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.
~ Beginners & Basics ~
Come and learn how to cultivate a healthy and safe Yoga practice.
The Beginners & Basics class teaches you the fundamentals of Yoga practice. We will explore anasas (postures), alignment, pranayama (breath), savasana (relaxation), and the Yoga philosophy of yama & niyama from the very beginning - no Yoga knowledge or experience assumed or required!
~ Compassionate Yoga ~
A holistic Hatha class for all levels, incorporating posture practice, breathwork, meditation and contemplation. The focus of our practice is cultivating compassion for ourselves and others.
~ 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.
~ Gentle Hatha 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 Yoga ~
Gentle Yoga is for those who want to try yoga at a slower pace. This class utilizes elements of a hatha yoga practice, with a particular focus on slow, nurturing poses that allow us to move mindfully. Students are encouraged to bring movement to their bodies within their own capacity, and at their own pace.
This class is great for anyone who has movement limitations, chronic pains, or for those looking to start a yoga practice. It can also challenge those with an established practice to move a little slower, allowing ample opportunity to be present in their practice.
You will leave this class feeling peaceful, spacious and finding more balance in your body.
~ Hatha ~
Hatha is a blend of posture practice, breath work, relaxation and meditation. It balances the body-mind with the rhythms of modern day life.
This class is appropriate for all levels. It will have segments that are challenging, and others will cultivate softness and relaxation. We work to balance our body-mind and integrate our experiences with humour and ease.
~ Hatha w Sound Meditation ~
Hatha is 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.
This class is appropriate for all levels. It will have segments that are challenging while others will cultivate softness and relaxation.
We work to balance our body-mind and integrate our experiences with humour and ease.
We complete the integration portion of the class immersing ourselves in the healing sounds and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls (and sometimes some other mystery instruments!) This helps both the body and the mind to relax deeply, into a peaceful, meditative state.
~ 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 and meditations to harness the innate energy within humans 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.
~ Lift-Off: Inversions ~
- Revitalize your asana practice
- Delve deeply into one yoga shape at a time
- An interactive and explorative class
- Making hand balances and inversions more accessible to deepen your practice
~ Meditation for Beginners ~
Yoga is the restriction of the fluctuations of consciousness. (translation by Georg Feuerstein)
In this class we will be exploring the practice of meditation. We will begin each class with a small movement portion, working on getting into a comfortable seat. Using different styles and methods of meditation, we will work towards a practice of calmness, stillness, and tranquility.
This class is great for those new to meditation and for those that would like to meditate in community.
~ Mindful Yoga ~
~ 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.
Experience is required for this class. It is not appropriate for beginners.
~ Refine & Cultivate ~
At the start of each session, students will learn a new flowing yoga sequence which will be then be practiced in each class throughout the session.
This set sequence will be based upon the exploration of a theme or yogic concept.
By following a familiar practice, students will have the opportunity to refine their practice, unifying mind, body, and spirit, to become more self-aware of the day to day fluctuations that arise within the self (Svadhyaya). Through self knowledge, we can cultivate the healthy seeds of our practice.
This class is accessible for both beginner and experienced yogis.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ Stress Taming ~
Learn how to consciously trigger and strengthen your relaxation response through yogic breathing and gentle yoga postures. By noticing tension, and then releasing it consciously, we prevent undue stress from building -- and gain valuable techniques to help us through life's challenges. Our goal? To diminish stress, anxiety and physical tension as we practice intentionally relaxing, breathing, and slowing down. Kirsteen has been teaching stress-taming yoga for 12 years at the YMCA and Queen’s University, among other places.
~ Vinyasa ~
Vinyasa Yoga, based on the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, uses a combination of postures linked by the breath to purify the body while releasing tension, burning fat, toning muscle, & stilling the mind. Students will be taught how to use the breath to guide them through practice and to move within their healthy range of motion.
This class guides you to practice based on your own body and your personal needs. We encourage you to discover your own rhythm with your breath, honouring the needs of your practice each week.
As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility & concentration, additional asanas (postures) are offered.
~ 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 Therapy ~
Yoga Therapy is a way of practicing yoga that has the intention to improve the function of the joints and muscles, and in doing so, reduce pain and patterns of compensation (which tend to lead to pain, discomfort, and disfunction).
It is a gentle and very accessible approach – surprisingly powerful.
This class is open to all levels of practitioner, including beginners.