SomaNidra

A combination of somatics and yoga nidra.

The idea behind somatics is that slow, gentle exercises re-educate the nervous system and allow the release of tight, restricted muscles, thereby promoting healing. Yoga practices based on somatics blend this concept with appropriate yoga asanas.

This specialty class will focus on a specific part of the body through exploration of slow & deliberate movement followed by stillness (nidra) to allow the body to soften into full rest for deeper healing.

This is a 75 minute class.

Everyone welcome.

Mat-based Pilates – this is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance.

The main goal is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination.

Props may also be used to add a little ‘spice’. 😜

Over the summer we are offering a unique opportunity to join together, both prenatal and postpartum mothers alike, in a merged class. Many of the yoga poses we utilize prior to delivery, focus on lower back and pelvic balance, and many of the poses in postnatal, continue to address the same concerns, with the addition of alleviating the strain in the upper body, for the added weight being carried in our arms.

It takes more than just a village to help us raise our children, it takes community, which at Mountain Goat yoga, we pride ourselves on having an overflowing heart full of. Share with other parents, stories of joy, and sorrow, in this supporting environment, where connections and friendships can grow.

Plenty of modifications will be offered for everyone, as these classes are adaptive, moving with the moments we are in, and sometimes turn into baby led classes 🙂

Please seek your doctors advice before starting any new physical activity while pregnant, and postpartum, for your and baby’s well-being.

This is part of our workshop/series and must be booked in the Student Portal

Restorative yoga is a restful practice that holds gentle yoga poses for a longer duration (up to 20 minutes) using props like yoga blocks, blankets, and bolsters.

All poses are done in a seated or reclined position on the mat (there are no standing poses).

Occasionally, yoga nidra or a guided visualization will also be incorporated.

It is a practice of deep relaxation that emphasizes the meditative aspect of yoga-the union of body and mind, and helps to promote healing of the body, mind and spirit.

 

Join us in this eight week series, sharing information and resources, through an hour or yoga, designed to guide you through your prenatal journey.

We will learn about the layers of our pelvic floor, how to target them through gentle exercises, learning to relax the muscles in preparation for childbirth, and find balanced strength where we individually most need it.

Learn to adjust common yoga poses and modify your practice so that you can continue to move safely through your pregnancy. Take time for yourself through meditation, restful poses, and vital pranayamas (breath work) that will assist through pregnancy, labor, and times to follow.

Share information and resources among your community of mothers to be, and make connections that last.

And so much more!

Please obtain medical clearance from your family physician prior to starting any new physical programming, for the safety of yourself and baby.

Workshop must be booked in the Student Portal

Nia fitness classes are cardio-dance infused, easy to follow, low impact classes danced barefoot to soulful music and are truly for ANY body! Although Nia classes are choreographed, you are encouraged to find joy and pleasure in movement by sensing and moving in your body’s way by adapting to what feels comfortable for you. Nia builds body confidence, balances the nervous system, promotes fitness, health and wellbeing, and nourishes the soul. The delivery of Natasha’s Nia classes begins with a short reflection to encourage presence and mind-body connection, then transitions into the movement practice and ends with a short, guided relaxation. Absolutely everyone is welcome. No dance experience is necessary. Show up as you are!

View a short intro to Nia video https://youtu.be/U3rRjq1oaXg?si=lO5LPPW2yLU6yrAOHERE

Meet Natasha:

I discovered the incredible practice of Nia in 2017 and instantly fell in love with all aspects of it. My body, mind and spirit had been craving a movement practice that incorporated uplifting music, body connection and awareness, community and dance…and I found it! As a holistic nutritionist with a passion for health, I truly value the mind-body connection and recognize the critical importance of joyful movement for optimal health and well-being.  In 2019 I decided to leap into an intensive white belt training so that I could explore Nia further and share the benefits of Nia with others. What I experienced during the training was magical. Not only did we move, we also discovered, explored, played, felt, released, and connected. Since the training, I have been practicing Nia regularly and have noticed improvements in my energy, focus, mood, strength, and health. Nia leaves me feeling healthy, centered, grounded and joyful. I hope you will join me in my Nia classes!  Natasha Villeneuve, Holistic Nutritionist is the lead of The Natural Food Pantry Education Initiative and is a licensed Nia Blue belt instructor.

 

The virtual space is perfect for an early morning yin practice, you can roll out of bed onto the mat, no commute and you don’t even have to get out of your pyjamas!

*While SunRISE Yoga is fairly accessible for all levels of yogis, because it is a virtual class I recommend students have some previous yoga experience and a sense of self awareness. 

Students can use their class cards, in the student portal, to register for this virtual class. Each class is one credit. Once you are registered, Valerie will send you the zoom link.

***MUST BE BOOKED IN STUDENT PORTAL***

*Please note that some classes may be taken off the schedule to accommodate teacher’s schedule.

A combination of somatics and yin yoga.

The idea behind somatics is that slow, gentle exercises re-educate the nervous system and allow the release of tight, restricted muscles, thereby promoting healing. Yoga practices based on somatics blend this concept with appropriate yoga asanas.

This specialty class will focus on a specific part of the body through exploration of slow & deliberate movement followed by stillness (yin) to allow the body to soften into the pose for deeper healing.

Everyone welcome.

Functional Strength & Mobility (FSM). Combining aspects of a yoga practice (postures, breath and awareness) with mobility training to build and maintain functional range of motion, strength, and stability through increased neurological and muscular control. Weights, Theraband’s and other props may be used to explore and challenge the body.

Pelvic floor (PF) yoga focuses on building strength and stabilization of the pelvic floor while bringing awareness to the area, and the surrounding muscle groups, through strategic breathing, stretching and movement exercises. 

It is common for individuals with PF tightness or PF dysfunction to experience tension in their hips & low back, which can also spread to their knees, all the way to the feet, and/or up to the neck and jaw!

In many cases, individuals with PF dysfunction, carry both hypertonic (tense) and hypotonic (loose) muscles in their pelvic floor. Therefore, to work on strengthening the pelvic floor, we need to balance stretching and strengthening with relaxation.

For everyone!

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