Class Styles

Join us for any of our diverse range of classes

Anusara-Inspired (Hatha)

A powerful yoga system that unifies the philosophy of intrinsic goodness with detailed alignment principles. Explore the concepts of muscle energy, loops and spirals, and body and alignment kinetics. A practice of the heart, Anusara classes flow with the grace of the divine.

May include back bends and/or inversions.

Sue, Emily and Lila are trained in Anusara Yoga.

DIY Dharma

Do-it-yourself Dharma is a peer-led community of freaks, geeks, queers, trans*folk, rebels, outcasts, stream-enterers, and our friends.

We meditate together in East Vancouver, following the Buddhist tradition. We strive to create a space for kindness, mutual respect, and safety, free from violence and oppression.

We invite members to sit together in two 20-minute mindfulness sessions and one 10-minute loving-kindness session, with optional walking meditation in between.

Hatha

A traditional form of yoga practice emphasizing body awareness, balance and breathing. Ha (Sun) and tha (Moon) is the foundation for all forms of yoga practiced today, and has thousands of different postures.

All levels welcome!

Karma (By Donation)

Enjoy some good karma and take a free class on us! Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Vancouver Food Bank and meet the newest member of our teaching community.

Donations welcome.

Kirtan (Chanting)

Raise the spirit through mantra, meditation and song.

Krishna Kirtan (starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Alternating weeks (every other Saturay)

By Donation - Sliding Scale $10-$20

Kriya Meditation

Kriyayoga meditation is a spiritual, non-sectarian practice first introduced to America in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, renowned author of Autobiography of a Yogi. All are welcome and can practice the revival of this same science as taught by Swami Shree Yogi Satyam.

Kundalini

Kundalini yoga is the Yoga of Awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Using sacred mantras, pranayama (breath work), and moving asanas (postures) kundalini yoga is a fast way to transform and evolve your inner connection to self, become stable, consolidated and at peace. Kriya sets and active breath work concentrate on the chakras in the body to awaken the potential energy at the base of your spine (described as a coiled serpent or the Kundalini energy). This powerful yoga form brings balance, clarity and awareness to each level of the body.

Meditation

This silent meditation practice is informally held by a member of the Do-it-Yourself Dharma collective and invites members to sit together in two 20 minute and one 10 minute session with optional walking meditation in between.

By Donation. Beginners welcome.

Myo-fascial Release

Blending myo-fascial releases with Yoga postures this class will enhance your range of movement, tissue health and your overall vitality. Fascial Fitness is the missing link in exercise and health training. Usually we focus on muscular and cardiovascular training, along with neuromuscular coordination. However, most injuries that occur are fascial: ligaments, tendons, joint capsules…Hence the importance of training the fascial network.

Partner / Acroyoga

Take a journey through a yogic experience exploring a physical practice that blends elements of yoga, acro-balance, & Thai massage. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, connection, and playfulness between friends, family, or partners. Understand the benefits of a contact practice to inspire laughter and a light heart while building strength of body & flexibility of mind. This cooperative interaction is available for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Prenatal

Practice prenatal yoga strongly and safely. Through asana, breath work, visualization, mindfulness, & mantra you will develop many different tools for child birth. You’ll learn how to modify postures to accommodate your changing needs and the unique environment will provide a space for questions & discussion. Come to connect with yourself and your baby, and leave feeling energized, replenished, and centred.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese art that has been shown to have many health benefits. Practitioners use meditation, movement and breathing techniques to circulate and enhance their ‘chi’ or vital energy. Qi Gong has been practiced for thousands of years as a healing modality to help cure disease, reduce pain and relieve stress and tension.

All levels and abilities.

Queer Yoga

A safe space for any level, body shape, personal identity or state of mind. leave your stress at the door, be ready to breathe mindfully together and release the pressures and judgements of the world. transgendered, queermos, chubby folks, body hair, tattoos, all genders and allies welcome!

TBA

Restorative

This soothing and relaxing class holds an emphasis in supporting the body to soften and let go. A great way to tap into the subtle body, this meditative sequence will offer you rest, recovery and release. Enjoy the comfort of your practice of rest.

Feel free to bring your own eye pillow or other comfy props - we provide bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps.

Hannah, Sidria, and Sarah are trained in Restorative Yoga.

Sivananda (Hatha)

Based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Vishnudevananda, the classes will work to include pranayama (breathing exercises), Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), 12 basic asanas (postures) and deep relaxation. The focus is on mastering the yogic breath and the basic asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice. Slight variations may be taught due to time and skill level within classes.

May include back bends and/or inversions.

Lorena is trained in Sivananda Yoga

Sunrise Yoga

Awaken the body, mind and spirit with this gentle but active one-hour Hatha class. This class will feature grounding visualization, Pranayama, core strengthening and a simple flowing Hatha sequence that you can easily incorporate into your home practice.

Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m.

Thai Yoga Massage

Join us for the Thai Yoga Massage clinic on Friday afternoons. Thai massage is traditionally practiced in a shared space with other practitioners.

Please call 604-708-8369 to book a massage with one of our Certified and Registered Thai Massage Practitioners.

Vinyasa

An active practice incorporating sun salutations and ujjayi (victorious) breathing, linking continuous movement with breath. Evolving from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Pattabhi Jois, this class is a fusion between flowing with breath and gentle holds (sometimes referred to as 'Power' yoga).

May include back bends and/or inversions.

Yang / Yin

A blended Hatha class of heat building poses followed by a cooling yin/stillness practice.

All Levels welcome.

Yin

A deep meditation practice with postures that are held 5-10 minutes, working into the connective tissues (yin) as opposed to muscle tissues (yang). This practice complements an active practice, and is based on meridian theory. Clear and open the joints and connective tissues, release fascia, and attune to the senses and subtle body. This practice will deepen your awareness of your body mind consciousness.

Sue and Danielle are trained in Yin Yoga.

Yoga for 50-Plus

A gentle practice aimed at improving joint mobility, muscle flexibility and balance while encouraging deep breathing and relaxation. This Hatha based practice focuses on mindfulness and movements that are accessible and therapeutic.

All Levels and Abilities Welcome