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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. Level 2/3

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 and includes sun salutations, strong standing poses, mat work, and breathwork.  All levels

Beginners 4-Week Series – We offer this 4-week Registered Workshop to get you started with Yoga (or if you are returning and are looking for a place to start!)  You will learn yoga basics with your instructor in a safe, supportive environment – the class size will be small (10 students) to allow for individual attention. This is a great place to start! All levels

Chair Yoga 4-week Series – Experience this gentle beginners chair yoga series in a safe supported 4-week series. Your instructor brings a gentle, yet knowledgeable approach to teaching postures – all done with the support of a chair. Chair yoga is beneficial to students of all levels. The chair supports arriving safely in yoga poses, moving, breathing, and feeling good. You will also develop strength and balance. Enjoy the body’s movement, reduce pain, and have a clear mind. All levels

Gentle Flow – This mindful class is excellent for beginners. Learn to connect with your breath and your body. Brighten your day. All levels.
 
Hatha Yoga – Hatha yoga classes involve asanas, meditation, mudras, mantras, and pranayama. The classes offer the opportunity to connect and explore the subtler aspects of ourselves. Postures may be held for longer periods of time and include both standing and seated variations. Focusing on grounding oneself and nourishing the breath. All levels.
 
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. All levels
 
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. Level 2/3
 
(Warm) Vinyasa Flow – A strong practice consisting of poses to strengthen and open the body, linked by the breath. This class includes sun salutations, strong standing poses, and mat work.  Level 2/3 (Sometimes offered as Warm where the studio is warmed to 28-29 degrees for the 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. Level 2/3
 
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. All levels
 
Morning 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.
 
Slow Flow & Yin – Balance between movement and stillness, strength and softness. Starting with slow movement paired with breath to warm and open the body. Class will move towards our yin poses as we settle into deeper tissue, stillness and breath. Leave feeling relaxed and at ease. All levels
 
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. All levels
 
Somatics & Yin – Combining the movement therapy of Somatics with the mindfulness of longer held yin postures creating a mindful, meditative and healing experience. All levels
 
Mindful 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.
Prasarita Padottanasana B - VI Yoga School