One of North Saanich’s ‘best kept secrets’

Deep Cove Yoga loved by community members from all walks of life

Attendees of the Monday morning flow class at Deep Cove Yoga take cues from instructor Meagan Welch.

Touted by many of its regular attendees as North Saanich’s ‘best kept secret’, Deep Cove Community Yoga has been providing a flexible haven for yogis from all walks of life for over a decade.

“One of the reasons I love it so much is because of the diversity of the people who come here,” said Kathy English, who has been attending classes at Deep Cove Yoga for the last three years.

“I think yoga these days can really be sort of a fad, but here there’s no feeling of competition and it provides a place for people of all ages and levels to practice yoga. It’s a very valuable community asset.”

Deep Cove Yoga was founded years ago by Lester Church and has been carried on by a dedicated group of students and instructors. The group practices at St. John’s United Church in Deep Cove.

“Not only is it a great community location and a great way to be sustainable by sharing a space, but it’s great to be able to use this place of sanctuary to practise yoga in,” said one of Deep Cove Yoga’s instructors, Judi Turnbull, adding that the close proximity to Deep Cove Elementary and morning classes make it easy for parents to attend once they’ve dropped off their children at school.

The classes offered at Deep Cove Yoga are designed to suit any level and are flexible in their timing, explained instructor Meagan Welch.

“Our classes aren’t age restricted, we welcome all levels and we’re not rigid on timing,” she said, adding that the style of yoga taught at Deep Cove Yoga embodies the group’s beliefs.

“Vinyasa flow yoga is about flexibility and flexibility really defines our practice here,” Welch said.

“So many of us are so rigid in our lives and may feel that we can’t fit yoga in or make it to class on time. That’s what’s great about this group is that we are welcoming and whatever time a student is able to get to the mat we are happy for them to join the practice.”

Welch continued to say that Deep Cove Yoga is non-profit and focused on sustainability.

“We are neither a business nor a studio,” she said.

Deep Cove Yoga is currently offering pre-registered beginners ten week courses in the evenings which also include free drop in to morning flow yoga classes.

Drop ins are always welcome to any class and the first class is always free to try.

For more information and class schedules visit www.deepcoveyoga.ca.

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