Yoga for your Dudes:

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Yoga for Dudes — One-time pop-up Class:

Know a dude who wants a therapeutic stretch, but he’s hesitant to try yoga? Or maybe he needs some de-stressing techniques, but he doesn’t want to do any “weird” stuff? Maybe he likes the idea of chilling and chuckling at a social event with other guys, but he isn’t in the mood for poker night. This one-time pop-up class will be refreshing, feel-good, accessible for tight bodies, and all-levels, which means that I’ll cue the movements in a way that even brand new beginners can follow comfortably, but I’ll also give a couple of different options in each pose, so that more experienced yogis can opt to deepen the practise.

Yoga mats & props:

I have lots of extra mats & props for you to borrow. Yoga props (blocks, foamies, blankets, straps, etc) are tools to help yoga suit your body, instead of forcing your body to fit yoga. For example, we sit on top of foamies to ease tension in your hips/back, and we place our hands on blocks to relieve tight hamstrings, and we use a strap in some poses to protect our shoulders. Most students like a blanket for savasana (the final relaxation pose) to get warm and cozy. I’ve got you covered!

Why choose yoga?

While most forms of fitness focus on strengthening the parts of your body that are visible from the outside (your muscles), this extensive and intelligent system of yoga is different because it focuses on pairing your breath with particular movements in order to massage and tone your most vital, essential systems that actually keep you alive (circulatory, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, nervous, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, excretal, muscular, skeletal, mental).

That's why we feel so refreshed, calm, and whole after yoga. Both the movements and the meditation techniques produce a steadying effect on our mental health. Plus, as a bonus side-effect, we also benefit from the whole-body workout, too!

I so look forward to sharing vibrant, safe, informative yoga classes with you to ease your tension, move your digestion along, flush out your lymphatic system, and strengthen your whole core. You’re in the right place!

 

Thurs & Sun Sessions:

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Spring Session:

We’re running 2 short sessions this spring! An 8-class Thursday session, and a 5-class Sunday session (which only runs on alternate Sundays). If we can sign our kids up for 12 weeks of swimming and gymnastics and skating, then surely we can commit to 5 or 8 weeks for our own bodies & minds!

Thursday nights, 8-9 pm:

  • (No Class Thurs Apr 18: Easter)

  • #1 Thurs Apr 25

  • #2 Thurs May 2

  • (No Class Thurs May 9)

  • (No Class Thurs May 16: Victoria Holiday)

  • #3 Thurs May 23

  • #4 Thurs May 30

  • #5 Thurs June 6

  • #6 Thurs June 13

  • #7 Thurs June 20

  • #8 Thurs June 27

Sunday Mornings (alt weeks) 9-10 am:

  • #1 Sun May 5

  • (No Class May 12)

  • #2 Sun May 19

  • (No Class May 26)

  • #3 Sun Jun 2

  • (No Class Jun 9)

  • #4 Sun Jun 16

  • (No Class Jun 23)

  • #5 Sun Jun 30

Invest in yourself:

Investment:  Thursday’s 8-class session = $120. Sunday’s 5-class session = $75.
Time: Thursday nights 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Sunday mornings (on alternate weeks) 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
Location: In Riverview Park, near Botsford & Coronation.
To Register:  Click on the buttons, below.

 

About these classes:

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About these classes:

Above all else, I want your experience to be welcoming, safe, beneficial, and educational. All bodies belong here. I provide options so that each body in the room can participate with comfort. So bring your furrowed brow, bring your tight hamstrings, bring your juicy body. You belong with me!

The best part about a pre-registered session is that we lay our mats down beside the same lovely humans each week, which means that we can really build on the content each class. We can sequentially expand our practise and grow our friendships.

Class components:

  • An educational element (either anatomical or philosophical).

  • A safe warm-up for your connective tissues.

  • A sequence of asanas (yoga postures) to strengthen and stretch your whole body—both inside and out. This is the largest component of each class.

  • A meditation technique.

  • A breathing technique.

  • Savasana (our final resting pose). This is when your body absorbs all the healing benefits of your practise and integrates what you've learned. You lie down on your mat for a few minutes with a blanket, close your eyes, and completely & utterly relax. I usually come around with some soothing essential oils and give each student a mini neck or head massage. It’s divine. Sometimes you’ll fall asleep :)

What if I miss classes?

This is normal and inevitable. Partial registrations aren't possible, but I really want to make these sessions accessible to busy people who travel a lot!  So there are 3 solutions:

1) You can use the other day as as a make-up class. So if you register for Sunday mornings, for example, and you have to miss a couple of classes, then you can attend the Thursday evening classes as your make-up classes. You can keep track of these yourself. Just be sure to check the schedule, since the Sunday morning classes only run every second week!

2) We have a subbing list of rocking women who can sometimes “sub in” and take your place when you can’t attend. They would reimburse the $15 for your class either in cash or etransfer, as you wish. You will need to contact them yourself to ask if they can “sub” in for you.

3) You can bring a friend/neighbour to join us and use up the classes that you will miss. For example, if you knew that you would definitely miss a class, then you can send a friend/neighbour/relative to class. And you can decide whether to gift that missed class to your friend, or whether to have your friend reimburse you $15 for the class that they are taking. That way, your missed class gets enjoyed by someone. It has worked very well in the past. In fact, it's turned out to be rather special, because people end up bringing their sister who is visiting from out of town, or their mom who wants to try yoga, or their new friend who just moved to the city. And in this way, it actually brings the group even closer together as we all get to know each other's loved ones. It's kind of sweet.

Invite someone:

If you think you have a friend who might also like to register for this session, you can share this same URL with them:  zoestikeman.com/riverview
Or forward them my email with the link embedded. I would love to meet them.