Studio Classes

Yoga Classes

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Small-sized classes. Expert instruction. Specializing in yoga for older adults.

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Class Descriptions

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Classes are beginning level with progressions and modifications to meet individual student needs.

 


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.


Evening Rejuvenation

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
Weds (11:30am-12:30pm)
 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 
 


Coming this fall

Spiritual Yoga

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. 

Student testimonials



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.



FAQs

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?

A: Yes


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!