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Deepen your yoga practice with dedicated learning opportunities. Whether you are seeking an approach to yoga that works for your body, or you want to focus on a specific area like postures and breathing, yoga philosophy, yoga ayurveda or self-care, we’ve got a teacher who wants to dive deep with you! Our staff are passionate life-long learners who love to share approachable practices with their students.

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  • VIRTUAL Prenatal Yoga

    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate

    Prenatal yoga will leave you feeling strong, relaxed, and more connected to yourself and your baby. Be supported by a community as you learn ways to prepare your body and mind for birth. Through breathing techniques and active and resting yoga poses, you will feel more empowered and comfortable in your pregnant body.
    Beginners welcome.

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the VIRTUAL option, you will attend all sessions online (via livestream in Zoom). If you prefer to have the option to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO listing of this course, but be aware that in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Wed, May 25 – Wed, Jun 29
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Kendra
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  • IN-STUDIO Prenatal Yoga

    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate

    Prenatal yoga will leave you feeling strong, relaxed, and more connected to yourself and your baby. Be supported by a community as you learn ways to prepare your body and mind for birth. Through breathing techniques and active and resting yoga poses, you will feel more empowered and comfortable in your pregnant body.
    Beginners welcome.

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the IN-STUDIO option, you may choose to attend each session in-person or online. If you prefer to attend all sessions online, please register for the VIRTUAL listing of this course as in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Wed, May 25 – Wed, Jun 29
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Kendra
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  • VIRTUAL Parent & Peanut

    $120+hst Community Supporter | $105+hst Standard Rate | $90+hst Subsidized Rate

    Come practice yoga with your baby in a supportive environment and learn exercises to address and heal common core challenges after childbirth. This is a 6-week, pre-registered course for parents/caretakers and their babies. A great way to enjoy some gentle exercise to take care of your body and connect with your baby and a community of other parents. Beginners welcome. This class is not suitable for toddlers, or very mobile babies.

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the VIRTUAL option, you will attend all sessions online (via livestream in Zoom). If you prefer to have the option to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO listing of this course, but be aware that in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Thu, May 26 – Thu, Jun 30
    10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    with Rebecca
    Register Now

  • IN-STUDIO Parent & Peanut

    $120+hst Community Supporter | $105+hst Standard Rate | $90+hst Subsidized Rate

    Come practice yoga with your baby in a supportive environment and learn exercises to address and heal common core challenges after childbirth. This is a 6-week, pre-registered course for parents/caretakers and their babies. A great way to get out of the house with your little one and enjoy some gentle exercise to take care of your body and connect with your baby and a community of other parents. Beginners welcome. This class is not suitable for toddlers, or very mobile babies.

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the IN-STUDIO option, you may choose to attend each session in-person or online. If you prefer to attend all sessions online, please register for the VIRTUAL listing of this course as in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Thu, May 26 – Thu, Jun 30
    10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    with Rebecca
    Register Now

  • IN-STUDIO TRE Deep Dive: Exploring Interventions
    $85+hst Community Supporter | $65+hst Standard Rate | $45+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Gather for an afternoon of gently inviting your TRE practice into new depths and places. Certified TRE Provider Leslie Stokman will be offering some thoughts about why, how and when to invite self-touch interventions into your TRE practice. As a group, we’ll try a few simple ways to broaden your experience or make it more subtle, using your breath and some familiar yoga and self-massage tools. Come enjoy an afternoon of two tremoring sessions, and facilitated coregulation and togetherness.

    Prerequisite: existing TRE experience and ability to self regulate your tremors. No abdominal surgery in the last 3 months.

     

     

    Sun, Jun 5
    2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    with Leslie
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  • IN-STUDIO TRE for Athletes
    $170+hst Community Supporter | $145+hst Standard Rate | $120+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Are you feeling tight all over, or especially in your hips? Join Leslie for a four-week course of Tension Release Exercises specifically designed for athletes and folks who keep active. TRE can help rebalance bodily tension, release stress from overtraining, process pent-up energy and support recovery. Through TRE, participants often report feeling more flexibility, vitality, ease, and resilience in their physical, mental, and emotional lives.

    The technique of TRE induces a type of shaking or vibration in your body called neurogenic tremors - these are a natural and innate function involving the connection between your muscles, connective tissue and nervous system. Unlike the tremors you may have experienced during intense physical effort, these tremors take place in a state of ease and relaxation. Sessions will focus on developing and regulating these self-induced and therapeutic tremors, practicing mindful presence with your experience, and beginning to explore purposeful self-intervention for muscular relaxation.

    Leslie Stokman is a Certified TRE Provider, trained and supervised by Joan McDonald. She practices TRE several times per week, and loves to share it with others for the sense of aliveness that it brings.

    Note: TRE is contraindicated for you if you have had abdominal surgery in the last few months. Individuals with certain psychiatric conditions will also be outside Leslie’s scope of practice as a Certified TRE Provider. Questions can be directed to leslie@thebranchesyoga.com

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include a set of on-demand video practices, lectures and resources specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person only courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes or will be postponed, depending on the nature of the practice (no refunds).

    Mon, Jun 6 – Mon, Jun 27
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    with Leslie
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  • VIRTUAL 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga
    In partnership with SPECTRUM, the free 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga Group will meet once per month (on the second or third Sunday depending upon holidays) at The Branches studio and online for a beginner’s level yoga experience. No previous yoga experience is required and this is a space for EVERY body. This is an exclusive space for 2SLGBTQ+-identified people and trans and non-binary folks are especially encouraged to join us.

    Reserve your spot online at least 30 minutes in advance. We will email you the link to join about 20 minutes before class time.

    Sun, Jun 12
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
    Register Now
    Sun, Jul 10
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
    Register Now
    Sun, Aug 21
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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  • IN-STUDIO 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga
    In partnership with SPECTRUM, the free 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga Group will meet once per month (on the second or third Sunday depending upon holidays) at The Branches studio for a beginner’s level yoga experience. No previous yoga experience is required and this is a space for EVERY body. This is an exclusive space for 2SLGBTQ+-identified people and trans and non-binary folks are especially encouraged to join us.
     
    If you prefer to join us online, or are unsure if you will be able to attend, please register for the VIRTUAL listing as in-person spots are limited.
     
    The Branches Yoga is located close to downtown Kitchener at 9 Samuel St, Kitchener, ON N2H 1N9, one block from the intersection of Frederick and Lancaster.

    Please note that the space is not yet wheelchair accessible, though there are plans to install a ramp to the front door in the near future. The main floor practice space is five steps up from street level. We apologize for this lack of accessibility.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Sun, Jun 12
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
    Register Now

  • VIRTUAL SEAT - YTT Info Session

    Bring your questions and curiosities about our Yoga Teacher Training program to this info session (which you can attend either in-person or virtually). Meet our core faculty and chat with other prospective students. Before the session, you'll receive an email with a promo code to attend one free drop-in class in April. We suggest you make a night of it, and attend the 6pm Slow Flow class just before the info session.

    By registering for the VIRTUAL HYBRID option, you will attend the Info Session online (via livestream in Zoom). If you prefer to have the option to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO HYBRID listing, but be aware that in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, the workshop will take place via livestream.

    Thu, Jun 16
    7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
    with Leslie
    Register Now

  • IN-STUDIO SEAT - YTT Info Session

    Bring your questions and curiosities about our Yoga Teacher Training program to this info session (which you can attend either in-person or virtually). Meet our core faculty and chat with other prospective students. Before the session, you'll receive an email with a promo code to attend one free drop-in class in April. We suggest you make a night of it, and attend the 6pm Slow Flow class just before the info session.

    By registering for the IN-STUDIO HYBRID option, you may choose to attend the session in-person or online. If you know you want to attend the session online, please register for the VIRTUAL HYBRID listing as in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, the workshop will take place via livestream.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Thu, Jun 16
    7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
    with Leslie
    Register Now

  • IN-STUDIO Handstands Playshop
    Workshop Fee $25

    Do you want to try kicking up into handstand but are not sure where to start? Or are you curious about how to build the strength and balance to move your handstand further away from the wall? This workshop will give you time and space to explore the world of being upside down. We will look at the foundation for handstands: how to align wrists, forearms, and fingers, and practice strength-building exercises for the arms, shoulders, and core. You’ll leave with lots to practice in order to build endurance and balance over time. Excellent for students with a current handstand practice and for students new to the art of inversions.

    At least 4 months of regular yoga practice is recommended. Not an appropriate workshop for complete beginners or for students with major wrist issues or injuries.


    Sat, Jun 18
    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    with Carin
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  • VIRTUAL Intro to Yoga
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate 

    *the May 9-Jun 20 session will NOT meet on May 23

    Our pre-registered Intro to Yoga courses are great for brand new beginners, those restarting their practice after a long break, and anyone new to practicing alignment-based yoga.

    The focus is on standing poses and key principles of alignment to increase strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility. Intro to Yoga classes will build progressively from week to week to empower you to move deeper into your practice in a safe and consistent way. Classes also incorporate breathing techniques and restorative poses to release tension and reduce stress.

    Brand-new beginners welcome!

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the VIRTUAL option, you will attend all sessions online (via livestream in Zoom). If you prefer to have the option to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO listing of this course, but be aware that in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Tue, Jun 21 – Tue, Jul 26
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    with Wendy
    Register Now

  • IN-STUDIO Intro to Yoga
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate 

    *the May 9-Jun 20 session will NOT meet on May 23
     
    Our pre-registered Intro to Yoga courses are great for brand new beginners, those restarting their practice after a long break, and anyone new to practicing alignment-based yoga.
     
    The focus is on standing poses and key principles of alignment to increase strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility. Intro to Yoga classes will build progressively from week to week to empower you to move deeper into your practice in a safe and consistent way. Classes also incorporate breathing techniques and restorative poses to release tension and reduce stress.
     
    Brand-new beginners welcome!
     

    Course Format: This course includes 6 interactive weekly sessions and will be offered in a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. By registering for the IN-STUDIO option, you may choose to attend each session in-person or online. If you prefer to attend all sessions online, please register for the VIRTUAL listing of this course as in-person spots are limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this course will pivot entirely to virtual livestream sessions via Zoom and course fees will not be refunded.

    Course participants also receive access to a virtual course portal that will include recordings of the live-streamed classes and a set of on-demand video practices specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days.

    Information on how to join the live sessions and access the course materials will be sent a day or two before the course begins.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Tue, Jun 21 – Tue, Jul 26
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    with Wendy
    Register Now

  • OUTDOOR 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga
    In partnership with SPECTRUM, the free 2SLGBTQ+ Yoga Group will meet once per month (on the second or third Sunday depending upon holidays) at The Branches studio for a beginner’s level yoga experience. No previous yoga experience is required and this is a space for EVERY body. This is an exclusive space for 2SLGBTQ+-identified people and trans and non-binary folks are especially encouraged to join us.

    If you prefer to join us online, or are unsure if you will be able to attend, please register for the VIRTUAL listing as in-person spots are limited.

    ** Outdoor classes will automatically move inside if the weather is bad. Please reserve your spot at least 30 minutes in advance.

    The Branches Yoga is located close to downtown Kitchener at 9 Samuel St, Kitchener, ON N2H 1N9, one block from the intersection of Frederick and Lancaster. This class will take place outside, on our back deck. Please note that the space is not wheelchair accessible, the practice space is five steps up from street level. We apologize for this lack of accessibility. 

    Sun, Jul 10
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
    Register Now
    Sun, Aug 21
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
    Register Now

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ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP & COURSE FORMATS:

Drop-in passes and memberships do not apply to courses and workshops. Each course or workshop must be registered for separately

Courses: Our courses inlcude 4-6 interactive, weekly sessions. This approach allows for a progressive experience and/or a deeper exploration of topics. In addition, course participants receive access to a virtual course portal that includes recordings of any live-streamed classes, and a set of on-demand video practices and other learning materials specially selected to complement the course. To allow plenty of time to explore these offerings, all participants will have access to the course portal for 90 days. All participants will recieve an email a day or two before the course begins with information on studio policies, how to join a class virtually, and how to access the course portal.

Hybrid Courses - Many of our courses have the option to join in-studio or virtually, so be sure to read the course title & description carefully when you sign up. By registering for the IN-STUDIO option of a hybrid course, you may choose to attend each session in-person or online. If you prefer to attend all the sessions online, please register for the VIRTUAL listing of the course as in-person spots are limited.

In-Studio Courses - Courses with only an IN-STUDIO listing will not include a virtual participation option, and class sessions will not be recorded.

Workshops: Our workshops are single modules that either introduce a concept that supports your regular practice, or dives deep into a special topic to stoke your curiosity. Workshops come with additional take-home handouts and video replay access to solidify your learning.

**In the event of a mandated shut down due to COVID, workshops courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes or will be postponed, depending on the nature of the practice. Registration fees will not be refunded.

Some of our past offerings:

COURSES

Prenatal Yoga
Yoga for Round Bodies
Meditation for Resilient Living
Beyond Flexibility: Mobility for Yoga & Athletics
Yoga for Trauma Recovery

WORKSHOPS

Free Your Feet
Strength & Fun with Resistance Bands
Building A Home Practice
Peace In, Peace Out: Pranayama and Breath
Downward Dog in Depth

Cancellation & Refund Policies

These policies apply to courses and workshops that are valued at $150 or less (before taxes). 

Fees will be returned as follows:

With notice of 7 days or longer:  100% studio credit -or- a refund less a $15 fee.

With notice of 6 days to 24 hours:  50% studio credit

No refunds of any kind will be given for no-shows or for less than 24 hours notice.

If you contact us in advance to make arrangements to have a friend take your spot, we may be able to adjust which type of refund you are eligible for. Except in extenuating circumstances, no refunds of any kind will be granted if notice is given once the course or workshop has begun.

These policies apply to retreats, workshops, or intensives which are 5 hours or longer and/or valued at $150 or higher (before taxes). Does not apply to YTT.

Fees will be returned as follows:

With notice of 30 days or longer: 100% studio credit -or- 75% refund of the total value of the program which has been paid or is due.

With notice of 29 days to 7 days in advance: 75% studio credit -or- 50% refund of the total value of the program which has been paid or is due.

No credit or refunds will be given for no-shows or for less than 7 days notice.

Contact us in advance to make arrangements to have a friend take your spot, and we may be able to adjust which type of refund you are eligible for. Except for extenuating circumstances, no refunds of any kind will be granted if notice is given once the retreat, long workshop, or intensive has begun.