“Paying Attention”: Cultivating the Practice of Insight Meditation

20th Anniversary Insight Meditation Retreat: A Day of Mindfulness

A wise teacher once said, “The problem is, we think we have time”.  If you’ve ever thought you’d like to experience an introduction to Insight Meditation, or the opportunity to deepen your practice, now is the time!  Begin the New Year and celebrate 20 years of yoga at the studio with a day of mindfulness suitable for beginners and those with meditation experience.  This day of noble silence will offer instruction, sitting & walking meditations and a dharma talk.              

In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of generosity, ‘dana’ (donation) is invited for the teacher.  Registration fee includes all administration expenses and lunch by BLove.  The teachings are freely offered.

Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Teacher: Donna Paige
Fee: $55.00 CAD + HST


Friday Night Restorative Yoga

Enjoy a quiet refuge at the end of the week and rest in gentle poses with the support of bolsters, pillows, blankets and other props for prolonged periods of undisturbed silence. This practice is especially helpful for those dealing with sleep issues, chronic stress & fatigue, illness & injuries, anxiety & depression, or facing major life events. Registration is limited and required in advance. Please bring a large blanket and an eye pillow (also available to purchase at the studio).

Date: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 6
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $25.00 CAD + HST

New Weekly Winter Class

Queer & Trans Yoga

A beginner-friendly class for folks who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and who are looking for a safer and inclusive space to practice.  The class aims to reach individuals who may not feel comfortable or represented in general studio classes, and who want to move comfortably and build community. Private, gender neutral change room available.

Sliding scale may be available - please inquire!

Date: Thursdays, January 18 – April 5
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Teacher: Christopher Bourke
Fee: $17.00 CAD + HST drop-in fee

Yoga for Rehab & Recovery

Yoga is a great way to improve your fitness, but what if a regular class leaves you feeling worse or just isn’t appropriate for your current movement & health concerns?  Whether you’re healing from surgery, a serious illness or injury, or awaiting that knee or hip replacement, it’s still possible to engage in a rehabilitative yoga practice with gentle and subtle movements that take into account your specific needs.  Experience how a ‘less is more’ approach can nurture and support your nervous system, promote recovery and help you move towards fitness sooner than you think!

Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $50.00 CAD + HST

iRest Yoga Nidra

Friday Night iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest Yoga Nidra is a relaxation practice which allows participants to lie down and rest deeply through guided meditation based on teachings from the yoga tradition and current research. It can be used to develop an inner resource to help navigate and transform negative emotions and thought patterns, calm the nervous system, and foster a deep capacity to meet life as it presents itself. iRest Yoga Nidra is especially effective in reducing stress, chronic pain, sleep issues, anxiety, and the effects of trauma and PTSD. Please bring a large blanket and an eye pillow (also available to purchase at the studio).

Date: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Teacher: Andrea Soos
Fee: $25.00 CAD + HST

Introduction to Restorative Exercise

In this introductory Restorative Exerciseworkshop, you will learn movements or 'Correctives' which are designed to balance the position of your skeleton.  These micro movements can help to uncover deeply set tension patterns and weak spots, while also developing new motor programs.  Discover how attention to alignment can help you return to a more natural way of moving and keep your body in a state of regeneration. 

Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Fee: $50.00 CAD + HST

New Weekly Winter Class

Teen Yoga + Stress Reduction

Ideal for young people living with stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health concerns and designed to address the growing number of youth challenged by the increased demands & expectations of high school or post-secondary life. Led by a youth counsellor trained as a yoga instructor, this series will provide teens with the skills to thrive under stress and help them build the inner resources useful for navigating the inevitable transitions, challenges and responsibilities of being a young adult - with courage and resiliency! 

Date: Thursdays, February 1 to March 8
Time: 5:45-7:00 PM
Teacher: Christopher Bourke
Fee: $150.00 CAD + HST for 6-week series

Restorative Exercise 4-Week Series

In this 4-week Restorative Exercise series, we will dive more deeply into the 'Correctives', or micro movements, which are practised within specific alignment parameters.  We will map our body on a grid to help determine how we receive and respond to loads and forces.  We will also discuss how to include a more 'natural' version of some of the Correctives to help you see where they fit within the context of natural movement. Discover how you can incorporate these movements into your daily life!  

Date: Saturday, February 3 to 24
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Fee: $100.00 CAD + HST for 4-week series

20th Anniversary Celebration

Join us to raise a glass and celebrate 20 years of yoga together!  Some of you have engaged in practice with us since 1998, and some of you are new to our approach which has grown and evolved over the years.  We’re deeply grateful for your trust & eagerness to continue learning, and for being part of our amazing yoga community.  Cheers to us all!

Please RSVP via email to confirm we’ll be seeing you – thank you!

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Exploring the Yamas & Niyamas

Many of us have experienced the “ripple effect” of yoga – in the hours and days after we practice, we often notice subtle shifts in other aspects of our lives.  These effects demonstrate the very real connection of our body, mind and spirit, and how our practice finds its way through our bodies, and into our relationships with ourselves, with others and with the world.

In the ancient yoga tradition, this practice of yoga “beyond the mat” was considered more important than the physical postures that have come to define yoga in the present day.  The Yamas & Niyamas are Sanskrit words that translate as “restraints” and “observances” described in the yoga tradition as ethical guidelines.  These are not strict rules, but are life-sustaining practices that lead us to thrive and end suffering.  They are not connected with any specific religion, but actually fit beautifully within any religion or belief system.

In this workshop, you will learn more about each of these guidelines and explore how they can be practiced in your everyday life to help you life more skillfully and joyfully.  You will be invited to take part in some experiential activities and to share your thoughts and questions in discussions about the practices.

Date: Sunday, February 25***CANCELLED***
Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $100.00 CAD + HST

Care for Caregivers

A blending of yoga & skills coaching for care providers and loved ones of individuals living with physical health, mental health and/or addiction challenges.  Participants will explore various relaxation-based techniques to sustain their energy in the context of providing care to another, and also inquire into what gets in the way of self-care and what can make it possible! From little sips of self-compassion to big gulps of restorative time, this workshop will help you find your own unique, sustainable way to care for yourself and others while preventing burnout and overwhelming stress.

Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Christopher Bourke
Fee: $75.00 CAD + HST

Yoga for Anxiety Program

Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga offers many practical tools in managing the physical, psychological and emotional effects of chronic stress & anxiety, and can be an effective adjunct to other therapies.  This workshop will introduce gentle movement, breathing & mindfulness practices, iRest Yoga Nidra and restorative poses to help relieve tension, calm the nervous system and promote emotional balance.

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Andrea Soos
Fee: $75.00 CAD + HST


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