class descriptions

 

Yoga at Exhale Academy is unique. We are not an ordinary Yoga studio. In fact, we are not a “studio”. We are a centre that focusses on Healing & Personal Development and Yoga can be one aspect of your path to healing.


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Weekly Schedule of Yoga & Movement Classes

Feel the benefits of moving your body in a way that creates ultimate strength, health and healing.

We offer an assortment of classes from different lineages of yoga, to therapeutic yoga, to other styles of movement that increase body awareness and/or promote healing through the chakras, meridians, core strength, back strength or muscle development. We also offer regular meditation classes.


academy Reiki infused yin

Release tension and stress held in the body with this beautiful class. Stretch, twist and turn your body in a series of gentle flowing poses and then release all tension and relax in postures held for longer durations to build heat in the muscles. Your Reiki Master Yoga Instructor will infuse the space with positive energy and visualization instruction for you to run energy in your body with your breath. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely.  


exhale classic hatha flow

This class is based on flow, movement, breath, and core strength, aiming to build the awareness between our breath and movement. By focusing on our breath, we connect with our bodies and our movement. We will gently develop our strength while increasing flexibility. We will learn classic Hatha postures with the use of props and modification. Pranayama (breathing exercise) will also be introduced throughout the practice. This is a class open to all levels of practice


Exhale Yoga For Stress Management

This is a slow flow class designed for individuals dealing with chronic stress. We specifically explore the mind-body relationship with techniques that will balance the nervous system, bring about deep relaxation and regulate the mind and emotions. Move gracefully between yoga postures, breath work and meditative practices.

This class is designed for all levels and ideal for individuals experiencing not only stress but strong emotions, the blues, depression or anxiety. There are specific asana (postures) that will be held with a firm but relaxed style that enables your body to process feelings and emotions resulting in decreased intensity.


Exhale BODY AWARENESS:
FELDENKRAIS METHOD

This 4 part series workshop will introduce you to the gentle Feldenkrais method with two “Awareness Through Movement” lessons. Lying on your back or side, you will be guided through a sequence of movements that will allow you to begin moving with more ease and less effort in your everyday activities.

Anyone with limited mobility or pain issues is encouraged to contact our instructor prior to the workshop. All fitness levels are welcome. Please bring a yoga or exercise mat if you have one. 


Academy Healing Through Expressive Movement

Our body is truly incredible. There is so much information held in the muscles and cells, just waiting to be expressed and processed. Healing Expressive Movement is a class of deep inquiry into our own nervous system. It is a beautiful movement class where you will dive into asking your body questions and then practise moving in ways that allow for deep self-expression. This class has a dance-like quality to it but goes much deeper into the mysteries of the body.These classes uniquely allow you to process the issues in your tissues. You will leave feeling warm, lighter, refreshed and relaxed.


Exhale Classic Flow

This is a strengthening class that will develop your muscles while attuning your alignment. You will move fluidly through postures that challenge your body and bring acute awareness to how each muscle and the fascia connect throughout your body. You will break a sweat in this class so be prepared to move and flow in a way that will limber and strengthen your body.


Exhale Stress Free Seniors

This class is ideal for anyone new to yoga, and/or who has physical limitations from joint replacements, injury or arthritis. Move gracefully between yoga postures, breath work and meditative practices to improve physical dexterity, balance the nervous system and bring about deep relaxation. All poses can be done from a chair.


Academy inner body yoga & Restore

While you gain and maintain flexibility and relaxation, you are gently guided into deep body awareness and meditation. Get ready to rejuvenate your body in a class where poses can be adjusted for all levels of yogi. Yin poses target the joints and connective tissue and allows for postures to be held for long periods of time. This allows for increased flexibility of connective tissue ensuring that the ligaments and fascia remain healthy. Get ready to move in a slow and safe manner and stay in poses for up to six minutes and then relax in a restorative poses that promote deep relaxation and healing. This class is suitable for all levels.


Exhale Yin/Yang Flow

Developed in India, Yang yoga is what the Western world thinks of as yoga – Hatha and Ashtanga yoga asanas and vinyasas that warm the body and stretch and strengthen the muscles. 

By combining the two styles of yoga, Yin/Yang yoga improves energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and healing. This class will incorporate an invigorating and warming flow (Yang) practice for the first half. To be followed by the restorative elements of Yin yoga, training the body's relaxation response. Props will be used to help release tension. It is a great compliment to your regular practice.

exhale gentle flow with thai massage touch

This class will begin with a slow flow to warm up the body, focusing on breathing and gentle movements. Then we will rest in various restorative poses, follow with some relaxing and soothing Thai massage touch. You will find yourself totally relaxed and grounded after the class. Thai yoga massage is an ancient and dynamic bodywork therapy with 2,500 years of history. You will be guided through a series of yoga postures, while being gently stretched and massaged along the body’s energy lines (sen lines) and pressure points. Part of the benefit of this class is that there is a process of allowing that is taking place. When you allow the body to release its tension the practitioner will stretch your body a little deeper then you can do on your own.


academy sculpt & strengthen

This is an intermediate to advanced level class aimed at strengthening and sculpting your body. Challenge your stability and balance as you move through each pose. If you are looking for a stronger mid-level workout this is your class! As you are strengthening your body you are developing resilience and endurance. Both of which are equally important psychological skills. So, the challenging classes challenge your body and mind!


academy qigong

QiGong is a 4000 year old practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine centred around movement, breathing techniques and meditation, to improve the flow of Qi (energy) through the body's meridian lines. The benefits on health include reducing stress, muscle and joint pains, improve sleep, mental focus and clarity and strengthening of the immune system. QiGong is also commonly practiced in China and around the world by cancer patients. It is a safe practice for all age ranges and physical abilities. 


Academy CORE: Focus & Flow

Core: Focus and Flow encourages you to move with ease and inner attunement in your practice of core mat work. The emphasis in this class is on incorporating the six Pilates principles: flow, focus, breath, centering, control, and precision into a series of beginner to intermediate level mat exercises. If you want to reduce stress, chronic tension and fatigue, improve flexibility, muscular support and coordination, and improve your overall fitness and sense of well-being, then this class is for you. Pilates mat work is an accessible, portable form of exercise that can be modified for all levels of fitness and ability. No previous experience necessary.


academy discover yoga

New to Yoga? Establish a safe and secure foundation in this 4 week program where you will understand proper alignment of the most common postures (asana), the importance of breathwork, (pranayama) and the role of meditation. Classes are small and intimate allowing time and space for personal attention, open discussion and practice. 

This workshop is included like a class in any Exhale Academy class pass but requires pre-registration. 


Exhale Baby & Me

This class is for you and your non-mobile baby. Enjoy moving in flow with your baby in your arms or alongside. This is a wonderful bonding opportunity as you connect with your child through breath and movement.  The fourth ‘tri’mester is a challenge time for your body and mind. The body is in a process of realigning and adjusting while you are challenged with the demands of being a parent. There is nothing better than being surrounded by people “who get it!” No worries if your baby cries. No worries if you need to nurse. We will roll and flow with everything. Its a perfect opportunity to learn how to take care of yourself while simultaneously taking care of your baby.


Academy Littles Yoga

Toddlers and preschoolers LOVE yoga. This 4 week class series will add fun and peace to your precious little one’s day! The littles program infuses yoga with literature and social and emotional learning. Your child (ages 3 - 7) will learn mindful poses, breathing techniques and arts & crafts all relating to winter elements in nature. Providing these skills, with regular practice, promotes self and social awareness, decision making and self-regulation.

A foundation of Yoga for our children is a healthy way to instil an appreciation for stillness, quiet and inner connectedness. The main focus in the class will be to have FUN with quiet moments! Looking forward to meeting your little ones.


exhale Kids Yoga

This is delightful way for your children ages 8-12 to develop their balance, strengthen their core and learn how to energize and relax themselves using the breath. Your child will learn poses. alignment and simple flow sequences that they can utilize on their own. This is a beginner class and no previous experience is necessary.


academy Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga enables you to strenthen your body while improving your circulation, creating flexibility in your spinal column, reducing tension, invigorating your body and promoting in your digestion. It also can decrease aches and pains related to the changing body. The breath work improves both your circulation and that of the baby, while also calming your nerves. Not to mention that it enables you to develop further control of your breath which will help you in your delivery process. All levels of yoga experience are welcome in this class. 


Exhale Somatic Movement

Essentially everyone has SMA – sensory-motor amnesia. There are muscles and groups of muscles that are confused, amnesiac, and don’t know when to engage, release nor how to release. No amount of stretching or massage or active release will resolve the underlying root of the problem (that may be why we keep making appointments).

The good news is that these healing modalities are amazing and will go much further when we actually address our SMA –and we can absolutely do that! These issues are trapped in the nervous system. The how is by applying Somatic Education. When we get the brain’s involvement – everything can change. When we involve the cortex (front of our brain) then the habituated patterns of holding and mal-adaptive movement (which reside in the sub-cortex at the back of the brain) resolve – often in an instant, yes just in one class.

This is truly a transformational class for people who are done feeling old, disgruntled, limited, and that areas of their body have forsaken them. Be prepared for vibrant, actual bonafide shifts and epiphanies. This may be the very class you have been waiting for!