Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Today's Classes


Hatha Yoga on Zoom (All levels) - Pre-registration required.
06:30 PM - 07:45 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


News


FREE On-Line Yoga Classes
[posted:2021-04-05]




New Zoom Class Time - Wednesday evenings
[posted:2021-02-11]




Zoom Class Schedule + Bookings + Fees
[posted:2021-01-05]




Recent Features


Plough Pose - Halasana
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2021-01-31]




Triangle Pose - Trikonasana
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2021-01-27]




Supported Child's Pose
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2021-01-27]




Classes

Active relaxation through mindful movement and being in the moment, our classes allow you to tap into your grace, strength and poise. Find the balance between effort and grace, stability and strength. Connect with your authentic self.

All hatha yoga classes include pranayama (yogic breath), asana (physical postures), mudras (hand gestures) and savasana (final relaxation). Classes are instructed in a flowing style with breathing and mindfulness incorporating an eclectic mix of hatha asana with influences from various teaching philosophies. Mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters, zafus and eye pillows are provided for your comfort, support and convenience.

New or returning to yoga? The actual physical poses or "asanas" are only one element of a yoga practice. Pranayama or breath work, guided relaxation and the occasional laugh are all part of the greater picture of healing body, mind and spirit.

At The Big Stretch, everyone is encouraged to go at his or her own pace. Even on your best day, you may feel like taking it easy. We encourage you to listen to your body and respect the messages it is giving you. Each person is different, and we can provide variations and modifications to help you relax your body and satisfy any healing requirements.

Not very flexible? Don't worry, it will come. You don't need to be flexible to begin a yoga practice, just like you don't need to be a black belt to begin karate classes. Success in yoga is not measured by your flexibility, but by the ability to draw your mind inwards and feel what is happening inside your body.

For your first time, wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a small form.

  • All classes are ongoing drop-in style unless pre-registration is indicated.
  • Classes are pregnancy-friendly, as all of our instructors are certified in pre- and post-natal yoga.
  • You may join any pre-registered class already in progress if there is space. Please call ahead. Fees will be pro-rated




Class Fees
Pay as you go or save money by purchasing one of our convenient pre-paid class packages. Prices include HST.

1 class $25
5 classes $95
10 classes $175
20 classes $320
 
New Student Offer!
30 days (Unlimited classes) $70*
DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY AT THE STUDIO DURING COVID-19, THIS OFFER IS NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.


*This offer is exclusively for new clients only.
Must be used over 30 consecutive days. One class per day.
Non-transferable. Cannot be used for pre-registered workshops and classes.


Expiry: Pre-paid classes expire one year from date of purchase.

Seniors & Students - 10% off (Students must be in full-time attendance at a high school or post-secondary institution. Seniors 65+)

PAYMENT METHODS: We prefer cash, cheques or interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com. We will accept VISA and Master Card but would prefer not to have to pay their fees.

Office Hours: Reception hours are in keeping with the class schedule. We are open 15 minutes before each class. Please arrive early to settle your account or to register if it is your first visit.











Class Descriptions

Gentle Stretch Yoga
Deepen the breath, stretch, relax and refresh, in this simple Hatha class. Ideal for beginners, those who are easing back into shape, recovering from illness or injury or just want to take it easy. May also include restorative postures using props to support the practice.

Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class to meet student's needs.




Hatha Yoga on Zoom (All levels) - Pre-registration required.
Live Stream Zoom Yoga Class

Our all-levels Hatha yoga classes, suitable to many, integrate the breath with an extensive variety of postures to increase strength and flexiblity, deepen the breath, bringing balance, while calming the mind.

There is a deep peace waiting for us, beneath our busy lives, under all of our tension, and beyond our fears. Hatha Yoga will help you tame your mind and expand your heart to find your deep peace, one breath at a time.

Variations and modifications of the postures via verbal cues and demonstrations are offered in every class including suggestions to meet student's individual needs, encourage healthy alignment and to deepen the practice.

See you on the mat!

Booking:
Please pre-register by sending us an email request to info@bigstretchyoga.com at least 1.5 hours before the scheduled class and we will confirm your booking. A link to access Zoom will be provided the night before class or we will try to send out one hour before your class time if you are a late joiner. Please do not share this link.

Payment:
You can use your pre-paid yoga classes on file, or if you are out of pre-paid yoga classes, kindly purchase via interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com before your booked class.

One Class: $25
Five Classes: $95
Ten Classes: $175
Fees include HST.




Early Bird Yoga - begins September 16th, class is FULL
Celebrate the beginning of a new day in the quiet and stillness of the morning.

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

The Centre's signature class is suitable for many. This Hatha yoga class integrates the breath with an extensive variety of postures to increase strength and flexibility, bringing balance, while calming the mind. Leave the class feeling refreshed and ready for your day. It's better than a double latte to start your morning!

All of our classes are set to music. All levels of practitioners are welcome and encouraged. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class to meet student's individual needs.

7 - 8 am on Wednesday mornings. 8 weeks.

This session begins September 16th until November 4th.

$170 (includes HST). Registration required. Missed classes are not transferable or refundable.

You can begin mid-session if there is space, class fee will be pro-rated.




Gentle / Big Stretch Yoga on Zoom - Pre-registration required.
While this Hatha class is instructed in a gentle manner with simple postures (see description for Gentle Stretch Yoga), the instructor offers variations of postures and suggestions for the more advanced student who may want to drop-in at their convenience.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged.

Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.






Gentle Flow & Restorative Yoga
Sunday's Big Hug! Breathe, stretch and relax. Set to soothing music, enjoy gentle, flowing hatha yoga sequences, connected by the breath and intermingled with gentle, supported restorative postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body.

This deeply relaxing and soothing class is suitable for beginners, people experiencing stress or anxiety and people who are recovering from illness or injury. It is also recommended to anyone, including advanced practitioners seeking a gentle, meditative class.

The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind.

Leave the class feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Candlelight Flow Yoga
Surrounded in candlelight (extra candles for this class!) and accompanied by music, this peaceful yoga class is suitable to all levels including beginners. Breathe deep and take time to reconnect, rejuvenate and revitalize in this flowing, ever-changing sequence of postures inspired by a blend of all of the classes on our schedule. Leave feeling lighter and brighter.

Go with the flow and enjoy this midweek treat -- a perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Flow & Let Go Yoga - Pre-registration required.
Enjoy the best of both worlds in this drop-in yoga class. Sun salutations, flowing hatha yoga sequences, strengthening poses and sublime stretches in the first half of the class are followed by gentle, relaxing restorative yoga poses in the second half. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Restorative poses are gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body and aid in deep relaxation. Assisted by the use of props such as the wall, a bolster or folded blankets, poses are held for longer periods of time, allowing you to let go of long-held tensions that manifest both physically and mentally.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc.

All levels are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Relax, restore, rejuvenate and refresh. 



Linger peacefully in gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body. The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind. The class may also include gentle stretches and movements between restorative postures.

This deeply relaxing and soothing class held in candlelight with soft music, creating a peaceful atmosphere for your practice. It is suitable for beginners, people experiencing stress or anxiety and people who are recovering from illness or injury. It is also recommended to anyone, including advanced practitioners seeking a gentle, meditative class.

There is a deep peace waiting for us, beneath our busy lives, under all of our tension, and beyond our fears. Restorative Yoga will help you tame your mind and expand your heart to find your deep peace, one breath at a time.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc. Feel free to bring along some cozy socks, your favourite blanket and eye pillow.

All levels of practitioners are encouraged and welcomed. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.

All of our classes are set to music.







Flow & Restore Yoga
Enjoy the best of both worlds in this drop-in yoga class. Flowing hatha yoga sequences, strengthening poses and sublime stretches in the first half of the class are followed by gentle, relaxing restorative yoga poses in the second half.

Restorative poses are gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body and aid in deep relaxation.

The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind.

Enjoy this midweek treat -- a perfect way to unwind after a busy day. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc. Feel free to bring along some cozy socks, your favourite blanket and eye pillow.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.

All of our classes are set to music.








"I've been to a lot of yoga studios, but The Big Stretch is really the only place that I've actually felt that I'm able to relax and let go." ~ Lauren





"Oh my that was a lovely way to start the day. Can't wait 'til tomorrow. I have wanted to sign up for one of these for many years...so glad to be doing this now!" ~ Wendy S.





"You have accomplished a lot and are an amazing role model for living your life. Kudus to you. As I say to all who ask about where I do yoga in describing you, Joanne, 'her voice exudes serenity'. Love ya." ~ Monika Stegmann