Powell River Academy of Music

Yoga @ The Academy

Audrey Morrison, Certified YTT 300 hrs., offers gentle yoga classes for seniors and persons living with chronic pain of a muscular nature.  Audrey has an extensive background in the medical field and her classes are cued to ensure physical comfort and safety of each student.

Spring Session is FULL. Updates for Fall 2019 will be posted following the summer break.

Ananta Yoga classes are held in the lovely yoga space at the Academy of Music.  Each year, Audrey offers 12 week sessions for WINTER in the following yogic forms:

Audrey is offering the following classes for the above session:

Begins January 15th
*This 75 minutes class combines somatic Movement exercises as per the Thomas Hanna method, and gentle Hathy yoga poses to build Strenth, flexibility, Balance and Agility for healthy aging.
*Most work is done lying on the mat; students must be able to get down and up from the mat unassisted or using a chair for leverage.
*Audrey encourages use of yoga props and pose modifications to ensure participation for most levels of practice.
10:30 - 11:45 AM
January 16th
*This 75 minute class is a mix of many gentle yoga forms with a focus on Hatha yoga asana for healthy aging.
*You never know where Audrey may take you; her extensive yoga training and medical background combined with her propensity for props make for an ever-changing experience on the mat. Psoas you say?? Join us and find out!!!
5:30 - 6:45 PM
January 17th
*Adventure into the world of Yin Yoga; a passive, internal practice that uses long held poses, supported by props to access the deep connective tissues of the body - the tendons, ligaments, fascia tissue and the joints of the body that are not normally exercised in a more active style of yoga that works the muscles.
*Suitable for almost all levels of practice, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the more muscular of styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
*Yin Yoga generally targets the hips, pelvis and lower spine to help maintain range of motion in the joints and keep the tendons and ligaments hydrated and healthy as we age.
*You need to experience this to really know what Yin is all about!! After you have experienced it, even once, you will realize that you have been doing only half of the practice of Yoga.

Each 12 week session is $144 due at first class of the session.  No refunds for classes missed except in unusual circumstances.  Students may attend a make-up class for class(es) missed if space is available in another class.  Audrey allows for up to 2 classes to be subtracted from the cost of registration if a student has pre-made plans for travel, surgery, etc.  Please consult with Audrey prior to registration.  No drop-in spaces are available except upon request.

All props required for the class are supplied, however, if you have a personal yoga mat please bring that to class as practicing on double-thickness is a nice touch!

For more information, or to register or request wait/listing, call Audrey at (604)483-8939 or email her at yogasparks1@gmail.com
Currently the Wednesday class is fully enrolled; The Tuesday AM class has a few spaces left and the Yin Yoga class has 2 spaces available. Please register now.

 The word Somatics means "what it feels like to be in your body. "  When we habitually contract a muscle or group of muscles in response to stress or trauma due to accident, injury or surgery, and including emotional trauma, our brain  forgets how to relax these muscles.  This is called Sensory Motor Amnesia.   Through a series of gentle movements on the floor, Somatics works to re-train the brain to notice when we are holding tension in our muscles. This is the first step to being able to consciously release them.  With a regular practice, Somatics helps the body to regain ease of movement and reduce pain.
Yin yoga is a passive form of yoga targeting the deep connective tissues of the body - the tendons, ligaments and joints, including the fascia.  With age, we lose range of motion in joints due to these structures drying-up, shortening and losing integrity.    Yin yoga targets the area from the navel to the knees, using long-held poses supported by props; mostly working with lower back, hips and knees.  If you are relatively active, your muscles are getting the workout they need, but rarely do we stress the deep connective tissues of the body to keep them healthy.  Yin Yoga does this.
Hatha yoga is that form with which most of us associate a yoga practice.  Hatha works the muscles of the body to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance and agility.
All classes begin with a short period of breath awareness, a mindfulness practice to quiet the breath and the chanting of "OM", the universal sound that creates vibration in the body at the cellular level.  Students may participate or choose to sit quietly on their mat during this time.