Yoga Classes

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Level 1

Suitable for students who are relatively new to yoga or looking to deepen their knowledge of foundational poses. Classes focus on the fundamentals of postures, including breathwork and attention to alignment, while incorporating dynamic flow and varied sequences.

All Levels

Classes that are suitable for all students, from foundational to intermediate to advanced. A unique class that offers a mixed-level practice with options to go deeper. All Levels classes will incorporate asana, breathwork and meditation.

Levels 1-2, 2, and 2-3

Classes that increase in difficulty to encourage you to find new levels within your practice. Each level offers progressively deeper work in asana, meditation, and pranayama in order to challenge students to move beyond perceived boundaries. Please talk to one of our knowledgable staff when trying to find the level that works best for your practice.

AcroYoga

AcroYoga combines partner-based yoga with a hint of circus. It challenges, builds trust and subtle communication, and it’s just plain fun! Please note this is not a led class, everyone plays together under the support and guidance of an instructor. No partner is necessary to attend and all levels of practice are welcome. You will have the most fun if you are comfortable with the basics of inversions (against the wall is fine.) This class is free for our monthly members and pay-what-you-can for non-members.

Community Class

Level 1 classes with community in mind! Explore your practice with integrity, awareness, and a foundation of breath. Our teaching roster will feature teacher training students, alumni of our teacher training programs, and teachers on our drop-in schedule.

This is a specially priced class – $5 (+HST) for non-members, free for members.

Fundamentals

Designed as both an introductory class for new students and an excellent way for experienced students to brush up on the basics, Fundamentals covers the essentials that form the foundation of a safe, effective, and enjoyable yoga practice, while exploring more deeply a specific aspect of the practice each week.

Gentle Yoga

Yoga for everyone and every body! This class is designed to be accessible to all bodies regardless of physical or other limitations. The instructor will strive to ensure that individual needs are met within this class setting. Come and join this welcoming class where you can explore yoga in a safe and supported manner.

Meditation

Through the practice of mindfulness and meditation, this class teaches us how to be aware and awake to the present moment. We learn to see and accept things as they are, freeing our minds and opening our hearts. This class is free for members and pay-what-you-can for non-members with a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per class.

Restorative

A deeply nourishing experience. Props and gentle movements are utilized to restore, relax and heal the body. This class is suitable for any level of experience.

Self-Practice

Our Self-Practice classes nurture an individualized approach to practice. Featuring a semi-private style of learning, these classes instil principles of empowerment, concentration, and self-directed study, revealing some of yoga’s most important teachings.

Self-Practice Workshop

This special class will include led instruction that enriches the self-practice experience.
Similar to other Self-Practice classes, students are free to come and go as they please between 10am and 12pm. Unlike other Self-Practice classes, the class will be divided into roughly two sections:

  1. Instruction on specific techniques relating to postures or sections of the seasonal practice sequences;
  2. Self-practice time to embody the techniques into your practice.

Tensegrity

A class that brings the Tensegrity Series to life! The Tensegrity Repair Series (by Gioia Irwin) is a set of 20 exercises designed to restore balanced tone and healthy range of motion to the muscle and connective tissue matrix of the human body. Explore your range of motion and reconnect to healthy patterns of movement. This class is ideal for all levels of experience and is especially ideal for those seeking to recover from imbalances due to injuries and over-use.

Thai Yoga Restorative

This deeply rejuvenating class will be led by John Veiga and infused with the healing hands of Thai Yoga Massage practitioners Ian Gardner and Lynn Alexander. Thai Yoga Massage blends passive yoga stretches, shiatsu, and acupressure into a comprehensive full body treatment. The flowing, rhythmic movements work the muscles, joints, connective tissue, and energy lines without disturbing the peace of the body and mind.

Please note: This drop-in class is an additional $5 (plus HST) to attend for both monthly members and non-members. The class sizes will be limited to ensure maximum care and healing for participants. Monthly members at Octopus Garden are able to pre-register for this class online or by , or calling us at 416.515.8885. Please note that if you pre-register, you will be charged regardless of whether or not you are able to attend.

Non-members can register for this class as of 7:00pm on the class date. Please phone or reception beforehand to ensure there is still space in the class.

Yoga with Live Musician Level 1-2

This class will explore challenging and creative sequencing to a dynamic mix of music served up live by a new musician each month! Read on for our monthly rotation of dynamic artists:

September – Isla Craig
Isla Craig is a vocalist and song writer living and working in Toronto, ON. Her unique compositions draw on vocal traditions ranging from early vocal music to contemporary R&B styles. She may be found playing solo, or aided by a band, and is also an active improviser and collaborator in the Toronto music and dance scenes.

October – Blake Howard
Blake was found in the cupboards under the sink playing the pots and pans very early on and has since developed into an empathetic percussionist and a slightly skewed composer with great experience accompanying contemporary dance classes.

November – Morgan Doctor
Morgan Doctor is an American-Canadian musician who is a solo artist, session player, and private drum teacher living in Toronto, Ontario.

December – Anita Katakkar
With Indian/Scottish roots in multicultural Toronto, Anita Katakkar’s music practice represents a link between her heritage and community. Anita has performed, toured internationally and recorded withthe Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Jeff Martin and has toured nationally with The Tea Party. Inspired by accompanying yoga classes, Anita has created Yoga Trax, music to link breath and movement inspired by sounds from the city and nature.

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Parent and Baby

In this welcoming and baby-friendly space, find the time to soothe aches and pains, re-align your hardworking body and mind, and cuddle and enjoy your little baby while connecting with a community of other parents.

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Parent and Moving Babies

Explore your changing practice and connect with other parents in a class designed with moving babies in mind.

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Prenatal Yoga

This weekly series of classes will offer a caring and nurturing space where women can celebrate the little person growing within, soothe and enjoy their changing bodies, and connect to their own strength and potential in preparation for labour and motherhood.

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Once a Month

Sunday Dance

Dance is the oldest form of healing and celebration. Sunday Dance, a monthly event, is an opportunity to experience both in a safe, inclusive space. Non-linear creative movement is a great compliment to a structured yoga practice and a tried-and-true method of removing blocked energy, grief, or unresolved tension from the body. It’s also incredibly fun! No previous experience necessary, just the desire to feel fully alive! All ages welcome.

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Self-Practice FAQ

Our self-practice classes nurture an individualized approach to practice. Featuring a semi-private style of learning, these classes instil principles of empowerment, concentration, and self-directed study, revealing some of yoga's most important teachings.

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Sangha

Derived from the Pali word for “community” or “company”, Sangha is an opportunity to gather together with the aim of enriching the understanding of yoga’s philosophical tradition, through scriptural exploration, chanting, meditation, discussion, and inquiry. It will be co-taught by Scott Davis and Pat Harada Linfoot on the first Tuesday of each month.

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