Move with Ease ~ Somatic Exercise
Get out of pain, release muscular holding and gain awareness in this 5 week series using Hanna Somatic Exercises. Relearn control over muscles that have forgotten to release, using gentle movements. The classes may help the student to find a more easeful body and create a sense of softness and fluidity, whether walking, running, pilates, yoga or just day to day movement.
40 Days to Enlightened Eating
A 7 class series for anyone wanting to nurture their spirit, nourish their body and develop mindful awareness in their life. With group support we will take a 40 Day journey of optimal eating based on the the healing sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda for health, energy & vitality. Classes consist of discussion, recipes, handouts and daily support and culminates with an enlightened meal in celebration of our 40 Days.
This course is based on the the book & course developed and written by Elise Edmonds Cantrell, author of 40 Days to Enlightened Eating. Course fee includes book & supplies.
Stand Strong for Bone Health Series
A 4 week series for those dealing with an osteoporosis or osteopenia diagnosis. Learn Bonefit foundation exercises as prescribed by Osteoporosis Canada and how to modify yoga so that it is safe while improving bone health, flexibility and balance. Naturopathic Doctor Molly Brass will join us for a class to explain dietary & lifestyle approaches to support bone strengthening. This is not a chair-based class so participants must be able to get up and down to the mat. No experience necessary!
Taiji Qigong Shibashi
A series working with the 18 Healing Movements of Shibashi. These Qigong exercises were designed to balance the "Qi" or energy throughout the body. The practice of Shibashi is said to improve the health and wellbeing of the practitioner, reducing both mental stress and physical tension of the body. It is a simple and easy to learn practice with gentle, rhythmic movements that are meditative and suitable for people of all ages. As you learn the moves you can then gradually increase the repetitions of each movement. The Shibashi practice can be done both standing or sitting.
Surya & Chandra Namaskars (Sun & Moon Salutations)
A 4 week series explores gentle variations of the Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra) Salutations while making these vinyasas safe and enjoyable for your body. All levels.
The Niyamas: Mind & Movement
A focused class to explore the 2nd Limb of the 8 Fold Path of Yoga - The Niyamas, using asana, reflection and discussion. How can we take this ethical guideline of observing our relationship to ourselves, others and our practice, both on and off the mat? Guided by the work of Deborah Adele's The Yamas & Niyamas.
Kundalini is often referred to as "the yoga of awareness". A practice of yoga that opens your heart, builds strength and releases the energy located at the base of your spine. Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and movement and challenges its students both physically and mentally. In any class, anywhere in the world, you can expect it to include six major components: 1) tuning-in 2) pranayam or warm-up, 3) kriya, 4) relaxation, 5) meditation and 6) close with the blessing song, “May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You”.
In the ancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga is a householder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs. It’s a safe way to stimulate the body’s natural resources and become healthy, happy, and holy—in body, mind and spirit.
Why not experience this practice of Kundalini and see the benefits first hand!
Yoga Nidra is often called "yogic sleep". It is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs. A variety of techniques are often used to help aid in relaxation including guided imagery and body scanning. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Most people think that relaxation is very simple; just recline and close your eyes but unless you have released your muscular, mental and emotional tensions, you are never totally relaxed. Although Savasana is experienced at the end of yoga classes, Yoga Nidra allows more time to really release and experience a deep state of deep relaxation.