Sunday, August 20, 2017


Today's Classes


Big Stretch Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Gentle Flow & Restorative Yoga
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


September Yoga Retreat at Harmony Dawn, Rice Lake, Ontario
Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017




Candlelight Flow Yoga with Live Music
Oct 19, 2017




News


Autumn 2017 Schedule
[posted:2017-08-18]




We will be CLOSED August 26 - September 3
[posted:2017-07-30]




NEW!!! Drop-in Candlelight Restorative Yoga
[posted:2017-07-25]




Recent Features


CONTEST - Who loves a giveaway?
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-06-03]




New Student Special!!! 30 days for $55 (includes HST)
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2016-12-13]




Rebecca is our Yogini of the Month
Yogis/Yoginis of the Month
[posted:2014-11-13]




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 $20
5 classes $85
10 classes $155
20 classes $280
Big Stretch Big Deal
50 classes $640
New Students!
30 days (Unlimited classes) $55*


*This offer is exclusively for new students only.
Must be used over 30 consecutive days.
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+)

THE BIG STRETCH ACCEPTS CASH OR CHEQUES ONLY.

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.

All of our classes are set to music.




Big Stretch Yoga
The Centre's signature class is suitable for many. This Hatha class Integrates the breath with an extensive variety of postures to increase strength and flexiblity, bringing balance, while calming the mind. Variations of poses will be presented to meet students' individual needs.

We use verbal cues and some physical assists throughout the session to encourage healthy alignment and to deepen the practice.

All of our classes are set to music.




Early Bird Yoga - registration required.
Celebrate the beginning of a new day in the quiet and stillness of the morning.

The Centre's signature class is suitable for many. This Hatha 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.

7 - 8 am on Wednesday mornings. T

Please register in advance to reserve your space. The class may be joined in session if there is space available. Fees will be pro-rated - call ahead to confirm if there is space.

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 am, 8 weeks, May 3rd until June 21st. Special rate for early booking - register with payment by April 26th, $135. After that, $150. Registration required.

Next Session:
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 am, 6 weeks, July 5th until August 9th. Special rate for early booking - register with payment by June 28th $100. After that, $115. Fees include HST. Registration required.




Gentle / Big Stretch Yoga
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 of our classes are set to music.




Mom & Baby Yoga in May (registration required)
Details to come.




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 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 are welcomed and encouraged.




Candlelight Flow Yoga - NEW! Begins in September
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 are welcomed and encouraged.




Flow & Let Go Yoga
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 - NEW! Begins in September
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.

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.











"Thank you so much for such great yogic experiences. Sadhanas, retreat, workshops, so many Thursday nights. You've been a very positive influence in my life for a lot of years. You are the thing I miss most about my old neighbourhood. Thank you for such good memories and for helping me make yoga a part of my life. Namaste." ~ Rachel





"Thank you for yet another wonderful yoga class. I really enjoy the atmosphere that you create, your light touch and humour, and your teachings. The whole experience creates more balance and peace in my life - and slowly a more flexible body." ~ Eleanor Allgood





"Joanne, Congrats on your milestone anniversary!!! A wonderful achievement. You're terrific!" ~ Dianne Perkin