Saturday, March 28, 2020


Today's Classes


Big Stretch Yoga Cancelled: Temporary Closure due to COVID-19
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Big Stretch Yoga Cancelled: Temporary Closure due to COVID-19
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM
Instructor: Joanne Lowe




Retreats & Workshops


Early Bird Yoga - 8 week Spring Session
Mar 25 to May 13, 2020




Breathe and Restore - A Breathwork Workshop with Restorative Yoga
Mar 29, 2020




Spring Urban Yoga Retreat - A Sunday Afternoon Retreat
Apr 5, 2020




News


BIG Surprise Coming Soon!
[posted:2020-03-27]




Temporary Closure - Due to COVID-19
[posted:2020-03-16]




We are Closed on Family Day
[posted:2020-02-11]




Recent Features


NEW STUDENTS OFFER - 30 days of yoga for $70!
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2019-10-11]




VIP Shopping Event at Lole - 50% off
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2019-06-28]




CONTEST - Who loves a giveaway?
Coupons/Special Offers
[posted:2017-06-03]




Classes

Active relaxation through mindful movement and being in the moment, our classes allow you to tap into your grace, strength and poise. Find the balance between effort and grace, stability and strength. Connect with your authentic self.

All hatha yoga classes include pranayama (yogic breath), asana (physical postures), mudras (hand gestures) and savasana (final relaxation). Classes are instructed in a flowing style with breathing and mindfulness incorporating an eclectic mix of hatha asana with influences from various teaching philosophies. Mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters, zafus and eye pillows are provided for your comfort, support and convenience.

New or returning to yoga? The actual physical poses or "asanas" are only one element of a yoga practice. Pranayama or breath work, guided relaxation and the occasional laugh are all part of the greater picture of healing body, mind and spirit.

At The Big Stretch, everyone is encouraged to go at his or her own pace. Even on your best day, you may feel like taking it easy. We encourage you to listen to your body and respect the messages it is giving you. Each person is different, and we can provide variations and modifications to help you relax your body and satisfy any healing requirements.

Not very flexible? Don't worry, it will come. You don't need to be flexible to begin a yoga practice, just like you don't need to be a black belt to begin karate classes. Success in yoga is not measured by your flexibility, but by the ability to draw your mind inwards and feel what is happening inside your body.

For your first time, wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a small form.

  • All classes are ongoing drop-in style unless pre-registration is indicated.
  • Classes are pregnancy-friendly, as all of our instructors are certified in pre- and post-natal yoga.
  • You may join any pre-registered class already in progress if there is space. Please call ahead. Fees will be pro-rated




Class Fees
Pay as you go or save money by purchasing one of our convenient pre-paid class packages. Prices include HST.

1 class $25
5 classes $95
10 classes $175
20 classes $320
 
New Student Offer!
30 days (Unlimited classes) $70*


*This offer is exclusively for new clients only.
Must be used over 30 consecutive days. One class per day.
Non-transferable. Cannot be used for pre-registered workshops and classes.


Expiry: Pre-paid classes expire one year from date of purchase.

Seniors & Students - 10% off (Students must be in full-time attendance at a high school or post-secondary institution. Seniors 65+)

PAYMENT METHODS: We prefer cash, cheques or interac e-transfer to info@bigstretchyoga.com. We will accept VISA and Master Card but would prefer not to have to pay their fees.

Office Hours: Reception hours are in keeping with the class schedule. We are open 15 minutes before each class. Please arrive early to settle your account or to register if it is your first visit.











Class Descriptions

Gentle Stretch Yoga
Deepen the breath, stretch, relax and refresh, in this simple Hatha class. Ideal for beginners, those who are easing back into shape, recovering from illness or injury or just want to take it easy. May also include restorative postures using props to support the practice.

Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class to meet student's needs.

All of our classes are set to music.




Big Stretch Yoga
The Centre's signature class is suitable for many. This Hatha class Integrates the breath with an extensive variety of postures to increase strength and flexiblity, bringing balance, while calming the mind.

We use verbal cues and some physical assists throughout the session to encourage healthy alignment and to deepen the practice.

Suitable for all levels of experience, as variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class to meet student's individual needs.


All of our classes are set to music.




Early Bird Yoga - next session begins March 25th, 2020
Celebrate the beginning of a new day in the quiet and stillness of the morning.

The Centre's signature class is suitable for many. This Hatha yoga class integrates the breath with an extensive variety of postures to increase strength and flexibility, bringing balance, while calming the mind. Leave the class feeling refreshed and ready for your day. It's better than a double latte to start your morning!

All of our classes are set to music. All levels of practitioners are welcome and encouraged. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class to meet student's individual needs.

7 - 8 am on Wednesday mornings.

This session begins Wednesday, March 25th for 8 weeks, and runs until May 13th

Special rate for booking early - register with payment by March 18th, $155. After that, $170 (includes HST). Registration required. Missed classes are not transferable or refundable.

You can begin mid-session, class fee will be pro-rated.




Gentle / Big Stretch Yoga
While this Hatha class is instructed in a gentle manner with simple postures (see description for Gentle Stretch Yoga), the instructor offers variations of postures and suggestions for the more advanced student who may want to drop-in at their convenience.

All of our classes are set to music. All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged.
Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.




Gentle Flow & Restorative Yoga
Sunday's Big Hug! Breathe, stretch and relax. Set to soothing music, enjoy gentle, flowing hatha yoga sequences, connected by the breath and intermingled with gentle, supported restorative postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body.

This deeply relaxing and soothing class is suitable for beginners, people experiencing stress or anxiety and people who are recovering from illness or injury. It is also recommended to anyone, including advanced practitioners seeking a gentle, meditative class.

The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind.

Leave the class feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Candlelight Flow Yoga
Surrounded in candlelight (extra candles for this class!) and accompanied by music, this peaceful yoga class is suitable to all levels including beginners. Breathe deep and take time to reconnect, rejuvenate and revitalize in this flowing, ever-changing sequence of postures inspired by a blend of all of the classes on our schedule. Leave feeling lighter and brighter.

Go with the flow and enjoy this midweek treat -- a perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Flow & Let Go Yoga
Enjoy the best of both worlds in this drop-in yoga class. Sun salutations, flowing hatha yoga sequences, strengthening poses and sublime stretches in the first half of the class are followed by gentle, relaxing restorative yoga poses in the second half. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Restorative poses are gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body and aid in deep relaxation. Assisted by the use of props such as the wall, a bolster or folded blankets, poses are held for longer periods of time, allowing you to let go of long-held tensions that manifest both physically and mentally.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc.

All levels are welcomed and encouraged. All of our classes are set to music.




Candlelight Restorative Yoga
Relax, restore, rejuvenate and refresh. 



Linger peacefully in gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body. The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind. The class may also include gentle stretches and movements between restorative postures.

This deeply relaxing and soothing class held in candlelight with soft music, creating a peaceful atmosphere for your practice. It is suitable for beginners, people experiencing stress or anxiety and people who are recovering from illness or injury. It is also recommended to anyone, including advanced practitioners seeking a gentle, meditative class.

There is a deep peace waiting for us, beneath our busy lives, under all of our tension, and beyond our fears. Restorative Yoga will help you tame your mind and expand your heart to find your deep peace, one breath at a time.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc. Feel free to bring along some cozy socks, your favourite blanket and eye pillow.

All levels of practitioners are encouraged and welcomed. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.

All of our classes are set to music.







Flow & Restore Yoga
Enjoy the best of both worlds in this drop-in yoga class. Flowing hatha yoga sequences, strengthening poses and sublime stretches in the first half of the class are followed by gentle, relaxing restorative yoga poses in the second half.

Restorative poses are gentle, supported postures which help to restore movement and flexibility to your body and aid in deep relaxation.

The use of bolsters, blankets, straps and blocks bring you into a place of comfort and tranquility that encourages deep healing and release, allowing for complete surrender of body and mind.

Enjoy this midweek treat -- a perfect way to unwind after a busy day. Leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Please bring along a small towel or facecloth to use with props if you are wearing makeup, lotions etc. Feel free to bring along some cozy socks, your favourite blanket and eye pillow.

All levels of practitioners are welcomed and encouraged. Variations and modifications of the poses are offered in every class.

All of our classes are set to music.




Hatha Yoga Foundations
4-week pre-registered series beginning in November on Thursday nights at 7pm with Shelly Rowen. Description and registration information to come...




Moving into Meditation - 4 weeks beginning February 27th
Deepen your practice by increasing your sensitivity and awareness. These classes are a combination of mindful movement (yoga postures), gentle breathing and deep relaxation practices, walking, seated and reclining meditation.

If you have been wanting to try meditation, but have perhaps felt intimidated by the thought of sitting without moving for long periods of time, this is a great way to practice.

Over the course of the classes we will continue to build our awareness of body, breath and mind.

All levels are welcomed and encouraged.

Thursdays, February 27 - March 19 (4 weeks)
6:30 - 7:45 pm

Special rate for booking early - register with payment by February 20th, $90 (includes HST). After that, $100 (includes HST). Registration required.








"Just wanted to let you know how fabulous it is to get back to your wonderful Gentle Stretch Yoga Class accompanied by your soft and peaceful voice and helping me get my legs and arms untangled. You were right, I was a little sore the next day but it is a good sore knowing that I am making my body healthier. Thank you." ~ Anne-Marie S.





"Joanne has drawn upon influences from several different teaching philosophies and styles to develop her own unique approach to the instruction of hatha and raja yoga. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone, everywhere, whether they be male, female, young, old, in the office, at home or in the yoga studio." ~ Ascent Magazine





"After attending many studios, The Big Stretch is one of my favourites. It is a very open, spacious and soothing space. It is not super-trendy, it is not in it for the money, it is here for you. I don't get to The Big Stretch as often as I like, but over the past five years I have enjoyed every class I attend. Joanne has a beautiful, gentle style that offers you several levels of challenge for each pose. Joanne is also very flexible and generous with the time allowed to use multi-class passes which is very much appreciated." ~ Sue Lynn Chong