Yoga and Beyond is a quaint studio that appropriately caters to the peeps that reside in the West Hillhurst/Kensington neighbourhood of Calgary, Alberta. The studio is owned by the mega talented and seasoned Yogi Ning Gao and has been around for 3 years.
Here’s what’s up:
- Location: 2133 Kensington Road N.W. Calgary, Alberta (map). Freebie: It’s right beside La Vienna, the best pasta restaurant in the city. Maybe don’t carbo load prior to class but definitely a worthwhile treat post.
- Studio offers mostly heated/warm classes with a few non-heated.
- Style: Vinyasa Flow, Yang/Yin, Hatha and Restorative. The major focus is on Vinyasa Flow.
- Schedule: Yoga and Beyond’s schedule offers variety throughout the day. They have embraced the 75 minute class and also offer 60 minute classes. Check out their online schedule for more details.
- Teachers: When I was there I practised with studio owner Ning Gao
- Price: Single drop-in will cost you $18.00. Morning class participants (6:00 am – 10:00 am) only pay $13.00 which is an interesting selling point. You can check out their multi-class options and other details online. I’ve also heard through the grapevine that they do Groupon deals once in a while so subscribers keep your eyes peeled.
I’ve been meaning to get out to Yoga and Beyond for a while now and I’m glad I did. The studio is a quaint and quiet place where the community can come and practice with no pretension. When I walked in I felt at ease and instantly welcomed by Ning and her son. They have a small store front where Ning sells clothing that she has made. The change rooms are small but functional with lots of shelving.
The studio space is relatively large – I expect you could probably fit 30 people in there and be comfortable. I found it to be a bit dark with little natural light but perhaps my perception was skewed due to my crabbiness towards the shift in seasons and the ever increasing darkness.
The class I participated in was the “Forest Inspired Yoga” described as: intense pose sequences, compassionately taught, to develop skills in awakening each of the senses. And it delivered. I was pleased. This class was vigorous and challenging. We moved into fairly advanced posed like bird of paradise which required some mega hip opening. Ning’s alignment cues were spot on and she was not shy about adjustments. I realised after this class that my bird of paradise definitely had room for improvment … a humbling experience.
I would certainly check out another one of Ning’s classes at Yoga and Beyond and recommend her Forest Inspired Yoga class for those with a couple of classes under their belt.
Have you been to any other classes at Yoga and Beyond? What do you think of the studio? 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.