OUR CLASSES

Beginnings Yoga Studio prides itself in offering a wide range of yoga styles, specialties, as well as a full schedule of flexible class timings.  We run our regular classes that are available to register with drop-in passes, punch passes and unlimited memberships. 

 

Our specialty programs are offered in 4 or 8 week sessions, if you are interested in any of these please email us to learn when we will be running our next one that interests you as most are ongoing and begin anew every month!

 

Our studio also offers many unique and incredible events and session opportunities that are one-offs, you won’t want to miss these!  Sign up to receive our emails and follow our social media to stay in the know about all of these opportunities created to help you deepen your yoga practice.

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OUR CLASSES

VINYASA FLOW

Vinyasa yoga aligns a deliberate sequence of poses with the breath to achieve a continuous flow.  These classes keep you moving, flowing continuously in a graceful dance that is a well-planned vinyasa sequence.  In Sanskrit, vinyasa means “to place in a special way”. Each position compliments those that proceed and follow, building heat, endurance, flexibility, strength and mental focus. 

All levels class of moderate to high intensity, with options for modifications given throughout to go deeper or to take less.  An understanding of asana (yoga poses) is helpful, as the pace will pick up to one breath per movement.  

Vinyasa Freedom Flow encourages you to connect with your own practice.  Connecting to how your body feels in this moment, noticing how you emotionally came into your practice and honouring what your soul may need as you connect with your authenticity in each movement.  This is a vibrant, uplifting, energetic class where you are offered the freedom to explore different movements and ideas surrounded by incredible music and an encouraging atmosphere, completing the practice with a blissful final relaxation.

Vinyasa Peaceful Flow will lead you to cleanse the body and calm the mind within a tranquil atmosphere.  Sequencing and cues will challenge your strength and encourage you to find stillness within your spirit. Find balance between movement and stillness, power and restoration, peaceful music and demanding poses.  You will challenge your body and be inspired with guided intentions as you move toward a blissful final relaxation.

Vinyasa Power Flow is an invigorating, energetic and powerful class.  Physically challenging, yet accessible sequences, enhancing stamina while simultaneously relieving stress and tension. Strengthen the body and focus the mind as you work through sun salutations toward peak poses, giving you access to what’s possible both in your practice and in your life. This class is taught without music, encouraging you to bring your focus within.  Class ends with a blissful final relaxation.

Sunrise Flow will begin your morning with energy and inspire you to move through the rest of your day with intention and ease.  

Noon Flow gives you the chance to reset midday with a low to medium intensity flow that won’t get you too sweaty before you return to work.  Take a healthy break to move your body and breathe.

 

MY FIRST CLASS

We understand that walking into a studio for the first time can feel … a bit awkward or uncomfortable; however, if you have been considering trying yoga, or getting back on your mat to give it another try, this is the class for you.  We begin the class with a short discussion, outlining a little about yoga and what to expect in our studio classes (we also outline this in terrific detail answering all of the questions we could think of in our New To Yoga section). The yoga practice in this class will slowly guide you to explore the needs and limitations of your body, teaching yoga poses at a slow pace that you will see in our other classes.  Designed just for beginners, we will cap this class to ensure it is a small and intimate group. Together, we will hold and share a space of no judgment or comparison, but rather, acceptance and compassion.

BEGINNERS YOGA

Starting anything new can be a little bit intimidating, and yoga is no exception.  We embrace and work hard to facilitate new beginnings here, making every effort to make this process as comfortable for our students as we possibly can.  If you have been considering trying yoga, or getting back on your mat to give it another try, then this is the class for you.

The yoga practice in this class will slowly guide you to explore the needs and limitations of your body, teaching yoga poses at a very slow and gentle pace.  We spend the time in this class to really break postures down and to help you find where a pose can feel amazing for you. All of the students attending this class are new to yoga, just like you, with many of the same questions or feelings.  This is an opportunity to start a new journey, a new beginning. Together, we will hold and share a space of no judgement or comparison, but rather, acceptance and compassion.

BEGINNERS 4 WEEK SESSION

The yoga practice in this 4 week session will slowly guide you to explore the needs and limitations of your body, teaching yoga poses at a slow pace to build a foundation for what you will practice in our other classes. Each week we will review what we learned previously, build a little on that and explore how the progression of our practice feels. Together, we will hold and share a space of no judgement or comparison, but rather, acceptance and compassion. Please email us to learn when we will be beginning our next session- we would love to have you!

BEYOND BEGINNERS

A next step from our Beginners Program or Beginners Yoga class, where we will continue to explore a Beginners Flow, still breaking down the poses and introducing breath work, with gentle suggestions for those who want to take a little more, as well as encouraging people to honour their bodies when they feel they need to take less. This is a class to explore the magic of the in-between. Where we can get curious about the connection between what we know and what we feel. You can expect a little more time dedicated to sharing yoga philosophy, so if these teachings have sparked your interest, this is the class for you!

RESTORATIVE SLOW FLOW

Restorative Slow Flow is a conscious body/mind relaxation practice. Guided through gentle, passive poses to ease the body into relaxation, releasing tension and stress. Restorative poses offer benefits to both the body and mind. Students will hold a small number of relaxing poses for extended periods of time to enjoy some deep meditative time and stress relief. You are welcome to bring your own bolster, pillow or blanket to increase comfort- but props are not required.

YOGA NIDRA

Beginnings Yoga Studio is the only studio in Cape Breton offering the incredible experience of Yoga Nidra.  Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. It’s practiced lying down with a teacher guiding the session. The practice draws our attention inwards, and we learn to surf between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium– the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.

Anyone can practice Yoga Nidra, but it has immense appeal for those who struggle to let go (I think many of us have ‘battled’ through meditation at times!). It also has immense value for those suffering from sleep deprivation, trauma, anxiety or depression (to any degree). It’s also perfect for those who have always been curious about the deep states of meditation they have perhaps read about or stumbled across themselves but have never been able to recreate.

RESTORATIVE 4 WEEK SESSION

Restorative yoga enables deep relaxation as you hold poses for longer periods of time with the help of props to completely support you. The main focus of Restorative Yoga is that by relaxing in poses, with the aid of props, without strain or pain, we can achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

 

The weekly session includes:

- 1 hr Restorative Yoga Class

- 15 minute community connection time with tea (we encourage you to bring a journal to spend time reflecting after your class)

Please bring a bolster, blanket and journal to this class.  Email us if you’re needing to order one for your practice!

GENTLE  HEALING YOGA

A safe space to relax and work on creating some ease in your body and mind. We will explore gentle vinyasa flow sequences, find moments of stillness within poses, connecting to breath and exploring breath work while learning the power of positive intentions to support our thinking. Become curious, create space to just be. The magic lies within. All levels are welcome.

 

Please bring a bolster or a pillow and a blanket for this class.

YIN

Give your body the rejuvenation and healing it needs in a passive and relaxing yin yoga class.  The postures in this class are mainly taken in a sitting or lying position with the support of props.  Holding poses for a longer time encourages connective tissue to feel more elastic, giving you an expansive feeling and increased range of motion. With the help of gravity, you’re able to reach through to underlying tension and facilitate the balancing of your internal systems.  Modifications will be offered to help guide you into the right posture for what your body needs.

All levels class of low intensity. Beginners are welcome. This is a wonderful class for seniors to maintain mobility at a slow and less intense pace.

RESTORATIVE YIN YOGA

What a wonderful time, mid-week, amongst the hustle and the bustle of life to take an hour of time, to create mindful awareness of your body and brain's needs.  This restorative/yin class supports engaging the nervous system in a way to promote calming the brain, all created in a safe space for you to explore deeper breath work connections.  You will be gently encouraged to use supports to deepen relaxation responses, creating space for ease within your body.  Slow down, relax, and explore your inner awareness.  All levels are welcome.

 

Please bring a bolster or a pillow and a blanket for this class.

CHAIR YOGA - 4 WEEK SESSION

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. It brings the best of a yoga practice to those who require or prefer the support of a chair. Our classes guide you through gentle movement and breathing techniques with the support of a chair. This gives you the opportunity to feel the many benefits of yoga without having to get up and down from the floor. Our Chair Yoga class helps students stay healthy, vibrant and confident through stretching, strength development and balancing (beside or behind the chair for support). Chair Yoga classes help to maintain mobility, improve flexibility, cultivate mindfulness and increase body awareness.

PRENATAL YOGA- 4 WEEK SESSION

Beginnings Yoga Studio’s Prenatal Yoga classes are designed to help mothers and babies stay healthy throughout pregnancy. Classes and postures are planned to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, keep the body flexible, alleviate many common discomforts of pregnancy, while finding focus through balance and the breath.

Pregnancy is a transitional time physically and emotionally, and Prenatal Yoga is about honouring these changes in ourselves and our body while connecting to our baby. Prenatal Yoga is a great way to connect with your body, your baby, and other mothers-to-be. Having the same group over the course of a program helps establish friendships that go far beyond birth.

POST NATAL- 4 WEEK SESSION

Postnatal Yoga is a wonderful way to begin safely strengthening, stretching, taking care of the body and mind following pregnancy and labour, and provides a safe space for new parents to connect and find community. Nursing, bottle feeding, diapering, crying, laughing, and everything else that comes with the territory of babies is welcome and expected.

Our program is for new parents of 2-9 month old babies. Given that we are needing to follow strict protocols to keep our members healthy and safe during COVID-19, we ask that only pre-crawling babies attend. Parents who are post-partum are recommended to receive clearance from their health care provider for exercise before participating. No experience required to join this class.

LITTLE YOGIS (4-6 yrs) SESSIONS

Our kids class for 4-6 year olds is a super fun way to introduce yoga to our children because that is exactly how we think yoga should be for kids; fun and games, adventures, stories, crafts and creativity! We incorporate yoga poses and mindfulness into each weekly theme and structure the program to learn and connect while having fun.

Our program has a maximum of 7 children, allowing for a small, safe space where they will have the opportunity to connect with friends and try some new things.

YOGA FOR KIDS (6-9 yrs) SESSION

Our kids class for 6-9 year olds is a super fun way to introduce yoga to our children because that is exactly how we think yoga should be for kids; fun and games, adventures, stories, crafts and creativity! We incorporate yoga poses and mindfulness into each weekly theme and structure the program to learn and connect while having fun.

Our program has a maximum of 7 children, allowing for a small, safe space where they will have the opportunity to connect with friends and try some new things.

BEGIN TO RISE - YOGA FOR GIRLS (8-12 yrs)

Our kids class for 6-9 year olds is a super fun way to introduce yoga to our children because that is exactly how we think yoga should be for kids; fun and games, adventures, stories, crafts and creativity! We incorporate yoga poses and mindfulness into each weekly theme and structure the program to learn and connect while having fun.

Our program has a maximum of 7 children, allowing for a small, safe space where they will have the opportunity to connect with friends and try some new things.

KARMA CLASS

Beginnings Yoga Studio was created with the motivation and intention to bring people of Sydney, Cape Breton together, into a space of belonging.  In developing and planning for this space, we were presented with a significant realization. Newly certified yoga teachers on our island have a unique challenge to develop their yoga teaching experience, as our local teacher training schools do not have a studio where they can facilitate classes.  It is our studio belief that there is a wealth of knowledge and passion within new instructors on this island and creating a space where this group can develop their teaching skills and share their talents is important to us.

Introducing the Karma Class.  We donate our studio space once a week to new students to practice their skills and teach a class.  This class is made open to the public to attend at no cost. Each week we will share this opportunity with a new and developing student, and all people who attend will have the opportunity to donate to a designated charity which we will promote in advance.  This is our way to give back to the community, bring people within the community together and to support the growth and development of members of our yoga teacher community here in Cape Breton. We have an incredible line up of new instructors eager to share and we couldn’t be more thrilled to facilitate this!