Moksha Yoga North is one of the most recent studios to be welcomed into the Calgary Yoga community. The studio brings along some serious Moksha expertise as it is affiliated with the exceptionally popular Moksha Yoga Edmonton studio and ran by their former studio manager, Brandi Wilson. The studio, located in Country Hills, is ideally located to serve the NE and Airdrie sections of the city (or anywhere in the city if you like to drive).
Here’s the run down:
- Location: #412, 500 Country Hills Blvd N.E (map). You’ll need wheels unless you live close by.
- Heated to approximately 38 degrees.
- Style: Moksha (including Moksha Flow), Yin and Kids classes.
- Instructors: During my time at the studio I practiced with Brandi Wilson and April Sakaluk.
- Schedule: Moksha Yoga North offers 4-5 classes a day during peak times.
- Price: Single drop in is $18.00. They also offer package deals and memberships.
I think I can best illustrate my experience with Moksha Yoga North with a response that studio owner Brandi gave a student asking (pleading) her to instruct an “easy class”. All Brandi said was “It’s Moksha Flow baby” and everyone laughed with trepidation. She’s right, it’s Moksha, you know what your getting when you walk in the door.
The studio has a very exciting energy. The staff are very helpful and well organized. The facility is clean and the change rooms are bright with a very well kept shower area. It doesn’t feel congested despite being quite busy. The room we practiced in was built to facilitate hot yoga classes so it’s minimal with an excellent heating system which I prayed would give out halfway through class.
My first class was a 60 min Moksha with April. April is a relatively new instructor but well trained and very confident. I found the instruction well described as we moved through a shortened Moksha series. This series consisted of standing and floor postures with some flow in between. You can expect generally well known standing sequences (Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Reverse Warrior and Extended Side Sngle) that will build strength and openness.
The next class I attended was the Moksha flow class with Brandi. This class is a bit quicker paced and meant to be more challenging with Vinyasa’s linking up the poses. Brandi’s instruction is well executed. Her alignment cues are concise and well tuned. The energy of the class was very upbeat and I did apprecaite the music selection – especially the Michael Jackson tune to provide the energy to get through a particularly challenging sequence. I found it to be a little less serious than typical hot yoga classes, which for me works; Yoga should be fun.
It seems as though the studio attracts a fair number of beginner students with a few intermediate to advanced. So if you’re looking for an environment to learn with people at the same level this would be a good place for you.
Overall, I’d say if you’re in the North and you like hot yoga you’re lucky. This is a good studio with a great network of instructors.
What’s your favourite Moksha studio in Calgary? Let us know in the comments section below!
My “style” of yoga can be characterized by a few key words: anatomical, foundation, avoiding warrior poses and arm balances. My favorite teachers are: Jeff Mah, Tiffany Cruickshank and Kathryn Budig. If you are familiar with any of these teachers you’ll know that I like to get my heart pumping and flow through Asana’s.