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Dice Iida-Klein and Briohny Smyth are amazing yogis and teachers in their own rights, but together they are outstanding!
Hailing from California, they both teach out of their home studio, Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, CA. You can catch Dice’s classes on Yoga Glo, while Bri was most recently known for her Equinox yoga video fame, as well as her classes on Yogis Anonymous. They form the duo of Handstanders.com.
Check them out in this inspiring handstanding/partner yoga demonstration from last month. Get inspired!
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Live Yoga in White Rock made an exciting change of venue this past week and students are thoroughly enjoying the new location!
Having resided in a quaint character building in White Rock for the last six years, Live Yoga turned a page at the end of March and said goodbye to their cozy studio and said hello to their new, larger, street-level space jut down the road. They will continue to offer a complete current schedule of great yoga classes, but now there is more space to really stretch out and relax without kicking the window sills!
The new studio will have someone on-site Monday to Saturday from 10:30am – 6:00pm. Live Yoga now houses a beautiful Wellbeing Shop where you can purchase a wide variety of items – from natural perfumes, to malas, and books – most of which are locally purchased. They are also selling Half Moon Yoga props and are able to order in any Half Moon products for you if not on the shelves.
Live Yoga’s goal is to continue building community and ensuring that you have a blissful yoga experience every time you come to class. All of their teachers have a very high level of training, kind hearts and love teaching yoga!
Find a full list of drop-in classes, preregistered series, and much more at www.liveyoga.ca or visit the new location (only a block away from the previous location!) at 15186 Buena Vista Avenue in White Rock.
Congratulations Live Yoga!
Gil Hedley, Ph.D., founder of Integral Anatomy Productions, LLC, and Somanautics Workshops, Inc. is an anatomist whose intention is to share a larger vision of community and relationships based upon insights drawn from self-responsible and embodied life experience.
He gives a wonderful “fuzz speech” which describes with perfect simplicity why we should all get up in the morning and move, stretch and use our bodies. Don’t let the “fuzz” build up and become permanent movement inhibitions!
Visit his website for more information about his research.
More importantly, watch the Fuzz Speech here!
I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I finally signed up for a weekly online newsletter at http://yogaanatomy.net/ delivered by Leslie Kaminoff, a leading anatomy teacher and author of the #1 best-selling yoga book “Yoga Anatomy.”
Once a week, I receive an email that features tips and information about yoga and anatomy. Every email features a different pose and its anatomical intrigues: for instance, Halasana (Plow Pose) a couple of weeks ago included information about the muscle groups, skeletal movements and rotations, as well as implications for the breath and a couple of excellent animations to illustrate the pose.
Kaminoff also includes a quote of the week. An ardent fan of a well-intentioned quote, I especially appreciate this inclusion. They are often perfectly straight-to-the-point. Just what a yoga student needs to hear:
There is nothing wrong with you that you have one tight hip and one loose hip, or one leg that wants to turn out a little more than the other. This is what it is to be human. So give yourself a break.
The newsletters include a short video on various topics related to teaching. They also provide information about signing up for his acclaimed Yoga Anatomy Course, previously only available at his studio (now available online!). “The Breathing Project in NYC, has helped teachers and practitioners from yoga, dance, pilates, and somatic therapy backgrounds improve their teaching, enhance their personal practice, and provide better experiences for their students and clients.” (http://yogaanatomy.net/)
If you aren’t already receiving the weekly newsletter from YogaAnatomy.net, sign up now! Visit www.YogaAnatomy.net and provide your email address in the top right corner. Enjoy the wonderful information from Leslie Kaminoff!
This Sunday, March 11, join Clara for her class “Lila!” which occurs only once a month at Semperviva, City Studio!
Join Clara Roberts-Oss each month for a session of Lila/Cosmic Play, exploring various asana.
These informative workshops address groups of poses that require more explanation or time to investigate. Each workshop will address alignment of more challenging poses, and how these poses manifest in our bodies. Class will begin with a vinyasa flow to warm the body, then move to the workshop aspect of the class. Questions and active participation are encouraged!
Sunday, March 11, 2012, 12:30-3pm
Semperviva City Studio, Vancouver
$15+hst for members, $25+hst for non-members
Contact [email protected] or 604-739-2009
Last week, I was invited to attend a workshop with Yoga Outreach, a Vancouver-based registered charity whose mission is to “identify, develop, and deliver healing and life-affirming yoga programs to people who can not directly access these resources.”
The Trauma Sensitive Yoga workshop that I attended was informative in all the right ways. The session leaders, Yoga Outreach Coordinator Sarah Holmes de Castro and Curriculum Developer, Nicole Marcia, were knowledgeable, insightful and supportive teachers. They truly espouse the values Yoga Outreach is offering to its teachers and students.
Yoga Outreach is putting on a few events in the coming months. If these events are anything like the one I just attended, you will find them inspiring, insightful and well worth signing up for!
All proceeds support Yoga Outreach and its programs, so come for the yoga, learn more about yourself and others while supporting this amazing organisation!
Visit Yoga Outreach’s events page to read event descriptions and to register your spot.
Mark your calendars:
Revitalize & Restore: A Chakra Yoga Workshop with Shivani Wells
Part lecture, part practice, you will come away from this workshop with a greater understanding of the psychology of the chakras, insight into your own excessive or deficient energetic patterns, and practices to awaken and balance the seven chakras that you can use for a lifetime. Cost: $35 ~ Pre-registration is required. All proceeds support the work of Yoga Outreach in Correctional settings. Fee includes 1 Detoxifying Juice from The Juice Truck.
Making Yoga Relevant for Youth with Ella Cooper
March 15th ~ 5 -9pm
A 4 hour workshop for yoga teachers interested in learning tools for making yoga relevant and empowering for youth. Cost: $75 ~ Pre-registration is required.
Clear Boundaries, No Limits: Energy in action and the phenomenon of form. A Yoga Workshop with Christine Price Clark
March 25th ~ 10:30 – 12:30pm
Join us for this very special opportunity to practice yoga amongst inspiring artworks! This workshop is offered in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery. During this playful practice, we will unearth the generative capacity of your human form- literally your energy body’s potential to manifest unlimited, creative expression. Cost: $35 ~ Pre-registration is required.
Also… the bi-annual Yoga Outreach Core Training (April 13-15) is upcoming. See website for full details! Tuition: $288. Limited work-study scholarships are available. To register: Visit www.yogaoutreach.com/training. For more information: please contact Sarah at [email protected]
I met Todd Caldecott in the summer. Practitioner of Ayurveda, author and influential speaker, his talks changed how I think about food, how I cook, and how I eat. Implementing just a few of his many tips for a more sustainable, happy and healthful life, I feel better and have more energy. Come for this unique opportunity to hear Todd speak for an incredibly low price! This event is not to be missed.
- February 25th (Saturday)
- 1pm – 4pm Kushala Yoga at Suter Brook
- $10 + HST
Confused About Diet?
Come join Todd Caldecott author of the new book Food As Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food, on an exploration of food, what it is and how it impacts your health. Using the framework of Ayurveda, learn how to develop a healthy diet for your unique needs, how to eat strategically for the different seasons, and what herbs and foods can be incorporated into your diet to treat common health issues. In this workshop you will learn about the basic elements of food preparation, cookware, detoxification, and therapeutic diets
Medical Herbalist Practioner of Ayurveda Registered Profession Member
American Herbalists Guild, RH (AHG)
Author of Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life
Editor of Ayurveda in Nepal
While I don’t normally tout the praises of my own classes, this week I’m going to without compunction! I’m so excited about two of my upcoming special events and cannot help but share in hopes of meeting and teaching Vancouver Yoga Review’s loyal readers.
This Friday, I’m teaming up with a fantastic fellow teacher, Sean O’Leary (of Jungle Love and Bhakti Dub fame) for a Friday night, pre-Cupid, Partner Yoga session. Partner Yoga is a very sweet and connected practice – if you haven’t tried to before, it’s a real treat.
On Friday, Feb 10, from 8-9:30pm, join Sean and myself for Partner Yoga at Hari Om Yoga in Langley. There will be therapeutic techniques, sweet adjustments, lots of fun, and even time for a little massage at the end! Don’t worry if your partner is absolutely new to yoga – this class is for all levels.
Bring a friend, spouse, co-worker, sibling, parent or child and prepare to feel good and have lots of fun! For only $25+hst per couple, it’s cheaper and sweeter than going to the movies!
I’ll be following this special class with a repeat, back-by-popular-demand, event – again at Hari Om Yoga – called Tragically Hips next Friday, Feb 17, from 8-9:30pm ($10+hst). Love (or hate) hip-openers? Get hip with this entertaining Friday night class to the tunes of the classic Canadian band. Bring your friends and expect to laugh and move your way to a fun Friday night!
For either or both of these Friday night events, call now (604-539-0566) or visit Hari Om Yoga in person (20230 64th ave, Langley) to register your spot.
Share my excitement for these entertaining special event yoga classes! I look forward to seeing you there!
The “I Saw You” section of The Georgia Straight and “Missed Connections” from Craigslist are among my favourite readings. I love the romance of an anonymous stranger reaching out to someone they met for an instant, or didn’t meet at all and wished they had.
I am enthralled that in the ever-more-chaotic miasma of our cosmopolitan lives, where we see and interact with dozens, if not hundreds, of people in a day, a profound connection might occur and prompt its participants to reach out to the vast and endless annals of the interweb, in the remote hope that the message of “I would love to talk more” or “can I take you for tea?” might be read and reciprocated.
Joyously, I soak up the messages that were never intended to be received. Connections so sweet and lovely they prompted just an expression of “you are beautiful” or “I loved your shoes”. These are random, anonymous and perfectly simple expressions of the lasting effect of a chance glance or meeting.
Most of all, I relish the details – how the love-struck describe their Romeos and Juliettes, the setting of scenes, the short conversations, and other observances that contributed somehow to the ignited spark. I love how people write about these moments. Their few words speak whole volumes about how simple and joyful relationships can occur in an instant if we are open to receiving them.
Obviously, I have a specific enjoyment in missed connections that occur around the practice of yoga. These contain sightings of people with yoga mats, as well as encounters on and off the mat. Yoga’s missed connections are often playful, honest and fun accounts.
I offer for you, dear readers, one of my favourite missed connections recently. It made me smile:
Was performing new bus-yoga, when you told me about your bus reading, that you usually did. Was interested in what you were reading about. I had on some skull fingerless gloves from Urban Empire, with the felt insides; they are very cool (at least I think so) and very comfortable. I was meeting a friend for dinner, but you got off on the stop just before Gilmore. Would you want to go for a peppermint latte?
It has it all –the intrigue of “new bus-yoga,” incredible detail of clothing and its importance to the author, as well as the request for a future encounter. Love it. Did you two ever meet for a peppermint latte?
Send me your favourite yoga “Missed Connections”! And please, please, please keep writing having experiences that warrant an expression of love and appreciation. Long live these sweet connections.
image via jezebel.com
Yoga Therapist and rider Teresa Campbell, is providing a workshop at Semperviva to help boarders stretch out their winter season. Saturday, Feb 4, 3:15pm-5:30pm at City Centre Semperviva, $45+hst. For more information about Teresa and this exciting event, visit Semperviva’s event listing here.
Prepare in the most powerful way for a season of amazing riding and do all that you can to ensure that your body will allow for a continued love affair with the slopes and the most EPIC season ever! This workshop is preventative medicine for shredders, so you can spend less time with chiros, physios and hot pack and MORE time on the slopes carving out your bliss!
Teresa weaves together insights from her knowledge and experiences as a yoga therapist and years of riding and healing her own injuries.
We will focus on parts of the body most vital to snowboarders and learn simple pre-riding prep and post riding decompression routines that will improve your riding and decrease chance of injury.
- increase core strength, range of motion, breathing, balance, alleviate joint stiffness, condition and prep muscles for the stresses of riding
- develop and maintain the conditioning needed for blissful boarding
- learn quick recovery so you can get the most out of the upcoming season
- improve technique and form and overall shredding BLISS
No yoga experience necessary. All ages welcome!
This Friday and next Saturday, make plans to spend a heart-felt, spiritually-uniting, jamming practice with Sean O’Leary!
Sean will be sharing two joyous yoga sessions in the upcoming weeks: Jungle Love at Hari Om Yoga in Langley on Friday (Jan 20) and Bhakti Dub next Saturday (Jan 28) ay Kushala Yoga in Suter Brook, Port Moody.
If you haven’t taken a class with Sean before, you’ll love him. His warmth and enthusiasm will brighten even the snowiest day, and the practice he leads always leaves you feeling buoyant and sweet. And yes, he is always that happy. Don’t miss out on these unique classes!
From Kushala Yoga:
My brother from another mother, my sister from a different mister, let us unite! Come for an afternoon of bliss (ananda), with me (Sean), and embrace the art of Bhakti. This all levels asana class will focus on building community, friendship, and unconditional love for your neighbor. The twist will be the funky rhythms of reggae and dub filling the room with good vibrations.
Visionaries like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh had a heartfelt belief that all hate, inequality, and racism in the world could be cured through music. This one love mentality will be magnified through a series of group asana (poses) and partner assists. Everyone has an inborn natural desire to love, embrace and radiate happiness. So come groove, laugh, connect, share, and amplify your love for all people in the universe.
Join Sean for the sweetness of a loving practice to warm the soul:
Jungle Love at Hari Om Yoga in Langley
Friday, Jan 20, 8pm-9:30pm, $10+hst drop-in
Bhakti Dub at Kushala Yoga at Suter Brook, Port Moody
Saturday, Jan 28, 3pm – 4:30pm
By donation to Hungry For Life International
On Monday, Jan 9 at 7pm, Banyen Books is hosting “Beyond Addiction: The Possible Self,” a public talk and book signing with Dr. Gabor Maté! This is going to be an exciting event!
Dr Maté is a Vancouver physician, author and public speaker who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and mind/body health. He has authored the best-selling In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Hold on to Your Kids, When the Body Says No and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder. Full event details can be found on the Banyen Books website. The talk will cover:
Addictions of all kinds consume us, and take us away from our true nature. We are only free and independent when we release all identifications from the past that have coalesced to form a false identity. Dr Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts will discuss the mindset and practices required to support a commitment to our authentic self. A great way to begin the new year!
Dr Maté will be joined by Sat Dharam Kaur ND, creator of Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery; Satwinder Kaur, program graduate and Julia Wilson, yoga researcher.
Sat Dharam Kaur ND is an award-winning naturopathic doctor who has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for 35 years. She is the author of The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer and is completing a book that addresses yogic and naturopathic treatment of addiction.
Julia Wilson has been workingwithin the addictions field since 2006. She is currently an addictions counselor with experience in group and individual therapy as well as workshops and lecture style education sessions. Julia has worked as a primary researcher on projects in Vancouver’s downtown eastside in collaboration with Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) and W2 Community Media Arts. Julia is also a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and teaches at various yoga studios and addiction treatment centers throughout Greater Vancouver.
Satwinder Kaur lives in Vancouver, and is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher who completed the Beyond Addiction program in Toronto in 2011. She currently leads workshops and teaches the program, and is motivated to help create a healing space in Vancouver for people to recover from addiction.
The event will take place on Mon, Jan 9 at 7pm at the Unitarian Church (949 W49 Ave, Vancouver). Tickets are $11 (available for purchase through Banyen Books either by phone or in person, 604-737-8858).