Our yoga classes are listed by level of difficulty from easiest to most challenging:
Chair Yoga - best for those who have difficulty getting up/down from the floor
Gentle Yoga - ideal for beginners; modifications provided for knee/back issues
Slow Flow - good transition for those who wish to practice vinyasa style classes
Yoga Flow - most challenging classes
Level 1 (Gentle) provides a supportive environment in which beginning students can learn the foundation of a yoga practice, while the more experienced practitioner will be able to fine tune the fundamentals of their practice. If you have limitations in your body, level 1 classes provide modifications and guidance to keep you safe and comfortable throughout your practice. Level 1 classes are pre-natal friendly - please inform your instructor prior to class so modifications can be provided for each phase of your pregnancy.
Mixed Level 1-2 (Beginner and intermediate options) offer options for all levels with some yoga experience: modifications for beginners and more active options for those who want an energetic experience involving creativity to explore more challenging poses at an active tempo.
Level 2 (Intermediate) – Classes designed for dedicated yoga practitioners who enjoy a continual challenge in their practice to emphasize strength and tone.
Chair Yoga with Nancy Larsen
Chair Yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who have various physical limitations, or those who find other types of yoga classes too challenging. Chair yoga can also be a great introduction to yoga for those who are first-time yogis! While seated comfortably in a chair, students can enjoy versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can enjoy other health benefits from yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well being.
Chair yoga is offered on Fridays from 11:00AM-12:00PM at a special community price of $10/class.
Gentle Yoga with Nancy Larsen
Gentle yoga class is appropriate for anyone interested in yoga who might be concerned about the level of fitness required. If you are getting into shape, tight and stiff, or just prefer a gentler yoga practice, this is the class for you! Poses are sequenced to ease your body into a more active state. Emphasis placed on breath awareness and proper alignment. Gentle yoga provides numerous health benefits, including stress reduction, improved circulation, lower blood pressure, increased balance and flexibility, a calmer mind, and improved sleep. All levels and abilities are welcome. Level 1 - Ideal for beginners!
Gentle Yoga is offered every Monday at 11:00AM & Wednesday at 4:00PM.
Candlelight Yoga + Yin with Allie Brawley
A slower-paced, gentle yoga class set to soothing music to relax your body and calm your mind in a warm, candlelight atmosphere. Yin yoga is a deeply nourishing practice that increases flexibility, releases stress, lengthens and untangles the deep connective tissues in your body. Yin poses are designed to relax the muscles through calming poses supported with props to benefit the connective tissues and joints. Practicing yin nourishes your joints, lightens your breath, and complements any fitness routine. The stillness from a yin practice is an ideal balance to the active, stressful activities that fill our daily lives, and provides a deep sense of calm. Level 1 - ideal for beginners!
Candlelight Yoga is offered every Wednesday at 7:15pm.
Want a workout without the rapid pace of our Yoga Flow classes? Sequences progress slowly and allow longer holds to strengthen and tone the entire body, while providing the foundations of a vinyasa style (yoga flow) class. Class focuses on breath and alignment to explore feeling postures, rather than simply seeing poses, and benefit from the calming effect of uniting body and mind. Great introductory yoga class for beginners to learn the fundamentals of yoga.
Level 1-2, modifications provided for intermediate and advanced practitioners.
Slow Flow is offered on fridays at 9:00aM.
Yoga Flow with Allie Brawley & Jennifer Villarreal
Our flow classes are designed to cultivate an inward experience while stretching and recharging the body in a safe, effective way to provide both a work out and deep restoration. This active, energizing, skillfully-flowing sequence of yoga poses links breath to movement to enhance flexibility, strength, range of motion and concentration. Sequencing flows with upbeat music at a varied pace to build heat and strengthen and tone throughout the body. Focus varies weekly on different therapeutic areas of the body. Modifications provided to accommodate all levels, though some yoga experience is recommended.
Mixed Level 1-2: Yoga experience recommended, but modifications provided to suit students who are newer to yoga.
Yoga flow is offered four times a week: Monday at 5:15PM, Wednesday at 5:30PM and Saturday at 9:00am.
The studio is heated to 70-75 degrees to warm the muscles and connective tissues through different poses. The warmth and humidity allows for deep release into poses while protecting the joints against injury. Each pose is given considerable time to explore and hold. Each student can practice at his/her level of energy and ability, yet all receive the benefits of the practice.
Pilates with Kristi Cleary - NEW!
We're so pleased to offer pilates classes from such an experienced instructor who exudes so much positive energy!
This mat based pilates class will work to balance the strength and flexibility of all muscle groups, with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement. Pilates mat is a challenging yet safe method to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility in your every day movements.
This class is open to all levels - whether you're a beginner or experienced with pilates, you'll leave with your core and posture strengthened! Modifications are suggested for beginners or for those with physical limitations.
Pilates is offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30PM and sundays at 10:30AM.
Core Strength & Stretch with Maxx Anderson
Tone and balance to develop solid core strength, and enjoy basic yoga stretches to create long, strong, lean muscles. This fitness class connects movement to breath with a special emphasis on developing awareness of the core. Maxx invokes hr creativity and caters to the energy of the group so the class varies weekly...yet you'll consistently leave feeling centered and refreshed!
Mixed Level 1-2: Modifications provided to suit students who are new, and the variety of options allows for more challenges too.
Core strength is offered on Tuesdays at 6:30PM. take pilates + core strength for $15 drop-in.
Wisdom Years Fitness
A fun and uplifting low impact aerobics-style class specifically designed for baby boomers with instructor, Julie McLeod.
Local baby boomers may recall taking aerobic dance or step aerobics classes with this fit and fabulous Sault Sainte Marie native. Well, she's back and leading her fellow baby boomers in a fun low-impact aerobic class on Sunday afternoons! Although her sneakers are silver now, Julie McLeod has not let the grass grow under her feet. Her enthusiasm for fitness and experience instructing aerobics classes has been reinvigorated to serve others in their wisdom years.
This class is offered on Sundays at 2:00PM.
Belly Dance with Lola Kennedy
Stretch and tone your body while you learn this beautiful and ancient art! The movements of belly dance will sculpt and firm your body, while increasing stamina and grace. Class includes warm up, basic moves and techniques, plus relaxation. No choreography to memorize – you’ll be guided to allow the music to mesmerize you while you enjoy this fun and empowering movement! No experience necessary – a wonderful upbeat class and fun way to enjoy exercising with friends!
Belly dance is offered on Sundays at 5:00PM.
Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi for Beginners with Richard Askwith
Qigong is a Chinese word for Energy Work. We will do several qigong sets for a half-hour. The sets are short, fun and easy to learn. There are many forms of tai chi. Following the half-hour qigong portion, we will offer a one hour tai chi that helps form a basis for learning a more traditional tai chi form later on, or it can be practiced on its own. Both the qigong and tai chi sets are very gentle and require no prior experience nor athletic ability.
No Tai chi classes scheduled at this time.
If you have interest in future tai chi classes, please let us know! Email Allie at email@example.com. Meanwhile, you can join Richard every Saturday morning at 10:00AM at Avery Center.