Explore mobility, inversions & handstands! This class features an active & energizing blend of calisthenics*, yoga, and mobility practices. Join us to play with gravity, ground deeply using our hands, and explore new dimensions of strength and balance in a supportive practice environment.

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30pm in Huntsville

  • Are you interested in learning how to do a hand stand?
  • Is your favourite part of yoga class a pose like headstand, crow, or bridge?
  • Have you been practicing bodyweight exercises, mobility flows, or calisthenics at home?
  • Do you want to join a fun class atmosphere?

Hands-Down may feel more like a playground than a yoga class . . .  We’ll use the floor, the walls, and each other for support as we learn new skills (which scale from beginner to advanced). Handstands train you to improve your alignment & balance, and they really strengthen your arms, shoulders, and core.  This is great exercise and a lot of fun!

  • We’ll begin standing for an energizing warm-up that will engage the full body while strengthening the parts and muscles that will be most needed for handstands.
  • On the floor and moving across the room, we’ll explore mobility through various calisthenics exercises that are intended to increase strength and flexibility.
  • Each week will feature different sets of headstand & handstand drills (free-standing, against the wall, or supported by a partner) that will improve alignment, technique, stamina, and more.
  • Anchoring poses (and sometimes a savasana) will be offered to unwind and reset at the end of each session.

Sessions run Thursdays from 7:30 – 8:30pm at The Yoga Collective (395 Centre Street North, Huntsville, ON).  Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to settle in and begin on-time.

Pricing:  $15/session or 5-class-pass for $60.  Payable by cash or e-transfer.  I am committed to offering accessible rates – please contact me to discuss pricing flexibility.


More about the instructor:

Tim Lucier, in Tree Pose on the peak of Mount Olympus after a 2-day hiking journey.

Tim’s love of movement began with dance, and has since grown to encompass yoga, cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, calisthenics, stand-up paddleboarding, and cross fitness. As someone who pushes his body to it’s edge, Tim has a deep appreciation for safe movement, mobility, breath, and recovery to allow our bodies to keep doing what they do best.

Tim is a graduate of Allie Chisholm-Smith’s 600hr Yoga Teacher Training, and he is currently continuing his education via Animal Flow and Yogi Flight School.  See Tim’s full bio here.

Recently Tim spent 5 months training in Calisthenics and Handstands at Body Challenge Gym in Athens, Greece. He is excited to bring this (ancient, but new to us!) form of exercise to Huntsville and share this amazing toolset that has been vital to his wellbeing over the last year.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is calisthenics?

Calisthenics is a form of strength training that has roots in Ancient Greece and is primarily focused on using bodyweight.  Calisthenics skills and exercises can be found in gymnastics, yoga, and cross training – they are the building blocks of movement and mobility.

While this class is inspired by the Calisthenics classes Tim enjoyed in Greece, it is rooted in his background as a yoga instructor and will take advantage of what we have available:  Yoga mats, blocks, and walls.  Without additional equipment, we likely won’t be exploring movements like pull-ups, muscle-ups, human flag, and work with rings/parallel bars/saddle horse.  Our focus will be primarily on floor work and balance, building our capacity for handstands.

I invite and encourage absolute beginners to join us as well as students and teachers of yoga and other fitness modalities.

What should I bring / How should I prepare?

I’ve designed this program as a full workout with a focus on handstands and inversions – expect to be moving your body and be prepared to sweat.

Bring:

  • A towel (workout/yoga style or any towel will do)
  • Water bottle
  • A yoga mat, if you have one (there are some to spare in the studio.)
  • Clothing you can move in

This energizing practice could be a bit uncomfortable when feeling over-full – something to consider when planning your dinnertime. 😊

Do I need to register in advance, or is it drop-in?

I’d really appreciate if you can register or let me know you are coming, and update me if that changes!  For now it is week-to-week with an option for a 5-class pass.  In time, we may move towards 8-week sessions with a drop-in option just so I can confidently plan ahead.