Class Information 2018-04-07T02:22:47+00:00

Class Information

When young yoga develops our outer strength and as we age yoga develops our inner strength. Yoga looks after us throughout our life. — Leigh Anne Milne

Classes are with Leigh Anne Milne (RMT, E-RYT500, Iyengar Certified) on Salt Spring Island, located in the Salish Sea in beautiful British Columbia. Leigh also leads workshops in Nova Scotia, Toronto, and Vancouver, Canada, and Maui, Hawaii, USA. Leigh is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has studied in the Iyengar method for over 20 years.  In 2004 Leigh authored a study on the benefits of yoga for seniors. Leigh’s work with senior adults has been featured in Suza Francina’s book, The New Yoga for Healthy Aging.

  • Classes include yogic philosophy and reading from the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita or other classical works.
  • Wear stretchy tights or shorts; bare feet are essential.
  • A light meal may be consumed no less than two hours before class.
  • Gift certificates can be purchased for classes and workshops, as well as for Massage Therapy.

Sadhana Yoga & Massage is a fully equipped Iyengar Yoga Studio.

Leigh - Handstand Pose
Leigh - Assisting with Pose
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Class Descriptions

Iyengar Method Yoga

Based on the teaching of BKS Iyengar of India and the astanga yoga of Patanjali. These classes are lessons in the study of yoga, focusing on form and alignment to improve flexibility and strength to support health and equanimity. Contrary to popular notion, flexibility is not a requirement to practice yoga but may be a consequence!

Foundational

For the absolute beginner new to yoga. This class will teach you the fundamentals of yoga poses and prepare you for level I/II. This is yoga for everybody. All welcome.

Level I/II

For the experienced beginner and those new to the Iyengar method of yoga. Having studied the fundamentals this class will provide you with a moderate-paced weekly yoga session.

Level II/III

For the experienced student. In this class we will practice longer holdings and more advanced inversions. You will be expected to have a home practice and develop familiarity with the Sanskrit names of asana (poses).

Gentle Yoga

Like foundational/level I yoga only milder with no inversions taught.

Leigh - Ropes with Feet on the Wall
Leigh and Student - Ropes

Restorative Yoga

Antaratma sadhana (inner atman) is the deepest level of practice. By working with the breath in supported asana the student moves further inward towards the atman and equanimity. Resting poses, which utilise props, are said to decrease stress and boost immune function. Deeply relaxing.

Yoga for Healthy Aging

This class is a wonderful way to stretch and strengthen with a group of your peers. We will make use of chairs and other props to assist in making the yoga poses more approachable. Open to all. Those with chronic injury and health conditions are welcome with physician clearance.

Special Needs Yoga

This is an individualized group class limited to six participants. You will be given a unique program to work with, combining yoga, therapeutic stretch and resistance training. Suitable for those working with recent or chronic injury/pain in muscles or joints, systemic conditions, seniors and pregnancy.

Yoga Class Etiquette

  • Mats and other props are provided but you may bring your own.
  • Wear shorts or tights and bare feet.
  • Clean Feet are essential, during sandal season- a feet washing area is provided. Please use it.
  • Do not eat less than 2 hours before your class.
  • Arrive early!

“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” – Joni Mitchell