Nia Dance

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!

Baby & Me Yoga is inclusive yoga where new parents can join together, in an open space, welcoming both parents and baby, as they edge back into their practice. Unlike traditional yoga that moves through a continuous flow, Baby & Me yoga is adaptive, and works with the moments we are in, day by day, minute by minute, just as parenting reality is. This includes and open, and free space to stop during the practice to feed, changes, and care for your child, without feeling awkward, as you know, everyone in the room is also a parent, and this space is meant for you and baby to practice in your comfort. The class adapts to the moment and often that means, babies will help lead the direction of the class at times.

Classes center around pelvic floor, and diastasis recovery, through exercises and breath, and engaging in poses to help relieve the aches of postpartum recovery, as well as related strains of day-to-day parenting.  Each lesson includes baby massage to assist in sleep and digestion for baby, and ends in meditative rest, helping with sleep and relaxation in the days that follow as well.

Head holders to crawlers, each stage of development happens so quickly, and the classes are adaptive with variations and modifications for each week and leap along the way. Please do seek your doctor’s clearance before starting any new physical program, for yourself, baby, and your fellow yogini’s.

A secure link will be sent to each participant to join live virtually should you not be able to join in person.

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

What is Qigong?
Qigong is a gentle exercise that is over 4000 years old. Much like Tai Chi, Qigong uses movement, postures, breath and meditation to build a strong body, a calm, clear mind and an open heart. It balances your body, mind and spirit to set the stage for optimal wellbeing.

Come see what Qigong can do for you!

What you’ll need: 

  • yoga mat
  • towel you can roll up
  • water bottle

 

I like to think of my virtual offerings as an invitation to share my practice, rather than teach a practice. I will be the guide and offer options along the way, but ultimately this is a chance for you to listen to your own body, tap into your own intuition and move in a way that makes sense for you.

The virtual space is perfect for an early morning yoga practice, you can roll out of bed onto the mat, no commute and you don’t even have to get out of your pyjamas!  Each 90 min class begins in savasana with a deliciously slow warm-up, building the energy with some asana before returning back to savasana. The last 15 min, which is optional, will provide space for meditation.

*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 teachers schedule.*

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