Tri-Yoga is a (primarily) heated yoga studio located on the West side of downtown Calgary with a unique approach to hot yoga. Most of the classes do not follow a set series and there are options to participate in either a “hot” class heated at 109F(39C) or a “warm” class heated at 90F(30C). The class types and instructors make hot yoga accessible, challenging and safe for its students.
I signed up for their two-week intro package for $25.00 and sampled a few of their classes. Here’s the rundown:
- Location: 1138 10 Ave SW Calgary, AB, Canada (map). Location is great for people in Connaught, Beltline, Sun Alta or West Downtown with ample parking.
- Heated and Non-heated classes are available although the majority of classes are heated.
- Style: Tri-Yoga offers many different styles although the majority are Flow focused. Lots of movement, linking poses with breath. See here for more information on their class descriptions.
- Instructors: I had the pleasure of practicing with Jelena Ilumina and Daniel Brisette. Tri-yoga has many other instructors that contribute their experience and expertise and you can find them here.
- Schedule: The schedule is probably one of the most convenient ones I’ve seen in Calgary to date. Their classes are 60 – 75 minutes spaced throughout the day.
- Price: Single drop in is $17.00. They also have an introductory offer of $30.00 for two weeks and BONUS if you have a friend the can refer you the intro offer drops to $25.00.
Overall, my two week experience at Tri-Yoga Calgary was good. The sign-in area and change rooms are well lit and their large space has great character. The heated studio has foam chip floors which absorbs impact thus decreasing stress on your joints. Which is good if you’re transitioning from forward fold to chaturanga or just want to jump up and down on the floors because they are “squishy”.
What makes this studio unique is their ability to offer hot or warm classes. Which is a good thing for people like me who may want to experience the benefits of a heated practice but cannot stand the thought of being in 100F. While I was there I sampled their Hot Flow, Warm Flow and Yang/Yin classes. All of which were well instructed with good verbal alignment cues. Additionally, all of the classes I attended contained: breath work, mantras and meditation so there was certainly a spiritual element about the practices I experienced there.
The Yang/Yin class taught by Jelena Ilumina was the class that I connected with the most. Jelena has a great sense of humor in addition to being very knowledgeable. She provides great cues and variation for everyone in her class. At one point in her class you could move from wide-legged forward fold to headstand to headstand into crow and then back up again. All variations were explained in a very accessible manner and her playful and confident attitude made people want to at least give it a shot. I would recommend her classes to any yogi from beginner to advanced.
I would certainly go back to Tri-Yoga if I’m ever craving a hot/warm practice.
Have you been to Tri-Yoga? Let us know about your experience 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.