What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise system that aims to strengthen muscles while improving your postural alignment and flexibility, combining deep breathing. Pilates’ techniques are commonly known for cultivating awareness of the body and supporting the everyday movement.
Pilates may help you with…
- Increase muscle strength and tone
- Enhanced core stability
- Improve bone density
- Lift posture
- Increase flexibility
- Ease your aches
What is Yoga?
Yoga combines breathing techniques and physical movements to enhance body and mind. Yoga is a complex practice that promotes physical and mental well-being, well as a form of exercise.
Yoga may help you with…
- Improve your flexibility
- Back pain relief
- Ease arthritis symptoms
- Sleep better
- Decrease Stress
- Relieves Anxiety
Yoga Classes by Thuja Wellness
If you’re looking to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate this May, check out all the virtual yoga classes we have coming your way! Starting this month, Thuja Wellness is holding virtual yoga sessions to help prepare your body for pregnancy, boost your fertility, and practice mindfulness. With poses centered around relaxing your mind and body, these classes are perfectly suited for those looking to de-stress as well as pre and postnatal care. Our sessions are ideal to help manage excess stress – and you can do it from home! Find the class most suitable for you below:
Movement + Breath Yoga, Tuesdays at 4pm
Book off your Tuesday afternoons and connect with Marla Waal for a virtual fertility yoga session to help prepare your body for pregnancy, boost your fertility, and relax your mind and body.
1:1 Wind down, relax and reset, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Book a private, customizable session with Colleen to deepen your practice and expand your horizons. In these private sessions, Colleen will customize a rejuvenating yoga session to meet your individual mental and physical needs. Choose from hatha flow or restorative yoga, with meditation and breath work included in both. Offered in-person and virtually.
Meet our practitioners
Marla began life as a professional dancer in 1990 after graduating from the Professional Ballet School of Les Grands Ballets Canadians. She joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and was fortunate to travel the world performing in over 18 different countries. In 1994, she moved to the USA to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, finally returning to Canada in 1998.
Soon after returning to Canada Marla began to study and teach Yoga. Diving into many styles of yoga, from very gentle restorative to more athletic Ashtanga. After a few years of slowing down to have two children, Marla picked up her studies again. Studying and training in Dynamic Anatomy with Eric Franklin. Then training for several years in Pilates with Diane Miller at The Vancouver Pilates Centre. After discovering the ELDOA Method, Marla felt she had found an incredibly powerful tool to help people make big changes in their overall health. Marla is now one of only three Level 4 ELDOA Method Trainers in Vancouver.
A 240-hour certified yoga instructor and a trauma-informed kids yoga teacher, Colleen specializes in hatha yoga, meditation, and breathwork, and starting this May, will be leading a few virtual yoga sessions each week!
After travelling the world for several years, Colleen made her last stop in Vancouver 3 years ago and decided to make her dreams come true – to help people heal through the practice of yoga.
Colleen is passionate about making a world where people use meditation and holistic practices to connect their mind and body and see a better world.