Class Descriptions



Learn about the various styles of Yoga, Meditation & Bhakti offered at Shala Yoga below, then check out our class schedule.

Morning Yoga

These early morning classes are a great way to start your day and set the tone.  One hour long these classes will offer a variety of the practices associated with yoga – sitting (meditation), pranayama (breath work) and asana, although in shorter segments than in a longer class. You will wake your body up and spend time connecting with yourself before heading out into the world.

Lunch Time Flow

Been sitting all morning, feel the need for a quick stretch and breathe? Are you limited on time in your day? These classes are for you.  Take a time out from your busy day.  These classes are open to all levels and will be based around the vinyasa (flow) style of class with lots of opportunity to nurture and care for yourself.  Expect to work and rinse out what has settled on you over the morning.

Hatha/Vinyasa Fusion

These classes are for all levels.  They will offer the more static posters associated with a traditional hatha style of practice while inviting in some dynamic movement in a safe and integrated manner.

Yoga + Meditation

These classes will offer a fulfilling and mindful practice, which incorporates meditation, pranayama (breath work) and asana.  These classes are open to all levels.

Tapasya Hatha-Vinyasa

The class is vigorous, yet energizing and accessible for all levels. Integrating breath + movement, awareness + alignment, strength + flexibility. This is a well rounded class that incorporates breathing exercises and static postures to balance strength and flexibility (physically and mentally).

Classes will include sun salutations, standing & balancing postures, yoga-core specific postures, introduction to arm balances and inversions, hip opening, spine strengthening and opening postures, forward folds, twists, accessible breath work and meditation techniques.

You will see and feel immediate results and build a solid foundation to navigate from in all aspects of your life. Emphasis on breath as the key, and relaxation in action the way, to be in the flow.

Vinyasa Flow is the dance of opposites ha (sun or yang) / tha (moon or yin), brahmana (expansion) / longhana (contraction), sthira (stability) / sukha (freedom). You will flow through a series of energizing, dynamic and fun postures that liberate the flow of prana (life force) in your body. Everything that flows in your body is a form of prana (life force); breath, blood, cerebral spinal fluid, lymph, emotions and so forth.

Intermediate Power Vinyasa

Although we can be scared away by the word “intermediate,” these classes are well designed for people who have been practicing for some time and are looking to take their practice to the next level. Not only with respect to asana (the physical shapes) but also with respect to pranayama (breathing), mantra and some of the more esoteric practices. This class will offer longer holds, less foundational alignment cues and deeper variations. This class is not appropriate for beginners.

Restorative/Yin

These classes are a great way to unwind at the end of your day.  They offer postures that are supported with props that allow you to relax, tap into your breath and access the fascial layers of the body. These classes stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation and ease).

Power Vinyasa

These classes will offer a strong and dynamic vinyasa (flow) style of practice, while keeping everyone safe in their own body and their own experience.  Some more advanced variations of postures may be offered.  Great way to burn off stagnation, patterning and connect in community.  This class is not recommended for beginners.

Yin/Yang Flow

These classes are a great way to unwind after a long day being active or at work.  They will start with a more active practice and slowly move you toward a restorative and yin style practice, relaxing your nervous system and your mind.  All levels welcome.

Bhakti Vinyasa

These classes will offer the bhakti spirit, including chanting and harmonium playing both at the beginning and the end of class, some pranayama (breathing) and meditation.  There will also be an active asana portion of the class in the vinyasa (flow) style. All levels welcome.

Vinyasa

These classes will offer a full spectrum practice, sometimes offering bhakti, meditation, pranayama (breath work) and always a vinyasa style practice, so flowing through postures, but more slowly than the traditional one breath, one movement style of vinyasa.  A great way to build heat in the body and drop the busy-ness of the mind.  Creates strength and flexibility.  All levels welcome.

Good Yinning

Offered twice a week on Friday’s and Sunday’s/ This is a great class to let the week go, spend some time on yourself and set the tone for your weekend. Also, a great way to wrap up a weekend full of activity. Yin style postures held for 2-5 minutes with support as needed. All levels well.

Intermediate Hatha

A strong hatha practice for those who have been practicing yoga for some time and who are looking to dive deeper into their experience of yoga without moving into the vinyasa style of practice.  There will be no vinyasas in this class, however, the practice will still be quite strong.

Healing Hatha Shala Yoga Squamish BC

If your body is feeling in need of tender care and attention this is a great class for you, whether you are recovering from an injury or have just a big day enjoying the outdoors. Slow and steady wins the race here, lots of space and time for the breath and feeling into the body.  All levels welcome.

Community Class

This is a class that gives back to the community of Squamish.  Newer teachers teach this class and it is an entirely donation based class. The proceeds of which go to the Friend’s of Stawamus. All levels welcome.

Yoga for Stiff Guys

This class is for men who do not have a regular yoga practice and who are looking to create a little bit more space in the physical bodies.  This class will be slow moving with myofascial release, as well as hatha style poses. This class is designed to be very accessible and out with those thigh hamstrings, hip flexors, backs, quads, and shoulders. See you on the mat gentlemen.  Bring a friend!!!