Types of Classes

All our classes are suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Each teacher brings their own unique style and lineage to each class, so expect significant variation from teacher to teacher.

Acro Yoga

Acro at Long Center
Acro yoga brings together three disciplines: yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage.  We will explore these three disciplines and work toward acrobatic partner poses in a progressive way.  No need for prior experience or a partner–we will support you and rotate partners in a safe learning environment. Classes will begin with individual yoga warm up, partner stretching and conditioning exercises and then move into either acrobatic or therapeutic partner poses.  Class will conclude with giving and receiving Thai massage.  Build trust and learn how to better communicate through accurate self-assessment.  Come be a part of this playful and exciting community!

Earth Warrior Yoga

Curated by Henry and Gen, the proceeds of this by-donation class go toward a variety of environmental and First Nations land defence campaigns. These classes feature a rotation of guest teachers from around Vancouver and beyond, teaching a variety of styles. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!


A classical yoga style, combining breath and posture to facilitate relaxation and mindfulness. This is a slower style, with more time spent in active poses to build strength, increase flexibility, and to refine alignment.

Kundalini Yoga

Cleansing repetitive movement, breath exercises and sometimes dance come together in this empowering practice. Kundalini yoga can inspire personal transformation, and its benefits include weight control, immune system boosting, and relief from depression, stress and insomnia.

Vinyasa I

A dynamic, fiery practice combining breath and flowing movement to build internal heat. Expect a great cardiovascular workout, an emphasis on strength building, and the possibility of getting sweaty!

Vinyasa II

A vinyasa class, plus a little more. Still suitable for beginners, in these classes the teacher will provide levels and options to move into more challenging variations of poses. Inversions, arm balances, and deep back bends are all optional! Come and play!

Restorative Yoga

Time to relax and invite ease into your body. This practice involves using the support of props, gentle postures, and deep breathing to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and lull the practitioner into a state of deep healing. Highly recommended if you desire relief from physical discomfort or stress.

Yin Yoga

A passive, floor-based practise designed to cultivate physical and mental stillness. Non-active poses are held for three to five minutes to access deep connective tissue release, and to invite spaciousness into the mind.

Karma Class

The UBC Yoga Club is proud to run what we call Karma classes on Saturday afternoons. The monthly proceeds of Karma classes go toward charities in and around UBC and the greater Vancouver area. It’s our way of introducing new instructors to our club, giving back to our community, and spreading some good karma to those who are doing great things!

Karma classes are by donation for members and non-members alike, with a minimum recommended donation of $2. Classes this term take place on Saturday from 2pm – 3pm. Please check our calendar for live locations and cancellation updates, and feel free to use our online google form to suggest organizations you think deserve some good karma 🙂 We also have an anonymous feedback form if you’d like to let us or our instructors know how we’re doing.

Current organizations supported by Karma classes

March + April 2019UBCC350UBCC350 is a political climate action group that aims to use the power of collective action to promote climate justice. We aim to hold UBC accountable to its students and ensure that the University lives up to its vision of “exemplifying all aspects of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.” As part of the global divestment movement, we are pushing UBC to divest from fossil fuels in recognition that their investments support an industry responsible for climate change.
Facebook: @UBCC350
Twitter: @UBCC350

Month Organization What they’re about
Summer 2018 SAINTS We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go. We provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow.” A special thanks to Elise and the team at Mitacs for attending Karma classes this summer, and donating a significant part of our total.http://www.saintsrescue.ca/
Facebook: @saintsrescue
Instagram: @saintsrescue
Twitter: @SAINTSrescue
September 2018 WISH: Drop-In Centre Society Our Karma class proceeds for September 2018 are being donated to WISH. “The mission of WISH is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade; the vision of WISH is that every woman should have access to opportunities to make free, healthy and positive choices.”http://wish-vancouver.net/
Facebook: @WISHDropIn
October 2018 KidsCodeJeunesse This organization trains teachers how to teach elementary school kids the basics of coding. Many school teachers do not leave their training knowing how to code and understanding logic and syntax is important for future development in critical thinking and communications skills. This organization not only benefits the children, who are the end target, but also the teachers, who learn methods and skills that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn.https://kidscodejeunesse.org/index.html
Facebook: @KidsCodeJeunesse
Instagram: @kidscoding
Twitter: @kidscoding
November + December 2018 The Bike Kitchen Our Karma class proceeds for November and December 2018 are being donated to The Bike Kitchen. “The Bike Kitchen is a community bike shop, which means our bottom lines are education and recycling, not financial profit. All profits raised by the Bike Kitchen are used to fund the Bike Co-op’s programming and cycling advocacy outreach on campus and in the community.”http://thebikekitchen.com/
Facebook: @BikeKitchenUBC
Instagram: @bikekitchenubc
Twitter: @BikeKitchenUBC
January + February 2019 Funding Hope Society Funding Hope Society raises money to help people around the world, especially children. Their current project is building an orphanage in Garde Hiram, Haiti.https://www.fundinghopesociety.com/
Facebook: @fundinghopesociety
March + April 2019 UBCC350 UBCC350 is a political climate action group that aims to use the power of collective action to promote climate justice. We aim to hold UBC accountable to its students and ensure that the University lives up to its vision of “exemplifying all aspects of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.” As part of the global divestment movement, we are pushing UBC to divest from fossil fuels in recognition that their investments support an industry responsible for climate change.
Facebook: @UBCC350
Twitter: @UBCC350
Our wonderful Karma team for 2018/9

Emma Friedenstab

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I believe firmly that yoga can be fun, personally challenging and maybe most importantly – nonjudgemental (which can be much harder than one might expect). My teaching is guided with the awareness that yoga has something different to offer for everyone. Throughout my classes, I give lots of inspiration to make this valuable time that you carved out for yourself to explore your own body, on that day, in that specific moment. You can expect lots of suggestions to breath, to come back to the sensations in your body, and most importantly to enjoy and have fun.

Lyndsey Dowell

ldowellYoga has been a source of healing and comfort for me. Over the years, I’ve found that my practice adapts to my needs as my circumstances change. Whether I sought mobility, gratitude, strength, or peace, yoga emerged at the core. My role as a teacher is to cultivate space for others to slow things down and explore their own needs through breath-synchronized movement.

My classes are often vinyasa style with some yin mixed in. My goal is to empower you with strategies to take care of your body and your soul.

Tara O’Brien


Yoga gives to me a sense of awareness, acceptance and appreciation for the present moment, regardless of whether I’m experiencing that moment as a struggle or whether I’m floating through it with ease. Yoga has taught me to find joy in hard-work and perseverance and to recognize the blessings in my life. I encourage my students to have fun, to step outside their comfort zones and to believe in their abilities!

Hannah Gottinger

unnamed.jpgWhat I teach: Hatha, Vinyasa

Why I like yoga: I had started started yoga when I was 15 with the intention of a weight loss solution, but little did I know that 5 years later I would be off to Bali, Indonesia for my 200hr YTT and a life-changing experience. When I was there I found my love for yoga and began to understand the connections between the body, mind, and soul. My experience there inspired me to join the yoga club at UBC and share what I know, while still remaining a yoga student as I have so much more to learn!

Previous organizations supported by Karma classes

Some organizations we have worked with in the past include the following! If you would like to support these organizations again, feel free to let us know in our suggestion form.

    • Beneath One Sky UBC
    • Period UBC
    • Lace Up For Kids
    • 30 Yoga Challenge
    • Writer’s Exchange
    • Heart and Stroke Foundation
    • Writer’s Exchange
    • Red Cross
    • Ocean Karma Project
    • Sprouts UBC
  • The Looking Glass Foundation
Contact for Karma class

If you have any questions, inquiries, suggestions, or want to become involved with club by volunteering as a Karma teacher, feel free to email the Karma Coordinator at ubcyogaclubkarma@gmail.comIf you would like to inquire about a collaboration, there is some more info on our collaborations page!

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