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Specialty Yoga to Expand Your Practice

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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  • Thu, Dec 2 – Thu, Dec 2
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    with Nicole
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    Wed, Jan 19 – Wed, Feb 23
    5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
    with Nicole
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    IN-STUDIO Adaptive Yoga
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate 
     
    Have you ever felt like flow yoga classes just don’t work for your wrists, knees, body size, or ability, yet you want to challenge your capacity beyond the borders of a gentle yoga practice? Adaptive Yoga meets you where you’re at. Rather than learning one-size-fits all poses and scrambling to keep up with an intense pace, this class will empower you with ways to adapt yoga poses and pacing to what works for your body. Adaptive Yoga can include soothing practices, as well as more active and vigorous sequences that are offered to accommodate your specific needs.

    We’ll share creative ways to use props such as chairs and yoga blocks, and we’ll build strength and flexibility slowly and progressively. For example, this class will include lots of standing postures, but options to use support from a chair or wall will be taught. You’ll learn alternatives to weight-bearing on the hands or kneeling if those areas are challenging or painful for you.

    This course is taught by an experienced teacher who can skillfully share options to a wide range of body sizes and abilities and help you grow within your own limitations.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Wed, Dec 1 – Wed, Jan 12
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Julie
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    Wed, Jan 19 – Wed, Feb 23
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Julie
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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, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Thu, Dec 9 – Thu, Jan 27
    1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    with Julie
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    Thu, Feb 3 – Thu, Mar 10
    1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    with Julie
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    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, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine  requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Mon, Feb 28 – Mon, Apr 4
    5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
    with Carol
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    IN-STUDIO Yoga for Round Bodies
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate

    This course will offer clear and thoughtful modifications of poses for students with round bodies to make more of the poses and sequences of yoga accessible and doable.
    Great for beginners and intermediate students, this course is aimed at creating a comfortable environment in which to build strength, flexibility, and balance, specifically with the round body in mind. This class is not about weight loss, but about honouring our bodies and creating an environment where all bodies can do all yoga postures. Beginners welcome.

    Please note that this class takes place in our ground floor studio. While we are hoping to be fully accessible with a ramp eventually, there are currently seven steps to enter our building. We apologize for this lack of accessibility. 

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Tue, Jan 18 – Tue, Feb 22
    5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
    with Danette
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    IN-STUDIO Mindful Movement & Meditation
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    This is an exploratory class offering gentle movement and mindfulness meditation practice. Each 60-min class will begin with movement and stretches to release tension and bring more awareness of the body. Preparatory movements will be followed by the opportunity for stillness, including both guided and independent meditation. Practice will conclude with a gentle restorative posture where you can relax and continue to explore meditative practices.
    Beginners and those with an existing meditation practice are welcome.

    Please note that this class takes place in our ground floor studio. While we are hoping to be fully accessible with a ramp eventually, there are currently seven steps to enter our building. We apologize for this lack of accessibility. 

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Wed, Dec 1 – Wed, Jan 12
    5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
    with Nicole
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    Mon, Jan 10 – Mon, Feb 14
    5:45 PM – 6:45 PM
    with Carol
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    Tue, Jan 25 – Tue, Mar 1
    7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Nadine
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    IN-STUDIO Intro to Yoga
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate 
     
    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, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through Feb 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sun, Dec 12
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Sara
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    Sun, Jan 9
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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    Sun, Feb 13
    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.
     
    In order to ensure compliance with COVID protocols participants will need to register in advance to attend. The Branches will also require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. Please see our website for our full COVID-19 policies.

    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.




  • Sun, Dec 12
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Sara
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    Sun, Jan 9
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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    Sun, Feb 13
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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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.


  • Fri, Dec 3
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Nicole
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    Fri, Dec 17
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Marg
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    Sun, Dec 19
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Carol
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    Sun, Dec 26
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Emma
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    Fri, Dec 31
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Linda
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    Sat, Jan 1
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Marg
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    Sun, Jan 2
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Leslie
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    Fri, Jan 21
    8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    with Nicole
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    IN-STUDIO Candlelit Restorative Yoga ($25)
    Have you been moving too fast? Our Candle Restorative class is an opportunity for slowing down, deep rejuvenation, and self-care. Restorative yoga is a practice of resting in comfortable, supported poses with props such as bolsters and blankets. These shapes can help the body, mind, and breath to calm and relax.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Nov 27
    12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening IN-STUDIO Dynamic Flow
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative

    Dynamic Flow
    For those who want to move actively, build strength and flexibility, and cultivate mindfulness and focus. Class ends with 5 minutes of relaxation to leave you feeling refreshed. Suitable for fit beginners.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Nov 27
    12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening VIRTUAL Dynamic Flow
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative

    Dynamic Flow
    For those who want to move actively, build strength and flexibility, and cultivate mindfulness and focus. Class ends with 5 minutes of relaxation to leave you feeling refreshed. Suitable for fit beginners.

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


  • Sat, Nov 27
    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening IN-STUDIO Essentials
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative

    Essentials
    Informative and upbeat, this class focuses on fundamental poses and simple transitions to help cultivate strength and flexibility. This class maintains an active but moderate pace. Great for beginners and those wanting to review and refine their understanding.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Nov 27
    1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening VIRTUAL Essentials
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative

    Essentials
    Informative and upbeat, this class focuses on fundamental poses and simple transitions to help cultivate strength and flexibility. This class maintains an active but moderate pace. Great for beginners and those wanting to review and refine their understanding.

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


  • Sat, Nov 27
    2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening IN-STUDIO Slow Flow
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative
    Slow Flow
    Nourishing and calming, Slow Flow focuses on mindful movement and an introspective attitude. This class maintains an active but unrushed pace and is great for those who want to soften their focus on details and simply enjoy moving.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Nov 27
    2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening VIRTUAL Slow Flow
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative
    Slow Flow
    Nourishing and calming, Slow Flow focuses on mindful movement and an introspective attitude. This class maintains an active but unrushed pace and is great for those who want to soften their focus on details and simply enjoy moving.

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


  • Sat, Nov 27
    3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening IN-STUDIO Restorative
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative
    Restorative
    A slow and nourishing class of gentle and supported resting poses. Relax through gentle movement, then rest deeply into our soft bolsters and blankets. The focus of this class is on mindfulness and calming the nervous system, which may improve breathing, increase flexibility, reduce stress, and improve overall health and well-being.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Nov 27
    3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
    with Various
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    Grand Reopening VIRTUAL Restorative
    Grand Reopening and Holiday Market
    Saturday, November 27th, 11:30am-4:30pm
    Come celebrate our brand new, and fully renovated location. Local vendors and artists, plant sale, yoga prop sale and yoga & movement classes.

    45 minute classes. Join us In-Person or Virtually!
    Sliding scale, $5-15 each with all proceeds going to fund our accessibility ramp.

    • 12:30pm- Dynamic Flow
    • 1:30pm- Essentials
    • 2:30pm- Slow Flow
    • 3:30pm- Restorative
    Restorative
    A slow and nourishing class of gentle and supported resting poses. Relax through gentle movement, then rest deeply into our soft bolsters and blankets. The focus of this class is on mindfulness and calming the nervous system, which may improve breathing, increase flexibility, reduce stress, and improve overall health and well-being.

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


  • Mon, Nov 29 – Mon, Dec 20
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Leslie
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    VIRTUAL Moving with Ease - Tensegrity Repair Series
    $125+hst Community Supporter | $95+hst Standard Rate | $65+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Experience moving with greater ease and fluidity with The Tensegrity Repair Series. A portmanteau of tension and integrity, tensegrity in your body means a balanced amount of tension, appropriate tone, and just enough strength to support spacious and buttery-smooth movement. Practicing this series will help you investigate the subtle state of your connective tissue and joints, and take nourishing action to repair imbalances gradually.

    The series takes place entirely on the ground, and moves at a gentle and approachable pace, so it’s highly welcoming to beginners and to those with mobility challenges. Only a few props are needed for this gentle and soothing practice. You can look forward to feeling integrated and relaxed after each session.

    Course instructor Leslie Stokman trained to teach the Tensegrity Repair Series in 2016 with Trudy Austin, who in turn learned it from its synthesizing creator, Gioia Irwin.

    Course Format: included in the course are 4 interactive livestream sessions, plus several pre-recorded videos to support you in your solo practice. You will have access to all session recordings and videos for 90 days.

    Tech Requirements: A computer or tablet, plus an internet connection are required to participate. A webcam and microphone are recommended in order to interact with the teacher during Livestream sessions. Our online platform is very user-friendly, and we will provide you with instructions for getting started a couple days before your course begins.

     


  • Sun, Dec 5
    1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    with Leslie
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    Mon, Feb 28 – Mon, Mar 28
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Leslie
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    IN-STUDIO Integrating Stress & Tension with TRE
    $170+hst Community Supporter | $145+hst Standard Rate | $120+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Join Leslie for a four-week courseof experiential learning about TRE: Tension & Trauma Release Exercises. This self-healing practice can help you to rebalance or soften excess tension, complete stress responses, and let go of pent-up energy. Through TRE, participants often report feeling more vitality, ease, flow, groundedness and resilience in their physical, mental, and emotional lives.

    The technique of TRE will induce shaking or vibrations in your body called neurogenic tremors, which are a natural and innate function that involves the connection between your muscles, connective tissue and nervous system. While many adults have forgotten about or suppressed this intrinsic capacity to move through stress, other animals tremor quite naturally after stressful or traumatic events.

    Our sessions will focus on developing and regulating these self-induced and therapeutic tremors, practicing mindful presence with your experience, and an approachable overview of nervous system theory to help you make some meaning of this wonderful ability we all share. We will also explore complimentary grounding strategies to support your TRE practice. In addition to our shared time, you’ll receive a custom playlist of videos through Branches On-Demand that will support your ongoing home practice.

    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 and groundedness 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

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Tue, Dec 7 – Tue, Jan 18
    7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Marg
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    Thu, Feb 24 – Thu, Mar 31
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Marg
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    IN-STUDIO Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Using simple yoga postures, breath awareness, meditation, and mindfulness, this course aims to help you deepen your mind/body connection. The act of releasing physical tension and moving your body in new ways can help you move through stuck emotions, create new mental patterns, and bring new awareness into your life.
    Each week the class will gradually build upon a set of basic yoga postures, appropriate for all levels and abilities. Through the postures, breathing, and meditative exercises, you’ll learn more about your body’s responses to stress. You may discover techniques that help manage mental/emotional patterns and increase groundedness, calmness, and emotional well-being.
     
    Beginners welcome. Bring a notebook and something to write with!
     
    Our classes are intended to be a complement to, but not a replacement for, professional mental health support.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Tue, Dec 21
    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Natasha
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    IN-STUDIO Solstice Restorative Yoga & Sound Bath ($30)
    The winter solstice invites us to embrace the darkness by slowing down to turn inward and to rest. This sweet and soothing class will combine comfortable restorative yoga poses with the deep healing potential of sound healing. The singing bowls in harmony with the rich rhythms of the frame drum, can help lull you into a deeper brain wave state where the body-mind-spirit can come into balance. By using breath awareness, felt senses, and the relaxing rhythms and resonances of the drum and bowls, Natasha will guide you on a journey throughout your inner landscapes.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events.. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Jan 8
    2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    with Natasha
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    IN-STUDIO Ritual & Renewal: Welcoming the New Year
    led by Natasha Allain
     
    Sliding Scale Pricing: $75+hst Community Supporter | $65+hst Standard Rate | $55+hst Subsidized Rate

    Release the past year, connect in community, and set powerful intentions for the year ahead in this special workshop. This is an in-person workshop, with bonus home practice materials. On New Year's Day you’ll receive access to a home practice package which includes meditation and restorative yoga videos, and journaling exercises. Then on January 8th, gather for practice in our beautiful studio. The afternoon will start with an opening circle and a Slow Flow style yoga asana practice interspersed with intention setting, ritual and reflection. The afternoon will conclude with rest and renewal through restorative yoga and a sound bath.

    All levels welcome. Access the home practice package until January 31.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Mon, Jan 10 – Mon, Feb 14
    10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
    with Linda
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    IN-STUDIO Chair Yoga: Basics & Beyond for Older Adults
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Have you been wondering how to get started on a yoga practice? You can begin yoga classes at any age and notice tremendous improvements to your mobility. You may find more ease in walking, going up and down stairs, moving around, and balancing.

    In this 6-week course, we will start out with gentle stretches and simple poses while seated in a chair, spending brief periods standing with the support of a wall or chair. We will gradually progress to learning more poses which can strengthen and improve your alignment and the functioning of various joints. Each individual will have options to progress at their own pace and according to their own ability, which may include doing more standing poses, but will not involve kneeling or getting up and down from the mat.

    If you want to try yoga and see what it has to offer you, this course gives you a wonderful place to start! This course will be taught by an experienced teacher who tried her first yoga class in her sixties and feels very passionate about sharing the benefits she has enjoyed with others.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Mon, Jan 10 – Mon, Feb 14
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Leslie
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    IN-STUDIO Upper Body Mobility
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate

    Are you yearning to reach overhead with comfort, bear weight on your hands with ease, progress your handstand or arm balance poses, or find your grip strength? These movements all require upper body joints that move well, and upper body muscles that can handle the load. Including a focus on your middle back, neck, shoulders, elbows and hands, this course will take you on a journey towards greater range of motion, suppleness and strength in your upper body. No capacity will be left unexplored! Prepare to learn a lot about your body, work hard, and probably get a few muscle cramps along the way, all in the name of upper body mobility.

    Leslie is passionate about mobility work as a way to increase freedom of movement in everyday life. She’ll be drawing upon her study with Cecily Milne of Yoga Detour, with Functional Anatomy Seminars (FRC & Kinstretch) under Dr Andreo Spina and his team, and her own experience with strength conditioning and rock climbing. Leslie is fascinated by the way human bodies work, and loves to share this curiosity and enthusiasm with her students, exploring key concepts that support the hard physical work of creating usable ranges of motion.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Thu, Jan 13 – Thu, Feb 17
    8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Nicole
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    IN-STUDIO BIPOC Yoga for Trauma Recovery
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    This course is for Black, Indigenous and Racialized individuals who are on a path to recovering from physical or emotional trauma. The class aims to give participants tools to understand how trauma affects the body and to let go of trauma stored in the body through movement. Trauma may seem like a loaded word, but it is something that affects many of us through major losses, accidents, violence, or other major life stresses.

    The practice will consist of gentle movements, simple postures, and breath awareness. These elements of traditional hatha yoga are modified to build a trauma survivor’s sense of empowerment and cultivate a more positive relationship to one's body. Everything in this course is optional and beginner-friendly.

    This course is based on the evidence-based methodology of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. While taught by a Registered Psychotherapist, the course itself is not Group Therapy. As an adjunctive therapy, the course is not intended as a replacement for working with a qualified therapist.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Jan 22
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    with Carin
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    IN-STUDIO Take Flight: a Playshop Exploring Arm Balances ($25)
    Most humans balance on their feet, but arm balances can be a playful way to strengthen our bodies and our minds. This workshop will explore ways to progress into challenging poses in manageable stages. We’ll explore fun variations of arm balances and all kinds of access points for your own version of "taking flight."

    4+ months of previous yoga experience recommended. Not an appropriate course for beginners or for students with major wrist issues or injuries.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Jan 22
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    with Carin
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    VIRTUAL Take Flight: a Playshop Exploring Arm Balances ($25)
    Most humans balance on their feet, but arm balances can be a playful way to strengthen our bodies and our minds. This workshop will explore ways to progress into challenging poses in manageable stages. We’ll explore fun variations of arm balances and all kinds of access points for your own version of "taking flight."

    4+ months of previous yoga experience recommended. Not an appropriate course for beginners or for students with major wrist issues or injuries.

    Tech Requirements: A computer or tablet, plus an internet connection are required to participate. A webcam and microphone are recommended in order to interact with the teacher during Livestream sessions. We will send you an email with the link to the live zoom session approximately 15 min before the workshop begins.

  • Sat, Jan 29
    1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    with Leslie
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    IN-STUDIO Chill Behaviour: A Day-Retreat
    Are you feeling overworked and overly busy? Do you find yourself trying to rest, but end up spinning your wheels in a “tired but wired” state, often glued to a screen? Give yourself a full afternoon of refuge at the Branches, and come explore a variety of low-to-moderately stimulating practices for cultivating deep rest.

    In this day retreat, you’ll be invited to try body-and-mind focused practices like Slow Flow Yoga, grounding strategies, self-massage and stretching, the Tensegrity Repair Series, breathwork, structured journaling, and guided contemplation, finishing with a candlelit Restorative Yoga practice. Leslie will also provide a helpful framework about how the human nervous system works when it comes to stress and relaxation, and what you can do to support its function. Plus, we’ll share a deluxe and delicious catered snack break.

    In addition to a day of community and the intentional space for practice, you’ll also get to take home a guided journaling booklet, music playlists to enrich your soundscapes, and 30 days access to a custom playlist of practice videos to provide continued guidance and support for your home practice.

    Chill Behaviour is Leslie’s catch-all term for the mix of gentle activities that emphasize presence, slowness, and grounding. Born out of casual conversation a few years ago, Chill Behaviour first emerged as a concept in the workplace culture of the Branches in response to sensing our own need to slow down the hustle and embrace the being mode.

    Beginners and not-naturally-chill people very welcome!

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Thu, Feb 3 – Thu, Mar 10
    5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
    with Marg
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    IN-STUDIO Asana and Beyond
    $145+hst Community Supporter | $120+hst Standard Rate | $95+hst Subsidized Rate
     
    Did you know there’s lots more to yoga than poses? Drawing on her decades of yoga practice, Marg will introduce you to a breadth of yogic techniques. The course will weave together active and gentle yoga postures (asanas) with other limbs of yoga including breathwork (pranayama), meditation and more. This course is appropriate for all levels, including beginners and more experienced students who are looking to broaden the scope of their practice and their understanding of yoga.

    Course Format: This course includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds).

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Fri, Feb 11
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Natasha
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    IN-STUDIO Resonance of Love: Sound Bath and Restorative ($30)
    Love comes in many forms beyond just romantic love. This sweet and soothing class will explore the vastness of the Heart Chakra and combine comfortable restorative yoga poses steeped in reflection and the deep healing tones of a sound bath. Natasha's singing bowls in harmony with the rich rhythms of the frame drum, can help lull you into a deeper brain wave state, where the body-mind-spirit can come into balance. With focused attention on breath and feeling, reflection and movement, we can reclaim space within ourselves for self-acceptance and expansive love.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Feb 12
    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    with Carin
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    IN-STUDIO Valentine's Partner Yoga ($50 per pair)
    A creative way to connect with your sweetie and have double the fun in your yoga practice. We will do light-hearted poses redesigned for two and help each other experience stretches, balance, and relaxation.

    No prior yoga experience necessary, beginners welcome! Please sign-up in advance to avoid disappointment.

    The price is $50 per pair. Sign up under one name and bring your partner.

    Vaccination requirements: The Branches will require proof of vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through February 2022. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes. All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

  • Sat, Feb 12
    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    with Carin
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    VIRTUAL Valentine's Partner Yoga ($50 per pair)

    A creative way to connect with your sweetie or a friend and have double the fun in your yoga practice. We will do light-hearted poses redesigned for two and help each other experience stretches, balance, and relaxation.

    No prior yoga experience necessary; beginners welcome!

    The price is $50 per pair - sign up under one name.

     

    A computer, tablet, or smartphone and internet connection are required to participate. We will email you the class link about 15 min before class.

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ABOUT OUR WORKSHOP & COURSE FORMATS:

Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 policies and vaccination requirements before registering and coming to class.

Virtual Courses: Included in the course are 4 interactive livestream sessions, plus several pre-recorded videos to support you in your solo practice. You will have access to all session recordings and videos for 90 days. Tech Requirements: A computer or tablet, plus an internet connection are required to participate. A webcam and microphone are recommended in order to interact with the teacher during Livestream sessions. Our online platform is very user-friendly, and we will provide you with instructions for getting started two days before your course begins.

In-Person Courses: These includes 6, in-studio, weekly sessions. Course participants will also get 30-days free access to The Branches On-Demand video library, including a video playlist customized specifically for the course to compliment your in-person learning (a $40 value). In-studio sessions will not be recorded or live streamed. Any missed sessions can be made up by attending a drop-in class (in-person or virtual). In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, in-person courses will pivot to virtual livestream classes via zoom (no refunds will be given). 

Virtual 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.

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

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.