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Vancouver Island Yoga School

Class Descriptions

We have many different types of classes for you to try. As we develop our programs at VI Yoga School, the schedule will change frequently, so keep checking back for new opportunities! We include some brief class descriptions below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Ashtanga Morning Practice (Mysore) — During this self-paced studio time, our teachers are present to support you and teach you the techniques that will help you grow in your practice. Morning Practice (Mysore) allows you to learn Ashtanga Yoga step by step at your own pace. If you’re new to yoga, or want to learn more challenging postures or refine your current practice, this class is for you. The room is open for a set amount of time, and you are welcome to enter and exit as you please. All levels are welcome. Note: Ashtanga Yoga and Moon Days.

Ashtanga Primary Series — A traditional practice as offered by 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 Yoga and Moon Days.

Ashtanga Half Primary — A guided practice 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 Flow — A warming practice of poses to strengthen and open the body, linked by the breath. This class is a flow based on the Ashtanga Primary Series. This class includes sun salutations, strong standing poses, and breathwork. All levels are welcome.

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. A strong practice for more advanced students.

Vinyasa Flow — A strong Vinyasa flow suitable for students who like a fast-paced class. This is an intermediate- to advanced-level class. Not suitable for those with injuries or new to yoga.

Warm Vinyasa Flow — A strong, 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. This is an intermediate- to advanced-level class. Not suitable for those with injuries or new to yoga.

Hatha — Hatha is a traditional practice that unites the mind, body, and spirit. Slow and grounding, this practice may include Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathwork), and Dhyana (meditation). All levels are welcome.

Yin Yin offers gentle, slow movement. A mindful, meditative practice that gives you space to breathe, connect, reset, and rest. All levels are welcome.

Warm Yin As for Yin, but the room is heated using infrared heaters to approximately 28 degrees.

Somatics — Somatics is not a yoga style. It is 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. Somatics allows you to deepen your yoga practice as you regain freedom and length in your muscles. All levels are welcome.

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 — Happy Hips incorporates sun salutations and some classical standing poses that focus on opening hips, lengthening the hamstrings, and creating a strong core base. Some deep relaxation at the end. Great for experienced students that have a regular practice.

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