Yoga Classes

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All Levels

Suitable for all students, particularly those 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.

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. We encourage you 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

All Levels or Level 1-2 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.

CEC Meditation

CEC-iconThe Consciousness Explorers Club is a weekly meditation and discussion themed and curated by Laurie Arron or Jeff Warren. Each gathering will involve a guided meditation and a Collective Wonderment or exploration of relevant themes and challenges of being a spiritual explorer in our modern world. The second part of the evening is optional. This event is free for members and pay-what-you-can for non-members, with a suggested donation of $10 to $20 per class.

Learn more about the Consciousness Explorers Club. To receive the weekly CEC announcement and a preview of the upcoming week’s program, please sign up for the CEC Newsletter.

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.

In July and August, the class will be led by Donald Eckler. July’s class topics are:
July 7: Discovering Basic Goodness
July 14: Working With Strong Emotions
July 21: Jeff Warren guest teaches
July 28: Life as a Ceremony

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.

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 Tamara Ulisko. 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.

Yoga with Live DJ

This class will explore challenging and creative sequencing to a dynamic mix of music served up live by Anita Katakkar.

With Indian/Scottish roots in multicultural Toronto, Anita Katakkar’s music practice represents a link between her heritage and community. She has studied tabla for over 15 years with composer and musician Ritesh Das and in California and Kolkata with the pre-eminent exponent of the Lucknow style tabla, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Anita has toured internationally and recorded with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Jeff Martin, and has toured nationally with The Tea Party.

In her latest fusion project Rakkatak, Anita has teamed up with local Toronto musicians to create an atmospheric backdrop for her work. Inspired by accompanying yoga classes, Anita has created Yoga Trax, music to link breath and movement inspired by sounds from the city and nature.

Yoga Playlist

An all levels class featuring tunes and artists not commonly heard in a yoga studio. Flow, move and pulse to yoga soundtracks curated with the music-lover in mind.

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Kids Yoga

Head to yoga after school and find a new way to play! Young yogis will grow through a weekly program of age-appropriate physical postures, philosophy, breathing, sensory-based games, and creative crafts. Get ready to discover new worlds of fun in playful exploration, self-discovery, and body awareness.

We’re pleased to announce a fall term of kids yoga! Our spring terms sold out, so please register today!

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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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Sangha

Derived from the Sanskrit word for “community,” 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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