Yes, if you have your health care professional's permission (or you wish to self-declare yourself fit enough) you may join a class. The classes are slow, mindful and sometimes require long holds which strengthen and are suitably challenging. However, if you let me know of physical issues before class, I can work with you to adapt and modify any poses or positions to help you overcome any limitations.
All classes are open to beginners. With my years of experience at modifying poses, I teach in a way that allows you to work at your own level, being respectful of any restrictions or stiffness you have. Old injuries or surgery can also be modified for. I will instruct you how to practice safely and accommodate variations to make it easy and doable for you.
The popularity of yoga in the west has been exponential in recent decades. It seems every corner in every city has a yoga centre. I believe the popularity is because it meets two needs that every human being has. To be happy in their body. And to be happy in their mind or spirit. Yoga is a unique system that was developed for longevity, health and connection to spirit. It is a deeply spiritual practice. So even if the average person goes to a yoga class looking for a 'workout' they emerge from that class having received not just what they came for but also so much more - they are uplifted on all levels.
The method of yoga I teach has an emphasis using my Joint Renewal System(TM) is a blend of different styles that I have adapted to make it suitable for people 50 and over. My main influences are Kaiut, Yoga Mais and Scaravelli. I have a background in Sivananda - classical hatha yoga. Younger people, of course, are very welcome and can and do benefit as well. It has an emphasis on slow movements, precise holds, deep breathwork and opening, cleansing and restoration of the joints. This in turn regulates the nervous system. It is a wonderful sustainable practice. My wish and hope is that my students are still practicing when they are 90 (indeed I have one student - my dad - who does!)
To see the benefits of a yoga practice, I suggest a steady commitment of two classes (one hour each) a week to see the best results. Once a week is also fine, if you can find time to also do some other yoga at home on your own. Many regular students also join Membership to Kathy White Yoga so they can work on their own at home, and seldom miss their practice. Having a steady commitment of two hours a week is a great way to gain the maximum benefits and amazing results this practice can bring.
My own story was very much that of the experienced yogi, then when I turned 50, hormonal and physical challenges forced me to develop a new practice that addressed my changing body and mind. I now teach a unique blend of different types of yoga (Kaiut, Yoga Mais, Scaravelli, Sivananda) that I have studied, trained and worked with over many years. I also have studied Dance, Feldenkreis, Kung Fu, Franklin Method, Qi Gong each of which gives me a deeper understanding of how the body moves. A practice based on breath, slow mindful movement, long holds to establish a sense of presence in the body and the mind. The yoga I teach is very deep and powerful, very strengthening and specifically targets, flushes and cleanses the joints. I call it WD40 for the joints! And more importantly regulates the nervous system. For us living in this modern world, it is an ancient practice with a new and radical approach. It is quite remarkable because of the results in increased ability to relax and heal, while giving flexibility and strength.
You must fill in the New Student Questionnaire to be eligible for the introductory rate. It costs $15 usd for 3 classes.
Yes, when you purchase a class plan, your classes can be changed, cancelled or re-scheduled an unlimited number of times as long as your class pass has not expired and you make the changes yourself at least 24 hours before class.
A class cannot be cancelled less than 24 hours before the scheduled time.
As I teach internationally, I use USD as a universal currency. If you wish to pay in other currencies, please email kathy @ kathywhiteyoga.com
To have your bookings made for you incurs an administration fee of 1 class credit.
You need to pay and then provide the dates of the classes you wish to book for the class pass you purchased. E.G. 11 dates for a 12 class pass - 1 credit is taken as an admin fee). Any further changes you wish to make will also incur an admin fee of 1 class.
To avoid the admin charges please pay and book and manage your own classes online. Watch this video for instructions
You may etransfer $ canadian (prices below) to kathy @ kathy white yoga . com (remove all spaces when entering the email address) Then follow these instructions: Watch 3 min video Pre paid - access smoothbook
All prices include tax
Once you have paid you will receive notification and you will be able to book your classes yourself.