Always wanted to try yoga? Don’t know where to start? Yoga should be accessible for everyone to learn the basics in a comfortable, spacious environment
We are pleased to offer Beginner/Restorative Yoga classes on Monday nights for those who need a more restorative, slower-paced practice. The yoga sequences provided are suitable for beginners or those who are looking to slow down and take it a little easier. Through gentle movement and easy stretching, you will exercise every part of the body which can help reduce swelling in joints, increase mobility and improve your balance.
What does Yoga mean?
Yoga, in Sanskrit, means to completely know yourself and to be at peace in yourself. It is a union between body and breath.
What should I wear & bring to classes?
All you need is something that is comfortable and you can move freely in. It can be stretchy pants, or shorts, a t-shirt or a tank top. Yoga is done with bare feet, so no special shoes are required. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it and a bottle of water is all you need. We have several extra yoga mats available to borrow in class if you need one.
What if I have an injury, should I wait until it is better to start yoga?
No, you don't have to wait. We recommend that you inform the Yoga teacher before the session starts so that she can help you modify some of the movements if needed. Yoga can be therapeutic and restorative for people with injuries and helps increase flexibility, mobility, and strength.
I am a senior, can I join the classes?
Yes! The classes welcome all ages, especially seniors who enjoy a slower-paced class with more attention to gentle stretches. There are many benefits to practicing yoga as a senior such as; increased mobility, improved balance & stability, and improved joint flexibility.
Should I eat before yoga class?
It is not recommended to have a big meal before class. A snack 1 hour before class starts is fine. Digestion of food requires energy and when you do yoga after a meal, your energy goes to the muscles you’re exercising and the body can’t digest the food properly. You will be more comfortable doing yoga without a full stomach.
Do I have to sign up for a minimum number of classes?
No, you can drop into any Monday night class. You do not have to commit to attending each week. Just purchase a class pass card for 5 or 10 classes and use the classes anytime you want!
This program is volunteer-run by Parkhill Stanley Park community members.
For more information please contact email Shelley: firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-870-5043