Small-sized classes. Expert instruction. Specializing in yoga for older adults.
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Yoga and Meditation
Mon/Tue/Wed (10:00 am - 11:15 am) / Fri (11:00 am - 12:15 pm)
10 class pass/$130 (no expiry)
Introducing fundamental yoga concepts and poses suitable for beginners and ongoing students. We begin with gentle movement on the mat to activate joints, warm up and tune in to our bodies. I work sequentially through the limbs and spine as we move slowly and consciously into our personal range of motion. Attention is given to the breath throughout our practice to support movement and help focus. The warm up is followed by a standing series, a balance, wind- down and savasana (resting lying down for at least 5 minutes). Structure, alignment, and breath are key elements in the poses and flow series. Balances are an important part of each class, with time given for instruction and practice. A 5-7 minute seated meditation is part of the 1.25 hour (morning) class.
Tue/Wed/Thu (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
13 classes/13 weeks/$130
26 classes/13 weeks/$260
Valid for Fall 2019 session only.
A thorough warmup prepares our bodies and minds for more vigorous movement. Attention to alignment, breath and form. Modifications offered to ensure safety and comfort of all students. Progressions towards more challenging poses and flow series as class develops skill. For example, we may play with arm balances like Crow and standing balance transitions like Tree-warrior 2-tree-warrior 3. Lots of fun and good for strength conditioning!
Chair Assisted Yoga
with exercises for strength conditioning
5 weeks/$50 or 10 weeks/$100
A chair-assisted class offering a holistic and functional approach to boost overall well-being. An overview of the class follows:
Opening: We begin seated, warming up the joints, the muscles, and the brain, preparing for more active movement.
Strengthening: Using resistance bands or light handheld weights, strengthening exercises for arms, shoulders, chest, back, core and legs.
Balance: Exercises for leg strength, flexibility and range of motion, for balance. Tips and techniques to assist with balance.
Flexibility: stretching, yoga poses and gentle flow series (like the sun salutation) with the support of a chair. Yoga poses are customized to the unique needs of each student.
Relaxation: guided visualization, meditation
Learn how to meditate in a supportive, guided class. You will be introduced to relaxation and focusing techniques to help you calm your body and mind. We will have a quiet sitting meditation for approximately 30 minutes of each 1-hour class. Instruction and props provided for sitting comfort.
I am in my early 60s, and retired from my job, which involved a lot of sitting at a desk doing computer work, as well as a fairly long commute. I have a tendency towards neck, shoulder and hip stiffness, and find that practicing yoga is relaxing, making me feel better physically as well as calming mentally. I was happy to find out about Laura Harris’ studio when I was looking to start doing yoga again. The studio is a lovely, quiet space and I find the classes are well-structured and easy to follow. I definitely benefit from doing yoga; after missing class for a week I was feeling stiff, but felt improvement after only one session. Laura is very observant and encouraging during practice, offering helpful hints to improve poses that challenge me. So glad I discovered Hatha Spirit Yoga Studio. Deb T.
I started yoga with Laura at her studio a year ago. I'd never done yoga before. I've been coming twice a week all year and this summer I have been coming 5 times a week because I'm determined to become fitter.
Since I have started yoga I feel more relaxed, stronger, and more limber. I seem to be more focused in the moment. Laura's instructions about yoga helps me in aligning my body and overall it makes me feel better. Linda S.
I've been going to Laura's chair yoga sessions for almost three years now, and its become part of my life. The sessions are relaxing yet invigorating, balance improves, and any muscle tightness gently releases. Laura guides us through movements that are adapted for our particular problem, be it stiff knees like I have after knee replacements, or sore shoulders, or back problems...we each do our own version of each movement and pose, and with Laura's encouragement we learn to maximize the benefits of each movement. Camille, yoga student.
I have attended Laura's Therapeutic Yoga Class for three years. I suffer from chronic back pain and before I discovered this class I wasn't able to exercise much, I was getting stiff and my balance wasn't as good as it had been. I discovered that stretching with the various yoga poses I learned has increased my flexibility, balance and posture. I have learned to breath in a healthful way and use meditation to relax my tensed muscles. Donna Herman
Acknowledgement of Laura's teaching style:
“Laura Harris is a masterful yoga teacher and creative movement instructor. She has led the groups at our Diamond Heart retreat centre many times. Not only her competence but her gentle encouragement allowed each person to benefit regardless of their level of fitness. I recommend her highly to you.” Tanis Helliwell, founder, International Institute for Transfromation.
Q: Can I make up a missed class?
A: Yes. Let me know what day works for you. Remember the evening class passes expire seasonally.
Q: Is the Studio closed on stat holidays?
Q: May I bring a guest to a class?
A: Yes. Let me know ahead of time. You can use your yoga pass to pay for them or they can pay a drop in fee.
Q: Do I need to bring my own yoga equipment?
A: No. The studio supplies everything you need. Still good to have your own mat!