Twice the fun: Slave Lake Yoga studio adds a second room

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake Yoga has reopened after renovating. The studio had one large room, but split it into two to be able to offer more classes.

Lori Whitby is the owner of Slave Lake Yoga, also called Smiling Dog Yoga. She trained in Jasper, with a woman from Lac La Biche.

Whitby opened the studio in Slave Lake in 2010. Currently, it is the only yoga studio in Slave Lake.

The two new rooms have space for 10 people and another 18. The goal is to offer more classes including meditation and speciality classes.

“Classes for injuries and men, if they’ll come,” Whitby says.

One of the classes would include chairs, which helps people with limited mobility do yoga.

The studio offers a range of classes from beginner to advanced.

There is a series of beginner classes this fall, but all classes are accessible to beginners, Whitby says.

There are eight instructors at the studio, four of whom did their training at Slave Lake Yoga. Whitby often offers training every two years. It entails 200 hours of training over eight months. Instructor classes include anatomy, philosophy and teaching methodology.

Several of the instructors have taken other classes as well. There is a prenatal instructor and one who specializes in teaching children.

To attend classes, it is important to preregister as classes only run if enough people have signed up. Registration can be done at or by calling or texting 780-805-6780.

Camille Gatto and Lori Witby, owner of Slave Lake Yoga, do a dancer pose while steaming the new curtains.

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