Monday, September 22, 2014


Today's Classes


Gentle / Big Stretch Yoga
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Gentle Stretch Yoga
05:45 PM - 07:00 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Big Stretch Yoga
07:15 PM - 08:30 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


Candlelight Restorative Yoga - Refresh & Renew, September Session - 4 weeks
Sep 10 to Oct 1, 2014




Candlelight Restorative Yoga - Refresh & Renew, October Session - 4 weeks
Oct 8 to Oct 29, 2014




NEW - Restorative Yoga, Wednesday mornings
Oct 8 to Oct 29, 2014




News


Early Bird Yoga begins Wednesday, September 24th
[posted:2014-09-16]




Thursday, September 4 - evening classes cancelled.
[posted:2014-08-31]




Autumn / Winter Schedule 2014
[posted:2014-08-19]




Recent Features


Squash, Kale and Quinoa Soup
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2013-10-21]




Yoga Etiquette - Practicing Peace
Yoga Tip of the Month
[posted:2013-03-16]




Yogini Trio of the Month - Eileen, Barbara & Heather
Yogis/Yoginis of the Month
[posted:2012-12-19]




About The Big Stretch

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 for helping me take time to breathe." ~ Judy McMartin





"Clean and serene, this spacious, south-facing studio boasts large windows and gauzy white curtains. The instruction, from director Joanne Lowe, is equally soothing.

Drawing on the influence of several philosophies, she developed her own unique approach to teaching. Classes follow vinyasa or flowing style, beginning with pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and ending in savasana (final relaxation). Gentle Stretch classes are suitable for beginners, pregnant women and seniors.

Big Stretch classes integrate breathing with classic hatha sitting, standing, bending and twisting postures. Sports classes combine sports stretches with disciplines as diverse as hatha yoga, martial arts and Pilates." ~ Toronto Life Magazine.





"Thank you for another great yoga class yesterday. Whenever I make the time to come and visit, I'm always rewarded and leave more relaxed, more refreshed and more limber than when I came in." ~ Stefan Lehmann, Victoria, B.C.