At Alchemy, we offer a variety of yoga classes. We have provided a list of them and what each style offers you.
Hatha is also translated as ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon.” This refers to the balance of masculine aspects—active, hot, sun—and feminine aspects—receptive, cool, moon—within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
Hatha is gentle and appropriate for all levels. You may work up a light sweat in a hatha yoga class. You will definitely be leaving class feeling longer, looser, and more relaxed.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in the unfolding of each moment.
We live in a world that is fast-paced for everyone, including your children. Children need an activity that will help them to slow down, connect with their body and have the focus on feeling grounded just as much as we do, if not more. Their worlds, brains and emotions are in a constant state of growth and change which can be really confusing. At Alchemy, our Little Yogis practice many exercises to expand their body, mind and spirit. We have a little time to breathe and see what it feels like when we relax our bodies. We practice fun animal asanas (poses), play games that reinforce cooperation , balance, compassion and gratitude, learn the freedom of expressing ourselves with movement, practice many different fun breaths, and explore what emotions feel like inside our body. Each week we build on what we are learning and discuss how to take that out into the world to be a peace keeper.
Over the many years that I have taught children's yoga I have seen this class provide so much fun and connection for children of various ages, and I absolutely love to teach it! I have also seen the effectiveness of yoga in helping children with autism, ADHD and anxiety.
Yoga is a fun way to strengthen and build upon the bond between parent and child, siblings, partners or many other bonds shared. In this class we explore the breath and how it can be used to effect emotions and other ways of feeling. We stretch and warm-up our body and then begin our asana practice individually progressing to poses where we use the body together, with our partner. We play yogi games to work with balance, flexibility, and sensory stimulation. These games and poses are fun ways that connect 2 people. This class is grounding and lots of fun. No experience is necessary.
Yoga & Meditation
The emphasis of this class is as much about the practice and poses of yoga as it is about strengthening the mind and building tools for meditation. Both are of equal importance in the journey to success and happiness. If you find your mind always leading you around, rather than you leading your mind, then this class will help you to find more control. Through mindfulness and meditation you will be taught "how to meditate". Tools are provided to help you access greater clarity in your mind, emotions and decision making. The poses themselves will help the body as well as the mind.
Mom & Baby Yoga
This is a beautiful class of bonding and connection. Both Momma to herself and Mom-to-Baby. It is important with all of the demands on New Moms that they have a sense of balance, and in this class we hope to provide that. First connecting Mom to her own breath and body and out of that comes the unbreakable bond between mother and child extended into a yoga practice. This Yoga Practice will help her to feel more relaxed, to have a sense of strengthening in her transforming body and connected to her little one.
Om Shanti Yoga
Om Shanti Yoga is joyful, grounding and deeply rooted in a thirst for spiritual nurturing. Each class revolves around a theme and weaves in mudras, mantra and body breath links. All together this creates a slow flow of postures in a moving meditation. This relieves the body of stress and tension & allows your thoughts and emotions to calm.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle back-bends.
Yoga for Stress & Anxiety
Anxiety is defined by many as endless chatter of the mind, usually characterized by some kind of fear or dread. Anxiety pulls us out of the body and keeps us ruminating in the mind. Anxiety can bring with it panic attacks, sweatiness, heart palpitations, poor digestion, and serious health complications. This yoga class will offer grounding breaths and poses to bring you back into your body, to feel yourself connected to the mat, to the ground below you. This practice will give you an anchor to slow mind and body down. I have taught classes for people with anxiety on a weekly basis over the last three years. There are so many affected by anxiety in our world today, people of different ages, sex, and size. I have happily seen so many find breakthroughs in this area with the help of this practice.
Tween yoga is for girls and boys aged, 9-13. This is a yoga class just for them in their ever-changing world and bodies where they find themselves not quite feeling like a little kid anymore and liking what they used to, but also not quite a teenager yet. We have a lot of fun with challenging yoga poses, helping them push themselves to their potential but also going over the basics to help them feel confident and grounded. Amidst our practice of the physical body, we have discussions about being unique and how to move into that with confidence emotionally. Games help us sort out the social world and all of its challenges along with the emotions and how to notice their energy and become a facilitator of that uncertainty with their own awareness and breath. This is a great tool for this age group and really helps these kids become more open and accepting to themselves and others, while building strength, flexibility, leadership and balance in their changing bodies.
Yoga for Mental Health
Rachel Rogers, the owner of Alchemy Yoga & Wellness Studio, will be teaching these classes. She offers 19 years experience in yoga, a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies as well as her training in DBT. In addition to this, she has her own triumphant story with mental health and how these skills helped her find her way. This Eastern/Western approach is offered exclusively by Rachel who uses her own personal discovery through the mental health field in Ontario and the practice of yoga to support the integration of learning new skills in a relaxed and calm environment.
Rachel teaches private 8 week DBT sessions for $240. Each week we cover new material, learn new skills and how to incorporate them into daily living. We also go over material from the previous week and any issues that may have arisen. Weekly sessions are 60-90 minutes in length.
The content of these classes includes the introduction and practice of the following skills:
- Distress Tolerance
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Emotion Regulation
- Mindfulness, with its practice rooted in yoga
These classes are applicable and intended for mental health in the following areas:
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Depression diagnoses (including postpartum)
The program offered is intended to be a part of an integrated health team approach. Following up with a physician or mental health professional is strongly recommended.