Class descriptions

Yoga classes (offered through In Balance Yoga):

Yin Yoga

In the Yin Yoga practice, yoga postures are passively held for an extended time (usually 3-7 minutes) with the intention of nurturing the connective tissues in the body and facilitating meditation. The Yin practice serves to balance other more active (Yang) styles of Yoga and our busy lives. The practice has roots in Taoist yoga, Martial Arts, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with additional focus on nurturing the meridian lines of the body. The 3 principles of the practice are 1) to come into the pose at the appropriate depth, 2) to resolve to remain still, and 3) to hold the pose for a length of time. Practitioners of all levels can benefit from this sweet and quiet practice.

Gentle Yoga

This practice is held primarily on the floor in supine and seated postures with ample time for transitions from one shape to another. The slow-paced flow includes kriyas (repetitive cleansing movements), gentle stretching, movement of the joints, and pranayama (breathing practices). The benefits include increased flexibility, increased range of motion, nurturing the organ systems of the body, and  improved overall well-being. This class is appropriate for practitioners of all levels including those with therapeutic needs.

All-levels Flow (Vinyasa)

Vinyasa means “to place in a special way,” and this flowing practice focuses on connecting breath and movement in an intentional and purposeful manner The practice includes a centering meditation/pranayama, warming up the body, Namaskars and standing postures, cooling postures, relaxation, and closing. Options and modifications are offered throughout to make this practice accessible to most populations.

Pool Yoga

The water is used as a prop to support this gentle practice informed by my background in both yoga and ballet.  Benefits include increased flexibility and range of motion, improved balance and awareness, and connection with community. The practice is guided for 45 minutes with 15 minutes for exploration and relaxation.  This practice is appropriate for any level practitioner comfortable standing in 3-5″ water depth.

Ballet classes offered through New River Moving Arts:

Adult Ballet (Beg/Int)

This 75-minute class will focus on the fundamentals of classical ballet supported by detailed instruction, using barre, centre technique and combinations, and variations, complemented with strengthening and stretching exercises from Lisa’s diverse movement background. This class is appropriate for all levels, including those newer to dance or returning after a hiatus, recovering from injury, or advanced dancers wanting to focus on technique. No previous dance experience necessary! 

Adult Beginner Ballet

This class will focus on the fundamentals of classical ballet supported by detailed instruction, using barre, centre technique, and combinations, all complemented with strengthening and stretching exercises from Lisa’s diverse movement background. This slower-paced class is appropriate for all levels, including those newer to dance or returning after a hiatus, recovering from injury, or advanced dancers wanting to focus on technique. No previous dance experience necessary! 

Kids Ballet II (Ages 9-12)

This class will introduce the fundamentals of classical ballet in a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to spark joy and enthusiasm for movement in young dancers. Instruction will include barre and centre technique, strengthening and stretching exercises, and time for creative movement incorporating the principles of ballet. Suggested attire: leotard and tights or similar fitted dancewear, ballet flat shoes. 

Teen Ballet III/IV (Ages 12-17) (Int/Adv)

This class will focus on classical ballet technique using barre, centre work and combinations, and variations, complemented with strengthening and stretching exercises from Lisa’s diverse movement background.. Dancers will be exposed to the different schools of ballet technique and history, as well as encouraged to find their own unique artistry. Suggested attire: leotard and tights, ballet flats, with hair in a ballet bun preferred.