Alphabetical Class Styles
Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most exhilarating and challenging yoga practices based on a specific series of asanas (physical poses) combined with specific breathing patterns. Ashtanga Yoga is a great workout following a fixed sequence designed by Pattabhi Jois. It inspired so many of today's modern yoga styles such as Vinyasa yoga, power yoga, flow yoga, etc.
Created by Robert Steinbacher, a Swiss gymnast and dancer, the method combines elements of yoga, Pilates, dance, and Tai Chi. It was developed as a total-body workout with emphasis on strength, cardio, and flexibility.
Join Om West owners Antoine and Pamela as they lead a chant and meditation called Pooja. The ritual includes mantra chanting and offerings of gratitude which create an atmosphere conducive for self-healing and for the meditation that follows.
$5 Yoga with different teachers in training or with recently certified teachers.
Practice before work with the West Island's earliest yoga class every Thursday at 6:30am.
Flow Yoga (Vinyasa):
Flow classes are a more challenging style of yoga, with focus on flowing from one pose to the next in synchronization with the breath. Flow (also known as Vinyasa) gets it's name from the smooth way that the poses connect together in a continuous fashion.
Gentle Yoga classes are less strenuous than regular classes. Gentle Yoga classes are excellent for those who want a good stretch and mental relaxation with a practice accessible to all, excluding or adapting the more difficult yoga postures.
Classes based on traditional yoga, as practised for millenniums. Classical Yoga classes generally include Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) which are aimed at gradually bringing us to a calm meditative state of mind. Contrary to Flow classes, Hatha classes allow more time to be in the postures and to recharge between postures.
A system which utilizes breath, movement, sequencing, rhythm and sound to work on every aspect of the body, mind and being. Kundalini Yoga was designed by Yoga Bhajan and it teaches techniques to gain a strong immune system, to stimulate vital glands, to strenghten the nervous system, improve circulation, and to raise awareness of the impact of your habits.
Come find out one of the many things that makes Om West so magical. From June to September, when weather permits, drop-in classes may be given by the lake. Meeting point is always at the Center. These waterfront classes are specially indicated on the Summer schedule.
A deeper more spiritual form of yoga practice following a sequence designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Padma Sadhana is practised in rounds. Each round consists of a sequence of Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. A typical class includes 2 rounds and is practised in silence and in an introspective manner.
Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez) is an innovative exercise system that emphasizes correct form and focuses on your body’s core muscles. For this reason, Pilates develops strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and good posture.
Similar to Flow Yoga but with additional emphasis on strengthening of the core muscles.
Our prenatal class is open to anyone but is specifically tailored to be safely adapted for women during pregnancy. A beautiful way to keep your body limber, to keep stress levels down, and to keep your yoga practice going during your pregnancy.
Restorative Yoga is a gentle therapeutic style of yoga that uses props to support the body in restful still positions. The focus of the practice is to restore the central nervous system and the internal systems of the body. Restorative Yoga is a soothing and nurturing practice that promotes the effects of conscious relaxation.
Meditate to the sounds of the ancient Rudram Pooja chant. The healing mantras of this chant have a profound effect on the cells, mind and nervous system and bring you to a state of deep meditation. Many negative impressions from the mind are washed away by listening and meditating to the Rudram Pooja.
Sivananda yoga is a form of traditional Hatha Yoga developed by Swami Vishnudevananda in honour of his teacher Swami Sivananda. It is based upon five principles, proper exercise (12 poses in particular), proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive thinking and meditation. The focus of Sivananda Yoga is preserving health and wellness.
Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique that purifies the body from toxins and mental impressions. It is taught on the Art of Living's Happiness Program offered at Om West. Graduates of the course have an opportunity to practice Sudarshan Kriya in a group every Sunday at 5:00pm.
Tai Chi & QiGong:
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defence training and its health benefits. Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. They are offered at Om West in the famous Yang style designed by Yang Lu-ch'an.
Yin Yoga is a synthesis combining Indian Hatha Yoga and various Chinese Taoist disciplines. Yin Yoga targets connective tissues that normally are not exercised as much in a more active style of practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga emphasizes holding of postures, and the lengthening and contracting of muscles.