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Instructor 

Jim McIntyre is a Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor who has been practicing yoga since 2002.  

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“My own yoga path began with a typical focus on the physical part of stretching and breathing. I had knee damage from decades of running and squash, but I had an idea that doing some yoga would be good for me.

When I took my first yoga classes, I was lucky enough to be encouraged  to see what I could do, rather than what I couldn't do.

As an instructor, I  maintain a healthy respect for the importance of that first step in the yoga journey and the fostering of positive encouragement for all subsequent steps.”

So why do Yoga for Golfers?Pic of Jim as a baby on the golf course

"Well, if I say I've been around golf my whole life, that wouldn't quite be true. There were a couple of months before my dad hooked up my buggy to my mom's golf cart so she could get back on the course. The picture on the right was taken by the local newspaper in 1953 just after she won the ladies' amateur city championship. The bananas were how she kept me quiet when she was putting.

I am doing yoga for golfers simply because I like golf and I like golfers. I know quite a few that I'm sure would enjoy the game even more if they learned to be a little more flexible, at least that's the goal."

Studiostudio pic

This studio is equipped with mirrors and  a 5 speaker surround sound system. Located near Hillside and Quadra.

50+ Yoga

Don't you hate this term? I know I do, especially now that I'm getting really close to the 60+ label.

Objecting to labels shouldn't be new to us. We are a generation that questioned 'established' norms, and that spark still resides in us.

It's not reasonable to think we're all going to do yoga and become 20 year olds again with tie-died clothes and long hair (ok, maybe I slipped a bit on the hair, and you know ... tie-dye is starting to look good to me again -- yikes!)

What is reasonable is to undertake a practice that redefines 50+ in terms of both physical and mental flexibility. The focus of this yoga practice is not on what we can't do, but on what we can, and more importantly, what we will be able to do.

And what can we do?
  • add a great low impact exercise that has high impact on our overall health;
  • improve strength, flexibility and energy levels;
  • lose weight, lose some stress and reduce anxiety;
  • tackle all those midlife fun things like high blood pressure, back pain, and arthritis;
  • improve the range of motion in our joints and improve our balance; and,
  • improve our concentration, memory and overall outlook on life!
What if I’ve never done yoga?

This is hatha / flow yoga for any age or any size. We come to a class environment to share the energy of determination and effort. If you have an open mind and try your best, you contribute as much to the class as anyone else, and you benefit equally as well. Yoga is mind AND body. There is no competition or race to enlightenment in yoga. It is a personal journey and everyone is respected for the steps they take on their own path.

So how do I get started?

You sign up for 8 weekly classes that teach you a total of 50+ yoga postures with lots of modifications that allow you to experience the benefits regardless of your current level of flexibility or fitness. As well you get an overall introduction to the world of yoga that will encourage you to follow whatever style of yoga interests you. Relax, there is only one "OM" in 8 weeks of classes, although if there is consensus we could add more.

What do I need?

Not much, just a mat and loose fitting clothing that allows you to move. This yoga is not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small, not too hard and not too soft – it’s just right!

What’s the next step?

Go to the
Registration/Information Request page and send us an email telling us who you are and which classes you are interested in and we’ll send you an email telling you more details about the class dates, times, costs, payment details and liability waivers.

If you would like to read more, see the Yoga for Active Older Adults article by Karen Scully.
 

Yoga for Golfers

Golfers everywhere are slipping off their spikes and taking up their stances on their mats to learn the benefits both on and off the course, of adding yoga to their fitness regime.

This 8 week session breaks down the golf swing into it's component muscular and posture features and then follows a series of yoga postures that develop flexibility and strength for these areas.

The 2nd major focus of this session is on learning some of the yoga mind calming and focusing techniques and how to introduce those into your golf game.

And above all, we follow the yoga maxims:
  • breathe;Y4G
  • relax; and,
  • have fun!

What if I’m new to yoga or golf?

If you’re new to golf, you’re going to learn posture fundamentals and build strength and flexibility that will help you learn the game with less risk of injury. If you’re new to yoga, this is yoga for any age, size or level of experience. The goal of this yoga class is to work on all of the areas of the body used in golf, and as a result, maximize the enjoyment of the game. Yoga is more than just stretches. It is the union of mind and body, which means we learn to relax the mind to relax our muscles, and in turn we learn to tone our bodies and increase flexibility in order to calm our thoughts and moods. We get to enjoy these benefits when we leave our mats, and apply them wherever we wish, both on and off the course.

So how do I get started?

You sign up for 8 week, 16 class session that leads you through a total 56  yoga postures, experienced in groups of 30 per 1 hour class, with lots of modifications that allow you to experience the benefits regardless of your handicap, current level of flexibility, or fitness. As well, you get an overall introduction to the world of yoga that will encourage you to follow whatever style of yoga interests you.

What do I need to bring?

You need one golf club (a mid iron, e.g. 5 – 9),  a mat and loose fitting clothing that allows you to move. Pick your club depending on your height, for instance if you’re very tall bring a 5 iron, or if you’re vertically challenged, bring a 9 iron. (Of note, there are usually more than enough clubs at the studio if you don't care to bring one.) We use the club as an aid to posture expression and to encourage the kinaesthetic learning of muscle memory for golf. We utilize the golf club for approximately the first half of the class. This yoga is not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small, not too hard and not too soft – it’s just right!

What’s the next step?

Go to the Registration/Information Request page and send us an email telling us who you are and which classes you are interested in and we’ll send you an email telling you more details about the class dates, times, costs, payment details and liability waivers.
 
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