Workshops

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: Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec21
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Teacher: Andrea Soos
Fee: $$25.00 + HST

Restorative

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: Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 9 (***CANCELLED***), Dec 7
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $$25.00 + HST

Embodied Strength

Learn how to add greater strength and stability to your movement practice in a format that honours where you are and progressively builds from there. Explore how physical strength fosters ease and improves mobility, as well as how it translates into an embodied sense of courage and resilience in your daily life off the mat.

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Christopher Bourke
Fee: $$75.00 + HST

Hanging & Crawling with Restorative Exercise

With modern conveniences that take our arms out in front of us like driving, pushing grocery carts & typing on devices, our body is frequently in positions that limit the full expression of the shoulder girdle, arms and hands.  Losing our full range of motion not only increases tension in these areas, but also places strain on our heart and lungs.  Bring more health and stability to these tissues with movements involving hanging and crawling, along with breathing practices and smaller movements of the hands, head and neck. In addition to some play in the studio, we will also take a trip to the monkey bars at the park.  All skill levels welcome!   

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Fee: $$75.00 + HST

Adaptive Movement for Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery

Preparing for knee or hip replacement with an adaptive practice can make the waiting period less painful, improve post-surgical outcomes, and offers a solid foundation for getting back to your desired activities.  Join Joanne, a certified Yoga Therapist, to learn slow and accessible movements to strengthen muscles in the hip & leg chain and build core stability & upper body strength.  Improving overall function will not only help decrease pain as you wait, but will make post-operative physiotherapy easier and more effective.  As meditation is a proven tool in managing chronic pain, mindfulness will also incorporated. A small class size & relaxed pace guarantees individual attention, support and problem-solving for your unique challenges as you prepare for surgery.

Date: 10-week session from October 15 to December 17 (late registrations will be pro-rated)
Time: 2:00-3:15 PM
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $$250.00 + HST for 10-week session

Restorative Exercise 6-Week Series

Our body is constantly receiving and adapting to various loads and forces throughout our lifetime.  In order to determine how we are responding to these forces, we can put our body on a grid and practice micro movements to help 'restore’ the body and start moving more naturally in our environment.  In this series, we will dive deeply into these micro movements, or ‘Correctives’, which are practiced within specific alignment parameters to uncover deeply set tension patterns, strengthen weak spots, and keep your body in a state of regeneration.  We will also discuss how you can blend these movements into your daily life!

Date: Saturdays, October 20 to November 24
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Teacher: Andrea Michaluk
Fee: $$150.00 + HST for 6 week series

Therapeutic Movement for Back Pain

Chronic back pain is on the rise; it is estimated that 85% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. The causes of back pain vary widely, and research has shown that the best treatment for most back pain is gentle movement. In this workshop, you will learn about the anatomy of back pain – the relationships within the body that affect posture, core stability and back health - and what might be contributing to your discomfort. We will explore gentle movements to help manage and decrease pain, including those which are strengthening and preventative.

Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Joanne Hudspith
Fee: $$75.00 + HST

“A Day of Mindfulness” - Living with Uncertainty

“A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you”.  (Rumi) 

We invite you to give the gift of a little time to yourself with “A Day of Mindfulness” at the studio. The day will honour noble silence and will offer instruction, sitting and walking meditation practice, a dharma talk, a nutritious vegetarian lunch. The theme, Living with Uncertainty, will be explored. This daylong retreat is suitable for beginners who wish to experience an introduction to Mindfulness and for those with experience who wish to deepen practice.

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

Date: Sunday, November 4
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Teacher: Donna Paige
Fee: $$55.00 + HST registration plus ‘dana’ to the teacher

Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga offers many practical tools in managing the physical, psychological and emotional effects of chronic stress, worry & anxiety, and can be an effective adjunct to other therapies. This workshop will introduce gentle movements, mindfulness practices, BodySensing and iRest Yoga Nidra to help relieve tension, calm the nervous system and promote emotional balance. Discover how ‘feeling vs. thinking’ through embodiment helps to down-regulate the ‘fight/flight’ response, interrupt negative thought patterns and nourish peace of mind.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Andrea Soos
Fee: $$75.00 + HST

Care for Caregivers

A skills-focused workshop for individuals providing care to others, including family members, first responders, healthcare practitioners, social workers, and others in helping roles. Learn ways to thrive under the stress of providing support and experience a space to slow down, reflect and build greater mastery in juggling what you're called to do.  This workshop will combine restorative yoga with concrete tools and techniques to be a present & effective support to yourself and others.

Date: Saturday, November 24
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Teacher: Christopher Bourke
Fee: $$75.00 + HST

Moving Mindfully with Dance

This workshop is an invitation to play and explore through dance. It is an opportunity to rediscover the impulse to move and listen a little deeper to the body’s cues.  While contacting the present moment, we will delve into ways of accessing movement, creativity and embodiment. We will learn simple choreography containing energizing patterns and rhythms and enjoy expressive qualities of free movement.

Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Teacher: Megan English
Fee: $$30.00 + HST

 

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