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Class Descriptions

FROM OUR HEARTS TO YOURS.

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Welcome to Holy Cow Yoga Studio! We offer a variety of  classes – some more vigorous, some more relaxing – but the heart of our  center is mindful, accessible yoga.

Our philosophy is rooted in the knowledge that yoga unfolds on many  layers, including body, heart, and mind. As our outward journey evolves,  we also discover a path of inner wisdom.  The spiral, a universal  symbol depicted in ancient societies across the globe, represents this  gradual movement toward a deeper sense of well being. We continue to  realize growth in healing and insight as we come full circle again and  again.

Yoga practice helps students improve their health, resilience,  flexibility, strength, and balance. Our aspiration is to make these  benefits accessible to diverse students of varying ages, backgrounds,  and physicalities. Teachers at our studio strive to offer an intelligent  yoga practice that can adapt to the individual needs of our students.

We also honor the contemplative side of the yogic tradition,  incorporating mindfulness practice alongside yoga, and blending the  power of meditation with conscious movement.

Whatever your reasons for practicing yoga, we hope to help support  you through the many illuminating twists and turns your path will take.

Holy Cow Yoga has been an integral part of the Courtenay downtown core since 2014. With recent ownership changed to Joyce Dawn in 2017, the studio continues to thrive and is blossoming into its next stage of life with a variety of classes and wide range of abilities welcome.

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Vinyasa Flow

Flow classes are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices. Instructors choreograph their classes to smoothly transition from pose to pose and often play music to keep things lively. 

Hatha

Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.


This is a great place for anyone thats starting out in their yoga practice.

Ashtanga

Mysore-Ashtanga Basics

Mysore is a style of yoga asana practise that has been passed down from teacher to teacher in

the Ashtanga Yoga Method. Mysore comes from the name of the city in which this practise

originated and is the way that this Vinyasa Yoga tradition was taught by Siri K Pattabhi Jois. This

method is slightly different in class structure, then what students have become used to. The

class is not “led” as a whole, rather the instruction is one-on-one, where the teacher travels

between the students answering questions, and giving hands-on adjustments when necessary.

This has the unique and powerful benefit of students being able to progress through the series

at their own pace, learning the fixed asanas in order. Students are giving the next asana in the

series as their practise progresses, according to their ability, strength, stamina, flexibility and

concentration. Therefore, this is the perfect practise for those who are new to yoga, as well as

those who have been practising for years, for it allows the individual to move at their own pace,

with guidance and ease.

Ashtanga yoga is a practise of the breath, and simple pranayama is part of the Mysore method.

Students will learn the ujjayi breath, that will be the foundation to all of the asanas (postures)

throughout the complete series.

Traditionally Ashtanga is practised 6 days a week, with Sunday being a day of rest. There are

two other rest days observed, new moon days and full moon days – affectionately called “moon

days” – these are days where a calmer practise (such as Yin), or a day of meditation is often

taken.

Kundalini

Kundalini Yoga is a powerful yogic tradition that is thousands of years old yet suited for today’s world, it’s challenges and it’s victories. It combines asana (postures) with pranayam (breath) and mantra (sacred sound). The word yoga means “to yoke, to unite.” Kundalini yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, and brings the mind, body and spirit into balance. Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. With regular practice, you become more aware of and live more from your authentic self.

Kundalini Yoga class follows this structure:

• Opening chant to tune in

• Breathing exercises / warm-up exercises  

• Kriya (dynamic yoga set) 

• Relaxation • Meditation 

• Closure  

 We invite you to experience the class with bare feet. Closing your eyes during class will help you stay within and experience the class more intensely. 

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Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga is designed to bring you to a state of deep relaxation. The class has an enormous ability to relieve physical and mental symptoms of stress, leaving you in a healthier state at the start. Our Relax and Restore is a great way to start your week.

Yin Yoga

Let your body, heart, and mind connect as you rest in a sequence of full-supported floor

postures, as we go into a deep gentle stretch. Listening to our bodies and beginning to

“hear” the many layers within us - the fascia, tendons, ligaments, nerves, vessels of all

kinds, right down to the bones and marrow of our being.

A focus and intention will be given to supporting and nourishing the tissues of the

physical body and energetic body. Delving deep with-in to meet ourselves without

manipulation or judgement, to honor where we are, and simply witness.

Join Emma as we come together in service to our mother earth and her children,

acknowledging our willingness to heal effects of the past and future, by bringing

awareness to present moment.