All levels classes at the DTYS teach classic yoga postures through a deep awareness, correct alignment and inner focus . As students learn and refine poses, they are encouraged to bring their attention inward to remain alert, focused, and calm. This class offers the student an opportunity to modify poses as well as offers the student to work harder with variations.
Yin yoga is designed to target the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis & lower spine. The poses are held for a longer duration to allow the body to open up. Yin Yoga promotes relaxation and a deeper stimulation towards bones, ligaments and joints. This is a great class to add to your practice to really slow things down and open up.
Better Backs/Slow Flow incorporates the entire body in a slow-paced yet challenging series accessible to anybody. Postures include spinal twists, back bends, hip and hamstring openers, abdominal and core strength poses with extra emphasis on deep diaphragmatic breathing. Students are encouraged to practice with eyes closed to promote greater internal focus.
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga taught to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures. The process produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. This system is traditionally taught individually from teacher to student.
Mysore style yoga is the traditional way of learning Ashtanga yoga, as it was first taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. The system is now taught by Pattabhi Jois’ grandson, Sri Sharath Jois, at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Mysore at DTYS is open to all levels, from complete beginners to more experienced students. Instruction is given on an individual basis. As students learn the sequence and grow stronger, more advanced poses are taught.
The LED PRIMARY class is intended for more experienced students who have has some exposure to the Ashtanga practice. Students are led through the entire primary series in the traditional vinyasa-counted style. There is not much instruction. Those who are newer to the practice are welcome to join the class and stop whenever they need to.
The Sivananda open class is a 90 minute class of moderate intensity covering the basic postures, pranayama, chants, and relaxation. The classes facilitate a progression of the Sivananda style of practice while respecting the capabilities of each student. These classes serve to harmonize the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Strong & Sustained
Strong & Sustained is a class designed to release built-up stress and tension. Poses are held longer and are often more challenging. Heat is created internally through breath and movement to aid in detoxification and release of stress. Inversions are always a part of this class and vary week to week. Previous yoga experience is recommended for this class.
Punctuality: Try to arrive early for class, so that you can get your mat set up, get relaxed, get focused. But, if you do arrive late, please respect the peace and quiet of your fellow yogis. Enter the studio as quietly as possible and place your mat silently onto the floor.
Shoes: Always remove your shoes before entering either the studio or the office. Place them under the bench, out of everyone's way. Although you may wear socks into the studio, please remove them before class so that you can maintain proper footing on your mat.
Hygiene: All we ask is that you make no scents at all! Get it? No scents!! Y oga is all about breathing, so any scent, whether it's perfume or body odour, is very distracting and unpleasant. Teachers and students should strive to maintain a clean, scent-free presence.
Chewing Gum: Your grade school teachers were right; you really shouldn't chew gum in class, especially yoga class!! Chewing gum greatly inhibits your breathing and your focus. Please dispose of your gum before entering the studio, placing it into a litter receptacle.
Making Choices: They say that "variety is the spice of life, so we have many types of classes and teachers at Downtown Yoga. Your own yoga practice is a very personal thing, so it may take a while for you to find just the right combination. Make your choices honestly, privately and with integrity. Talking to the teachers is helpful, but talking about them is not!
Cell Phones: Turn them off, before entering the studio. Enjoy a phone free, peaceful hour with us.
Savasana: Make every effort to remain for the entire class. Savasana is a very important part of every yoga class. But, if you must leave early, please let the teacher know ahead of time and take a brief savasana before you leave as quietly as possible!
Meal Time: You should try not to eat within two and a half hours before your class. Physically, having food in your stomach will affect your ability to get into the postures comfortably. And, physiologically, if your body is trying to digest food, it won't be able to fully benefit from your practice in that moment!