Community Yoga Classes
Classes for Adults, Kids, Youth and Teens
Edgemont Community Yoga
Classes for: Adults, Mom & Tots, Preschool and Kids
Be a part of a community and share the gifts of yoga.
Wanita brings a fun, playful spirit to all of her classes.
Youth and Teen Classes
Yoga Classes Calgary NW – Edgemont Community Center
The perfect time to start a yoga practice and learn how yoga can help keep you healthy, feel good about yourself and maybe even improve your grades at school.
- New To Yoga?
- how does yoga differ from other activities?
- what to expect in class?
- philosophy and religion
New to Yoga?
Here are some tips to help you be prepared for your first class and answers to some common questions such as what to wear and what to bring.
Yoga is typically performed in bare feet to allow full use and development of the muscles of the feet. Some practitioners will prefer to use socks with grips on the bottom and individual toes to achieve the same effect. There are many varieties and options available for these.
The only equipment required for a yoga class is a yoga mat, often called a Sticky Mat. This mat differs from a gymnastics or Pilates mat in that the surface is “sticky” or designed to grip the bottom of bare feet to prevent injuries due to slipping. The mat is also thinner to provide a solid connection to the floor for balance poses. Thicker yoga mats are available and appreciated for those who are sensitive to sitting and lying on hard surfaces, however they may make balancing poses more challenging. Yoga Mats can be washed in your bath tub with a water and vinegar (or tea tree oil) solution to clean them and help them to regain their “stickiness”. Brand new mats benefit from this wash as well to remove any manufacturing film which makes them slippery. There are mats available in class to use if you do not have your own.
Some Yoga Classes may involve the use of other props. Tools such as blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets are used to help maintain alignment while stretching and to assist in going deeper into poses. These props are all available at the studio for use in class.
Yoga is at times very similar to other activities such as aerobics, Pilates, gymnastics and simply stretching. Many movements are the same between all these forms of exercise, however, the primary difference with yoga is the focus and attention to the breath. When we include the breath in our movements we create awareness of the present which helps us to connect to our bodies to prevent over stretching and it also helps us be present in this moment which is therapeutic and restful for the mind.
Yoga is a moving meditation” BKS Iyengar
Classes typically start off with a breathing exercise to help us leave behind the concerns of the day and focus on being present and mindful for the class. This attention to the breath will continue throughout the class to keep focus and assist us to move in our poses.
Series of movements to develop flexibility, create strength and encourage openness in the body. Opening poses are designed to warm-up the body and prepare the body for deeper and more challenging poses then the class winds down with poses designed to help us relax and release tension in the body.
The “final resting pose”. During this pose we arrange the body in a symmetrical position to keep the openness in the body. This allows the body time to adjust to the changes made during the class and gives the mind a moment to rest while we simply focus on the breath.
There is usually a guided relaxation and possibly a visualization activity to help keep the mind centered and restful.
Studio and Community classes will typically end with a shared greeting of Namaste which means the light in me sees the light in you – or the goodness in me sees the goodness in you. It is a shared symbol of respect amongst the teacher and students in the class. Namaste is the word used in India to say hello.
Yoga is not a religion. Yoga means union or connection. It helps us to connect with ourselves and the world around us. Yoga originated in India and traces its roots back 5000 years to the ancient Vedic civilization who pre-dated the Hindu religion formed in India. The roots of yoga were formed in India and have been enriched by the colourful folklore however the beliefs of yoga transcend many cultures and spiritual beliefs.
Yoga can be used as a spiritual practise and is used by people of many faiths and beliefs to help them deepen their faith and connection to the world around them.