Drop-In Class Descriptions

Calgary's Yoga Studio Sarana is pleased to offer a wide range of classes, suitable for all levels of practice, although it should be noted that we are mainly an Iyengar based Yoga Studio.

In the majority of our classes (if not all), props will be used and adjustments will be given, to empower your best in each posture.

Be prepared to hold postures for an extended period to get deeper into your body. You will also have the benefit of being instructed by highly trained Yoga teachers who will put your body and its' safety first.

But as always, if you have any questions about which class is right for you, just ask us, we are always happy to help!

Everyone needs somewhere to start. Begin your yoga journey with Vandana Vora on Monday's at 9:30am. Start where you are! In this class you will be introduced to breath awareness, yoga poses using props and end the class with deep relaxation.

This is a perfect beginners yoga class that is also appropriate for those working with limited mobility or who prefer a softer, gentler approach to yoga.

A level suitable for beginners and required for students new to yoga.
Here, the groundwork is done in order to maximize healthy yoga development. Under the teacher's guidance, each student learns at their own pace.

The foundational yoga poses are thoroughly and safely introduced so that students can improve in mobility, strength and flexibility. Some students choose to continue to develop their yoga practice at this level rather than move to higher levels.

For those who have taken at least one full session of Level 1 yoga classes.
Once the student’s foundation work is strong enough, and there is a good balance between mobility, strength and flexibility in the yoga asana (postures), a student can move on to a class of this level.

Please consult with your Level 1 instructor for guidance, if this would be an appropriate class for you.

For ongoing students working with all categories of the poses (e.g. backbends, inversions, twists, sitting-forward bends and/or pranayama), on a regular basis and who are developing a home practice.

Here the teacher will work with all Level 1, 2, and 3 students together to develop a deeper understanding of yoga practice. Students are assisted in working safely and appropriately at their current level.

All levels of students are welcome and are encouraged to work at their own pace.

A therapeutic practice for those who feel fatigued from daily stresses, have a chronic ailment/injury or want to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Relax and renew.

This is a delicious Restorative Yoga. Its purpose is to calm the nervous system, reduce blood pressure, release tension and "GRIP" in your back, hips, neck, shoulders and spine.
Restorative Yoga has been researched and proven to be a successful and blissful method of assisting in tapping the body's own natural healing power.

Why Progressive? Each 8-week session has been carefully planned.

- Learn the basics and set a foundation for yourself, with focus on breathing, progressive muscular guided relaxation.
- Each Restorative Yoga 8-week session will focus on low back pain, neck and shoulder issues, breathing difficulties, anxiety, depression, lymphatic health and drainage, and heart health... infused with simple healing breathing practices.
- Finally progressively stay longer in a Restorative pose in silence soaking in your body's own natural healing power. During these periods of deep relaxation, you will feel nurtured from within.

Gentle Yoga is for anyone who enjoys a nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. Props are used such as chairs and walls to allow students to practice within their own range of motion safely.

The class is held at a comfortable pace and is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance and increase flexibility. The class ends with a guided relaxation to soothe the central nervous system and release deep muscular tension.

Find peaceful balance between intention and surrender in a class that combines the strength of held postures and the tranquillity of fluid movement connected to breath.

Create a timeless Flow with the Power of your Breath. Meditate while in motion. Use Space, Silence and Stillness to connect with your physical and mental dimensions. It's about the 'Power' within you, within your pose, within your core and the insight and symbolism into what you see in life.

You'll experience a contemporary style of Yoga with traditional roots. Get ready to move, be still within, increase your heart rate, get messy and discover a new you!

What do we mean by core? And why should it be happy? The “core” is a complex series of muscles that provide stability and protection for the spine and pelvis during static and dynamic movement. When these muscles are happy (balanced), we can easily do more of the activities we love (including our poses!).

This class will focus on specific exercises and movements within the context of a yoga practice to enhance awareness, strength and flexibility. Don’t worry….be happy!

Shibashi Qigong places emphasis on synchronizing 18 movements with proper breathing techniques. It is a gentle, beautiful and flowing Qigong exercise routine that is both a joy to do and deeply relaxing.

Shibashi Qigong is designed to improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma.

Qigong for Organ Health is a Organ Cleansing and Strengthening Qigong (known in Mandarin Chinese – Zang Fu Gong) is a unique and powerful Qigong form.

This easy to learn set includes a warm-up and energy balancing phase and then moves into Qigong forms specifically focusing on cleansing and strengthening the heart, lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, kidneys, gall bladder, brain and nervous system.

The set ends with another energy balancing and settling phase, leaving you refreshed and empowered.

For years people around the world have been incorporating this effective exercise routine into their personal healing program.

Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is one of the deepest of all forms of meditation. This body centred meditation helps to relax the body and withdraw all senses inward - leaving feeling calm and tranquil.

This practice is profoundly powerful and systematic method of inducing total physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

Mat pilates is done on the floor using an exercise or yoga mat, which employs controlled breathing during body weight resisted movement to build core strength. Mat pilates exercises are performed in a slow, controlled, precise manner and require an intense concentration.

These exercises help strengthen the body's core by developing pelvic and scapula stability, and abdominal control, using focused breathing patterns.

The main fitness goals of a mat pilates program include improved flexibility, muscle tone, body balance, spinal support, low back health, sports performance, and body-mind awareness.

A meditative practice that focuses on the hips & low back. It is often referred to as “Yoga for the Joints”. By relaxing the muscles and holding the postures for 5 – 10 minutes, we stretch & strengthen our connective tissue.

Yin, or our feminine energy has a focus on releasing, letting go on surrender. For Yoga practitioners looking for something beyond the physical, YIN Yoga offers a deeper spiritual dimension. This class is not suitable for beginners.

In this practice you'll develop strength and flexibility, while learning to surrender to each pose. This class will start with a more active and dynamic Yang practice to energize and strengthen the body, as this is a good way to warm up the body and get you ready for the yin long holds.

The Yin style consists of long hold and passive poses that will open the body and quieteng the mind to close your practice. All levels are welcome.