with a meditation. Kundalini Yoga offers a diverse array of yoga sets and meditations. Every class is a new experience.
~ Open Practice ~
Open Practice is an opportunity for you to make space for your personal practice here at Janati. These practice times will not be guided by a teacher. Instead, you are invited to guide yourself through your personal practice in a space dedicated to yoga. We are creating a community of practice shared by those who recognize the value of regular practice.
Open Practice takes place Monday to Friday from 6am to 7:30am. The doors are open the whole time. Practitioners can come and go as they want during this 90 minute timeframe.
~ Power Yoga ~
Power Yoga is a strong and challenging form of flow practice, which focuses on generating heat in the body while building strength and endurance. It includes many standing and balancing postures to strengthen the body and steady the mind.
We practice being aware and focusing on maintaining our breath while working through challenges; a skill we can take off our mats into our daily lives.
Experience is required for this class. It is not appropriate for beginners.
~ Restorative Flow ~
For those looking for respite from their busy life, or for those who are post injury or illness, and want to gradually renew strength and resilience in the body.
Half the class will be gentle movement with the intensity adjusted to meet the needs of the students. The second half of the class will be restorative Yoga. Restorative Yoga allows profound relaxation where deep healing can take place.
~ Rest + Restore ~
Rest + Restore is a gentle yoga practice designed to completely support the body into stillness, deep relaxation, healing and rest. Each breath will be guided to consciously unwind allowing for space and the opportunity to release deep stored up tension. We’ll complete the practice with a decadent integration pose and Yoga Nidra meditation. This class is for all levels of experience.
~ Restorative Yoga ~
In this class we cultivate relaxation, ease, and stillness in order to relax and soothe the nervous system. We use all the Yoga props we can find to support ourselves completely during this calming practice.
Appropriate for all levels of practicioner, Restorative Yoga is the considered the “dessert” of Yoga practices.
~ Simply Yoga ~
Well rounded teaching resists description, because to explain it all would be too much but to give nothing is too mysterious! You can expect some movement, some still stretching, some strengthening, and some mental calming. We do a little bit of it all without doing too much.
~ Soothing Stress ~
Strengthen the body and balance your mind with this soothing yoga class. Slow down your breathing and heart rate, then build your “feel good” neurotransmitters with gentle postures and easy breathing practices. Begin and end with a mindful meditation.
~ Union Barre ~
Union Barre is an energetic and empowering low-impact workout, fusing yoga postures, breath work, isometric ballet conditioning and meditation. This all level class is designed to build strength and mobility through a combination of body weight exercises, muscle isolation with high repetitions of small and large range of movements, creating optimal body balance, improved posture and muscle tone.
Throughout class each student will be empowered to modify postures, develop greater body awareness and a stronger mind-body connection, enhancing their everyday lives, cultivating a greater sense of presence, power and peace.
~ Yin Yoga ~
Yin emphasizes working the connective tissues and fascia of the body, as opposed to the muscles. In order to access the connective tissues, the sequencing involves long holds (from 1 to 10 minutes) in postures that work with gravity. There is little to no emphasis on breath work in this class.
Yin yoga is simple, but not easy. The entire practice is one of mindfulness and meditation through the use of internal or external focal points. Yin Yoga is unique in that it is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory, stimulating various organs and energy pathways.
~ Yoga & Sound Bath ~
This class offers a blend of posture practice, breath work, relaxation and meditation.
Pairing breath with movement helps us balance our body & mind with the rhythms of modern day life.
We will practice movement segments that are challenging & others that cultivate softness and relaxation, integrating our experiences with humour and ease.
We complete the movement portion of class relaxing in a comfortable rest pose, immersing ourselves in the melodic healing sounds and vibrations of Tibetan & Crystal singing bowls, sometimes accompanied by other soothing instruments.
Sounds & vibrations washing over and through you can balance energy and help both the body and the mind to relax deeply, into a peaceful, meditative state.
No singing required!
~ Yoga of 12 Step Recovery ~
A 12-step based meeting and yoga practice that integrates the 12 steps of recovery with the ancient wisdom of yoga. This is an open and inclusive group for people actively engaged in and who identify as being on the journey of addiction/alcohol recovery.
This Janati sponsored program is held weekly on a drop in basis.
Due to the focused and sensitive nature of this practice, we review requests to attend as an observer on an individual basis to safeguard the anonymity and confidentiality of our yogis.
All levels of experience welcome (including no experience).
Teachers: Susan Young and/or Jude Bursten