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Vancouver Island Yoga School

Class Descriptions

We have many different class styles to try, so you can find the yoga that works for you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Ashtanga Primary Series – A traditional practice as offered by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India, composed of a fixed series of postures linked by vinyasa (flowing, connecting movements). Designed to realign the spine, cleanse and tone the body, and cultivate focus. This strong class includes inversions. Note: Ashtanga and Moon Days.

Ashtanga Half Primary – Be guided through the first half of the Ashtanga Primary Series and the finishing sequence. This class is good preparation for the Ashtanga Primary series. Note: Ashtanga and Moon Days.

Ashtanga Fusion – A warming practice of poses to strengthen and open the body, linked by the breath. Based on the Ashtanga Primary Series, this class includes sun salutations, strong standing poses, and breathwork.

Harmony Flow – Flow through a gently warming sequence, creatively designed to develop strength, flexibility and balance, and to connect you to your body, breath and heart. Sun salutations, standing and balancing postures, seated poses, and a grounding closing sequence.

Warm Harmony Flow – A warm practice consisting of poses to strengthen and open the body, linked by the breath. This class is a flow based on the Ashtanga Primary Series and includes sun salutations, strong standing poses, and mat work. The room is heated using infrared heaters to approximately 28 degrees — a warm, strong practice.

Core, Hips & Hammies – Create space in the hip joints, lengthen and strengthen the hamstrings, and build core strength. A perfect class for runners, cyclists, gardeners, hikers, and office workers! This class offers detailed alignment instructions and uses the breath and mind to work through poses that will create space and opening in your body. Accessible to all levels.

Happy Hips – A practice emphasizing opening and strengthening the hips. The hips are at the pelvic hub of our skeletal system and affect the way we walk, sit, move, and sleep. Creating harmony in the hips often leads to harmony in the entire body/mind.

Mysore Practice – Self-guided studio time. A teacher is present to answer questions and perform alignment adjustments. Students are invited to practice at their own pace. The room is open for a set amount of time, and you are welcome to enter and exit as you please. Open to everyone. Note: Ashtanga and Moon Days.

Somatics– Somatics is not a different style of yoga, but rather a movement therapy: a way of re-educating the way our brain senses and moves the muscles. Small, slow, and gentle movements re-educate the brain to allow changes in our habitual patterns so that tight and restricted areas of the body relax and move more functionally.

Chair Yoga – A chair provides students with a safe foundation from which to explore the many benefits of yoga postures, breathing and mindfulness meditation. Chair yoga helps students to develop strength and flexibility within their present range of motion and ability. 

Gentle Flow – This mindful class is excellent for beginners. Learn to connect with your breath and your body. Brighten your day.

Yin: Yin yoga is a gentle and still practice. Poses are held for 4-10 minuets with the help of props. The emphasis is on relaxing and finding inner solace. A mindful, meditative practice that gives you space to breathe, connect, reset, and rest. All levels are welcome.

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