Yoga really is for EVERYbody, big, small, short, tall, round-body, man, woman, the list can go on. As long as you can breathe you can do yoga. This class focuses on students of all levels, from beginner to the experienced. The class is hatha based, with a restorative component, using props and asana (poses) to help release, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, build balance, strength and more. This class is also a balanced class, using Breath work (Pranyama), Meditation, Asana (Poses) & Sound (chanting), this combination helps to bring to body and the mind back to it center. This class is suitable for beginner or experienced. Adjustments and alignments will be given. This is a 90 minute class, for those who want to invest that little extra time in themselves. The structure is "beginning meditation/centering, asana (poses) practice with adjustments and alignments), ending with meditation. Prana (breathing techniques) is used throughout the class.
Why 90 min? It takes that long for our body and mind to truly start to unwind repair and restore. Your yoga practice is truly a journey into yourself, it really is Your Body Your Yoga. There are many reasons why we choose to take up yoga, some come to manage pain, some to maintain or gain flexibility and strength, while others come to explore their connection to the body mind and spirit.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Join Nicky she guides you through what works for your body and how you can move forward in your journey of self-discovery and a healthier you. In this class you class uses props, alignments and adjustments. This class is suitable for the young to the young at heart. Currently our classes serve students of all ages from 18 to 92, beginner to experienced. This is a get up and down off the mat class, modifications can be made so that EVERYbody can attend.
Meditation / Yoga Nidra
(30 min) bonus class option - with Nicky
Monday & Wednesday - 7:30 pm
Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Stay for an extra 30 minutes, (bonus class) This Yoga Nidra Meditation, "the art of yogic sleep", is a lead based meditation. Many of us are tired, can't seem to get enough rest, we have busy heads busy lives, this bonus class compliments the first half and allows us to surrender, let go and rejuvenate our bodies and our minds.
This is also a bonus class, which means that if you choose to stay after the 6pm, there is no charge.
This class is suitable for the young to the young at heart. Currently our classes serve students of all ages from 18 to 92, beginner to experienced. This is a get up and down off the mat class, modifications can be made so that EVERYbody can attend.
Fascia/Yoga for releasing aches & pains (60 min) – Nicky
Tuesday - 6 pm
Wednesday - 10 am
Want to experience deep tissue whole body massage? Then this is the class for you.
What do you get wen you combine yoga + yoga therapy balls + a roller = self massage and relief from stress & pain.
This combined asana and myofacial release techniques helps you to release pain, stress and anxiety that sits in the body. It also works on your posture and assist you in gaining mobility. At the end of this class you feel like you have just had a deep tissue massage and like you've just stepped out of your massage therapists room. It stretches out your fascia and helps to heal damaged muscles, increase strength, and establish healthy movement and elasticity.
Not intended to replace your massage therapist, however a great way to keep things limber and loose in between visits.
This class is suitable for the young to the young at heart (seniors). Currently our classes serve students of all ages right now from 18 to 92 (and beyond), beginner to experienced. This is a get up and down off the mat class, modifications can be made so that EVERYbody can attend.
Testimonial - I love the Yoga Fascia Release Class at Ohana!
Nicky carefully leads us through the moves which really helps my body loosen up and feel so much better. I schedule my week around attending the class.The aches and pains that I feel in my body are reduced. The class helps me release tensions and tightness. Self care is truly important for us in this busy society. Attending Facia Release is such a kind, beautiful gift for myself. Thank you Nicky for your clear instructions, your light hearted humour and support during the class. I always feel looser and lighter when the class is finished.
Thank you so much! - Anne Quast, North Bay
Chair Yoga - gentle - build up your balance & strength
(60 min) with Nicky Poulin
If getting up and down from the floor is difficult, but you want to continue to on building strength, regaining balance, mobility and feel better about yourself then this would be a good starting point. This class combines modified yoga poses, a variety of props and the use of a chair and the wall. All ages, and levels are welcome, this is a fun class that sometimes can bring on a little heat so don't let the word "chair" fool you. There is also breathing techniques as well as meditation.
This class is suitable for the young to the young at heart. Currently our classes serve students of all ages from 11 to 92, beginner to experienced. This is a get up and down off the mat class, modifications can be made so that EVERYbody can attend.
NIA - combines dance, yoga, and a whole lot of fun for EVERYbody
(60 min) with Linda Papineau - cost by donation
This Nia based (dance) class is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and self adaptable to individual needs and abilities. A mindful cardio-dance workout of 52 simple moves uses the intelligent design of the body and combines the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit while leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.
Great, for the young at heart or for seniors! All welcome, it's an at your own pace class
Thai Massage & Yoga
stretch, be stretched and unwind (partnered class 60 min) – Nicky
Thursday 6 pm
This class combines Thai Yoga Massage Techniques & Yoga. Learn basic Thai Yoga Massage techniques that work to help release stress and pain on the body. Bring a partner or be assigned a partner it is up to you. This is not a certificate course it is just a nice way to share and care for one another. This does not replace your massage therapist nor will you receive a certificate, however you will learn some gentle techniques to help you care for yourself someone else.
Yoga for Grief - OUTREACH Near North Palliative Care Network
Yoga for Grief Support is a class designed for individuals grieving the death of a loved one.
Although grief and bereavement are a natural and universal experience, it still has a profound effect on our minds, bodies and spirit. When we grieve we experience physical, mental, emotional and spiritual symptoms. As with chronic pain or other disorders, we need to move through the center of our pain in our hearts that we feel and experience during times of grief, the tendency is to skirt around the edges to avoid the sensations that we feel. Grief cannot be processed through rational thought alone, as it is a journey through the heart.
With the practice of yoga we invite ourselves to move into our bodies in a deeply compassionate way, so that our journey through the heart filled with grief can be experienced in a way that is self-supporting and nutureing.
When the ancient practice of yoga is combined with a model of bereavement support, we realize and see that we are not alone on our journey and that we have support in many areas. Creating a safe and sacred space to begin your process and explore sensations, thoughts and emotions that are held in both the body and the mind.
As a student you will be taught empowering techniques to cope with grief, find compassion for yourself and honour the loss of your loved one.
Date to be announced - WORKSHOP - Yoga for Men with Darren Renaud
(3 HRS) take home practice
Stiff sore, aching back, shoulders sore & tight, maybe holding more stress than you should be. If your feeling a change in your body and feel the need to become more flexible, build some strength, de-stress, then this workshop is for you. When you pre-register let us know the specific areas that you would like to focus on and Darren will customize the class geared to your needs so that you can bike, run, golf, work or play in a more flexible and feel better way.
Let's face it... life gets tough, we work hard, play hard... and we want to feel and be the best that we can be, yoga has over 2000 years of proven history towards assisting you and complement life/work balance.
Ohana Community Class - 1 per month - Dates to be announced.
90 minutes - Start with 15 minutes breath & meditation. 40 - min movement. 15 min of breath & meditation with a small discussion at end. This Class is primarily a seniors class or a class for those that are in need of "re-building" and recovering. Whether it be through the natural process of aging or having undergone a medical procedure or accident recovery. Keeping mobility as well at increasing our mobility is important. This one hour class will offer a very gentle yoga practice as well as techniques to help participants, feel better, grow stronger and gain balance.
Why is this called the Community Class?
We love our community and each time someone comes to this class, we will donate $2.00 of the regular class fee towards Silver Linings, before during and after cancer.
Silver Linings is a community initiative originally started by Dr. Sheryl Riley and myself (Nicky Poulin of Ohana), last year. The purpose is to help those diagnosed with cancer & their families fill in the grey areas that occur. Last year with the help and support of many of you, our Silver Linings Event had over 450 people attend, booths with local businesses & supporters. In attendance were Dr.'s, as well as speakers. The day was not only helpful and successful, it showed that resources are very much needed in our area.
This year we will be hosting another event/fair (date location TBA) and are currently working with "Warriors of Hope North Bay" to apply for an Ontario Trillium Grant to help with the development of a North Bay Regional Cancer Hub!
The monies raised from Ohana's Community Class as well as other events and local supporters will go towards making our Silver Linings day even more successful and informative everyone.
"WORKSHOP - Chakra Yoga balance from within"
with Nicky Poulin COMING SOON
The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. This class will explore the 7 Chakra’s (1 per week) and give a balanced practice and alignment for each Chakra. The body is in constant flux between balance and imbalance, it is difficult to detect which Chakra is not in-balance unless you have specific and apparent problems… ie.. constipation, migraine headaches, usually is the First Chakra. Recurring sore throats, feeling like you want to say something but cannot is the throat Chakra… this class will assist in balancing the chakra’s so that you feel more balanced.
Restorative Yoga for your recovery, need support we can help. 705 752 0294
Ohana presents a restorative therapeutic yoga classes specifically designed for people undergoing cancer treatment or who have recently completed treatment. Learn poses (asanas), breathing techniques, mindfulness, and meditation skills to help enhance your wellness.
There are no down dogs here!However there is gentle breath, stillness & subtle movement to assist you along in your journey. Subtle movement allows the body to heal, become nourished and restore. Classes will be customized to suit the individual’s needs, based on where they are at in their journey and treatment. Yoga for Cancer Yoga before, during or after cancer yoga has proven to be beneficial for all who choose to partake in this ancient healing modality and art.
Fear & Anxiety • Fatigue • Insomnia • Neuropathology • Trauma & PSTD • Pain • Scar tissue • Nausea • Depression • Dying • Myofacial Release • Encourages Body's Natural Function • Boosts the Immune System • Restores Mobility & Motion • Sense of Self & Vitality • Increases Oxygen to cells and more!
Many cancer patients and cancer survivors are discovering that there are many ways to strengthen their bodies and deal with the uncomfortable side-effects of treatment. Starting a yoga practice before, during and after treatment helps to build, regain, and heal the body. Yoga for cancer patients and survivors is a holistic approach to assisting you on your journey. It is also used to help with car-tissue from surgery or ongoing nausea and weakness from chemotherapy and radiation, as cancer patients endure a long road of physical trials.
Classes can be arranged for peer groups, family friend support teams or one on one. 705 493 0692 There is also the option of joining us for one of our regular restorative classes as well, modifications will be shown.