We offer a range of meditative classes, most of which are featured in our dedicated meditation and teacher training studio, the Om Room. If your life and mind can be characterized as busy, demanding or distracted, these classes are for you. Practiced instructors help lead the way into the vast potential of the present moment.
Late Lunch Meditation - Karma Class ($10 drop in for non members)
A mid day check in :) Cultivating compassionate self awareness through mindfulness meditation practice creates the conditions for resilience, patience, improved health and a sense of connection and calm. This class is appropriate for everyone curious and willing to begin meditation or to support your current practice. All your props are waiting for you, whether it be a chair, the floor or supported by a bolster. Welcome home to your Self.
Crystal Sound Bath
Immerse yourself in the healing tones of quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. The bowls are gentle yet powerful facilitators of meditative states which supports the body's innate healing wisdom to recalibrate and reset. Complimented by guided meditations anchored in the awareness of breath, body and lovingkindness.
Floating Yoga & Meditation
Ever wondered how it would feel to float on a cloud? Hovering mid air in your yoga hammock, you will be guided through some gentle yoga and beautiful meditation techniques, inviting you into a deep state of relaxation.
*Avoid this class if you have glaucoma, heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, propensity for fainting, sinusitis or head cold, disc herniation, recent stroke or severe muscle spasms or if you are pregnant.
*This is a small class with capacity limited to 14 students. Please pre register or cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend. We do charge a $10 no show fee.
Full & New Moon Sits - Karma Classes ($10 drop in for non members)
Join us for morning meditation when the full and new moons fall on a weekday. Receive instruction on breath awareness meditation then silent practice for 20-25 min, followed by a guided loving kindness meditation and short dharma talk. Tea available for those who wish to stay for a visit afterward. No experience required, all are welcome. This is karma class, all donations go to our monthly charitable recipient. Members are not required to donate.
2017 Full Moons: Sunday December 3 - no sit
2017 New Moons: Monday December 18
2018 Full Moons: January 1, 31, March 1, 31, April 29, May 29, June 28, July 27, August 26, September 24, October 24, November 23, December 22
2018 New Moons: January 16, February 15, March 17, April 15, May 15, June 13, July 12, August 11, September 9, October 8, November 7, December 7
Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep, is a deep healing practice intended to induce total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. This meditation is practiced laying down. The five-stage process that begins with a body scan shifting your awareness and placing consciousness into parts of the body to engage one's physicality. It incorporates meditation on the breath, the balancing of feelings and emotional states, visualization, and self-healing. Setting a positive intention is another important step (which is called a sankalpa) and this gives the participant a specific purpose to the session.
Radical Relaxation is another Yoga Nidra class format (same as above plus). But in this class we lie on flotation devices, juxtaposed by weighted gravity blankets placed on top of the body, offering a feeling of being grounded and rooted while at the same time feeling light and airy. Radically relaxing :)
Meditation - Karma Class ($10 drop in for non members)
Begin or support your meditation practice with this 45 minute class. Developing your presence of being through awareness of breath and body sensation is an ancient path that continues to support people of all lifestyles and beliefs. The science of neuroplasticity shows us today how regular meditation practice creates more desirable habits of being, easing the symptoms of stress and enhancing your quality of life. A rotating schedule of instructors will introduce various methods.
Thai Yin Yogassage *specialty class, fee $35 + gst
A therapeutic yoga class combining Yin yoga and Thai yoga Massage. In a Yin yoga practice the poses are held for several minutes to stretch the connective tissues of the body, primarily targeting the tissues of the hips, thighs and lower spinal region. This practice not only lengthens and releases tension in the muscles but also exercises the bones and joints creating space and relieving the body from aches and pains.
In Thai yoga massage the therapist uses hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Traditional Thai Massage is based on energy flow along lines (energy channels), called Sen. The therapist works on the energy points to relieve blockages and imbalances in the energy line in order to restore wellbeing. Traditional Thai Massage can be applied gently for relaxation, or deeply to relieve muscular and myofascial tension.
These two practices are complimentary to one another and are offered in a yoga class setting limited to 6 students. While holding yin poses for 5-10 min the therapist moves from student to student offering Thai massage techniques, to relieve stress and tension from the body. Thai Yin Yogassage is a complete practice, combining meditation, breath work, relaxation, restoration and deep tissue releases to maintain health and promote a general sense of well-being.
This class is not included in membership; fee is $35. Wear long comfortable leg wear, long sleeves and socks. You must cancel more than 24 hours in advance or forfeit your fee; due to limited space in class, it is simply a needed consideration for the instructor and other participants.