PLAYFUL AUTHENTIC SURRENDER
Living Yoga: I have grown my yoga practice based on a strong foundation of connection with Mother Earth and her elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether, recognizing that the imbalance within the body is simply mirrored back to us through our environment.
My focus is to support you in developing a sense of curiosity and playfulness, as we explore and work with the Yamas and Niyamas. These are the true foundation of a Yoga practice, and will help you to detach from your story (whether it is one of abandonment, never feeling good enough, or believing you are unworthy) and align you with your heart and YOUR authentic Self.
Through a practice of Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga, as well as the integration of mandalas, you will develop strong core values that align with your thoughts, words and actions strengthening and healing the elements of earth, water, fire, air and ether, as you commit to walking your path. From a place of gratitude you will restore harmony to both your body and environment, bringing the teachings of Yoga off the mat and into the world, manifesting your truth and the change you wish to create!
The foundation of all yoga, Hatha focuses on individual postures as well as pranayama and bandhas to cultivate stability (through proper alignment), strength and flexibility, building confidence, commitment and discipline as well as providing an opportunity to move deeper within and re-establish a relationship with your body, mind and emotions.
When we connect with our body, mind and emotions, we begin to feel a deep gratitude for the physical and the unlimited potential available. As well, our health improves as our awareness of the body deepens, and we recognize tension and tightness in the body as a reflection of an imbalance in life, learning to accept the present moment, release thoughts and emotions binding us to the past and focus on restoring harmony within the body by uniting our masculine and feminine energies.
This form of yoga modifies traditional Hatha Yoga, making it accessible for anyone at any stage of physical fitness. It supports the body in performing certain asanas with the use of a variety of props, allowing gravity to do the work of lengthening your muscles. Restorative Yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the amazing benefits of a back bending posture, without having to be a fit, advanced yogi or practitioner. If you have ever shied away from a yoga class because you never felt “flexible enough”, you can now learn to stretch passively and safely.
During a restorative class you will remain in a supported posture for a length of time, focussing on body awareness and breath, letting go of tension or tightness and moving deeper within. It requires patience and courage to remain still in a posture where we may encounter pain and discomfort or a variety of emotions. It is a practice that cultivates a more nurturing relationship with your body helping you to become empowered, taking control in addressing current injuries or illness, as well as creating healing in the bodymind as a form of prevention.
Yin Yoga was created by Paul Zink combining Hatha Yoga postures with a Daoist philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Yin classes are slower paced with postures being held for longer periods. Its' emphasis is to move inward, expanding awareness of the body, learning to release effort and surrender your body to gravity. Different from most forms of yoga which focus on strengthening muscle, Yin Yoga focusses on strengthening the connective tissue around a joint, mainly knees, hips, pelvis and low back. Through the practice of Yin Yoga, the five elements found within the body - earth, water, fire, air & ether can be enhanced and brought into balance, restoring the body to its natural state of health and actualizing our ability to move with stability, fluidity, power and grace.
Mandala Gardens Monday 6-7pm (yin $15/class) and Sundays 10-11:30 (restorative $25 drop-in)
St James United Church (24 Mary Street) Thursday 6-7 (Hatha & Yin $150/ten or $20 drop-in)
McKellar Market (Minerva Park) 11-12noon ($20 drop in)
Book Launch: Return to the Heart, A Journey through the Yamas and Niyamas
This book is a working journal that takes you on a journey through your life using the Yamas and Niyamas. It is sold as an E-Book and is an opportunity for you to move more fully into your Heart and True Essence. This journal was sparked by my own journey and how the teachings of yoga can truly become your foundation for cultivating a more Authentic Self as you move more deeply within, listen to and follow your heart. (No yoga experience required!) Cost: $25 (to order: simply send me an email transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you your book.)
Upcoming Workshops for 2016
February 14th: Couples Thai Massage
March 12th: Celebrate the Goddess Within
April 16th: Create a Heart Mandala
June 24th – October 9th: 200Hr YTT
June 24th – October 21st: Cultivate an Intention, A Five Part Series
(can be applied as a 100Hr. Module through CYA)