Weekly Classes

Chickadees are said to represent truth and knowledge. Attend weekly classes to discover your truth and deepen your knowledge about your body and mind. And, sure, you just might become flexible, strong and peaceful in the process!

Fall Classes in West Kelowna—Registration Begins August 7, 2018

To register for West Kelowna classes:
1. Register online through the City of West Kelowna’s website www.westkelownacity.ca/711/Online-Program-Registration
OR 2. Register by phoning West Kelowna Recreation and Culture: 778-797-8800.
Drop-in available (buy tags from West Kelowna Recreation and Culture).

To keep your weekly or daily practice active, visit the online studio and practice with me using your computer or smart device. Various classes are being added to the online studio monthly.

 Private and corporate yoga sessions are available. Email angela@yogainnerspirit.com for details.

Hatha Yoga

The physical practices in the online studio are Hatha yoga, which includes and is intertwined with Raja Yoga. Hatha yoga works upon the body, purifying and perfecting it, and through the body upon the mind. Raja yoga works upon the mind, refining and perfecting it, and through the mind upon the body.

Hatha yoga is a mindful practice, focused on postures (alignment and form) and breath awareness and regulation. It has an integrating and calming influence on the mind and strives toward strength, flexibility, and balance of mind and body. My style of yoga is often described as hatha flow.

All yoga classes in West Kelowna (listed below) are hatha based. With so many styles of yoga, you can visit my online studio to see my style. (Create an FREE account to see inside the studio.)

Morning Wake-Up Yoga

In the morning, the body is rested but stiff from inactivity. Wake up with this Hatha yoga class that stretches the body, builds strength, and focuses on yoga alignment and breathing—and feel the benefits of a healthier digestion, stimulated circulation, and improved mood throughout the day. All levels welcome; no experience necessary.

Mar Jok Elementary School (West Kelowna)
Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am

Code 6296  Sep 18–Oct 30, 2018  7 classes/$61
Code 6329  Nov 6–Dec 11, 2018  6 classes/$52

Thursdays 9:00 – 10:00 am
Code 6297  Sep 20–Nov 1, 2018  7 classes/$61
Code 6330  Nov 8–Dec 20, 2018  7 classes/$61

Yoga for Back Care

Sore and stiff backs can prevent us from performing the activities we would like to do. For those with pain or injuries in the back, neck, shoulders, this class focuses on strengthening muscles to maintain a healthy back by increasing movement in the spine and improving postural alignment. The use of props in both active and more restful postures makes the poses accessible for all fitness levels.

Relaxation techniques will also be introduced to alleviate symptoms of discomfort and improve overall well-being. All levels welcome, no previous yoga experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat.

Mar Jok Elementary School (West Kelowna)
Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Code 6333  Sep 20–Nov 1, 2018  7 classes/$61
Code 6334  Nov 8–Dec 13, 2018  6 classes/$52

Chair Yoga

Not everyone can get up and down off the floor easily, making regular yoga classes difficult. Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures and breathing exercises are performed while seated or with the aid of a chair. Benefits include increased balance, circulation, strength, flexibility, range of motion, and stress reduction. Chair yoga is recommended for those with arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer recovery, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, post-op rehabilitation, and others with limited mobility.

Mar Jok Elementary School (West Kelowna)
Tuesdays 10:15 – 11:15 am
Code 6331  Sep 18–Oct 30, 2018  7 classes/$61
Code 6332  Nov 6–Dec 11, 2018  6 classes/$52

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body—the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, lower spine. It targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of yoga. The poses are held for two to five minutes, sometimes longer.

Yogis believe that blocks to the flow of vital energy throughout our body eventually manifest in physical problems. Yin helps to increase circulation, improve flexibility and joint mobility, and balance the internal organs and improve the flow of the life force energy (prana).

Restorative Yoga

Savour the deep relaxation of restorative yoga. These soothing and well-supported poses offer us the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments, leaving us nourished and well rested. These postures are deeply supported by blankets, blocks, or other props and are held for several minutes at a time.

This is what yoga is all about, after all: stilling our fidgety bodies and calming our rambling minds so that we may rest quietly in the present moment and see clearly the peace that resides within.

Yoga Meditation

Meditation is included in the online studio because it is an integral component of Hatha yoga. We often refer to a busy mind as a “monkey mind”—that is, a mind that is unsettled, restless, inconstant, confused, indecisive, or uncontrollable.

Yoga meditation promotes a quiet mind that protects against the stress of modern life. This stress destroys health and happiness. But meditation sets out to reduce the clamour and the number of thoughts, and to smooth out the waves in the mind. Many don’t know that meditation works on the nervous system and your physiological processes; as a result, the effects of meditation extend beyond the time you meditation. They extend into all aspects of your life’s daily activities and your overall health.

Yoga Thrive (Yoga for Cancer Survivors)

Research has shown that exercise is both safe and beneficial for all stages of the cancer experience (i.e., post-diagnosis, during treatment, post-treatment). This gentle, 6-week yoga program is based on hatha yoga, but has been modified for people who are particularly stiff, immobile, ill, or under extreme stress. Previous cancer survivors who have completed this program have found significant benefits in physical strength and function, overall mood, stress levels and quality of life. This unique yoga program was developed by Susi Hately-Aldous of Functional Synergy, and is part of the yoga for cancer survivors research under the direction of Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed of the University of Calgary. No previous yoga experience is required. Please consult with your doctor prior to the class starting to ensure there are no specific precautions or considerations based on your individual diagnosis and treatment.

Yoga Thrive is available only as private sessions. Please inquire for details: angela@yogainnerspirit.com.