Join us for our newest edition on Saturday mornings at 8:00am. This warm StretchTone class will give you time, rather than take time away from your weekend. Yoga first thing in the morning is said to set a positive tone for your whole day! Class starts on June 17, 2017 and we would love of you to join us!
On June 2nd, we will be celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary, and YOU ARE INVITED!
Join us for an unforgettable evening of:
Meet Jennifer, one of our many incredible students here at Yogadown. Jennifer has been an amazing presence at our studio, and we wanted to share her experience with you. Keep on getting down at Yogadown Jen!
What was your first class like at Yogadown?
It was a good experience. Very welcoming, not intimidating at all, and met some great people!
What do you like most about Yogadown?
Welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Personable and approachable instructors and staff.
I also love the times we come out of class to find post-it notes on all our shoes, each with a different inspirational quote! I share them on my social media and call them my Yoga #FeelGood notes :-) Thanks, Shaelyn!
What inspired you to start practicing yoga?
I had always wanted to try Yoga for quite some time, but after long work hours of a highly demanding job were wearing me down, I knew I needed 'something' to alleviate the stress and find times to quiet my mind. Yoga helped me to not only de-stress and relax, but it is has also become a rewarding experience in being able to improve my flexibility, balance and overall mental and physical well-being.
Has your life changed since practicing yoga?
Yoga keeps me motivated to make time for myself on a more regular basis.
What is it about Yogadown that makes you want to continue your practice here?
All the great classes, staff and instructors. You instantly feel better just from walking through the door.
Starting on Tuesday April 25th we are offering a new class on Tuesday nights from 8:00-9:00pm called Movement & Meditation. This class is great for people with any level of experience in both yoga and meditation including beginners.
Movement & Meditation
Discover the power of your body and mind through this intentional class that explores movement and meditation. Your teacher will lead your through a variety of yoga postures and playful movement, followed by a guided meditation. The yoga postures will be all levels, accessible and tailored to those who attend. Each week will reveal a different type of mediation that we will learn and practice together.
We are now offering longer classes on
Tuesday & Thursday mornings. The new schedule is as follows:
Warm flow on Tuesdays @ 9:30-10:45am
Gentle on Thursdays @ 9:30am-10:45am
We can't wait to see you here!
**Class time change effective starting March 6th & March 9th, 2017**
Our variety of meditation cushions will offer you a soft and supported place to land during your meditation practice. Using a cushion while meditating allows for proper posture and added comfort. With an array of colours, prints, styles and sizes, Yogadown has the perfect fit for you.
**All meditation cushions on sale from February 2nd - February 9th, 2017.
**All meditation cushions are FINAL SALE
We hope that people will participate in yoga as a way to celebrate their body, rather than trying to fix or change their appearance so we are wishing you a body positive new year!
At this time of year, so many people are contemplating the past 12 months and wanting to make themselves better for the new year to come. There is nothing wrong with wanting be a better version of yourself that you were yesterday. Particularly at this time of year, (New Year's Resolution time!) there are many messages from media and culture and even our own heads about our bodies and how they are not good enough, or about what we should or should not eat. About how we should look or what to wear. All of these focus on appearances which can cause a lot of unneeded stress and the gate way to shaming ourselves and our body for not being good enough.
Being Body Positive is going beyond your physical appearance and reconizing how amazing your body really is and considering what ways your body allow you to experience the world. Body Positive can also mean a practice and a process just like yoga that is sometimes not in a straight line and it may take a lot of getting up, trying again, and some back and forth as we consider and re-consider what beliefs we have about our bodies.
At our studio you may have noticed that our teachers speak to turning your awareness inward and this practice can help us keep present and focused to truely experience ourselves. By sensing the body, energy and emotions open a person up to be curious about what they are truly experiencing and to see the truth of the matter.
How can we reframe how we think and talk about our bodies in an appearance focused world?
What positive things has your body given you? Can you focus on different parts of your body and be grateful for it? What can you celebrate about your body? What else can you enjoy?
We think bodies are amazingly fantastic in all the ways and that they are perfectly imperfect - not flawed or needing to be fixed, simply great, just the way they are. We want to know how you would complete this sentence...
My body is wonderful because.....
"...It created my child(ren)."
"...I have feet and legs to take me for a walk."
"...It is strong."
"...My heart beats everyday."
"...it's curvy and beautiful."
"...it can pick up my loved ones for big swinging hugs."
We invite you to add your body reflection to the chalkboard in the SUN STUDIO at Yogadown! We believe all bodies are great: tall and small bodies, disabled and able bodies, thin and round bodies, athletic and not so athletic bodies, female or male, and everything in between. Tell us what’s wonderful about your body!
From all of us at Yogadown studios, we wish you a Body Positive New Year. We hope our yoga practices might help us all shift our body focus from appearance to celebration, function, enjoyment and growth.
We are opening our doors for more shopping hours so that you can get all of your holiday shopping done with ease.
Monday Dec 19 - 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday Dec 20 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday Dec 21 - 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday Dec 22 - 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday Dec 23 - 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Dec 24 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
To see our schedule for over the holidays, please go to our online scheduling system SCHEDULE HOUSE, for updated on class cancellations and studio closures.
As the seasons change so do we and so does the class schedule! Please see below for schedule changes and details:
Tuesday 8:00pm Warm StretchTone ( previously Hot StretchTone )
Wednesday 9:30am Warm Gentle Flow ( previously Hot Flow & Restore )
Friday 6:15pm Class is cancelled until further notice
Friday 7:00pm Warm Yin & Restore ( previously non-heated Yin )
Check out our holiday class schedule by clicking here.... Tab forward to the holiday weekend. We Hope you come make it for class to stay calm and connected to you inner peace during the busy weekend.
with TARA COLE-KILPPENSTEIN
Gentle Flow is a less strenuous hour long practice consisting of foundational postures, put together in a conscious, "slow flow" giving more time for breath, strengthening and mindful movement. The postures are broken and proper alignment tips and substantial modifications will have a strong presence in this class. This class is warmly heated to 30 C.
This class is suitable for students simply looking for a more “tranquil” practice. All levels welcome - including beginners.
Thursdays @ 8:00PM
Starts September 15th, 2016
Friday Sept 2
6:15pm Hot StretchTone
Saturday Sept 3
9:30am Warm Flow & Restore
Sunday Sept 4
6:15pm Warm Restorative
Monday Sept 5
7:00pm Warm Yin
As we approach the cooler seasons, many of us force and push our way through to keep the momentum of our growth but as things cool down, as do we. Growing doesn't always mean moving upward or outward. Growth is also an internal process but we must slow down at times, to make space for reflection and nourishment. Think about it, plants are still alive and well although it seems like they are dying and lifeless through fall and winter. But really they are drawing in nourishment from the earth and turning inward for reflection until spring returns.
These times of year can sometimes make people feel stuck, or that they are not doing enough and become closed off. But each of us is still moving, there is just a bit of a slow down. Stop hurrying! Take this time to step back and reflect on yourself and your life. Look back.... waaaay back. See how far you have come? Look where you are... WOW, eh? It's time to turn inward, it's time to acknowledge yourself. You are amazing. Remember that! Release of your out-dated perceptions and LET GO!
There are several classes coming to Yogadown this fall that are perfect opportunity for slowing down and beginning the growth of self from the inside. The seasons teach us to follow the flow. Because life doesn't have to be hard, all you have to do is listen to the whispers of your life.
There is nothing to be afraid of. You will be fine. Trust yourself. Trust your body. Trust your process.
See our class and event offerings here. We promise that you will LOVE them. Check out the details by heading over to our REGISTERED CLASS web page
Starting August 12, 2016 The 6:15pm on Friday nights will be offered to the public for low low price of $5 +gst ($5.25).
This offer can only be taken advantage of until September 2, 2016 and must be paid in CASH!
The use of interac and credit cards will result in being $10+gst to attend this class, so make sure to bring CASH!!
Yogis love to go camping too! It's great to get outside and bbq with friends to enjoy the beautiful weather,
Here are the class cancellations for the August Long Weekend:
Saturday 12:00pm Hot StretchTone
Monday 6:15pm Flow'n'Beats
Click here to see what other classes are available for you to attend. Happy long weekend!
Yin is a popular style of yoga that so many people have come to love. Our world is busy and many people are flocking to yoga in search for balancing their life.
Cross Fit, running, cycling, and hockey (just to name a few) are "yang" activities. Yang relates to building heat through more intense or repetative movement. Even some vigorous forms of yoga, such as ashtanga, vinyasa (flow), and hot yoga are very yang. But if you focus only on the yang, your body can suffer from fatigue and burnout.
"Yin" is about slowing down, pausing and finding stillness through inward focus and cooling the body. Yin and Yang support the creation of balance both in body and mind.
Here is our Yin Yoga schedule:
Fridays 7:00pm ** BONUS: Friday nights are by Candle Light! **
REGULAR SHOPPING HOURS
Studio is open 15 minutes prior to every class.
Please see our SCHEDULE HERE. Doors are open 15 minutes prior to all scheduled classes and events.
You can set up your account, purchase Gift Cards, class packages, memberships, workshops and programs from our online store.
We are located in Olde Towne Okotoks, at 40 "E" Elizabeth Street directly across from the Dit & Dat & Balance Dance studio