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. This is a great class for all levels.

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. Suitable for all levels. 

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.). Suitable for all levels. 

Hot Yoga

In this heated class, we use postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength & flexibility and relaxation. Hot yoga will bring strength and focus to the body from head to toe and allow for deep muscle work and calorie burning. By combining both flow and longer static holds, emphasis will be on both the pose and on linking movements. 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. Hot yoga gives a very deep and intense workout with heated muscles and movement and therefore, we recommend beginners become familiar with yoga poses and movements before adding heat to their practice. 

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 levels.

Drop & Give me Zen

This class combines two of your favorite types of yoga bringing together the best of both worlds!  We’ll do 45 minutes of hot, energetic flow, followed by 15 minutes of stillness in Yin flexibility and relaxation yoga. Beginning with an energetic, heated flow class focusing on movement between poses giving you energy and strength as you tone, strengthen and sweat, and finishing with a few relaxing and deep stretches aimed at release and the full nourishment to the body’s meridians and joints. This class will both build confidence and energy and relax tight muscles and busy minds.

Yoga Foundations

This class teaches yoga poses and sequences from their foundations giving the fundamental building blocks and techniques you need to explore and find the benefits of postures correctly, safely and to your own ability and comfort level.  We’ll bring these learnings together into a flow and breath connected class. Each week will have a new pose, sequence or area of the body that we’ll focus on to learn and fine-tune.  We may target specific poses, areas of the body, balance, breath or flows as we teach the foundations of yoga and enjoy going deeper with your knowledge and poses.  Class is suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced!

Hot Funky Flow

Ready to get your groove on?  Music is a great way to lift your spirits and move your mood!  Combine it with yoga and we promise you’ll feel fantastic! This fun hot flow class will focus on movement between poses and and a mix of popular music giving you energy and a great mood as you work out the stresses of your week! With a dynamic mix of strengthening poses designed to help you build endurance and tone, we’ll move and sweat to your favorite songs!

Restorative

This class is a gentle and effective class designed for those recovering from illness, injuries and/ or or stressful physical or emotional events. Restorative yoga is known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect using poses that allow for gentle stretching, effortlessness and stillness.  It has its roots in the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar, who developed a yoga that allows students to practice without any strain or pain and to find a deep sense of rest and calm.  This class is suitable for all levels.

Pilates

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance through a series of specific repeated and controlled exercises. In this class you will work to build strength throughout your core muscles, increase flexibility, tone muscles and become mindful of alignment and posture! Expect to both feel your muscles and feel fantastic! 

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!

Yoga Flow

This flow class has a strong emphasis on breath and movement and the ebb and flow between poses. Flow encourages movement and gentle strengthening and stretching, while clearing the mind and leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. This class will provide a physical experience and will also help you to focus inward, while synchronizing breath and movement. Poses will be a combination of those you know and love, and a few new challenges to build your strength and confidence as you move through them.
Suitable for all levels. 

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.

Hot Pilates

Feel the burn and see results with this heated Pilates class!  Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. 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 muscles and become mindful of alignment and posture! Expect to sweat as you feel your muscles and feel fantastic!

Mindful Meditation

Meditation enables one to focus on the present moment rather than dwell on the unchangeable past or undetermined future. You will find a space to relax, find focus, let go of stresses and bring peace to your mind and body. Whether you are new to meditation or have a current practice, everyone can benefit from this class and learn and practice ways to be mindful and find rest in other times and places of your life! This class is suitable for all!

Private/ Beginner/ 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