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5 Yoga Classes at NSWC (& Who They’re Meant For)

07/14/2014, 5:00am PDT
By Kelvin Cech

What type of yoga is right for you?

Yoga is a technical, measured and deliberate practice. The variations in different yoga classes may seem subtle at first, but the focus behind each type of session is completely different. 

Here’s the 5 yoga classes taught at the North Shore Winter Club. 

1. Power Yoga

The Focus

Relative to other yoga forms, power yoga takes the natural resistance of body weight and turns it into an invigorating, intense full body workout. Whereas other classes focus more on mental benefits, this class is a physical challenge to build muscle and increase overall functional strength.

Who is this class for? 

  • Minor hockey players
  • Competitive tennis players

Power yoga is for athletes who aren’t concerned with the mental side of yoga. For example, hockey players who want to work on strength and already have clearly defined goals, such as making a certain hockey team or developing their bodies in a certain way.


  • Mondays at 6:30pm
  • Guests & Members welcome

2. Stretch & Strength

The Focus

Borrowing elements of several yoga forms, Stretch & Strength yoga teaches students poses that require flexibility and balance to start and strength to maintain. Classes follow a logical progression - muscles and joints are loosened while strength components are slowly added. 

Who is this class for? 

  • Minor and adult hockey players
  • Bootcampers

Stretch & Strength incorporates more of the mental aspects of yoga - it requires concentration to maintain the mix of poses you’ll learn. Still relatively intense, Stretch & Strength is beneficial to adults who want to stay limber while building core strength and muscle in their abs, hips and back.


  • Mondays at 8:00pm
  • Guests & Members welcome

3. Flow Yoga & Vinyasa Flow Yoga

The Focus

Proper breathing is a large part of Flow yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Students are asked to move from one pose to another while breathing in and exhaling at certain times. Movements are synced up to students’ breathing to direct oxygen through the blood stream and into the brain in proper sequence. Flow Yoga focuses more on the transition between poses while keeping students in motion, Vinyasa focusses more on inhaling and exhaling properly.

Who is this class for? 

  • Retirees
  • Anyone who wants to ease stress

Both Flow and Vinyasa Flow are laid-back and somewhat unpredictable. These classes are diverse - the poses use a wide range of movements so your entire body will get a workout while learning how and when to breathe in and out. 


  • Flow Yoga: Wednesdays at 9:45am
  • Vinyasa Flow: Wednesdays at 8:00pm
  • Guests & members welcome

4. Hatha Yoga

The Focus

Hatha Yoga is how most people are introduced to yoga. Hatha yoga is really a collection of every form of yoga - you’ll learn poses from every type. Classes are basic, laid-back and hands-on so instructors can make sure you’re building a solid base of knowledge. Hatha classes incorporate simple, full-body stretches and basic breathing and relaxation routines.

Who is this class for? 

  • Yoga newbies
  • People who want the full range of yoga types


  • Fridays at 10:30am
  • Guests & members welcome

5. Deep Stretch & Relaxation

The Focus

Deep Stretch & Relaxation includes basically exactly what the title indicates: a complete range of poses, transitions and breathing techniques designed to return the body and mind to a state of total relaxation. With props such as cushions and straps, Deep Stretch & Relaxation supports joints and muscles to ensure safe and healthy movement.

Who is this class for? 

Anyone who has a busy week. Deep Stretch & Relaxation is taught on Fridays so people can enter the weekend refreshed and strong.


  • Fridays at 11:45am
  • Guests & members welcome

How Do I Join a Class?

Attending yoga classes at the North Shore Winter Club is easy. Just drop in at the front desk 15 minutes before your scheduled class and head to the Fitness Well Yoga Studio.

Come to class today!

photo credit: Nicholas_T via photopin cc

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