Absolute Beginner Yoga
We have the perfect place to discover yoga with our small classes and warm, friendly atmosphere. This class introduces the basics of every yoga practice, progressing at a gentle pace with enough time for questions, demonstration and assistance.
Learn about breath and movement, alignment in poses, the proper use of props, smooth and safe transitioning between poses, and the key poses themselves. Moreover, learn how yoga poses should feel, how to find your edge in a pose (that is, how far to go into a pose for your body at any given time), and how to modify poses to suit you best. Great for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics again.
This class is run as a session of 4 consecutive weeks. It is recommended to begin at the start of the session and to complete the 4 weeks as a unit. Once completed, you should be comfortable joining in to any of the level "All" yoga classes.
Based on the 'Primary Series' developed by Sri Pattabi Jois, Ashtanga involves aligning the breath with movement while transitioning smoothly through a sequence of poses.
Throughout the class, we work to balance strength and flexibility, and expect to have a good work out, including some core work.
Ashtanga is the classical form of Vinyasa yoga, and aims to strengthen and limber every muscle and system of the body over time.
At Yoga Grove, we offer 3 levels of Ashtanga:
Enjoy yoga together with your child in a small, friendly class. Classses are geared to the ages of the children and the interests of the group, and often include music, and playful twists on traditional yoga poses.
Activity is balanced with breathing, meditation and relaxation so you can all have a well-rounded experience of yoga. Suited for children aged 5-12.
Following a slow-paced sensuous flow of poses that can be done by anyone at any level, Flow is designed to awaken the spine, balance energy in the body, and bring serenity to the mind.
The pace is slow enough so that focus can remain inward, and the practice will meet you right where you are at, as you find opening and release in the poses and learn to be present in each moment on and off your mat.
Functional Strength for Yoga
Are you looking to take some time and further develop your core strength, as well as bring more strength and stability throughout your whole body? This will not only significantly enhance your yoga practice - the benefits will extend into all that you do.
This class features core work, joint mobilization, and functional movement to strengthen your muscles and develop a more integrated body, while maintaining the peace and equanimity of yoga itself.
The foundation you build in this class will allow you to move through your body with more ease, strength and grace, on and off your mat.
Karma Yoga classes are pay-what-you-can and proceeds go to charity. Instructors teach on a volunteer basis, and are usually new instructors looking to get more teaching experience.
At Yoga Grove, Karma classes are paid by donation, and the proceeds go towards our 'Restorative Yoga for those in Need' program, where passes for Restorative Yoga are donated to people who need it most.
If you know someone who could really use the healing of Restorative Yoga but cannot afford it, you may nominate that person for this charitable program. One person per month is chosen to receive Restorative Yoga classes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate someone for this charitable gift.
Kids Yoga - Ages 5-9
Yoga comes naturally to kids. It is the art of integrating body and mind for an overall sense of strength, flexibility, and well-being. Yoga moves, bends, and stretches our bodies and minds.
It can help kids feel more balanced with their active lives and sometimes overactive minds. It can help kids become better athletes, better students, even better friends, siblings, and family members. Best of all, yoga can help kids to see the beauty within themselves, improving their self-confidence, helping them feel comfortable with their bodies, and getting in touch with who they are inside. It helps kids identify and connect with what is already so beautifully present in them: the energy of life.
Mindfulness is a skill and art that we can bring to anything and everything we do, to enhance our experience of it and bring more awareness and sensitivity to ourselves and the world around us.
Learn how to bring awareness and sensitivity to your self, body and mind in this much sought-after class with Nikki Gauci. Practice mindful meditation on a regular basis and discover the profound impact it can have on you and your life experience.
This class is suitable for all experience levels.
Prana Flow Yoga
"When the breath is steady, the mind is steady".
Experience how conscious and focused breathing helps open the body and calm the mind as you move fluidly from one posture to the next. These classes may also include pranayama (conscious breathing), guided meditation & relaxation.
Experience the luxury of deep relaxation, allowing yourself to let go of all tension in the body and the mind.
Soft structures are built with bolsters and blankets, over which you lie down and relax, allowing you to rest in very gentle yoga poses for a period of time. This allows the body to gently open to the benefits of the pose, and for you to surrender into relaxation.
Initially designed for those with injuries or illness, this practice enables you to benefit deeply from yoga without any effort. It is extremely healing, and although it is a subtle practice, its benefits are profound.
Ideal for anyone under stress or fatigued, worn down from the busy-ness of their days, this practice provides the antidote to accumulated stress and strain in the body. It is especially beneficial for those with anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, cancer, or anyone dealing with a stress-related illness.
This class has a maximum of 6 students.
Restorative Flow Yoga
This class includes gentle, dynamic movement in all directions, as well as resting or passive restorative poses. Together with mindful breathing, these help to loosen up the body and melt away tension in both body and mind.
We top this off with a guided meditation to further calm your mind and restore your spirit.
This class is gentle and suitable for all levels.
Therapeutic Flow Yoga
Therapeutic Flow Yoga classes are designed to empower individuals to regain functionality in some part of their constitution.
The focus is placed on nurturing an awareness in the body and allowing you to connect with the present moment. A safe environment will be created for you to move at your own breath and movement capacity. These classes also include pranayama (conscious breathing), guided meditation and relaxation.
Every week, a therapeutic need will be addressed and tailored to the students in the room.
Tween & Teen Yoga - Ages 10-17
This class teaches a variety of postures and styles to keep adolescents actively interested, engaged, and challenged.
Tweens and teens will have fun getting fit, improving strength, balance, flexibility, as well as building endurance with challenging poses. They’ll also develop emotional equilibrium, self-esteem, concentration and resilience with the deep breathing, relaxation and meditation components of the sessions.
All together, adolescents are taught to energize their bodies and calm their minds, enabling them to approach their lives with a fresh, positive outlook and the strong sense of self-worth that comes from emotional and physical wellness.
This class is suitable for ages 10-17.
In Vinyasa Yoga we use the sun salutations as a way to invite warmth into the body for a safe stretch, and then we visit standing and seated poses to open up and encourage ease into the body.
Throughout the class, every breath and movement becomes a focal point for the mind, encouraging meditation and a deep sense of calm.
Each class will begin and end with a gentle restorative yoga pose and guided meditation.
Moving between slow sequences of longer held passive poses and restorative poses supported by props will allow you to slow down physically, and create space to connect internally.
Cultivate a powerful inner awareness as you calm the mind and nervous system and focus on the breath. Poses are done seated or lying down with the intention of supporting through the use of props so the body can relax and release.
This class is gentle and suitable for all levels.
Yoga for ages 50 and Up
Combining elements of Flow and Gentle Hatha, enjoy a moving meditation that is gentle, flowing and balanced.
Yoga will enable you to improve your strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance, as well as to calm your mind and refresh your spirit.
Every pose is adapted to the needs of each person, and poses can be done standing, seated, or leaning on a support, to allow for all levels of mobility and stamina.
Yoga for Managing Stress and Anxiety
Specifically designed for people dealing with chronic stress and anxiety, this class is an ideal opportunity to explore various mind-body techniques that balance the stress response system and help to regulate the mind and emotions.
Enjoy gentle and accessible yoga postures, breath work, and mindfulness practices in a safe and supportive environment.
Note that the instructor of this class has training in teaching trauma-sensitive yoga.
Yoga for Runners and Athletes
This class is for active bodies, including runners, cyclists and other athletes, and is open to people both new to yoga as well as more seasoned practitioners.
Yoga is the perfect complement to any other athletic pursuit, maintaining or bringing back flexibility, agility, and balance to one's active body.
Sequences are designed to stretch areas typically tight in runners and other athletes while building strength in areas needed for stability and endurance..
Students will work towards finding balance between strength and mobility throughout the body while developing a greater connectivity to the breath. Focus will be placed on such target areas as hips, hamstrings, quads and shoulders.
Get the most out of your favourite sport by adding yoga to your regular routine!
Yoga Nidra is an effortless state of being. It is not a just a practice, but a form of awareness; not simply a technique, but a process for entering into certain states of consciousness. Although literally it can mean ‘yogic sleep’ or ‘sleep that is yoga’ or ‘sleep caused by yoga’, in fact it is not a sleep but an awakening.” - Yoga Nidra Network
In this practice you will find the ultimate state of relaxation. Rest your body on props and snuggle yourself up in blankets as you are led through a guided mediation intended to restore the body, breath, and mind. Yoga Nidra is a practice that invites you to momentarily “fall awake” and experience the bliss of simply existing in the present moment.
Shown to have positive effects on sleep quality, anxiety reduction, stress reduction, increased creativity, and emotional healing. Yoga Nidra is also an accessible alternative to those who find sitting in quiet meditation challenging. Sure, there are many Yoga Nidra downloads you can listen to from the comfort of your own home, but there’s something special about being led in-person by a teacher who tailors the practice to you and your needs/goals.
This class includes a short and light Hatha practice to ground and will culminate with a 20-30 minute Yoga Nidra for you to achieve the ultimate state of relaxation.