I was fortunate enough to spend a few beautiful days in Whistler with friends and family recently. Since Whistler village is essentially a town they pretty much had everything you needed onsite. Which made it feel like I could just stay and start a new (and very expensive) life at the foot of one of the most epic mountains in the world. However, in order to make my move I had to check out what they were offering for yoga.
I decided to check out Yogacara studios – a collection of yoga studios located in Whistler village and lower mainland British Columbia.
Here’s the deets:
- Location: 205-4433 Sundial Crescent, Whistler Village, British Columbia (map). Very convenient for a pre or post ski/hike yoga session.
- Not heated.
- Style: Like most studios of its kind Yogacara offers many styles including: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalni and Yin. Check out more of their class types here. Note that not all class types are offered at every location check schedule for more details.
- Instructors: While I was in Whistler I practiced with Emily Kane (studio owner) and Andrea Nacey.
- Schedule: Can be found online here.
- Price: Single drop in is $20.00. They also have intro offers, monthly memberships and bulk pass discount packages. See their website for more details on pricing.
I think you would be hard pressed to have a bad experience when you’re sitting in a studio facing Whistler mountain with the sun shining on your face. I could probably just stop there…
I took two classes at Yogacara while I was in Whistler. The first was a gentle Hatha class with studio owner Emily Kane. Emily had just finished an adjuster training and was full of really helpful and juicy adjustments. The Hatha class was, as I said, gentle and composed of standing and sitting poses as well as “tapping” and a long restorative savasana. This class took place at 8:30 am and since it was off season there was only one student in addition to myself which was a treat as we got a lot of personal attention.
The second class I took was a more energetic and physical Vinyasa flow class with Andrea Nacey. Andrea seems like she’s a lot of fun and that was reflected in her light heart-ed teaching. This class was challenging and was filled with traditional Vinyasa flow poses from standing to seated postures. The holds were a bit longer than a typical class which was good for building heat/dripping sweat on the floor. Andrea’s cues were concise and reflective of a seasoned instructor.
The studio itself is very nice. It is located on the second floor of a building adjacent to the Keg. I tell you this because I had a problem finding it (Google maps is not always your best ally). They do provide you with mats which is good as you don’t always want to be lugging one around with you while travelling. There is also a great view of the village and the mountains which is a great place for your drishti 🙂
Have you been to Yogacara Studios in Whistler or any of their other locations? 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.