Yin Yang Vinyasa

The perfect class to come to right after your big day on the mountain. Yin Yang Vinyasa plays with the balance between strength/flexibility, heating/cooling, and active/relaxing. The goal is to cultivate energy, but also to instill a deep sense of peace.

The first half of the practice will incorporate Yang (movement) Vinyasa, with poses focusing on energizing and building heat. The second half will ease into Yin (stillness), a slow & deep practice that takes the time to stretch the connective tissues in the hips, thighs, and lower spine.

 


Pre-Ski Yoga

Warm-up your body for skiing/boarding with this shorter yet thorough 40-minute morning class. Build your strength, train your balance, and feel more confident on your first run down the mountain.

This practice ends at 8 am so there is plenty of time to grab a quick breakfast and be in line for first lift (we are located footsteps from the Ace Family Lift). Snow sports are demanding on the body; through yoga learn how to better prepare your mind and body so you can fully enjoy Niseko’s world-famous powder snow.

 


Morning Yoga

Experience the benefits of waking up to yoga! Set yourself up for a great day with this 75-minute practice designed to wake up the body and target all the places that might need a little extra life breathed into them after a night of sleep.

We’ll begin with a short meditation, followed by simple, energizing breathing exercises, and the remainder will be a slow yet steady asana practice. Learn how to salute the sun, flow through fun yet challenging standing postures, and finish with a cool-down and full-body stretch.

Be prepared to leave with an open heart, invigorated body & spirit, and a calm, peaceful mind!

 

 


Yoga Stretch

Everybody needs to stretch more, especially if you are active in snow sports! Yoga Stretch is designed for all levels and abilities with a slow, accessible pace, and with most of the poses done while seated. This practice inspired by “Yin” yoga, so simple poses with longer holds to stretch the dense connective tissue of the lower back, hips, and spine.

We will use lots of props (blocks, straps, cushions, rollers, and balls) so you can relax, feel supported, and get deeper into the body. Students are offered the opportunity to surrender, slow down and come back to balance. Throughout the long holds, there is a strong focus on the breath, staying present in the moment, and letting go of tension.

 


Power

A more athletic style of yoga practice, this fun and challenging class will have you moving, sweating and breathing like you never have before. With a creative and eclectic mix of traditional and innovative yoga postures, get ready to play with and flow through many asanas with a powerful approach and attitude.

Each class is designed to create a stronger core in the student’s body. This in turn will help to prevent injury, build strength, release tension, and create more flexibility and stamina. Prepare to discover muscles you didn’t know you had!

 


Flow

This class will get you breathing, moving and inspired. We’ll begin by slowing it right down to establish a strong connection with our breath, and from there the sequences will focus on weaving all our movements with the breath.

If you’re looking for an all around feel-good class, this is the one for you. We will flow, strengthen, and tone the entire body. This practice is open to all levels and abilities; we will always provide different options to keep it more relaxed or really amp it up.

 


Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It has a focus on the core which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. Your core is the area between your shoulders and your pelvis (without your arms and legs) and encompasses all the muscles within this area. The essential intrinsic core muscles are your Transverse Abdominus, Pelvic Floor and Multifidus muscles which we learn to train as part of the Pilates method.

Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. It can be used to progress individuals through movements that represent their day-to-day activities. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.

 


Yoga into Meditation

In today’s busy, ever-demanding world, we find ourselves constantly running around, unable to slow down and take care of ourselves. Our incessant busyness can make us run near empty. Meditation is the key to taking time for ourselves to “fill up” our tanks, avoid burn-out, and learn how to really take care of our mental health. It also enhances energy gain from inner sources, helps one to live a more discipline life, cultivates good habits, improves concentration, provides emotional stability, and helps give more meaning to life.

This class will begin with some gentle yoga sequences to stretch the body out and prepare it for meditation. By taking time to move and lengthen the big muscle groups of the body you are setting yourself up for the best chance at sitting still for longer periods of time. During the second half of the class students will get a chance to practice three different meditation exercises, with the opportunity to move and stretch a little between each one. Each exercise is simple and easy to take home and practice on one’s own in hopes students will soon be able to cultivate a daily personal meditation practice.

 


BootCamp

Stay fit over the winter with this high-intensity class. Bootcamp uses a variety of bodyweight exercises to give an all over workout.

It is a fun and challenging class, you and other boot campers can team together to push yourselves beyond your limits, challenging not only your body but your mind. It is a great all over workout suitable for all fitness levels.

 


Dance

Research shows dancing has major health perks. Like any good, low-impact cardio workout, dancing improves cardiovascular health, increases stamina, strengthens bones & muscles, and staves off illnesses. It also feels good to the soul, and improves your mental health by boosting your overall happiness.
Throughout the winter Powder Yoga will host various teachers who will share their dance specialty over a progressive set of sessions. Every few weeks there will be a different beginner class, introducing many styles such as: salsa, rueda, hip hop, chair dance, contemporary, ballet, and more.
With every dance step, free your mind and body! Step out of your regular world for an hour and connect with yourself on the dance floor. Uplift your spirits, sweat it out, develop new friendships, gain confidence, and most of all: have fun 🙂

 

 

 

 

*if you are a new Powder Yoga student, please arrive early to your class in order to have time to sign-in, and let the teacher know if you are working with any injuries, health concerns, or any other limitations.