Yoga in Brooks
Focused on Wellness
Yoga translates as "to yoke" or "unite". Yoga unites the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga in Brooks teaches a natural unification of these three aspects, believing that the physical body asana practice will lead to a connection with the mind and spirit. The instructors allows each student to "blossom" into their own yogic path. The studio teaches to all experience levels and expresses the importance of each individual working at their own pace within the limits of their own body. Scheduled classes, private instruction, workshops and corporate yoga are available at Yoga in Brooks.
Your Certified Instructors
Shelly starting taking yoga classes at Inner Spirit Yoga in 2005. She was losing flexibility and a friend recommended yoga. She was hooked after the first class by how relaxed and good she felt after practicing. She soon discovered that the lack of flexibility was more than tight muscles. Both of her hips needed to have total hip replacements due to a congenital deformity. She now has limitations but with help, she has modified her practice. Yoga has given her the strength and courage to deal with very difficult times in life. In 2011 she completed Yoga Teacher Training, in Calgary ,at Yogadotcalm with Amber Kyliuk. Since then she has done various trainings including; Level 1 of Critical Alignment Therapy with Gert van Leeuwan from Amsterdam, Level 1 Reike, Restorative Workshop with Judith Lasater, Sacred Elder Teacher Training and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 & 2.
Merrilee attended her first yoga class in 1996 while attending the University of Victoria, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in History in Art. She continued attending yoga classes on and off for years trying different styles, studios, and teachers. Merrilee loved the physical aspect of yoga but it was the integration of body, mind, and spirit that kept her practicing. In 2013 Merrilee completed Yoga Teacher's Training with Frog Lotus Yoga in asana, pranayama, anatomy and study of yogic texts. Merrilee has completed Level 4 Teacher Training in Medical Qigong. She continues to learn by attending workshops, seminars and teacher trainings. Merrilee has completed Reiki Level I and is certified to teach MOC Barre Method & MOC Fascia Stretch classes.
Tara has been involved in the study and teaching of yoga since 2001. Tara has explored many different styles along the way, from BKS Iyengar to Ana Forrest to most recently Aerial Yoga and Critical Alignment Therapy. Tara’s goal is to weave these different ideas into her practice and teachings and truly help people live with more ease in their bodies and minds and to see their true light within. She loves teaching beginners, children and teens, as well as seasoned practitioners ready to dig deeper into the concentration and subtle energy found in yoga practice. Her current passion is Critical Alignment Yoga which is precise and therapeutic as well as dynamic and strong. Tara believes that movement should challenge and awaken us to our true nature! She has just finished her YA 500hr Certification.
Classes We Offer
Each instructor at Yoga in Brooks has been trained in different styles of yoga. This allows for a uniqueness of each class. We offer classes ranging from beginner to more advanced, restorative to more invigorating and alignment based to freestyle form. There is something for everyone at Yoga in Brooks.
Tuesday & Friday 10:00am
You’re only as young as you feel and yoga is one of the most youth-enhancing exercises around. This Hatha style yoga class is a great way for people with limitations or seniors to increase joint mobility, respiration, body awareness, balance, strength, and vitality. Most of the yoga poses are done either sitting in a chair or standing using a chair for support. There will be modifications provided for all of the postures so that everyone can work at their own pace and ability. You’re never too old…and it’s never too late! You will be amazed at what you can do.
Core Power Flow
A true blend of balance, core strengthening and flexibility. A strong core is a necessary component in all postures. You’ll focus on yoga postures that open the shoulders, hips and spine while strengthening your core and upper body. Pull focus out of your head and into your body & heart.
Essential Oils Gentle Flow
A calming, stress-relieving yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and the body. The yoga postures are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and detail. This slower paced yoga flow is suitable for beginners or for more experienced yogis who would like to slow down and deepen their practice.
This popular class is based on the belief that mental and physical health are interrelated, and should be conditioned together. All of the classes at Yoga in Brooks attempt to coordinate breathing and physical movement, improve focus and concentration, and help participants regain control of their body and mind.
This is a moderate yoga class that aids in detoxifying the body, promotes balance, increases flexibility and concentration. You will also connect your breath and your body through breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. Traditional yoga poses encourage the calming of the mind and nervous system. All levels welcome.
This approach to practice provided effective stress release through a combination of classic yoga poses and mindfulness techniques. The benefits derived through yoga are further enhanced through an awakened union of breath, body and mind. Suitable for all levels of ability.
Posture Alignment Beginners
This class is great for all students with all levels of experience. Many aspects of yoga will be practiced including static and dynamic postures, inversions, pranayama and mindful meditation. We will pay special attention to alignment principles and adapt to your needs.
Posture Alignment Experienced
Wake up to this invigorating practice open to mixed levels. Many aspects of yoga will be practiced including static and dynamic postures, inversions, pranayama and mindful meditation. Level up or level down to suit your needs.
Posture Alignment Flow
Enjoy the peace of the morning in this quiet class, working with slow vinyasa, pranayama and meditation. Open to all levels, join in and carve out a space for your practice before the day begins. (t)
Qi=life energy, breath, the essence of life. Gong=means work or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Qigong=gentle form of exercise to heal, remove blockages and strengthen the body.
Relax & Restore
Restorative Yoga is a profoundly healing form of yoga that is quickly gaining popularity especially amongst students who have limitations, injuries or who simply prefer to move at a slower pace. This mindful practice is self-nurturing, allowing time and space to deeply restore and heal from daily stress. This gentle practice can also help to dismantle chronic tension patterns, improve immune function, and bring the body and mind back to their original state of balance. All levels of ability are welcome.
Expect movement, not just stretching. Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a diverse series of smooth moving poses united with the breath. Yoga helps to expel toxins. It re-energizes your body and relaxes your mind. Come strengthen and tone your muscles.
Vinyasa Flow Plus
A more intense version of Vinyasa Flow that incorporates more of the Vinyasa’s into the practise to add another level of strength and cardio conditioning.
A practice beginning with longer held Yin asanas to get into the fascia, connective tissue and joints creating strength, flexibility and reducing inflammation in the body. Following will be a Yang flow to strengthen, balance and create awareness in the body. All levels welcome.
Drop in $18 * Students $12 * Registered students have the option to make up missed classes at any other class offered.