Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.
~K. Pattabhi Jois
It is time. Time to start toning your body, gaining flexibility and building your energy. Yoga will help give this to you, helping you calm your mind and use breath to energize, relax and rejuvenate. Yoga can be the first step towards these rewards.
Yoga offers a path to these and more. Step inside Yoga Grind today and begin a new journey to better health.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is a dynamic practice designed to give you a great workout as well as enable the mind to relax and focus by learning how to use your breath. Some classes are vigorous and athletic, however, each class is adaptable to the individual student. Classes range from beginners level to advanced and includes meditation and restoration all set in a non judgemental and small group environment.
What is Yoga Grind Studio Cafe?
Yoga Grind Specializes in Hatha yoga. Our classes range from 60 – 90 minutes and the teachers create excellent yoga sequences that stretch, tone and wring out your body. Breathing is a key element of yoga, and learning how to use your breathe while practicing poses is essential. We will help you set an intention or dedication for your practice that will soften your heart and connect you with your soul.
The Yoga Grind studio Cafe offers fair trade specialty coffees and a range of salads, juices and snacks that have been designed by our chef to be a nutritional powerhouse.
Johanne: A Hatha yoga teacher who enjoys to learn and plunge herself into different types of yoga. From an athletic background, formal triathlon coach and triathlete herself, understanding the human body in its depths has always been a passion. Her goal & hope is to share her love of yoga with her community. Johanne believes with and through yoga one can live a healthier more peaceful fulfilled life, one breath at a time.
Szilvia: As a yoga practitioner for over 20 years, I have witnessed the positive effects of yoga on my physical and mental health. Yoga has become my passion. I use my knowledge, teachings and experience to demonstrate how everyone can optimize their health by integrating yoga. As a graduate of Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow's Therapeutic and Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training, my teachings consist mainly of gentle therapeutic yoga classes for the mind and body. I help improve strength, balance, flexibility and emotional stability. I also allow you to better manage pain. Based on my studies, I focus on integrating Ayurvedic principles with yoga postures and breathing exercises to improve overall well-being and achieve greater happiness. Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age and flexibility.
Johanne A: I am a massage therapist and practitioner in consciousness, I use different approaches like Qi Gong, Polarity, meditation, healing circles, balancing chakras, Quantum, Shinrin Yoku. I have accompanied people who cross my path to their own light for more than 15 years. Life has thus offered me to witness many miracles and I thank him for it. My way to Peace and Truthfulness, I walk with you, because to walk it alone would make no sense.
Angelina: Angelina’a focus is based on the benefits yoga has for one’s spinal health and stress relief. Her classes are based on a therapeutic approach. Angelina studied yoga both in Russia and Canada. Classical Hatha yoga school and Gentle yoga had the most significant influence on Angelina’s yoga vision. However, she also includes elements of Dr.Bali Method Yoga and Yin Yoga. She has much experience in teaching yoga to all different types of students and has designed, specialized and adapted her yoga to many types of groups, including youth soccer team, university students, corporate yoga classes, and even senior groups living in retirement homes.
Classes & workshops
Ha (sun) Tha (moon) also described as the activity of yoga meaning the physical part, the poses (asanas). In this class the focus is on the breakdown of the basic poses, proper alignment with an introduction to meditation and the use of breath. Hatha basics is a wonderful way to help develop strength, balance, flexibility and also mindfulness. The class is designed to help reduce stress, to inspire and transport you inward, leaving you with a sense of peace, gratitude, energy and well being
Intro to Meditation An incredible tool to slow down the fast pace life. Aiding in achieving overall well being, cultivating awareness, calmness clarity and compassion These classes are set in a calm inviting atmosphere where an instructor will guide participants through spoken word, music and will offer various poses specific to your body type and needs.
Be Still La contemplation le calme la quiétude tous des mots réconfortant, comment apporter cela a notre quotidien. Cet atelier propose un yoga doux en silence avec des mouvements fluides et des long repos axé sur la respiration et la méditation, un retour a soi et au calme intérieure.
La Gratitude Contemplant le positive ,la joie prendre le temps pour soi, reconnaitre l'abondance dans nos vies, cultiver la gratitude a travers une pratique en douceur.
Get Twisted Les torsions sont des postures de yoga dans lesquelles on fait tourner la colonne vertébrale, ce qui aident à relâcher les muscles du dos et les abdos, notamment les obliques. Les torsions allongent ces muscles et sollicitent les tissus qui entourent la colonne vertébrale. Cela contribue à préserver leur mobilité et leur souplesse.Les torsions mobilisent toute la colonne, du basin jusqu’au cou: bassin, sacrum, lombaires, cage thoracique, cou. Bien faites, elles allongent la colonne en créant de l’espace entre chaque vertèbre.De plus, les torsions compriment puis relâchent les organes situés dans l’abdomen. Elles contribuent à stimuler les organes d’élimination, pour une meilleure digestion pour une préparation automanale parfaite pour nos habitude alimentaire qui change en ce temps d'année.
Qi Gong Qi Gong de la Nature; (à l’intérieur) Ce cours de Qi Gong est un temps pour soi afin d'activer et d'augmenter notre énergie. Cet art est basé sur l’équilibre énergétique et le souffle. Il permet de cultiver la santé, la forme physique, la sérénité. La méthode que j’enseigne consiste en des mouvements doux et sans heurts, postures et respirations contrôlées, visualisations et période de relaxation.
Shinrin Yoku Shinrin Yoku: ( marche lente en milieu naturel à l’extérieur) La philosophie derrière l’approche consiste à permettre à l’être humain moderne qui ne cesse d’évoluer parmi des technologies de plus en plus performantes de renouer avec la nature et d’en tirer ses bienfaits. Cette marche zen devient une méthode grandement appréciée pour réduire le stress, la dépression saisonnière, la solitude et améliorer le bien-être des individus.
Yoga Thérapeutique Le yoga thérapeutique est un type de yoga doux adapté à chaque personne selon ses besoins, ses capacités, ses limites et ses forces. Les participants peuvent accomplir les exercices sur chaise ou au sol et grâce à l’utilisation du matériel, le yoga thérapeutique vous permet de détendre profondément le corps et le système nerveux. Idéal en cas de stress, d’anxiété, d’insomnie et de diverses pathologies physiques. Le yoga thérapeutique puise dans la vaste tradition du hatha yoga classique mais les mouvements et postures sont adaptés et ajustés aux besoins et aux capacités de chacun.
Maman bébé danse Nos classes de danse maman et bébé regroupent des enfants de deux mois jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient fait leurs premiers pas. C’est un lieu rassembleur ; une communauté temporaire pour les mères, mais aussi les pères, les grands-parents ou les tuteurs de l’enfant où les rencontrent s’articulent autour de la musique, d’exercices physiques et ludiques, de la danse expressive et créative, de l’exploration et de la connexion. Les activités sont conçues dans le but de stimuler, rendre disponible puis engager votre énergie cinétique en présence de l’énergie de l’enfant. Ces cours de 90 minutes www.mamandanse.com pour inscription.
Prenatal Uses postures, breathing, and meditation to help ease pregnancy, delivery, and the after effects of birth. The classes create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle practice designed especially for the pregnant woman's needs.
Postnatal yoga & baby This class is an afterbirth class to slowly allow your body to stretch and move again to open up to reeducate to meet with other moms. An opportunity to engage ones body in a natural movement to stretch out the kinks from birthing ans carrying baby. Treat your body with respect come along with baby and enjoy this calm soothing class. 8 weeks workshop must register to 4 minimum or full 8 week 3 persons required for workshop to begin.
Moms & babies Cardio (SPRING) Classes help women regain strength and energy that may have been lost during pregnancy and birth. A mix of cardio workouts, pilates, body bar, TRX, dynamic yoga circuit training etc all the ingredients to return to a healthy body and regain energy and strength, Must have seen ones doctor prior to engaging into this program. Registration required a minimum of 4 classes or full 8 week workshop. 3 persons must be registered for this workshop to take place.
NOTE: Guided meditation, prenatal and postnatal are sold as a package of 8 sessions and only with 4 people registered may a class begin
Kids Yoga is a playful, approach to hatha yoga. Each teacher provides their own creativity and imagination to create a yoga class in a way that kids can understand and relate to the essence of yoga. Kids yoga focuses on improving concentration, supporting body and brain development, promoting imagination, and reaching optimal health for children of all ages and abilities.
Yoga for Athletes (runners, swimmers, cyclists, hockey, soccer...)
A 2 hour workshop, focusing on tight muscles, overused muscles and fatigued muscles all three of these lead to injury down the road, over compensation and low performance or lack of improvement. The workshop begins with a 45 minute run along the St Lawrence river this is to prepare the body & muscles, followed by a return to the studio working on the 3 R's release, restore and rejuvenate. Full payment upon registration, a maximum of 8 participants 60$ (a minimum of 4 participants required for workshop to run)
Tips for Beginners
This is not a sport or a competition. This is about you stepping onto your mat reconnecting with your body and your breath, doing what you are able to do and breathing through and accepting oneself at the present moment. The first tenant of yoga is ahimsa which means non-harming. Pain is not gain here.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early and always check in at the front desk – even if you’ve made an online reservation.
Practice on an empty stomach. Do not eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class.
Dress appropriately, which means wear comfortable clothing loose fitting or workout wear is fine. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class.
Purchase a yoga mat. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice. Mats and towels can be rented for $2 +tx.
Remove your shoes. Leave your shoes in a cubby. This preserves the cleanliness and sacred nature of the studio space. We recommend taking your valuables inside the studio.
Turn off your cell phone. Allow yourself this time to fully integrate your body, mind and spirit. Pending serious emergency situations of course.
We suggest a Hatha Basics Class if you are new to yoga. Our intention is that you are practicing for the next few decades, regardless of how old you are now ! Take the time to learn the alignments and how to properly modify for poses your body isn’t ready for. The Basics break down the poses. With total emphasis on the breath; linking the breath to the movement and getting into the flow, connecting your breath to movement away from mind and the amazing pose sequences our teachers shall create.
Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months. Repetition makes the magic happen!
Support Your Practice. By allowing yourself to experience a Private yoga lesson. Spend an hour with an expert teacher and have them cater the practice to fit your needs. Take these tips into a group class so you can flow with awareness!
Drink at least 16 – 32 ounces of water afterwards to replenish.