Gertrude Street Yoga was founded in 1997 and is an urban centre for yoga, wellness, and community. We value yoga as a holistic practice, one that often begins on the mat but that expands into all aspects of life.
We offer a variety of classes, workshops, courses, trainings, and retreats that focus on developing the physical practice of asana, as well as pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and many other aspects of yoga. Additionally we have a number of holistic health and wellness services through our Healing Centre offered by a group of dedicated practitioners. Through all of our offerings we encourage the cultivation of a body-mind connection as well as self-inquiry and inner exploration.
Rather than teaching from a specific lineage, our teachers offer classes influenced by their own varied and diverse trainings, experiences and practices; allowing them to tap into their creativity and develop classes that they are truly passionate about. This gives students a broad range of styles to explore and encourages them find and develop an authentic and meaningful practice.
Located in the historic Johnson Furniture Building, Gertrude Street Yoga is often described as feeling like a home away from home. The spaces remain true to their heritage and feature original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and large warehouse style windows. The main studio features high ceilings and wall-to-wall windows that fill the space with natural light. The second smaller studio features north-facing arch windows that overlook the treetops of Fitzroy and let the morning sun stream in.
A dynamic approach to Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga connects movement (asana) with breath, resulting in a creative and energetic practice. Vinyasa classes offer the opportunity to flow continuously from pose to pose, creating natural heat in the body, increasing circulation and building strength, stamina, and cardiovascular fitness. All levels of students are welcome and modifications are offered to students who are newer to practicing Yoga.
A slower approach to Yoga, Hatha Flow is both a mindful and physically demanding practice. Hatha Flow classes allow you to improve your alignment, while building strength, increasing flexibility, and improving stamina. Longer holds and slower transitions offer a perfect opportunity to increase your understanding of the body in each pose, and more time spent working on each pose will allow you to deepen and improve your practice. All levels of students are welcome and modifications are offered to students who are newer to practicing Yoga.
A deep, nourishing approach to Yoga, Yin Yoga is the perfect balance to a more dynamic Yoga practice, cardio exercise, or time spent sitting at a desk. Yin offers long, meditative holds to delve into the deep connective tissues of the body. By moving through postures that focus on relaxing the muscles to stretch deep connective tissues (fascia),you release stress and tension throughout the entire body, resulting in greater mobility that facilitates structural and mental balance. All levels of students are welcome.
Bringing together the movement and flow of a more dynamic practice, and the deep stretching and meditative relaxation of a yin practice Yin/Yang is the perfect balance. Enjoy slow flowing movement to warm up the body and connect to the breath for the first 30 minutes of class and then transition into the long holds of yin poses to stretch deep into the connective tissues (fascia) of the body.
Prenatal Yoga supports women mentally and physically throughout pregnancy and in preparation for birth. A well rounded nourishing yoga practice gives women the opportunity to find both strength and surrender in the body, mind and spirit. Each class will involve the following practices: breathing exercises to assist with pain management and relaxation, slow flowing postures to build concentration, trust and intuition, strengthening postures to build stamina and courage, and meditation to assist women in staying calm, open and strong during pregnancy and the powerful process of childbirth.
Develop the foundations of your yoga practice. Take time to learn proper alignment and transitions in order to practice safely and confidently in your body. Learn basic breath-work and sequences that are used at Gertrude Street Yoga so that you are prepared to enjoy the other classes on the timetable. Foundations is perfect for students new to yoga, students returning to the practice after a break, and students wanting to learn more about proper alignment and practicing safely.
Our Meditation Classes are an opportunity to relax the body, expand your self awareness, and cultivate mindfulness. These classes explore accessible meditation and breathwork techniques and practices and are suitable for all levels.