Weekly Classes

BACK IN THE FALL – Classes are suspended for the summer! We hope you get the chance to practice with sand between your toes. See you in the fall.

Class Descriptions


April 17, May 15 & June 19 – ONLY

Tuesday Night Drop-in Class:
Each class we will work our way through what is called a Wave, using the map of Gabrielle Roth’s dynamic movement practice the 5Rhythms®. The class will have a balance of instruction mixed with your own movement, whatever that might look like on any given day. Generally, a class will begin with a 20-30 minute warm up. This is an opportunity to arrive into the space and physically warm up our bodies so that we can listen. Music will playing, but little instruction. After that I will begin to guide the class through each of the Rhythms, Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Some classes we will work with a theme or a specific Rhythm and others the group energy will guide the class. A large variety of music is played, all to get your body moving. There are no steps to learn no left or right, no counting, just your courageous heart, breath and body.
Time: 7:15-9:00
Cost: $10-15 drop-in
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Vijnana Yoga Level 2 with Cathy Valentine

Calm the mind, open the heart, enliven the body, and lift your spirit through this practice of sitting meditation, pranayama and asana.

In Cathy’s classes we practice sitting meditation, pranayama and asana. Classes vary week to week – sometimes being more of a flowing practice and sometimes being more theoretically taught, usually a mix of both. You’ll have a good experience – calming the mind, opening the heart, enlivening the body, learning, and lifting your spirit.  Level 2 (suitable for people with at least one year of yoga experience & some familiarity with inversions)


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Hatha Flow Yoga with Dorothy Price

Balance energy and calm through the practice of Hatha Flow. Sustained poses flowing in a mindful progression from one to another are taught with a focus on basic principles, breathing and alignment. Dorothy teaches a variety of asanas and offers students a warm and supportive environment to explore at their own level. Attention is always given to basic principles and alignment. Modifications are offered to help individuals understand and work with their own unique limitations.  Mindfulness and focus on breath are an integral part of class.  Classes are balanced with energy, to give you a good physical work-out, and calm, to keep you balanced.

Learn more at http://www.dorothyoga.com.

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Yoga with Gay Young

Gay is skilled at teaching each student individually and has special interest in Yoga as a therapeutic tool.  Her classes accommodate all levels of experience. Gay combines yoga poses, breathing, chanting, philosophy, plus a healthy dose of humour to create her unique style of yoga.  Gay has been teaching yoga for over 30 years.

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Vijnana Yoga with Liz Young
This class is mixed levels. At times it will be energetic and flowing and at other times more therapeutic in nature. Liz practices in the style of Vijnana which encourages ease in all poses and practicing from the inside. Liz also works with the Tensegrity Repair Series which is a series of repetitive movements that work on the facial web of the body restoring it’s elasticity and fluid quality.
We will also practice some sitting and pranayama is this class. Everyone welcome.


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Meditation with Heather Martin

Gatherings at the Gatehouse continue until April 25th (on May 2nd the group will sit at St. Mary’s Church in Fulford for the summer).

We practice for a 45 minute period of silent meditation, often with some instruction. Our understanding of the dharma, and aspects of our practice are then explored, either in the form of a dharma talk, questions and answers and/or discussion, often in small groups. As well as helping our inner growth, we make connections with others, and learn from one another.

The group is led by local teacher Heather Martin, or by one of our sangha members when Heather is away.

Every two months we socialize, drink tea and eat cookies. When the Moon is Full, we follow this with an extended evening of sitting and walking meditation until midnight – stay as long as you like. Please check the Vipassana Society’s NOTICE BOARD for upcoming dates.

Learn more at Salt Spring Insight Meditation Community’s web site: saltspringinsightmeditaion.ca

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Feldenkrais with Alice Friedman

Feldenkrais brings anatomy, physiology and physics together to help us learn from our own unique ways of moving. With new awareness we become empowered by a simple question: Is there a better way to do this?

Alice has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method for 20 years and  is most interested in deepening the awareness and connections to self and beyond and believes this process should be full of joyful curiousity.  She is also a Registered Psychologist and brings an extensive background in human development and movement to her work.  Alice is a Guild Certified Practitioner and authorized Assistant Trainer who has taught in professional trainings in Canada and internationally.

Learn more at http://www.feldenkraislearningmatters.com.

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