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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.