Create healthy change through body, mind and spirit
Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.
Our Yoga Facility
Pillars of Wellness in Burlington, Aldershot, is a community of health-based practitioners and teachers who work to incorporate the joy of yoga into all areas of our lives. Our center offers an honest and authentic connection with our students and values itself for kindness and respect. We offer small and intimate classes which allows more time for one to one attention and movement customization. We are sensitive to the diverse needs of our students and provide a safe and flexible environment in which to practice. At Pillars of Wellness, we offer different types of Yoga practice so as to ensure that our clients have options to meet their particular needs and likings. Beginners are welcome and will find our classes and set up to be perfect for them.
Hatha yoga (Gentle Yoga)
It is the practice of physical posture or asana that helps to purify internally the body with the proper breathing technique during the yoga practice. The word “hatha” means “willful”, “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance; this means you can bring the balance between the mind, body and spirit through the practice of yoga asana, aligning and calming the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is a time-tested system for transforming your habits of body and mind, and the practice of Hatha yoga can be relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style, where they can hold poses longer and work more deep in muscle and joints stretching.
Yin Yoga (Stretch and Flex)
A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – hips, pelvis, inner tights, lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connecting tissues. Yin Yoga is perfect for all levels. It will help improving your flexibility and provide good stretch. The benefits are numerous.
It calms and balances the mind and body, reduce stress and anxiety, increases circulation, releases fascia and improves joint mobility.
Yogalates (Stretch and Core)
Yogalates is a combination of Yoga and Pilates. A Yogalates class includes Pilates exercises and Hatha Yoga asanas, focusing on building strength, flexibility and stability, with an emphasis on strengthening the core. It is also excellent for the nervous system, stress management and weight-loss. It is done at a slow pace and tones the entire body. Yogalates can be practiced by anyone, though it is especially good for people who suffer from back problems, osteoporosis or arthritis.
Restorative Yoga (Relax and Restore)
- Restorative Yoga is a powerful healing tool that reduces stress by supporting the body’s innate responses towards homeostasis and health.
- It is an integral element in any therapeutic protocol that combines both challenge and recovery; this includes not only yoga, but also body work and other fitness-related regimens.
- Through the use of supported yoga postures and breathing and meditative techniques, a profound sense of relaxation can infuse one’s entire being.
- Restorative Yoga techniques may be helpful in the treatment of nervous system disorders such as insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, and specific ailments such as skin conditions and infertility.
Restorative postures and sequences can be modified to target specific organ systems, sensory integration, mental/emotional qualities, and the energetic qualities of each unique season.
A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. This centers your breath and body and aligns the physical and mental components.
We do not make use of the horse stance or warrior poses as they are too physically demanding for our students. Rather, we employ stretching and holding exercises including the use of straps around the foot as these are relaxing and therapeutic but do not subject our students to undue physical discomfort.
Benefits stemming from restorative yoga include:
- Improved functioning through the use of full and deep stretches
- Enhance flexibility
- Reducing stress and improving breathing
- Trimming fat and facilitating weight loss
- Boosting the immune system
- Quiet the mind and encourage mindfulness
- Facilitating recovery from illness
- Heal emotional pain
- Soothing the nervous system
- Strengthen muscles
Speak with our office manager to discuss the various packages we offer, including our wellness package. You can also join our community to take advantage of our Wellness programs. See our rates (click here)
At Pillars of Wellness, we strive to provide a welcoming, safe place for our students to practice, to gather, and to enjoy the company of others. We hope that everyone respects the following guidelines to help maximize
- We request that all those entering the center refrain from wearing artificial scents or perfumes.
- Please arrive in clean clothes and take care to ensure that your mat is also clean.
- Please ensure you have plenty of water, or bring an environmentally friendly refillable container
- Please arrive to class 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start time. During this time, we invite you to inform the teacher of any issues regarding injuries or preferences around physical adjustments
- If you do arrive late to a class, please see our studio receptionist. They will assist you with entering the studio at the appropriate time and in a manner, that minimizes any disruption to the class
- Please be mindful during the time between classes and be aware of the noise level as to not distract those currently in practice
- If it is necessary for you to bring your cell phone into the studio, please ensure that it is OFF or on SILENT without vibration
Thank you for your consideration.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind