STRONG MIND | STRONG BODY | STRONG SPIRITAt our Studio we offer classes for people of all ages and abilities; whether you are new to the practice or and experienced yogi. Our instructors integrate knowledge of traditional yoga and contemporary understanding of body movement and anatomy in their classes. We provide classes of different levels to meet you at your practice where you are today. You will feel yourself safe and comfortable!
At our Studio we have more traditional approach providing yoga & meditation classes. We believe that keeping traditions, purity of yoga and meditation is very important in the environment with so many styles and trends in yoga & meditation. History that goes back thousand of years ago proved efficiency of those styles to heal our body and strengthen our mind.
At Downtown New West Yoga & Fitness & Meditation we are committed to making yoga and meditation easy to access and affordable. We offer a variety of types of classes ensuring there is something for everyone. We welcome all abilites, ages, shapes & sizes. Click on the links below to find out more about what we have to offer.
At Downtown New West Yoga & Fitness & Meditation we really do want to be accessible to all. We know that people like to mix it up a bit, so we also offer invigorating and empowering fitness classes.
Vinyasa means union between breath and movement. Every movement is lead by an inhalation or exhalation. The time you move, is the time you breathe. Your body follows this natural rhythm of breath that soothes your nervous system.
Steady postures and deep breath-work emphasize balance of body, mind and spirit while enhancing flexibility, stamina, and muscular endurance. Modifications are offered for all postures. A guided relaxation closes the session, leaving you feeling stretched, relaxed, and centred. Seniors are welcome.
Meditative and restorative classes are equally appropriate for beginners and experienced yogis. Athletes, runners, dancers, people who like to exercise at the gym will be benefited as well; this practice helps to release soreness in muscles and protects from future injuries.
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Read more at www.ashtanga.com.
~Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame~ BKS Iyengar
See more Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra,-->
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep), also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, is an ancient practice that is rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. We live in a chronically exhausted, over stimulated world, Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.
During a typical class, teachers use a variety of techniques-including guided imagery and body scanning-to aid relaxation. And unlike a quick Savasana at the end of asana practice, Yoga Nidra allows enough time for practitioners to physiologically and psychologically sink into it-at least 20 to 30 minutes. We practice Yoga Nidra in order to:
- induce deep relaxation from day-to-day stress
- improve sleep
- to find deeper healing connection to our body
Class is appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. Classes are accessible for all ages and fitness levels and meet students "where they are."
Good therapy is developed over time and is usually very personal. Therapy can be mending the body, mind or soul. All levels are invited to experience the sequence of slowing down, alignment and relaxation, of each pose (asana). The class is encouraged to use breath in stretches and movement in order to fully remove imbalances and bring the body back to healing and wellness.
In this all level class, there will be no powered plank poses (phalakasana) nor is downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) The all-important focus is on healing, and the experience of physical bliss in movement.
Kids Birthday PartiesYoga Kids Birthday Parties are fun, vibrant and fast-paced. Learn to stretch like a dog, balance like a flamingo, and be a lazy lion. An hour of creative movement that kids of all ages love to take part in. At the end of the yoga session, kids will relax with simple stories and visualizations. When it's time for cake the kids are calm and relaxed. Ages 3+
Zumba Kids Birthday Parties are a unique and exciting way to celebrate. Kids will enjoy rocking high energy, packed with specially choreographed, kid friendly routines. They will be encouraged to express themselves through movement and play while effectively improving their overall health and well-being. Ages 1+
Requirements: Maximum 15 kids per party. Party must be booked at least 2 weeks prior to party date. A deposit of $60.00 required. Each birthday party is supervised with 1-2 instructors. Parents can choose to be present or not. The birthday child and all their friends will be sure to have a yoga or zumba experience to remember!
Price for Yoga or Zumba Birthday Parties: $120 + gst for 10 kids; $10 per additional child for maximum 15 kids. Price includes:
1 hour kid friendly yoga or zumba class (talk to us if you want both classes to be provided) with one of our certified kids yoga or zumba teacher;
1 hour rent of our facility for a birthday child to enjoy a healthy lunch, to play, to share a cake with friends and open presents.
Plates, cups, utensils.
Free one month pass for a birthday child to attend yoga or zumba classes.
Note: Parents need to bring their own food, a cake, and goody bags for kids.
Kids Yoga. ~Deep breath, peaceful minds, healthy bodies, happy children~Yoga is a unique and natural way for children to gain awareness of themselves, others around them and the world! Through yoga practice it engages a child's natural, boundless energy, and conveys valuable lessons in positive thinking, body and mind awareness. Children will learn yoga poses as well as enjoy some relaxation time through music, games, stories, dance and self-expression in a welcoming, non-competitive environment. Parents or caregivers attendance is optional.
Yoga for 2-4 yrs
Price: $50+ gst per 5 classes. Pre-registration is required. Price includes admission for one parent and two children.
Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs, 5-12 yrs
Our yoga classes meet kids with Autism and Special Needs where they are. Our teachers use songs and games specifically designed for children with attention and sensory challenges. An integrated series of balanced Yoga poses are used to increase body awareness, strength, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to develop overall calmness and concentration.
Yoga allows kids to use the body in different ways and across all planes of movement, thus, improving kids' motor skills. Repetition, an important key in building new motor skills, is incorporated to help children master new movements.
All classes are about incorporating a variety of fun tools to entice a child to be an active participant and communicate with other kids in class, thus improving kids' social skills and behavior. Unlike many physical activities, there is no winning or losing when practicing yoga. It is fun and playful!
Zumba for KidsWee Dance Crystal Stapleton is an experienced Dance Teacher and Early Childhood Educator. Crystal Facilitates a 45 minuet Music and Movement class for care giver and child (ages 0-4). That enhances BONDING, COMMUNITY, major booster for HEALTH & WELLNESS (for caregiver and child) and it's taught to educational age developmentally appropriate music. Wee dance will spark a child's inner passion for Dance and Music while caregivers learns new and exciting ways to aid their children's artistic nature.
FREE DEMO CLASS on January 5th at 11:00AM, 50% off at the studio when you drop in to a demo class
Dates: January 10th - March 28th
Time: 4:00 - 4:45PM.
Price: $120+hst (12 classes). Pre-registration is required. Price includes admission for one parent and two children.
Teacher's Bio: Crystal Stapleton was trained in Toronto and turned pro from an early age. In fact, Stapleton is one of the original Toronto Raptors junior cheerleaders and debuted at the NBA's team inaugural game in 1995. Dancing for over 25 years, and teaching for 15 years, Stapleton also has a degree in Early Childhood Education. The combination of her professional experience and early childhood education background only elevate her already inspriging Wee dance and Zumba Kids/Jr classes.
Notes: 1. Extra space is available as a waiting/playroom area. Our main entrance is from Columbia St, but we keep the back ground level door from Clarkson St open for Moms that come with strollers 15-20 minutes before the class. 2. If a parent is an active member at our studio a child and the parent have 15% off to all our services.
Mindfulness MeditationMeditation relieves stress, increases mental clarity and wellbeing. Clinical studies have shown that meditation stimulates the parts of the brain that is associated with lowered stress response and decrease in anxiety. When practiced regularly meditation helps us to maintain our psychological and physical balance, and reduces the risk of many stress related illnesses such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, IBS, fibromyalgia, immune deregulation syndromes and cancer.
The type of meditation that we teach at Downtown New West Yoga & FItness & Meditation is called Vipassana meditation. Vipassana is the oldest of Buddhist meditation practices. The method comes directly from the Satipatthana Sutta, a discourse attributed to the Buddha himself. Vipassana is a direct and gradual cultivation of mindfulness or awareness. Vipassana is a gentle and simple technique that doesn't involve any special rituals or arrangements. Only determination and discipline are needed.
Everyone is welcome to attend our meditation classes.
Mindfulness Guided Group Meditation. Sun at 8:am starting January 16th, 2016. Drop in at any time. Pre-requisite: please read the book Mindfulness in plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana before attending classes or attend our 'How to start meditation?' sessions.
How to start Meditation? Thu, Jan 14th - Feb 18th, 7:45 - 8:45pm.
Sessions plan: w1, w2: Posture or meditation; w3: Loving kindness; w4: Meditation on Forgivness; w5: Letting Go meditation; w5: Meditation on dying.
Pre-registration is required. Please, purchase on-line or in person. Early bird special 20% off till December 14th, 2015
24 sessions - $50 per session
12 sessions - $60 per session
6 sessions - $65 per session
50% off to any group classes during
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12 sessions - $90 per session
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The expiration policy requires completion of all sessions by Expiration Day (depends on package purchased).
You may reschedule a workout session one day (24 hrs) before the scheduled session without penalty. The penalty is the cost of one training session purchased.
Unless arrangements have been made with the trainer, member arriving late will only receive the remaining scheduled time for their session. A "no show" will be charged for the session.
No refunds for any reason, including but not limited to relocation, illness, and unused sessions unless the trainer cannot continue the sessions.
All Sessions are 1 hour
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Many people struggle with losing weight on their own. Distractions, frustrations and lack of motivation can prevent reach goals. A personal trainer can help you take your fitness program to the next level, and help you push past those obstacles -- mental or physical -- to get you desired results.
Some clients hire a personal trainer because they've been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or other illness that affect their quality of life. If you invest in a personal trainer, she can help you incorporate a healthy diet and exercise into your lifestyle to help reduce or eliminate problems that you might suffer from.
Personal trainers aren't medical experts, but they know the anatomy of the human body and how it works. Hiring a personal trainer when dealing with an injury can be a great addition to your current physical therapy sessions.
Personal trainers encourage and support their clients on their journey, whether the goal is to lose weight, stay active or excel in sports. Hiring a personal trainer helps hold you accountable. The combined effort of you and your trainer gaining results is the biggest motivation.Read More
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Fitness Group Classes
Classes combine yoga moves and fitness core strengthening exercise to develop dozens of muscles attached to the hips, pelvis, lower back, and abdominals. Classes are paced according the level of participants attending the class. Expect thorough attention to alignment to get results faster and in a safe manner.
Any fitness level is welcome.
The class is designed for clients with limited mobility due to different reasons as weight, age, sickness, or injuries. It combines therapeutic moves and yoga postures to learn proper body mechanics and alignment to restore your body range of motion, balance and gently strengthen your body as well.
Teacher: Svetlana, BA in Physical Education, Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor Svetlana, BA in Physical Education, Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor
By registration only in person or on-line. Class is limited to 6 people. Feb 5th - Mar 25th, 2016.
15% off, Early Bird Special till Jan 5th, 2016.
Fitness Group Classes
Alena Minova, RYT
Alena believe that Yoga brings us the same feeling of "everything is possible", and a sense of playfulness known only in childhood that is the source of all creativity. In 2009 she designed and helped to organize local community yoga programs for seniors at MOSAIC that are still successfully running.
David Yao, RYT
David provides a style of yoga called Sadhana Yoga Chi. Its literal translation is "the practice/mastery of the union of energy." He says that the only requirement for his classes is to smile when going through the door. =)
Jessica Chu, RYT
Jessicas classes are dynamic and energizing, and more importantly, they are fun and accessible for everyone. She will challenge you to find your edge and embark on a remarkable journey of compassion, self-reflection, and gratitude both on and off the mat.
Sarah's classes provide a welcoming and safe space to make friends and have fun exploring body and breath. Sarah has 200 RYT Vinyasa Training from Laughing Lotus, NYC as well as over 300 hours of training in yoga for children and families from Rainbow Kids Yoga. Come explore what it feels like to be you!
Svetlana is a certified yoga, meditation instructor and a personal trainer. Svetlana focuses on helping her students to believe in themselves, that everybody have strength and confidence within. She knows that faith opens the door to the endless possibilities in physical and spiritual growth.
Bridget Thompson, RYT (Sub)
I fell in love with the fluid movement of yoga five years ago. It is during that time I feel I can truly express myself. I have learnt that surrendering ones self through each posture develops inner compassion; with compassion comes transformation. Yoga has changed my lifestyle in a way where yoga is my life.
Kind request to our student
For your first visit arrive no later than 15-20 minutes before the class.
Classes start promptly. Latecomers will not be accommodated.
Give 2-3 hours after your last meal before your class.
Practice room is scent free. Please, refrain from wearing heavy perfumes.
Let a teacher know if you have any injures, concerns, or if you are pregnant before the class.
Complimentary mats are available.
No change rooms. Please, come changed.
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202-627 Columbia St.
New Westminster, BC V3M 1A7
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What Yoga classes are beginners friendly?Hatha, Yin, Flow Foundation Yoga classes are good classes to start your practice. Classes are geared toward people who never practiced before or need some gentle practice. Our fitness Core Strengthening and Body Sculpt classes are well paced with different modifications to adopt all levels of fitness as well.
Iterested in Flow style?Please, drop in to our Flow Foundation classes every first Thursday of the month a6 6:30pm.
How many classes per week are recommended to attend?Depends on your schedule, but our recemmendation is at least 2 classes per week.
Is previous experience requred to attend Meditation classes?Meditaion classes are designed for people who have never practiced meditation before.