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This combo class of pilates and stretching is taught by our own Elbow Park resident and very accomplished Christy Hayne from Yoga Mandala.
This class focuses on using a variety of Pilates props to engage and strengthen all the muscles which contribute to your core strength, your deep abdominal and lower back muscles, and pelvic floor muscle. Improve your posture and functional fitness; this class ends with an extended stretching component. All levels welcome.
Based upon the principles of Joseph Pilates Method, this class will strengthen your “ powerhouse” which in turn will leave you with a healthy spine, agile body and feeling longer and taller!
Instructor: Christy Hayne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy is a lifelong lover of movement who has lived her passion to the fullest from her earliest days. Beginning in childhood as a tree-climbing, multi-sport athlete and gymnast, Christy discovered dance in her teens, eventually winning a place in Calgary’s own Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, where she spent a decade as a professional dancer. In a NYC modern dance master class, Christy was introduced to the practice of Pilates, which in the 1980’s was gaining traction with dancers as a system of conditioning that supported the intense physical demands of full-time dance training and performance. The controlled repetition of sequences designed to improve core stability through the strengthening of deep intrinsic musculature, the refining of larger back and lower body muscle groups, and improving connections between breath and movement, became a passion as well as a preferred personal practice. A mother of two, an avid runner, and a lover of outdoor pursuits, this practice became a new career when Christy received her Stott Pilates Certification in 2004 and began teaching in Calgary. Christy returns frequently to New York to study and after coming on board at Yoga Mandala in 2012, also completed a 200 Hour RYT training. An inspirational as well as experienced teacher, she often shares with her students a favourte quote from Joseph Pilates: “You are only as old as your spine feels”; skillfully guiding them towards their personal best, and that oh-so-rewarding “Aha” moment.
There’s no way around it, our bodies change as we get older. Postural habits, stress, trauma, illness all cause subtle changes to the structure and shape of our bodies.
Let go of what you ‘ think yoga is’ and what a ‘pose should look like’ and come out and try our new class. Improve strength, balance and mobility, calm the mind and improve sleep. It will be a gentle, well supported class using different props as required.
Drop In is also available for $18 per class paid to Phyllis directly at the class.
Instructor Phyllis Lindsay, email@example.com
Yoga has been a part of Phyllis’s life for more than 45 years. As a 'Baby Boomer' herself, she understands the needs and challenges of our changing bodies as we grow older. She's been teaching a similar class ‘Gentle Yoga for Healthy Living' at a local yoga studio for 2 years with great success and teaches private and community classes.
At the core of Phyllis’s classes is the notion of ‘functional’ yoga. It’s never about creating the ‘perfect’ pose, but slowly and consistently working on the pillars of a healthy, sustainable practice focusing on balance, stability, mobility and strength.
Phyllis presently holds the following recognitions:
Yoga Alliance RYT200
Yin Yoga levels 1 and 2 (50 hours)
This Pilates class focuses on using a variety of Pilates props to engage and strengthen all the muscles which contribute to your core strength, your deep abdominal and lower back muscles, and pelvic floor muscle. Improve your posture and functional fitness; this class ends with an extended stretching component. All levels welcome.
Instructor Christy Hayne
Join Christie Simmons, from Bespoke Chronicles, for an 8 week Guided Autobiography program. The group will look at experiences like major turning points, family, health, work, even death, and tackle exercises and questions that will help spark your creativity, self awareness and memories.
For each session, you will be asked to write a two page story on a particular theme and share it with the other participants (you are only asked to share what you are comfortable sharing).
Christie Simmons grew up in Elbow Park and remains an active community member. Here is her story: