Ali Lipson

Ali Lipson

Broadcasting from: Toronto, Ontario

My passion for movement and Yoga began over 25 years ago with an Ashtanga vinyasa practice. I completed my first YTT in 2001 and started teaching Vinyasa style classes. It didn't take long before I began to feel the weight of sharing a dogmatic, rigid practice. As I became curious about moving in new and different ways, it became clear that the physical practice of yoga is really just one form of movement expression amongst many others. With that in mind, I went on to study and train in multiple other movement modalities including kettlebell training, natural movement, Pilates and somatics. When I walked into Cecily's class the first time, it was like all the puzzle pieces came together. This is what I had been looking for, a way to blend and distill all of these disciplines into a creative, educational, and empowering experience.

As a Registered Yoga Detour™ Instructor, I am still on that same path today, continually working to enrich and expand my capacities as a movement facilitator/yoga teacher. I'm broadcasting to you from my Toronto "movement attic", amongst my various training toys, sharing my passion for play and exploration both on and off the mat. Join me in class to ignite your curiosity and experience a liberated approach where there's never only one way to move. Together, we'll walk away feeling embodied, strong, and resilient.

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Ali Lipson
  • Pyjama Yoga Flow

    A great way to start or end your day. Starting on the floor and eventually building up to standing we will fire up and strengthen the muscles of our core. All you need is some room and a towel or light blanket.

  • Movement Break

    All you need for this short practice is a stable surface for your chair. In this class we will explore fluid dynamic movement for your spine and hips, as well as a little lower body strength and stability work. This class will leave you feeling energized and refreshed.

  • Somatic Scorpion Play

    Ever feel like you want to move your whole body but you want to take it easy? Explore and play with the more subtle aspects of scorpion rolls and low lunge variations before putting it together in a dynamic flow. This class is easy on the shoulders and wrists and gets your hips moving in all th...

  • Wind it Down Pyjama Flow

    This class strikes a balance between effort and ease. A full body class that pays extra attention to getting your lower body moving. Relieve tension in your lumbar spine, pelvis and hips and set yourself up for a relaxing evening. Also great as a post workout cool down.

  • Wake it Up and Shake it Up

    Ease your way into this moderately paced full body practice starting with some joint mobility. We'll explore the mind-body connection. Play with ground based rolling patterns. Practice transitioning through lunging, single leg balancing as well as rotational side lunges. Some space around your ma...

  • Rolling, Rocking and Serving Tea

    In this class we'll explore a variety of poses and base positions with the added load, feedback and complexity of a block. So have a pair of blocks on hand and we’ll activate our core and mobilize our hips and upper body. This practice is a fun mental challenge.

  • Mobility Flow

    This unique and creative flow is sure to bring a smile to your face. I look forward to hearing all about it in the comments.

  • Rocking and Rolling: A Ground to Standing Practice

    In this class we gently rock, roll and explore our way though some of the developmental movement patterns. Beginning with diaphragmatic breathing we mobilize, strengthen and build our way up to standing flows. This practice encourages somatic awareness and exploration, and will leave you feeling...

  • Strong and Supple Core

    Have a pair of blocks and a small towel on hand. This hour + class is a steady, sweaty exploration of reflexive core strength. A full body class that will leave you feeling like you just did a bunch of ab exercises with out ever doing a single crunch.