These yoga classes will aim at helping both beginners and ongoing participants to develop and maintain bodies and minds that are flexible, strong, and open to a healthy and joyful way of being in the moment. We may start sitting on the yoga mat or standing at the wall as we warm up the joints and stimulate the glands. Additional simple movements will prepare the body to attempt more traditional yoga postures. Alternative variations to each pose will be offered as an opportunity to challenge our limitations, move within our comfortable capacity, and adjust our practice to our own level of proficiency. Sensing the breath (life force) and practising simple breathing techniques will help quiet and stabilize the mind. A few moments of stillness will occur at the end of each class (Shavasana) to leave the student calm but energized. Remembering throughout the day the skills practised and the snippets of Yoga philosophy offered will hopefully help to maintain equanimity to support us through all of life’s ups and downs.
Lynnda Sharp has been a student of yoga for over 20 years and a certified senior instructor with the Yoga Association of Alberta since 2007. She has been teaching yoga extensively for the City of Edmonton, the YMCA, Alberta Health Services, at various workplaces and with private individuals. In addition, for the last ten years she has taught in seniors’ lodges. Yoga continues to change her life for the better.