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
Shelley 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.
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 & Wednesday 9:30am
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.
Feel Good 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.
Monday 9:30am & Wednesday 10:45am
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.
Strength & Core
A core based class that has the body working hard to strengthen and condition the muscles and joints. Dynamic movement and static holds to bring the body into balance. Have a water bottle handy to rehydrate.
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.
Wednesday 7pm & Thursday 9:30am
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.
The Slow Burn
Static holds that push the muscles to the limit followed by a flowing vinyasa to recover. Allow the body to infuse with the pose & notice subtle differences as the practice progresses. Using long holds to gain strength & stamina achieving "The Slow Burn".
Tuesday & Thursday 5:15pm
Blending the energy movement of Qigong with the strength and flexibility of yoga. A great pairing for a gentle hour of exercise.
The weekend is almost over, time to recover. A restorative class that will put you in a positive headspace for the upcoming Monday morning and give you a fantastic night's sleep.
Monday & Wednesday 5:15pm
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.
Drop in $18 * Students $12 * Registered students have the option to make up missed classes at any other class offered.