OCAD yoga

Fall 2019

Take time out of time to come home to self. A weekly one-hour session will allow you to turn inwards to reduce stress and tension from the inside out. Beginners welcome. Classes are coed and mixed level, offering students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to get fit, de-stress, and stay healthy:

Kundalini Yoga:

Kundalini Yoga is the  is the yoga of awareness. Each class consists of a breathing technique-based meditation, a series of repetitive movements as dynamic meditation, and ends in deep relaxation followed by a mantra meditation to end. 

With an extra attention to hand postures, eye-focuses and body locks, the practice of Kundalini yoga strengthens our glandular and nervous system, while working to nourish our breath, blood and heart. Through movement and meditation, we will work with deepening our sense of self through mind, body and soul.

Suggested dress code: loose clothing. Anything you can sit and stretch comfortably in. You will not sweat much.

MISFITS Method:

The Misfits Method is a fusion style of mindful movement that weaves together Pilates, Yoga and dance, which Renelyn can incorporate into the yoga session schedule based on interest from the participants.

Classes will range from low- to medium-leveled Pilates styles on the mat that focus on resistance and strengthening the body and mind, to cardio dance parties that dance through explorative stretches, jumping jacks and climbers while paying extra attention to acknowledging the heart. This is a movement practice that challenges the movement world’s obsession with LOOKS and returns us to remembering how to FEEL - from the inside out.

Suggested dress code: clothes you are able to sweat in! We recommend bringing a change of clothes and a small towel for cardio classes. 

Drop-in / Pay-as-you-go

Once program pre-registration concludes, we will determine, based on how many participants sign up in advance—and instructor’s discretion—if and when drop-in yoga will be offered.

Pre-registration

Yoga will be offered this fall 2019 with weekly 60-minute class options*, per the following schedule:

Mondays:

Monday afternoon (10 classes)
September 23, 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25; December 2**
12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Instructor: Alejandro Santiago

Wednesdays

Wednesday mornings (10 classes)
September 25; October 2, 9, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4**
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Ellen Fielding

Wednesday afternoons (10 classes)
September 25; October 2, 9, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4**
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Maria Gernega

* Schedule subject to change
** No Monday yoga October 14, 2019 due to Thanksgiving Holiday.
** No Wednesday yoga October 16, 2019 due to fall Study Week.

Classes will be conducted in Room 258, Level 1, 100 McCaul Street (MCA). Classes are limited to maximum 20 participants and require a minimum of five pre-registered yoga students to run. 

Program fees for students, faculty/staff and alumni

Monday Yoga (10): $50 (only $5 per class)
Wednesday Yoga (10): $50 (only $5 per class)

Participation

Complete the online Participation Form & Waiver 
Yoga fees are non-refundable once classes begin.
Monday/Wednesday or morning/afternoon yoga schedules are not interchangeable.

Payment

Pay fees at the Cashier:
Level 7, 230 Richmond St. West

Peak Season hours (September and January):
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Non-peak season hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring/send your receipt to Campus Life: 
Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or scan/photograph your receipt and email it as proof of payment.

NOTE: You may NOT participate until your receipt/proof of payment is submitted/received by Campus Life.

Deadline

Sign up (AND submit receipt of payment) by
4:00 p.m., the business day BEFORE your chosen program begins.

Meet your instructors

Alejandro Santiago

Alejandro Santiago’s passion for Kundalini Yoga can be traced back to his days as a university student in New York City. His classes are an opportunity to disconnect from the digital world and deepen your awareness through powerful breathing meditations and the technology of Kundalini Yoga. In addition to Kundalini Yoga, Alejandro has also studied Kabbalistic numerology and astrology with Joseph Michael Levry. When he’s not practicing Kundalini Yoga, you can find him at his portrait photography studio in Leslieville.

Ellen Fielding

Ellen's devotion to movement began with ballet lessons as a young child. A dancer throughout her life, she discovered the Misfit Method two years ago. Through the fusion of pilates, yoga and dance, she became re-acquainted with a passion for the healing powers of a physical practice. She cites movement as a vital component to her mental wellness and infuses each class with this philosophy. Ellen strives to lift the spirits of those who move with her, bringing joy and humour onto the mat. She encourages her students to develop a loving relationship with their bodies based on what they can do, rather than how they look. When not moving, Ellen can be found sitting very still as an architectural illustrator.

Maria Gernega

Maria is a lifelong lover of movement. Coming from a visual arts background, she has found having a physical outlet to be a powerful tool for de-stressing and practicing self care, and above all, has found it to be a source of inspiration for her artistic endeavours. Her mission as a teacher is to help others experience the magic of movement through uplifting classes that leave all who attend feeling strong physically and mentally. 

10 reasons to do yoga

  • Yoga relieves stress
  • Yoga improves brain function
  • Yoga increases creativity
  • Yoga energizes the body and mind
  • Yoga promotes restful sleep
  • Yoga improves flexibility and muscle tone
  • Yoga increases lung capacity and deep breathing
  • Yoga helps with weight loss and weight management
  • Yoga is fun!

What to wear/bring

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in.
Please bring a yoga mat and water.

Contact

Campus Life

Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West