strengthen your body, nurture your soul and lift your spirit
A small, intimate yoga centre that opened its doors in 1999, The Big Stretch is a warm, welcoming space that offers hatha yoga classes to all age groups. With candles and music, and a small group of instructors, classes are tailored to the dynamics of the group attending. Instructors focus on each student and his or her needs, challenges or injuries. The Big Stretch also offers corporate yoga, workshops and yoga retreats.
Hatha yoga is a gentle, yet effective yoga practice that enhances your health and well-being. The simple breathing, stretching and muscle relaxation techniques relieve various symptoms of stress, including tension headaches, fatigue, anxiety,
back-pain, depression and insomnia.
In our classes, we slow down from our hectic schedules, allowing the breath to flow through the postures. Create balance by uniting opposites - effort and grace, stability and fluidity, strength and softness. Rather than just exercising, we can begin to connect the breath with body and mind, directing our attention inward.
Mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps, zafus and eye pillows are provided for your support, comfort and convenience. Inspiring music and candles, warm, earthy hardwood floors, large windows and soothing blue walls create a gentle and relaxing atmosphere.
"Thank you, great Restorative class today Joanne!! What a treat and on such a beautiful day, felt like a vacation. Must do more of this kind of thing, thank you so much for offering it to us!!" ~ Heather Foran
"I want to tell you how much I admire and appreciate the beauty and respect you bring to the classes you teach - undoubtedly an extension of how you live your life." ~ Rose Roberts
"I'm new to the Leaside neighbourhood and was looking for a great yoga studio. I'm so happy that I've found The Big Stretch Yoga Centre! I definitely feel at home here not only in Leaside, but in your warm, welcoming and inspiring yoga studio." ~ Jennifer B.