Drop-in class menu
These are our basics and favorites (the regularly offered classes) that you will find at Yoga in Bowness year-round. No need to preregister or reserve your spot, just come in and enjoy.
At Yoga in Bowness, we truly believe that yoga is for everyone, and we support this through making our classes accessible. Many of our classes are open level: for new and experienced yogis to enjoy together: modifications for more advanced postures are offered, and the use of props and supports used to build a practice that best suits you. We offer many different styles of yoga classes so you explore find what you need. Have a look over our drop-in class menu to see what might suit your taste and needs, or feel free to email Ashley for some guidance through our offerings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinyasa = a short sequence of movements intended to build heat and begin to activate and release muscles.
Sun Salutations = similar to a vinyasa, this sequence begins and ends in standing, and is done at the start of a practice as a "salute to the sun"
Asana = posture
Pranayama = breathwork
Downward dog = common yoga asana
OUtdoor Yoga classes
We love spending time outside in the warm summer months, and are excited to offer regular outdoor yoga classes, so you too can enjoy the warm weather, and stick with your practice! Our outdoor yoga classes are held in a near-by park, and offer the unique opportunity to connect more deeply with nature and yourself, as you move and breath to the gentle sound of the river flowing and the breeze blowing. Outdoor classes will begin after the May-long weekend, weather permitting.
From May 25 - Sept 28, 2017, the following classes will be held in the park: when weather permits.
MONDAYS 6pm: Hatha. This class will be held in the park when weather permits, and INDOORS when weather is not on our side.
THURSDAYS 5:45pm: Ashtanga. This class will be held in the park when weather permits, and INDOORS when weather is not on our side.
SUNDAYS 4pm: Sun Flow. This class will ONLY run in the park, when weather permits.
Outdoor classes will be held in the park just blocks from our studio, at 6704 Bow Crescent NW, Calgary. To confirm where, or if classes will be held that day, check our HOME PAGE 1 HOUR prior to class time. Location (Indoors in in the Park), or cancellations will be posted there.
You will be able to to use your existing drop-in pass for these classes, or pay our usual drop-in fee of just $16. Cash payments can be made in person at the park, or you can buy your pass online prior to attending classes.
Intro to Yoga - By Donation!
Karma Classes are BY DONATION! Currently, our Intro to Yoga class are running as a Karma Class. Attend this class twice / month – on the FIRST & LAST Saturdays of the month at 1:30pm, and pay-what-you-can! See teachers, and class dates on our live schedule HERE.
This is the perfect class those new to yoga, and anyone looking to strengthen their foundations in yoga. You will learn the basic postures as we break down and workshop standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and sun salutations. We will use props to help with alignment, and will introduce pranayama (breathing techniques), restorative, and meditation. This class will leave any aspiring yogi prepared to move into any drop-in class with confidence, and the ability to modify postures for themselves when needed.
With a focus on mindfulness, this class brings people to the present moment with an emphasis on noticing sensations in the body, and movement of the breath. Postures and sequences invite participants to practice developing focus and stability while moving into sometimes challenging postures, or settling into stillness. Staying connected to the present moment, through observation of your body, breath, energy and mind, provide an opportunity to expand awareness on and off the mat.
Integrated Vinyasa Yoga
Integrated Vinyasa Yoga is a flexible fusion of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga designed to connect alignment, breath and mindfulness into a multi-level practice. You will build up heat through movement and challenge yourself through dynamic growth of postures. Inspired by years dance and movement training, a committed Ashtanga Yoga practice, and studies in Ayurvedic healing and Buddhist meditation. This class is the gatherings of these practices and how they come together informing how we practice to create balance and connection to all parts of ourselves.
A perfect complement to a more dynamic yoga practice, Yin yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body creating space in ligaments, fascia and even our bones and joints - which are not often accessed in more active styles of yoga. Though many postures may seem passive, Yin can be quite challenging too - as long holds are practiced in stillness for a quiet and meditative practice that will also help train the mind to respond skillfully to difficult circumstances.
Rise & Shine Yoga
We will bring a focus to breath and strength building postures and sequences to build energy for your day ahead. The sequence will change depending on who is in the class, keeping things fun and interesting, and teaching impermanence on all levels. Start your day with this class and you’ll notice an immediate difference in your energy levels, alertness, and ability to manage stress throughout your whole day.
Ashtanga for All
Traditionally Ashtanga is practiced first thing in the morning, and you will know why after just one day – with more energy, better mental clarity, and better stress management, you’ll be motivated to get an early start a few times a week. This energizing practice will build heat internally through movement and strong postures. However there are still lots of variations offered for postures in this class, and an opportunity to try out this strong practice in a shortened timeline.
This class will focus on opening and strengthening areas of the body that support happy healthy hips and hamstrings, in a yang-yin format. Beginning with more movement and standing postures to warm and strengthen muscles, and winding down with longer holds in postures to get into deeper openings. Great for people who spend a lot of time sitting, and extreme athletes alike - this class will work into the most over-used and overly tight areas of the body - the hips and hamstrings.
An excellent class for deep relaxation, and finding deeper openings in your body. There are no vinyasas, downward dogs, or sun-salutations here. You will rest into supported postures, holding for long periods of time, to allow the body to open into deep relaxation. While holding postures we move through a guided meditation of yoga nidra. Focusing and calming the mind, and creating positive changes from an authentic place. Great for those who are new to yoga, recovering from injuries, or just want to take a break from a hectic life.
Following traditional Ashtanga yoga, you will move with your breath through a series of sun salutations (Surya Namaskara), standing postures, seated postures, and cooling closing postures. Lots of sun salutations and downward dogs throughout the class to keep the body heated internally, and postures to open and strengthen the entire body. Class will move quickly, and will work through the primary series of Ashtanga yoga, and possibly introducing some second series postures or taking time to workshop postures. Familiarity with sun salutations and some postures is recommended for this class.
In this 60 minute class, you will have a well-rounded practice flowing through postures, and longer holds in asanas (postures) with pranayama (breath work), and a brief meditation (for those who can afford the additional 10 minutes on thier lunch break). Modifications will be offered, props used, and students are encouraged to individualize their practice while being led in a group setting.
"A powerfully aligned experience", it is not uncommon to sweat in this class by working hard and intelligently, instead of pushing with force. This strengthening class moves at a slower pace and keeps focus on alignment of your core, spine and breath, challenging you to pay attention to details and be present in the moment. You are provided with plenty of time to properly move into and out of postures with options to challenge your strength and flexibility to your own degree. After working your whole body, the class closes with a deep relaxation meditation. Beginners to advanced practitioners are encouraged to join in this purposeful class.
Gentle Flow and Restore
This class is about unwindingand releasing stress. The postures will gently flow, harmoniously together and help to promote a sense of well-being and release. With low lights and soothing music, students will be encouraged to allow themselves to let go of whatever they need to and to settle into a sense of stillness. Ending with a comforting restorative posture and long savasana to leave you feeling rested andrestored.
Strength and Balance
An invigorating sequence that concentrates on keeping the integrity of postures while strengthening and toning muscles. You will move through vinyasas, and mindfully set up stronger postures to ensure proper alignment while keeping awareness of your breath.
An energetic form of yoga that focuses on the pranic (vital life force) body. This practice is a departure from the traditional hatha inspired asana practices: there are no downward dogs, or sun-salutations here. Postures are practiced often in repetitive (and sometimes vigorous) movement, to encourage the removal of physical, emotional, and mental blockages. The use of mantra (sound current through chant and song), and mudra (hand positions), are incorporated to create a potent mixture for energy stimulating & channeling. Each class will have a different focus, working through warm-up movements and exercises, a specific kriya (group of postures), deep relaxation, and meditation, for a well-rounded practice that leaves you feeling clear, connected, and at ease in life.