Classes

The Welcome Mat offers a variety of class styles and levels including both introductory and advanced as well as heated and non-heated classes!   Our heated classes have a brand new state of the art system providing infrared heat that is quiet and efficient. This heating system offers waves of energy that penetrate deep into the body, gently elevating the body’s surface temperature detoxifying at a cellular level.

Instructors will provide modifications and instruction in all classes to help beginners and those with injuries, medical conditions or anxieties.  Each pose, class and experience is designed with your comfort, growth, health and success in mind!

Learn more about the different types and traditions of our yoga classes below.  You can also read specific class descriptions under “details” when you search a class on our schedule page!

“Flow” Classes 

These energetic “movement” classes have a strong emphasis on breath and allow beginners, intermediate and advanced students to be challenged in the same class. Flow focuses on movement and will torch calories, tone, strengthen and detox the body, clear your mind and leave you with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. The dynamic mix of sweat and spirit that is cultivated in a Vinyasa (flow or movement with breath) yoga class will challenge you to step up to your edge, and unlock hidden potential for achieving authentic personal power.  Classes will focus on traditional poses enhanced with movement, sun salutations and dynamic breath work. Flow classes are offered in both heated (35°C) and non-heated environments.  

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength & flexibility and relaxation. Hatha Yoga will bring strength and focus to the body from head to toe. By removing the flow and focusing on longer static holds, emphasis is placed on the pose itself rather than linking movements. Beginners can use this time to build up to our “flow” classes, while more advanced students can work on precision and alignment. The focus will be on foundational postures, however the instructor will provide modifications for every experience level, giving you the chance to expand your practice if you so choose. Because this class is not a set sequence, you can expect to learn something new and different every time.

YogaFit

This class is designed to build participants’ strength, tone, endurance and overall level of fitness. Based on the poses and movements of Hatha Yoga, it will blend balance, strength, flexibility and power in a fitness format.  Be prepared to burn calories, build muscle and love your body!

Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is often described as the other half of a yoga practice. A yin yoga practice is a slower, deeper practice affecting the connective tissues of the body through deep stretching, helping with flexibility and release. Yin Yoga encourages the body to slowly and mindfully enter yin poses using the breath to stimulate the flow of chi(energy) and remain highly focused on the sensations promoted by the pose. The lengthy posture steadiness and stillness allows one to develop passive yin qualities of surrender, relaxation and the release of tight muscles and busy minds allowing full nourishment to the body’s meridians and joints. 

Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements.  With many of the same movements as yoga, Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.  In this class you will work to build strength throughout your core muscles, increase flexibility, tone your muscles and become mindful of alignment and posture!  Expect to feel your muscles and feel fantastic!

Healthy Hips

This class will include Hatha yoga postures, and flows focusing on opening the hips, releasing the psoas tendon (hip flexors). Many of our lifestyles have us sitting for long periods of time which shortens the hip flexors and pull the pelvis forward. This places pressure and stress on the lumbar discs, leading to back pain. Frequent and regular practice of these postures lengthens and opens the hip flexors, improving our posture and back discomfort. This class is excellent for those with tight hips, low back pain and also athletes who use lower body muscles often (runners, hockey players, weightlifting etc.)

Core Flow

Core flow integrates a variety of poses, movements and breath toward one goal: strengthening the core and back.  You will build heat in the body as you move through poses and flows to build strength, flexibility, balance and confidence through your centre and core muscles.  This class will enhance posture, stability, definition and strength, and allow you to focus on this key area for both performance and daily activities.  

Slow Flow 

A beautifully balanced class exploring both the light and the dark to maintain overall good health and alignment. Coupling both the muscular strength in traditional yang (active) poses to warm up the body, followed by lengthening the connective tissue in traditional yin (stillness) poses, students will create openness and flexibility in tight areas. Scanning the body through movement and stillness will bring awareness to areas of tension in the body and offer space to release. Suitable for all.

Rise ‘n’ Shine Hot Flow

Welcome the morning with this powerful, energetic hot vinyasa flow class to awaken your energy and greet the day!  This class has a strong emphasis on breath and allows beginners, intermediate and advanced students to be challenged in the same class. Vinyasa flow classes will tone, strengthen and detox the body, clear your mind and leave you with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. The dynamic mix of movement and spirit that is cultivated in a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class will challenge you to step up to your edge, and unlock hidden potential for achieving authentic personal power.

Private Yoga Classes/ Group bookings

Private Yoga Classes offer clients or groups a personal one-on-one yoga session to fit your needs. These classes are to help clients with specific needs such as healing old or new injuries or wanting to learn yoga basics on an individual basis. Group sessions can be anywhere from individual groups to corporations to athletic teams. Please see our private/ group private policy and inquire at info@welcomematyoga.com learn more or book your private yoga session.

Specialty Classes & Events 

In these classes, our instructors will use their areas of expertise and passion to design classes specific to certain needs and populations using the best pose and breath combinations for success in these areas!  Classes focusing on various areas of the body (hips, core, etc.), various sports (running, dancing, hockey, golf, etc.), or levels of ability (beginner, advanced, balance poses etc.) will be offered depending on need/ request!
Flow, Hatha, Yin & Specialty classes will be offered in both heated (35°C) and non-heated formats