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MOVE Everywhere: Online

We know not everyone is ready or able to join us in-person at Ryerson or otherwise. But the importance of regular physical activity and a sense of community connection are critical to our well-being and academic success. 

Whether live classes with us or pre-recorded content from elsewhere, Esports or Zoom meetups: Join us... And MOVE!

All programs are freely available to all Ryerson students.

We know exam season is stressful and you don't have as much time for movement - so we've shortened our classes to better suit your schedule!

From April 12-30th, all group fitness classes will be 30 minutes from start to finish and taught LIVE by our instructors on Zoom.

  • What to expect: Whether it’s your first time or you are a regular, everyone is welcome to join us! Find class descriptions on our regular Group Fitness schedule page. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, Zoom classes will be monitored by a staff member.
  • How to connect: Check the schedule below and follow the link when your selected class is live. 
  • Looking for instructor feedback & connecting with others? Turn your camera on! If not - we're here for you, camera on or off!

Having issues with Zoom or finding your Live Class? Email us at groupfit@ryerson.ca for support.

Time Class Instructor
10:30-11:00am WOW (Women's Only Workout), external link Susana
12:00-12:30pm Cardio Pump, opens in new window Anissa
1:00-1:30pm Vinyasa Yoga, opens in new window Leisha
5:00-5:30pm Flow BodyART, opens in new window Ildiko
6:00-6:30pm DanceFIRE, opens in new window Dione

Your schedule won't match our group fitness schedule? Not to worry, make sure you check out our On-Demand Activities and Movement Breaks.

Time Class Instructor
8:30-9:00am Morning Yoga, external link Katie
12:00-12:30pm Hatha Yoga, opens in new window Katie
5:00-5:30pm Barre Bootcamp, opens in new window Sharon
6:00-6:30pm HIIT, external link Susana
Time Class Instructor  
12:00-12:30pm BoxFIRE, opens in new window Dione  
5:00-5:30pm Cardio Pump Alex  
6:00-6:30pm Dance Journey Ildiko  
7:00-7:30pm Stretch N' Flex, opens in new window Sharon  
Time Class Instructor
10:30-11:00am Cardio Pump, opens in new window Anissa
12:00-12:30pm Cardio Pump Alex
1:00-1:30pm Hatha Yoga, external link Katie
5:00-5:30pm Vinyasa Yoga, opens in new window Leisha
8:00-8:30pm Hatha Yoga, opens in new window Katie
Time Class Instructor
8:00-8:30am Bodyweight Workout, external link Susana
12:00-12:30pm DanceFIRE, opens in new window Dione
4:00-4:30pm Vinyasa Yoga, opens in new window Leisha

Moved to Learn: What's the science saying...?

Doing light physical activity while you learn has been shown to improve creativity1, recall2, attention and understanding.3

1. Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L Schwartz, Give your ideas some legs: the positive effect of walking on creative thinking (J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn, 2014), 1142-52.

2. Maren Schmidt-Kassow et al., Treadmill walking during vocabulary encoding improves verbal long-term memory (Behav Brain Funct, 2014), 10-24.

3. Barbara Fenesi et al., Sweat So You Don’t Forget: Exercise Breaks During a University Lecture Increase On-Task Attention and Learning (Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2018), 261-269.

From our Instructors

From our Instructors

Feeling burntout? Try this Restorative Yoga for Exam Season: a soothing practice from Leisha (@leisha.correa) to help refresh your mind and release tension from your body so you can crush your exams AND feel good doing it - no fancy props required. For more tips, join Leisha’s 30-minute Vinyasa Yoga classes at the link in our bio.

You'll need a couch cushion (you can also use 2-3 big pillows or a rolled up thick blanket), 3 couch pillows (you can also use regular pillows or folded blankets) and a blanket or mat (or both for extra comfort) to practice on.

For best results, hold each pose for 5-10 minutes, allowing your body to fully relax into the pose, before gently moving on to the next pose. If you're short on time, feel free to pick your favourite 1-3 poses for a quick pick-me-up between study sessions or before bed.

Throw on some comfy clothes, put on your favourite soothing music and dim the lights and let's get started.

1) Child's Pose. From a table (hands-and-knees) position, widen your knees and turn your toes inwards as you sit back towards your heels. Grab your couch cushion with the short edge facing you, pulling it in towards your body. Rest your torso on the couch cushion as you hug the cushion, placing a couch pillow under your forehead so you have space to breathe. You might choose to place another pillow under your bum or between your knees for extra support.

This pose is great for stretching out your spine, and the gentle pressure on your forehead will help release any tension from straining your eyes. You'll also active the breathing muscles in your back, helping you to breathe deeper, which will help pull you out of a stressed out state.

2) Restorative Twist. Sit in a kneeling position with your feet on the right side of your hips. Pull the short edge of the couch cushion in so it's pressed against your left thigh, then place both of your hands on either side of the cushion as you twist your torso so it's square over the cushion. Slowly walk yourself down onto the cushion, turning your head onto whichever cheek is more comfortable.

This pose is great for releasing any tension in your spine from curling up with your textbook and sitting at your desk.

3) Restorative Twist. To get into the other side, gently press into your hands to lift yourself up, then bring your hands on either side of your hips, turning your knees up towards the ceiling so that your back is to the couch cushion. From here, turn your knees to the opposite side, bring your feet to the left side of your hips and pull the short end of the cushion into your right thigh, gently walking your torso down and turning onto whichever cheek feels more comfortable.

4) Fish Pose: Sit upright with your legs in front of you with your back flush against the shorter side of the cushion. Place a couch pillow on top of the cushion. Slowly lie back onto the cushion, placing the pillow under your head for more support. Extend your legs forward. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly, feeling your hands expand with every inhale and soften with every exhale.

This pose is great for opening up through the front side of your torso, releasing any tension especially in our chest and shoulders from staring down at a computer or textbook.

5) Reclined Butterfly: From Fish Pose, bend your knees, and then slowly widen your knees, bringing them towards the ground. Place pillows under your knees for extra support so that your hips can fully relax.

This pose is great for releasing tension in our hips and inner thighs from sitting down too much.

6) Restorative Bridge: Lie on your back, placing a pillow under your head. Turn a couch cushion so the long way is facing you, lifting up your hips to place the cushion underneath you. Make sure that the cushion is underneath your sacrum/tailbone area, and not your lower back - your lower back should feel lengthened and not arched.

This pose is great for lengthening your spine and helping to release tension in your pelvis, which will help you breathe deeper and more easily.

7) Legs Up the Wall: This is my favourite pose! Place a couch pillow in front of the wall. Sit on the pillow and roll onto your side with your knees at your chest and your feet and bum close to or touching the wall. From here, roll onto your back so that your hips and bum are fully supported by the pillow, and straighten your legs any amount up the wall. Depending on how flexible your hamstrings are, you may choose to bend your knees, or slide your hips further away from the wall so that this feels less intense.

This pose is so great for bringing more blood flow to your head so that you can think more clearly! It's also great for draining old blood and lymph from your legs so that, when you get out of the pose, fresh blood can replace it. Our bodies rely on movement to pump old blood and lymph from our extremities so this is an easy trick to boost your circulation when you're stuck studying all day. 

8) Savasana: Like the coziest nap. Lie on your back, placing a pillow under your head and a couch cushion under your calves, making sure your feet are fully supported.

This pose is perfect for allowing your body to integrate the practice you just did, refreshing your entire body. Propping up your knees and feet is also so good for releasing tension in your lower back.

9) Easy Pose: Sit in a cross-legged position on top of a couple of pillows to release your hips. Allow your lower body to get heavy as your upper body floats up towards the ceiling. Place both hands on your heart, feeling your heart beat into your hands, as you connect to your breath. Notice any sensations in your body.

Now that you've allowed your body to soften and relax, you're in the perfect headspace for greater focus and attention and feeling more calm and present.

Repeat this practice as many times as you need to help you thrive this exam season!

Important! When working out at home, remember:

Everyone has different abilities and spaces - be sure to adapt exercises to your body and space, take breaks when you need them, and factor in any injuries or pre-existing conditions you may have.

There are inherent risks involved in any type of physical activity, including the possibility of personal injury and death; risks include but are not limited to: overexertion, mis-use of equipment, collision with objects, trips, slips or falls.

Welcome to the Spring 2021! Our facilities may still be closed but thanks to Virtual Group Fitness, your movement doesn't need to stop! With a variety of 20 classes a week, we're confident you can find a way to move that best suits you.

  • What to expect: Whether it’s your first time or you are a regular, everyone is welcome to join us! Find class descriptions on our regular Group Fitness schedule page. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, Zoom classes will be monitored by a staff member.
  • How to connect: Check the schedule below and follow the link when your selected class is live. 
  • Not interested in feedback from your instructor or connecting with your classmates? No worries - we're here for you, camera on or off!

Having issues with Zoom or finding your Live Class? Email us at groupfit@ryerson.ca for support.

Weekly Class Schedule

Time Class Instructor
10:00-10:30am Hatha Yoga Katie
12:00-12:40pm Cardio Pump Anissa
5:00-5:40pm Flow BodyART Ildiko
6:00-6:40pm DanceFIRE Dione
7:00-7:30pm Pilates Sharon
Time Class Instructor
10:00-10:30am Women's Only Workout Anissa
12:00-12:40pm Vinyasa Yoga Leisha
1:00-1:30pm Bodyweight Workout Susana
5:00-5:30pm Hip Hop Amanda D.
6:00-6:40pm Barre Sharon
7:00-7:30pm Stretch & Flex Sharon
Time Class Instructor  
12:00-12:45pm Cardio Boxfire Dione  
5:00-5:40pm HIIT 20 : Yoga 20 Alex  
6:00-6:40pm Dance Journey Ildiko  
7:00-7:30pm Hatha Yoga Katie  
Time Class Instructor
12:00-12:30pm Total Muscle Conditioning Anissa
1:00-1:30pm Vinyasa Yoga Leisha
6:00-6:45pm Vinyasa Yoga Amanda T.
7:00-7:30pm Nighttime Yoga Amanda T.
Time Class Instructor
12:00-12:40pm DanceFIRE Dione

Important! When working out at home, remember:

Everyone has different abilities and spaces - be sure to adapt exercises to your body and space, take breaks when you need them, and factor in any injuries or pre-existing conditions you may have.

There are inherent risks involved in any type of physical activity, including the possibility of personal injury and death; risks include but are not limited to: overexertion, mis-use of equipment, collision with objects, trips, slips or falls.

Come join our student social workouts on Zoom. Circuits change weekly, alternating between strength and endurance.  Level does not matter because it's mostly about connecting with other students while doing a little exercise.

Important! When working out at home, remember:

Everyone has different abilities and spaces - be sure to adapt exercises to your body and space, take breaks when you need them, and factor in any injuries or pre-existing conditions you may have.

There are inherent risks involved in any type of physical activity, including the possibility of personal injury and death; risks include but are not limited to: overexertion, mis-use of equipment, collision with objects, trips, slips or falls.

Doing light physical activity while you learn has been shown to improve creativity, recall, attention and understanding.

Whether during a break mid-class or meeting, starting your day off right or winding it down - or anytime - this collection of on-demand 3-6 minute movement breaks is sure to leave you feeling and thinking better.

Intramurals Sports are all about a chance to play while connecting with fellow students around shared interests and friendly competition. Even as our in-person options are limited, we're excited to keep the spirit of the program - and the well-being and academic benefits - going strong via Esports. 

What to Expect

Who can take part? This program is open to all Ryerson Students, Staff and Faculty.

Our aim is to welcome all students interested in participating with some recreational gaming and staying connected to friends or colleagues (staff, faculty), or people within your program and residence students.  All are welcome to participate and enjoy, participating in games, following your standings.

Leagues Offered

  • FIFA 20
  • Rocket League
  • Among Us
  • Ramily Feud

We know the Sport Clubs experience - getting active, feeling part of a team and learning new skills - can be tremendously positive for our students.

As in a typical year, our student-led clubs are just getting started and plans will be announced for each as soon as they are available.

For now, take a look at the different clubs offered on our Activities page and reach out to one of the club communities to get connected. 

From Ryerson Recreation

Missed your favourite class? Check out the classes below and more On-Demand classes via our Youtube channel - Ryerson Recreation, external link.

Vinyasa Yoga with Leisha is great for yogis of all levels! Take a break from the hustle and bustle to focus on continuous movement and more importantly, matching your movement to your breath. 

If you're looking for high energy, Dione's BoxFIRE class is the perfect place to start. Work up a sweat through a series of punching and kicking combinations based on Taekwondo and Kickboxing principles.

From Around the World

Mindfulness & Yoga to Help Manage Stress & Anxiety

YouTube Channel Workouts

Activity & Workout Apps

Important! When working out at home, remember:

Everyone has different abilities and spaces - be sure to adapt exercises to your body and space, take breaks when you need them, and factor in any injuries or pre-existing conditions you may have.

There are inherent risks involved in any type of physical activity, including the possibility of personal injury and death; risks include but are not limited to: overexertion, mis-use of equipment, collision with objects, trips, slips or falls.

ThriveRU & Thriving in Action Resources

Ryerson-based resources from our colleagues, Dr. Diana Brecher and Dr. Deena Kara Shaffer: