Hatha Yoga

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga refers to a general category of Yoga whereby students practice various asanas (postures) in combination with pranayama (breathing techniques) in order to improve flexibility,  focus the mind and body, and aid relaxation.

Unlike some other branches of yoga, Hatha Yoga is generally characterised by a slower and gentler practice, and is therefore a great introduction for newcomers or beginners. However, teachers will take into account the abilities of each student, and can adapt the intensity of each asana to accommodate intermediate and advanced students as well.

Is Hatha Yoga for me?

Yes! The Wildwood Community Association’s Hatha Yoga classes are open to both members and non-members (see pricing below), as well as all abilities. The class is aimed at adults, but seniors are also welcome!

Hatha Yoga may be particularly beneficial if you sit at a desk all day, work a stressful job, or are recovering from a recent injury or operation (provided that your doctor has given you the go-ahead to restart gentle exercise), as yoga aims to reconnect you with your body and expand your range of movement.

When are classes held?

For the 2021-2022 season, there is a choice of two classes (10 sessions), held in the large hall of the community centre:

  • TUESDAYS 2022 – January 11 – March 15 (10 classes) @ 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  
  • THURSDAYS 2022- January 13 – March 17 (10 classes) @ 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  

How much does it cost?

The fees for a 10 week term are $110.00 per term. Registration and payment can be completed online

You will need a valid Wildwood Community Association (WCA) membership to register.  WCA memberships are $25 per family and can be purchased online

Please note that from January 2021, class fees will need to be paid online (cash and cheques will no longer be accepted).

What should I bring with me?

Students should bring their own yoga mats and a bottle of water. Students may also benefit from bringing bolsters and/or straps to improve comfort and posture during certain asanas.

It is recommended that you wear loose and stretchy clothing, and to dress in layers so that you can stay comfortable throughout the class. You may also want to bring a blanket and a sleepmask for the relaxation at the end of the class.

Meet the Instructors

Rachel is an experienced full-time yoga instructor in Calgary, AB. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has taught a wide range of students, including young professional athletes at the National Sports School at WinSport and police officers at the Calgary Police Service. She has helped thousands of Canadians move their bodies to release stress, tension, prepare and recover from surgery, quiet the mind, and much more. Rachel Ann’s permissive approach makes everyone feel safe and welcome regardless of age orability levels. Learn more about her: www.rachelannyoga.com 

Aimee Trudel has taught Yoga, Pilates and Fitness for 14 years.  Her gentle yoga classes are are designed for all levels of ability with a focus on alignment, breathing and use of props 

And here’s a neighbour testimonial “Supported by her in-depth knowledge of body mechanics, Aimee gently guides Yoga participants through the ongoing process of refining techniques to build flexibility, balance, and strength.  She has a sincere regard for the needs of each person and provides guidance and alternated options as needed. It is a pleasure participating in Aimee’s classes.” C.C

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Yoga program, please email yoga@mywildwood.ca