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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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  • VIRTUAL 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 weekly sessions and will be offered VIRTUALLY via livestream. 

    Course participants will also receive 60-days of free access to The Branches On-Demand Video Library (an $80 value!). This includes all live session recordings and a playlist of videos selected specifically to compliment your course. Any missed sessions can be made up by watching the session recording through the on-demand library.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Mon, Jan 17 – Mon, Feb 21
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Leslie
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  • VIRTUAL 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.

    Course Format: This course includes 6 weekly sessions and will be offered VIRTUALLY via livestream. 

    Course participants will also receive 60-days of free access to The Branches On-Demand Video Library (an $80 value!). This includes all live session recordings and a playlist of videos selected specifically to compliment your course. Any missed sessions can be made up by watching the session recording through the on-demand library.

    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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  • 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 weekly sessions and will be offered VIRTUALLY via livestream. 

    Course participants will also receive 60-days of free access to The Branches On-Demand Video Library (an $80 value!). This includes all live session recordings and a playlist of videos selected specifically to compliment your course. Any missed sessions can be made up by watching the session recording through the on-demand library.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Wed, Jan 19 – Wed, Feb 23
    7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
    with Julie
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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.

    This workshop is being offered in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual participation options available. By registering for the VIRTUAL HYBRID option, you will attend the workshop virtually (via livestream). If you prefer to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO HYBRID listing of this workshop, but be aware that in-person spots will be limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this workshop will pivot entirely to a virtual livestream session via Zoom (no refunds).

    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.

    Please see our website for our full COVID policies.

    Cancelled Sat, Jan 22
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    with Carin
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  • FREE VIRTUAL Community Care Yoga & Circle

    Join us for free drop-in classes every day from Monday, January 31 to Saturday, February 5. Community Care Week is one way that we’re sharing our resources with anyone who needs them. We all need one another to survive and thrive - so let’s practice together.

    We’re capping it all off with a special Community Care Yoga & Circle on Saturday, Feb 5 7:30-9:00pm to wrap up the week, reflect as a group, and say thanks to one another.

    What is community care?
    To go beyond self-care and self-sufficiency, we believe that we ought to be able to rely on our interconnected networks for support, from neighbours and friend circles, all the way up to government at each level.


    Sat, Feb 5
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    with Various
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  • VIRTUAL HYBRID 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.

    This workshop is being offered in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual participation options available. By registering for the VIRTUAL HYBRID option, you will attend the workshop virtually (via livestream). If you prefer to attend in-person, please register for the IN-STUDIO HYBRID listing of this workshop, but be aware that in-person spots will be limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this workshop will pivot entirely to a virtual livestream session via Zoom (no refunds).

    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.

    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 HYBRID 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.

    This workshop is being offered in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual participation options available. By registering for the IN-STUDIO HYBRID option, you will attend the workshop in-person. If you prefer to attend online, please register for the VIRTUAL HYBRID listing of this workshop as in-person spots will be limited. In the case of a mandated shut down due to COVID, this workshop will pivot entirely to a virtual livestream session 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, Feb 12
    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    with Carin
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  • IN-STUDIO HYBRID 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, Feb 13
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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  • VIRTUAL HYBRID 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, Feb 13
    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    with Various
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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.