Class Descriptions

Class Descriptions: Please note : ALL of our classes are based in therapeutic movement connections and instructed by qualified therapists. Many classes at YTB are NOT yoga classes.

Critical Alignment Beginner Backbending: Explore spinal mobility and strength through yoga and critical alignment postures and openings. Begin with the neck and work your way down your back progressively on the Critical Alignment props in order to help you move and strengthen your back. Learn the dynamics of back bending through entry level movements and specialized instruction with the Critical Alignment Yoga props.

Intermediate Backbending: Once you have established a healthy understanding of your spine and how to support sustainable movement- you can grow a backbending practice. These ongoing classes offer continued support for your ever – changing capacity and needs. Danielle, has guided safe and fun backbending classes for over 22 years, and continues to maintain an advanced back-bending practice herself. Both Intermediate.

Critical Movement: Natural Movement® is a health & fitness discipline based on the overall practice of natural human movement skills. It was defined and popularized by Erwan Le Corre as early as 2008. It encompasses Critical Alignment Therapy (C.A.T) and MovNat: Natural Movement® is a health & fitness discipline based on the overall practice of natural human movement skills. It was defined and popularized by Erwan Le Corre as early as 2008. It encompasses the skills of breathing, walking, running, balancing, crawling, climbing, lifting, carrying and throwing.

Critical Alignment Yoga Lab: With the use of the Critical Alignment Therapy props and specialized guided instruction, you will be led through a series of gentle mobility and strengthening work emphasizing one or more of the critical alignment connections. Great for all levels of participants looking to gain a more thorough understanding of particular postures and the biomechanics behind certain asanas. Learn more about the best way to move YOUR body as well as the ins and outs, how and why of yoga postures and philosophy.

Critical Alignment Restore: Join us for this strength and mobility focused Critical Alignment Yoga and Therapy class. We will begin on the Critical Alignment Therapy props and transition into mobility work combined with longer holds. Finish your week with this grounding movement program infused with self- awareness and discovery.

Critical Alignment Pre -Natal Yoga- With expert instruction and the use of highly specialized yoga props you will learn to sustain your movement and strength as you prepare for the amazing transition into motherhood. Learn how to breathe and centre while keeping your spine and joints healthy and mobile.

Critical Alignment Yoga “Series classes”: Each month we will explore and focus on a different theme, posture and/or sequence. We will build a better understanding of your foundations to help your practice move forward. Come to every Wednesday evening class in a month to reap the full benefits of these series classes.

Critical Alignment Yoga Beginner: Challenge yourself to experience a little strength and soul! With emphasis on alignment and strength this class is a no brainer to add to your active lifestyle. Whether you are a hiker, golfer, biker, tri–athlete or just like to be strong and active these classes will support healthy balanced movement by inviting a combination of slightly longer holds and strength work.

Critical Alignment Yoga Hand Balancing Prep: Building on its pre -requisite ‘Calm and Strong” Danielle will lead you through a flowing series of movements that invite handstand, forearm and hand-balancing movements. The focus on these classes will be to provide an ongoing platform for students to explore more difficult yoga postures on a weekly basis while considering the basic principles and connections that create the foundation for sustainable movement.

Feldenkrais: The Feldenkrais method is an educational system that allows the body to move and function more efficiently and comfortably. Its goal is to re-educate the nervous system and improve motor ability. In this system pupils are taught to become aware of their movements and to become aware of how they use their bodies, thus discovering possible areas of stress and strain. The goal of Feldenkrais is to take the individual from merely functioning, to functioning well, free of pain and restriction of movement. Feldenkrais himself stated that his goal was, “To make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy, elegant.”

Movement Awareness Therapy: With years of study behind them the team at Yoga Therapy and Bodywork offers these classes to keep you moving. Explore, focus and feel your way through important structural connections in movement.
Enhance your mobility, improve your posture. The goal of Movement Awareness Therapy is to take the individual from merely functioning, to functioning well, free of pain and restriction of movement.

Somatics: Soma is a Greek word for living body. Somatics classes are based inmovement therapy and employ mind-body training to manage muscular pain and spasticity, improve balance and posture, and increase ease of motion.  Somatics classes present an alternative treatment to ongoing osteopathy ,physical therapy, chiropractic, and/or massage therapy.

Reclaim Your Mobility: A gentle and progressive movement integration class for people working with injury recovery or with chronic conditions.  This class helps to bridge the gap from bodywork therapy treatments to whole body self-care.

Thursday Evening Workshops: The studio is reserved for specialty workshops on Thursday evenings- These workshops are typically “pay what you will” watch our website for topics that may interest you!