Now in its 23rd year, Yoga and Beyond occupies 10,000 square feet in three locations and employs over 40 instructors in Calgary. Yoga and Beyond is the only studio in Alberta that offers the challenging Forrest Yoga, which features holding positions for extended lengths of time and emphasizes the abdominal core.
As its name implies, Yoga and Beyond offers more than yoga. The company’s other two locations in Kensington and Crescent Heights, offer spin cycle, HIIT and barre classes. And, they are the only yoga studio in Calgary with aerial (silk hammock) yoga.
Owner, Ning Gao says yoga helps connect the emotional self with the physical self, and this connection can be very powerful to help us to live a happier and healthier life. Life begins with nothing material and ends with nothing material,” says Gao. The joy of acquiring friends, sharing and learning yields the greatest gifts of all. Those gifts follow us through eternity.
What is Forrest Yoga?*
Yoga and Beyond is the only studio in Alberta that offers the challenging Forrest Yoga, with classes led only by accredited Forrest Yoga trained teachers. Their instructors have studied directly under Forrest Yoga founder Ana Forrest.
Forrest yoga emphasizes the abdominal core and holding positions for extended lengths of time.
According to the Ana Forrest Yoga website, “Forrest Yoga incorporates the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of humanity, and links them through its four core pillars for a more profound and holistic evolution.”
It all starts with the ability to connect to, deepen, and ride the breath into your inner wilderness. You develop skill in breathing fresh, healing energy into the areas of your body that are in need.
Tailoring each pose to work for you, specifically with physical and emotional injuries.
Mental focus: changing your habitual neurotic thinking to creative problem solving and learning alert silence.
Learning discernment. Deliberately integrating your realizations and breakthroughs into your life.
Connecting to the core, building emotional and physical strength as you work at your edges of facing and healing your pain, as well as vision questing into the Mystery.
Learning to find your spirit, connect to your spirit, and take the actions that strengthen that connection. When we first begin to quest for spirit, we meet the yawning terror of recognizing that we are bereft of spirit.
“Imagine, live the life YOU want and go beyond”
Mission – 24, 2500 4 St. SW Calgary
Kensington – 200, 1414 Kensington Rd. NW Calgary
Crescent Heights – 200, 1609 Centre St. NW Calgary