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 2024 season, classes are held in the large hall of the community centre:
- TUESDAYS 2024
- January – March 2024 (Tuesdays) – January 16 – March 19 @ 7:30PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- April – June 2024 (Tuesdays) – April 2 – June 4 @ 7:30PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- September – November 2024 (Tuesdays) – September 10 – November 12 @ 7:30PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- November – December 2024 (Tuesdays) – November 19 – December 17 @ 7:30PM (5 Sessions) $55 with a WCA membership
- TUESDAYS 2024
- THURSDAYS 2024
- January – March 2024 (Thursdays) – January 18 – March 21 @ 1:30 PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- April – June 2024 2024 (Thursdays) -April 4 – June 6 @ 1:30 PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- September – November 2024 (Thursdays) – September 12 – November 14 @ 1:30 PM (10 Sessions) $110 with a WCA membership
- November – December 2024 (Thursdays) – November 21 – December 19 @ 1:30 PM (5 Sessions) $55 with a WCA membership
- THURSDAYS 2024
How much does it cost?
The fees for a 10 week term are $110.00 per term, or $55 for a 5 week term. Registration and payment can be completed online at the community website programs page.
You will need a valid Wildwood Community Association (WCA) membership to register. WCA memberships are $25 per family and can be purchased online
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
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.
“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
If you have any questions about the Yoga program, please email email@example.com, to book visit the community programs booking page https://mywildwood.getcommunal.com/parent_programs