Yoga Passage

Yoga Passage is a downtown Calgary yoga studio with a large student body. When it comes to schedule and pricing, it is tough to compete with the Passage. I’ve attended a few classes there and the quality of instruction and experience has been good.


Here is my breakdown:

  • Location: Downtown Calgary on 5th street and 11 Ave SW (map). The location is ideal for downtown dwellers and workers. Free studio parking stalls are limited, so if you don’t ride a bike or take public transit you’ll pay $3-$5 for street/lot parking or find limited neighborhood parking a few blocks away.
  • Heated and non heated classes are offered in two studio rooms.
  • Style: Yoga Passage really offers it all. From traditional Ashtanga, to Hatha flow, hot, restorative, Ishta, Kundalini, prenatal…I could go on.
  • Instructor: I’ve experienced a few instructors at Yoga Passage, but for this review I’ll focus on a recent class with Gord Desautels.
  • Schedule: The schedule is loaded with classes of all different styles and durations. If you’ve got a free hour or two in your schedule, you will likely find a class. See Yoga Passage Schedule.
  • Price: $15-$16 drop in fee depending on class length. Yoga Passage offers some of the most competitive package deals in the city, like their summer deal of $99 for 8 weeks unlimited practice, or their intro offer of $40 for 4 weeks.

Experience:
With its location and great pricing, classes at Yoga Passage are full. When first arriving at the studio I felt a little out of my element with people whooshing past me, but once I was settled in the dimly lit, large studio room we were practicing in I quickly felt at ease. The class I attended was a hot flow class with Gord, and I hadn’t done a hot class in years. While at some points I felt like I might die in the heat, Gord’s grounding sequencing, precise adjustments and rhythmic instructions (“and hold for 5…hold for 4…hold for 3…”) allowed me to turn my attention inward and calm my inner chatter. I would not go back for a heated class (this is just my personal preference, I can’t deal with the heat!) but I would definitely go back to a class with Gord. I have heard that he leads a great restorative class, and that you may need a designated driver afterward.

A few of my near and dear yogi friends that practice regularly at Yoga Passage also recommend Tracy Mann, studio co-founder, as a teacher. Tracy has an interesting background outlined on his website bio, including kinesiology, martial arts, music, commerce and travel. I have not taken one of his classes as we generally teach at the same times, but here’s are some of my friend Lysa’s thoughts about Tracy:

“By far my favorite teach at the studio. His voice is calming yet encouraging and assertive enough to make you want to work. He always has super insightful stories to share that always end with a bit of a “life lesson.” I always imagine that he must put in a good amount of time before his classes thinking of what he wants to focus on and talk about as he rarely hesitates during class and always comes across so fluently and thoughtfully. For me it is the perfect mix of linking mind, body and soul altogether in one glorious practice.”

Happy practicing downtown yogis,

L

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– Laura

Laura Halvorsen

I am a yoga student and teacher living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

About 8 years ago I came to yoga looking for a way to improve my strength and flexibility for a snowboarding season in New Zealand.Little did I know that the practice would become an instrumental part of my life.Yoga is now the foundation for all things that I value – my personal relationships, singing and songwriting, my day job at an airline, and all the physical activities I enjoy outdoors.

Having completed my teacher training in the Iyengar style of yoga I love classes that focus on critical alignment, particularly those that explore movement in fun and creative ways.My favourite classes are lead by down-to-earth instructors who safely challenge us to try something new and have a laugh while doing it.

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I am a yoga student and teacher living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. About 8 years ago I came to yoga looking for a way to improve my strength and flexibility for a snowboarding season in New Zealand. Little did I know that the practice would become an instrumental part of my life. Yoga is now the foundation for all things that I value – my personal relationships, singing and songwriting, my day job at an airline, and all the physical activities I enjoy outdoors. Having completed my teacher training in the Iyengar style of yoga I love classes that focus on critical alignment, particularly those that explore movement in fun and creative ways. My favourite classes are lead by down-to-earth instructors who safely challenge us to try something new and have a laugh while doing it.

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