Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline from ancient India that aims to integrate the body, mind and spirit of the practitioner. The physical aspect of yoga involves the performance of poses that develop the practitioner's alignment, balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina and strength. The poses can be done in a quick succession or in a sedate progression but are always synchronized with the breath. Yoga poses themselves tend to be constant, but the intensity, structure, theme and focus of their performance vary depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained. White Space Wellness offers a variety of online yoga classes that can be booked by request to suit various needs and preferences.
Yoga Basics is a 75-minute class designed for people new to yoga. It provides an introduction to the basic principles of yoga focusing on the most common postures, their correct alignment and their appropriate modifications. No previous yoga experience or particular fitness ability is required to participate in a Yoga Basics class.
Hatha Yoga is a 75-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a sedate and calming yoga practice. Hatha Yoga classes are held at a relaxing pace with long pauses between poses. No previous yoga experience or particular fitness ability is required to participate in a Hatha Yoga class.
Intermediate to Advanced Level
Vinyasa Yoga is a 90-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a fluid and invigorating yoga practice. Vinyasa Yoga classes are held at a moderate pace with poses linked together in a continuous flow. Some yoga experience and a fair bit of strength and stamina are required to participate in a Vinyasa Yoga class.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Intermediate to Advanced Level
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a 90-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a structured and challenging yoga practice. Classes are taught in either the traditional "Mysore" method which involves learning and performing the poses one at a time at one's own pace, or, the "led" method which involves performing the poses in a fixed sequence at a pace set by the teacher. Practitioners must ideally have a fair amount of strength and stamina to participate in an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class.
Universal Yoga is a 90-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a vigorous and multi-faceted yoga practice. Universal Yoga classes focus on balancing the energetic "sheaths" (koshas) that make up a person and that govern a specific dimension of a person's life. Universal Yoga combines postures (asanas), breath-synchronized movements (vinyasas), breath work (pranayama) and visualizations (yantras). Some yoga experience and a fair bit of strength and stamina are required to participate in a Universal Yoga class.
Yin Yoga is a 75-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a sedate and serene yoga practice. Yin Yoga classes are held at a slow pace with poses held at least five minutes on average. Yin Yoga applies moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body—the fascia, ligaments and tendons—with an emphasis on increasing joint circulation, improving flexibility and clearing the body's subtle energy channels. No previous yoga experience or particular fitness ability is required to participate in a Yin Yoga class.
Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga
Prenatal or Postpartum Yoga is a 60-minute class designed for women who would like to ease the physical, mental and emotional discomforts that come with being pregnant or with being a new mother. Prenatal and postpartum yoga helps women connect with and embrace their changing bodies, bond with their babies, prepare for the rigors and mysteries of labor and motherhood, and find a nurturing and supportive community. Women wishing to participate in our Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga classes are required to obtain medical clearance from their attending physician.
Yoga for Specific Groups or Needs
Yoga for Specific Groups or Needs is a 60-minute class designed for individuals wishing to address specific conditions, disabilities or injuries. Yoga principles and techniques can help individuals manage their condition, reduce their symptoms, increase their vitality, and generally improve their quality of life. Conditions that can be alleviated with yoga include addiction, anxiety, back pain, depression, injury, insomnia and stress. Yoga can also be taught to children with special needs and older adults. Individuals wishing to participate in our Yoga for Specific Groups or Needs sessions are required to obtain medical clearance from their attending physician.