Yoga Classes

Yoga

Yoga in Paris Ontario

Yoga is known to develop strength, flexibility, and concentration, using physical alignment as a starting point.

Certified Yoga instructor(s) will guide you through a series of poses each week as we believe that regularity is the key. While yoga is known as an exercise in stretching, on a deeper level it is a philosophy of life that teaches those practicing how to achieve a calm mind – an incredibly beneficial tool to have in our lives. Throughout the classes, your instructors’ knowledge will allow them to clearly teach the poses (asanas) and help with any adjustments or corrections when necessary. The intimate class sizes will allow for individualized attention and care.

Call or email us to reserve your mat space. Private instruction available upon request

Beginners Yoga

A slow flow beginner class where we will start with Hatha asanas and end class with a meditation practice. A great way to start your Yoga journey.

Hatha Yoga 

Hatha yoga is focused on improving strength, flexibility, and concentration while stretching and toning muscles. We will remind your body how it should feel in a relaxed state. 

If you are looking to get into shape, cope with tension or relieve body tightness Hatha Yoga can benefit you. This is a classical form of yoga postures and breathing that will leave you feeling revitalized both physically and mentally.

The level of intensity of the class will depend on the teacher and needs of the students. One can always make their practice easier or more challenging by following the teachers’ cues for variations and / or modifications of the poses.

Hatha classes welcome students of all levels.

Hatha Flow 

Join us as we help guide you through continuous poses in this active, moderate paced class. This strong steady flow from posture to posture with focus on strength, openness, stillness, awareness and breath. All levels welcome, we will challenge each student within their own limits.

Gentle Yoga 

Gentle yoga class benefits those with limitations, injuries and / or reduced mobility or flexibility

Gentle movement encourages increased circulation, while weight bearing poses are a safe way to help build bone density. We will teach you to move with your breath increasing mental clarity, while reducing stress.
Awaken areas of your body that have been inactive, soothe aching joints, and strengthen muscles while calming your mind with this enjoyable practice.

Yin Yang Yoga

Yin Yang yoga balances both the active and passive aspects of yoga. The first half of the class focuses on the active side with a combination of seated and standing asanas (poses) to develop strength and stamina. The second half of the class focuses on the more passive yin style, bringing you down onto the mat. Asanas are held for longer periods, about 2-3 minutes, to help lengthen and stretch the deep connective tissues.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga offers passive poses rather than active. This is a slow and meditative class consisting of gentle postures practiced with the use of props such as blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks, which in combination with strategic sequencing, music and timing encourages deep healing and release allowing for complete surrender of your body and mind while soothing your Nervous Systems.

This practice enables you to benefit deeply from Yoga without any effort. Restorative Yoga is extremely healing and although a subtle practice the benefits are profound.

 A place one can “Just Be”. Let stress and tension melt away and connect with a deeper sense of YOU

Feel free to bring a small hand towel, some cozy socks, your favorite cover-up and eye pillow.

Chair Yoga

Yoga is an excellent at nourishing the mind and body. A regular practice provides benefits including improved strength, flexibility, balance, and posture.

Gentle movement encourages increased circulation, while weight bearing poses are a safe way to help build bone density. We will teach you to move with your breath increasing mental clarity, while reducing stress.
Awaken areas of your body that have been inactive, soothe aching joints, and strengthen muscles while calming your mind with this enjoyable practice.

In order to provide individualized instruction, class sizes are limited. Please contact us to reserve your mat space by emailing info@bythebridgewellness.com or calling 519-442-9475

In order to provide individualized instruction, class sizes are limited.
Please contact us to reserve your mat space, or email info@bythebridgewellness.com

About your Yoga Instructors

Michelle’s yoga journey began in high school when she discovered Kareen’s Yoga on television. As life continued she pursued a variety of creative interests such as jewellery design, pottery, historical re-enactment and rug weaving … and all the while, yoga had woven itself into her life.

Her career led her into the public service industry primarily in restaurant and retail.

She made the decision to enroll in the 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sacred Lotus Yoga Studio in Brantford, Ontario and successfully completed the course in June 2017. Michelle received her Chair Yoga Certification in April 2018.

Michelle continues her yoga training in classes and workshops. She began teaching Beginner Hatha Yoga in October 2017.

Helping others has always been a passion of Susan’s, along with the study of alternative methods for health and wellbeing. Driven by her hunger for knowledge and a better understanding of the wisdom of her ancestors, Susan’s path lead her to Reflexology and becoming a Registered Reflexology Practitioner (RRPr), certified through the Reflexology Registration Council of Ontario (RRCO). As Susan saw the impact that this ancient modality had on the betterment of her clients, she searched for more ways to assist them with their quests for better health and wellness. She has added to her repertoire by studying (Ayurvedic) Indian Head Massage and Clinical Aromatherapy (CAHP), and is registered with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA), as well as being NAHA approved. Susan has also learned that essential oils are Mother Nature’s doorway to health if they are used properly and safely. In the 7 years since Susan embarked on this pathway, she has learned that her purpose in is helping others on the journey to better health.

B.A Physical Education and Kinesiology, 200 Hour RYT, Reiki Certification Level 1

Courtney is a certified yoga teacher and a level one reiki practitioner.  After moving to Western Canada nearly 10 years ago, she discovered yoga in a local studio in Regina, Saskatchewan and has been practicing ever since. Her love of yoga grew as she moved to Edmonton, Alberta and then back to Toronto, Ontario finally settling in the small town of Paris, Ontario. She was always able to feel at home in the yoga studio, regardless of which city she was living in.  After returning to Ontario in 2012, she decided to deepen her practice by becoming a certified teacher and went to Costa Rica for one month intensive training to complete her Hatha 200 RYT and is now a member of Canadian Yoga Alliance. She also completed her Reiki Level One in 2013 and is very interested in expanding her knowledge of energy healing. The most important aspect of yoga for Courtney is breath awareness and mindfulness. She believes yoga is not about having the perfect handstand but connecting with your body and mind and listening to your breath throughout your practice. 

Outside of the yoga studio Courtney is a wife and a mother to a 16 month old baby girl. She enjoys hiking with her husband Chauncey, daughter Mckenna and their labradoodle Hunter. She is an equestrian and has two beautiful horses that she loves spending time with; Stanley and Chuck. She is an avid traveler and has been lucky to spend time in Australia, Peru, Europe and several states in the US and almost every province in Canada. Next on her travel list is to see more of South America. She is looking forward to building a yoga community in Paris and she can’t wait to introduce her love of yoga to new students in her beginner classes. 

Marie’s passion for all things holistic brought her to embark on becoming a yoga teacher, She successfully completed her Hatha teacher training, 200 hours at Yoga City in Mississauga in 2017. Teaching primarily in the Hatha style she likes to focus on the mind, body, spirit connection, using breath control and alignment. She offers lots of modifications to accommodate all levels in her classes.

When Marie is not teaching, she is currently studying Holistic Nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where she hopes to someday incorporate this into her yoga background.

She looks forward to helping you feel balanced, refreshed and nourished both on and off the mat.

Guidelines for Practicing Yoga

• If you have a yoga mat, please bring it to class. Mats are also available to rent for $2/class

• Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to prepare for class

• Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach

• Classes are practiced barefoot. Upon entering the studio leave your shoes in the designated area

• Remember to turn off your mobile device

• Inform your teacher if you are pregnant or working with any serious limitations or injuries to ensure you have a safe and healing practice

• Observe silence in the studio before the start of class, allowing all students to savour quiet time for meditation and reflection

• If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, (i.e. runny nose, cough, or fever) please refrain from coming to class

• Avoid wearing perfume or cologne, as others may have allergic reactions to fragrances

• Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing that is flexible and non-binding, such as shorts, t-shirts, and stretchy workout wear. Yoga requires freedom of movement

Honor thyself: Yoga poses can provide us with many benefits but done incorrectly they can easily result in injury. As it is a practice, be sure to work within your limits and keep an open communication with your teachers – they are able to suggest modified poses when needed

Single

$12.00

Single Session

10 Class Pass

$100.00+HST

$10/Class

Michelle, Susan Lynn, Courtney, and Maria look forward to leading you in your practice.

For more information on any of our yoga classes, please email: info@bythebridgewellness.com or call 519 442-9475.

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