Hatha Yoga

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is a general category of Yoga whereby students practice various asanas (postures) in combination with pranayama (breathing techniques) in order to improve flexibility, expand your range of mobility and focus the mind and body into a more relaxed state.

Hatha Yoga is generally characterized as a slower and gentler practice, and is therefore a great introduction for all levels, including beginners. Teachers consider the abilities of each student, and can modify each asana to accommodate all levels.

When are classes held?

Below is the schedule for 2024. Check back regularly for any new offerings that may be added throughout the year.

Tuesdays 2024

  • April – June 2024 (Tuesdays) – April 2 – June 4 @ 7:30PM (10 Sessions)
  • September – November 2024 (Tuesdays) – September 10 –  November 12 @ 7:30PM  (10 Sessions)
  • November – December 2024 (Tuesdays) – November 19 –  December 17 @ 7:30PM  (5 Sessions)

Thursdays 2024

  • April – June 2024 2024 (Thursdays) -April 4 – June 6  @ 1:30 PM (10 Sessions)
  • June 2024 (Thursdays) – Yoga Movement and Alignment Specialty Class – June 13, 20, 27 @ 1:30-2:45PM (3 Sessions)
  • September – November  2024 (Thursdays) – September 12 –  November 14 @ 1:30 PM (10 Sessions)
  • November – December 2024 (Thursdays) – November 21 –  December 19 @ 1:30 PM (5 Sessions)

Where are classes held?

Classes are held in the large hall of the community centre at 4411 Spruce Drive SW.

How much does it cost?

Hatha Yoga class fees are generally $11 per class with a Wildwood membership. Non-membership fees are $15 per class, plus taxes. 

Specialty yoga class fees will vary depending on the type of class and experience of the instructor.  Registration and payment can be completed online at the community website programs page.

Wildwood Community Association (WCA) memberships can be purchased online

What should I bring with me?

Students should bring their own yoga mats, 2 yoga blocks, and a bottle of water.  You may also benefit from bringing additional props such as bolsters, straps, blanket, or a sleep mask to improve comfort and posture during certain asanas and for the relaxation at the end of the class.

It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and to dress in layers so that you can stay warm throughout the class.

Meet the Instructors

Danielle Pechie (Teaching Thursday June 2024)

Danielle is one of the leading critical alignment yoga instructors in Calgary.  She is a 30 year veteran yoga instructor, registered massage therapist and athletic therapist. 

For the first time, we will be offering a 3 week Yoga Movement and Alignment Specialty Class (June 13, 20, 27 at 1:30-2:45PM).  This is an introductory series designed for all levels of experiences, from beginners to athletes and will focus on breathwork and improving mobility in your body.

With the use of specially designed yoga props from Amsterdam, you will learn how to treat chronic postural strain and tension by learning how to relax your bodyweight into the props using micro gentle movements. If you have an interest in learning how to move and feel better, this class is for you!

You can learn about Danielle here: Yoga for Backs – Yoga, Movement for Alignment, Mobility and Back Pain Relief 

Cassandra (Teaching Thursdays) 

Cassandra was introduced to Yoga by her Grandmother as a child and the practice has been a continual sanctuary ever since. She completed her initial Hatha teacher training in 2012 and has been honoured to guide a mix of private and studio lessons. A secondary Yin training followed in 2014, as did a diploma in Massage Therapy in 2015. The intensive study of anatomy, physiology and remedial exercise has influenced Cassandra’s teaching style greatly; her classes are designed to stretch and strengthen synergistic and antagonistic muscle groups to promote postural alignment and optimal balance in the body. There is a strong meditative emphasis, encouraging deep release and relaxation. Personally, Cassandra enjoys time in nature, travel and music.

Aimee Trudel (Teaching Tuesdays)

Aimee is a long time resident of our Wildwood community and has taught Yoga, Pilates and Fitness for over 15 years.  Her gentle yoga classes are are designed for all levels of ability with a focus on alignment, breathing and use of props. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Yoga programs, please email yoga@mywildwood.ca. To register for a program, go to  https://mywildwood.getcommunal.com/parent_programs