Movement is essential in our daily lives. Kira’s approach to yoga acknowledges the rich, beautiful and often complicated history of the practice. She works hard to create inclusive and accessible spaces, where students feel comfortable exploring and modifying to find authentic movement.
Kira’s movement classes focus on mindfulness, alignment and connecting movement to breath.
Private sessions are customized to meet your body’s specific needs, and can focus on whatever you would like to address. These sessions are typically held in your home, but other arrangements can be made if necessary. A current class schedule can be found on the calendar.
“Kira creates a friendly and welcoming baby- and parent- positive space where I’ve been able to comfortably enjoy feel-good yoga sequences, bond with my baby and meet other new parents. It doesn’t matter whether I’m able to practice yoga for 50 minutes or 5, I always leave her classes feeling refreshed and happy. Kira’s yoga classes have played a an important role in my physical and mental postpartum recovery, from healing yoga postures to connections with Toronto moms. I’m determined to find a way to keep it going even after I’ve returned to work!”
-Amanda and Evie
Core & Pelvic Floor Restore
Pregnancy and childbirth put pressure and strain on the muscles of the core and pelvic floor. Our deep core muscles help stabilize and support the entire body – providing the structure needed to perform everyday tasks and return to exercise. Retraining the core and pelvic floor are integral to improving continence, prolapse, pelvic and low back pain, abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and painful intercourse. This service includes an initial assessment followed by an active and restorative exercise program. The program is customized to fit your needs, schedule and budget.
During pregnancy, the ways you move and the intensity of physical activity may change, but maintaining a yoga practice has incredible benefits. Ideal for both new and experienced students at any stage in pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga classes incorporate:
- Movement to help the mind and body adjust to all of the changes happening in your body and connect with baby
- Strengthening poses and stretches that release tension in the body
- An opportunity to tune into your body and practice trusting the intuition
- Movement, poses and practices that will prepare you for your labour and birth
- Breathing techniques and mindfulness practices
Practicing yoga after baby has arrived is an incredible way to restore, rejuvenate and connect with your little one. These classes are held in a supportive environment, where you are encouraged to move through the practice at your own pace, prioritizing yours and your baby’s needs. I recommend waiting at least 4-6 weeks weeks, or until you feel ready to begin. Postnatal Yoga Classes incorporate:
- Exercises to restore the pelvic floor and core muscles
- Active poses that stretch, strengthen and release tension
- Poses that focus specifically on the areas of the body affected during pregnancy and childbirth
- Restful, relaxing poses to combat fatigue
- A chance to share space with baby while also attending to your body and needs
- Emphasis on how to build a home practice of poses and breathing techniques
Hatha yoga, simply put, is the practice of linking breath to movement. In a hatha class, asanas, or poses, are typically held for a longer period of time than in say, a flow class. My classes combine common poses and creative movement to connect with the body and soothe the nervous system. We will move through a an active practice of stretches and strengthening postures, before integrating everything through meditation and rest.