Practicing yoga tones your body and refreshes your mind. It improves your immune system, helps lower your stress level, and provides so many more health benefits. Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years, and we’re still fine-tuning the practice. HAMSA YOGA offers many different styles of yoga. Even though they’re all based on the same poses, each style has a particular focus - one style might be focused on improving your flexibility, while another primarily strengthens your core. Try a few different class to see which style is best for you.
Yoga for Kids
Kids’ yoga can bring a sense of balance to busy little lives with techniques that focus on play, relaxation and inner-fulfillment. During these sessions, kids will shine their marvelous light through a yoga practice that develops balance and focus through yoga postures and breathing techniques, empowering creativity through playful yoga games.
Yin + Restorative
Prepare yourself for a deeply relaxing yoga practice to lull you into a state of peacefulness, allowing your mind and body to embrace stillness. Postures are held for several minutes while your body is supported with blankets, bolsters and blocks. This practice is about letting go, and unwinding from your day. This class is suitable for all levels.
This class explores the foundations of yoga, including asanas/poses, pranayama/breath work and meditation. A great class to begin your yoga journey with by exploring pose terminology, proper alignment and strength building. Students are encouraged to ask questions and expand their knowledge of yoga as a discipline. Suitable for all students.
Gentle classes are accessible to almost everyone. Class involves breath and movement, easier postures, body awareness, gentle stretching and strengthening, and relaxation. Whether you have specific physical or emotional challenges, would prefer a slower and more gentle practice, or just want the opportunity to slow down and relax, you will benefit from these classes. These are good classes to get a little extra attention from the instructor.
Stretch + Unwind (yin)
This class focuses on deep stretching to help relax tired bodies and busy minds. This class is perfect for beginners and those who prefer to focus on the YIN practice. Learn how to use bolsters and blocks to support you while relieving stress & tension, and learning how to use the breath to help deepen your experience. These supported poses also gives an opportunity to practice methods for relaxing our minds and letting go of our to-do list. A great way to reset the body and mind to set you on the right path for your day and week.
Hamsa Mix = Hatha, the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. This yoga class is suited to all levels, beginner to advanced. You can expect to ease into this practice gradually, then build intensity with longer holds for strength, flexibility and a sense of calm. A typical class will consist of a invigorating standing series, followed by some deep stretches to end your practice. This class is ideal for those that want an alternative to a faster, vinyasa-flow practice. Leave feeling calm and refreshed. Suitable for all students.
We are the only studio in the Ottawa Valley to offer the Yoga Wall!
Based on BKS Iyengar's principles of alignment, "the wall" is used as a prop to deepen poses by opening and creating space in the body using therapeutic techniques. With the help of straps, handles, harnesses and bars different poses are taken from the mat to the wall to heighten the posture's effects on the body and mind. An amazing class for those looking to open their shoulders, find back flexibility and improve core strength.
The 'Introduction to Yoga Wall' workshop is highly recommended before taking part in the class; knowledge of equipment adjustment takes time and is a must for class safety.
Flow + Glow
Flow + Glow is definitely an intense workout that will make you sweat. An invigorating and ever-evolving class that will expand your knowledge of yoga postures and how your body moves. Featuring inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing and seated postures, back bending, and inversions guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Not recommended for beginners.
blend + bend
This slow-paced class will combine the tension-releasing movement of yoga, with the soothing, therapeutic properties of aromatherapy. The studio will be infused with an all natural blend of essential oils, varying from week to week. A gentle, but juicy flow makes this the perfect way to unwind at the end of your day. This practice is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Be sure to check out our social media each week to see the featured oil blend!
Beats + Bliss
This class is the perfect way to end your work week. Celebrate the upcoming weekend with different styles of music, and full-on energy to challenge you and get you out of your head. Feel the beat, build some yoga heat and then let go into some blissful stretches followed by a Ginger Cafe sampling to delight your taste buds. This class is awesome.
Simply put Hot Yoga is Yoga practiced in a heated environment, with temperatures ranging from 85-100 degrees. There are 3 main principles behind Hot Yoga.
Heat - warms the muscles and induces sweat. Warm muscles stretch further and with reduced risk of injury. The heat also increases the pulse and the body burns more calories in its efforts to stay cool while exercising. Heat dialates capillaries, distributing oxygen more effectively to muscles, glands, organs and other tissues, helping to remove toxins.
Sweat - The skin, the body’s largest organ, eliminates toxins through perspiration. The function of sweat is to cool an overheated body. Sweating stimulates the metabolism and the immune system.
Focus and Breathing - As yogis work through challenging postures the mind needs to stay focused. To help gain focus deep breathing is used to increase the flow of prana. Deep breathing helps to calm the mind and body and allows oxygen to circulate through the body more easily.
Hot yoga is a fairly vigorous form of yoga performed in our Hot Room that is heated to 100 F. Be prepared to sweat out toxins and deepen your stretch during this cardiovascular workout. Explore Hatha with all of the added benefits of heat!
Those with heart or blood pressure issues should consult their doctor prior to taking warm/hot classes. Women should not practice Hot Yoga when pregnant.
This class builds full-body strength while linking postures together in a fluid movement synchronized with the breath. This powerful and dynamic class awakens strength, energy, and flexibility and allows beginners and intermediate students to be challenged in the same class.
Suitable for students who have a regular yoga practice and familiarity with the fundamental postures. Room temperature is 85 F.
Rise + Melt
It's Sunday morning, let's ease into our morning with this cool flowing all-levels practice. Starting with a gradual warm-up with some blissful morning stretches, we will then rise and shine into a more energy and strength building series, then treat our muscles to some deep tissue release at the end. Suitable for all levels. This is a warm class.