About Amy H

Amy loves doing yoga, teaching yoga, learning about yoga and, of course, writing about yoga! She teaches Yin, Flow and Hatha in the lower mainland. When not teaching studio classes or taking sessions with other teachers, you'll find her nose in a book, preferably at the beach.

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Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Source: http://www.myembodiment.com/tag/adoptee/

At the request of one reader last week, I attempted to furnish a list of Christmas Yoga Deals in the Vancouver area.  I say “attempted” because I didn’t have a lot of luck. Slim pickings! If you know of any others I can add to this (somewhat paltry) list, reply in the comments section below and I’ll keep it updated!

Vancouver Downtown:

None found! Gasp!

Kits/Point Grey:

Yogacara Studios (http://www.yogacarastudios.com/) – Monthly memberships for $89 (conditions apply, see website).

Broadway:

Open Door Yoga (www.opendooryoga.bc.ca) – In the month of December, start a membership (12/18 months) and receive a $50 gift certificate to give away! You get a $50 gift certificate for every 3 month pre-payment that you make.

Yoga on 7th (http://www.yogaon7th.com/)– Buy specialty gift cards for your loved ones! Yoga Gift Cards ($15; 4 class card for $60; 12 Class Card for $189). Gong meditation ($15) and Body  Rolling ($25) gift certificates also available.

Prana Yoga College (http://www.pranayogacollege.com/) – Online store has yoga resources (books, CDs, DVDs) on sale!

 

 

Christmas Yoga Deals In The Lower Mainland!

Source: http://www.vayushayoga.com/

Not sure about you, but I have a few friends and family members who might be interested in yoga, if it was free. Christmas is the perfect time to give them the gift of YOGA! Not from the Vancouver area? Want some deals in the burbs?

In the interest of helping you help your suburban potential yogi, here are a few yoga deals happening in the Lower Mainland:

Langley:

Hari Om Yoga (http://www.hariomyoga.com/) – Buy a 5 Class Card for $50! On sale now until Dec 24, this is a very reasonably priced gift for that potential yogi. All cards expire on Feb 28
(only one card can be used per person, although one person can multiples as gifts).

Bikram Yoga Langley (http://www.bikramyogalangley.com/) – Karma promo ends tomorrow!  KARMA classes! Bring a non-perishable or monetary donation with you to class. Anyone making a
donation will receive 20% off packages and memberships!

White Rock:

Live Yoga (http://www.liveyoga.ca/)– With every gift certificate of $25 or more purchased before Christmas, receive a free class! The class can be used yourself, or given away as a stocking stuffer!  Live Yoga is also hosting a Holiday Karma Yoga Class on Dec 11 from 1pm-2:15pm by donation to the Food Bank.

Surrey:

Vayusha Yoga Studio (http://www.vayushayoga.com/): In December only, buy One Month of Unlimited Yoga for $30!

Abbotsford:

Bikram Yoga Abbotsford (http://www.bikramyogaabbotsford.com/) –Buy a 40 class card for $299! Save $150! No expiry date!

Know of any other great deals for yogis? Comment below and I’ll include them next week!

Rasa Vinyasa: Embodying the Art of Yoga with Shiva Rea

Source: www.shivarea.com

An Intensive for Those Who Drink and Savor the Juice of Life

Shiva Rea is coming to Semperviva on Dec 10-11 for a Prana Flow workshop! Here’s the info from Semperviva’s website. Buy your tickets now  – this will be a fantastic and memorable weekend!

Rasa is one of the most sublime and rich understandings of the art of transformation to emerge from Tantra, yoga, Ayurveda and the arts with many beautiful interconnected meanings. Rasa is the “essence” of any aspect of creation – the sweetness of a mango, the light of fire, the experience of one’s own intrinsic nature; it is the process of rejuvenation and alchemy within Ayurveda, and the art of divine recognition through emotional and artistic transformation as the great sage Abhinavagupta describes as the “Self tasting the Self”. Without rasa, it is said, our experience of yoga and life becomes dry, rigid, routine. Rasa as the rejuvenative juice restores our essence and enhances our moment-to-moment satisfaction in being fully alive.

Our rasa immersion is dedicated to the art of inner-outer rejuvenation by cultivating the living nectar of the heart (maharasa). Shiva will offer pranarasaflow™ – an offering of practice, teaching and living in harmony with from the nine energetic rasas of tantric arts teachings with a focus on: Vira (potency, empowerment), Sringara (sublime love), Raudra (fierce love), Hasya (Supreme Delight), Karuna (compassion) and Shanti (living peace) to bring authentic flow to your practice, teaching and life. Live music, kirtan and classical music artists energizing live drumming to sublime flute will be integrated into the Prana Flow® yoga practices led by Shiva.

Shiva will teach how to live true to your inner alchemy in the flow of life and offer the flow of yoga with a full-spectrum, rejuvenative balance.

Dates: December 10th-11th, 2011
Times: 1:00pm to 5:30pm (Saturday)
12:30pm to 4:30pm (Sunday)
Location: Semperviva City Studio
Cost: $135.00 + HST (Saturday)
$125.00 + HST (Sunday)
$225.00 + HST (weekend)
Contact: 604.739.2009
[email protected]

Lululemon’s Christine Day Named CEO of the Year

Lululemon's CEO, Christine Day. Source: http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/23/ lululemons-christine-day-first-woman-named-ceo-of-the-year

On the heels of consumer backlash about the Ayn Rand-inspired quotation that appeared on some Lululemon bags (see story here), Lululemon has made the news again this week as Christine Day was named CEO of the Year by Report on the Business (and the first ever woman to do so!).

The Toronto Sun reports in an article this morning:

Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s Christine Day has become the first woman to be crowned chief executive of the year by a leading business magazine.

Day was chosen for “her ability to create a remarkable bond between the brand and its ultra-loyal fans,” the Report on Business said Wednesday.

Since Day joined the company in 2008, Lululemon has gone from a niche Vancouver startup specializing in yoga wear to an international lifestyle brand
worth nearly $5 billion.

Day has a knack for building strong corporate cultures and cult-like followings around consumer goods. Prior to Lululemon, she spent 20 years at Starbucks, where she held several key management positions.

Day – wife and mother of three now living in Vancouver – has a BA from Central Washington University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Last year, the magazine named Quebecor’s Pierre Karl Peladeau, Wind Mobile’s Anthony Lacavera and Shaw’s Jim Shaw CEOs of the year. Past winners also include  Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne and Fairfax Financial’s Prem Watsa.

 

Restorative Yoga and Therapy Teacher Training Starting January!

Dan Clement, source: http://www.indigo yoga.ca/yoga-instructors.html

Love yoga? Want to share your practice with others? Have a special interest in restorative yoga and therapeutic techniques?

A specialized training program with Open Source Yoga (Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance) will begin in January. This part-time weekdays evening course will focus on
empowering teachers to work with private clients and small groups in a home yoga studio setting.

Teachers in training will employ holistic biomechanics to work structurally to heal common injuries to the shoulders, hips, knees, wrists and neck. The balance of the course will cover all areas of yoga alliance certification standards at the 200 hour level, with components of restorative yoga for stress and illness, Ayurvedic diet, as well as Thai Massage and development of a home business plan.

Dan Clement and Carol Wray will be leading the training from a working home yoga studio. They are both very experienced teachers with extensive training in structural therapy, restorative and yin yoga, as well as micro-business development.

200 hour Therapy and Restorative Training
Dates: Jan 10- April 19 2012
Weekday evenings (Tues, Wed,  Thurs 6pm – 10pm) part-time @ Panorama Ridge, Surrey B.C.
Course cost: $2700, includes texts.

To Register: Please contact Dan Clement at [email protected] or http://www.opensourceyoga.ca/ and an application will be sent to you.

Anusara Shakes Up as Three Top Teachers Resign

Last week, three senior Anusara Yoga teachers, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell and Elena Brower, all announced their separation from the trademarked style and its founder, John Friend.

Christina Sell, on her personal blog writes:

I think the most accurate way to explain my choice to resign my certification has less to do with dharmic differences between the two communities of which I have been a part and more to do with my own personal dharma; of how best to aim my teaching in the years to come. […] So we are clear: I love John Friend. I love Anusara Yoga. I love my friends in the system. My students continually inspire me beyond belief. I hope I have been super clear about that. I keep repeating it. It’s the truth. I have benefited form my involvement with the organization and the method in so many ways.

And:

So, having said that, a bit more of my personal process that might fill out the story goes like this: Over the last few years a very subtle yet strong and consistent interest has been rising within me. I started to realize that I was interested in yoga in general more than I was interested in Anusara Yoga in specific. I have never been an Anusara purist, as anyone who reads this blog knows. I like it all. I practice it all. (Okay, well, not all of it, but A LOT of it.) In fact, over the last 5 years since I moved to Austin, I have probably been practicing asana more outside of the Anusara yoga system than in it. Not by design or by intention but simply in an organic way of following my curiosities and inclinations and finding good teachers who
could and would help me with my practice, regardless of method.

In an interview with Waylon Lewis from Elephant Journal, John Friend comments on the trio’s departures:

Yes, 3 top level certified Anusara yoga teachers resigned within the last week. Without any context or insight into this matter it might seem like there may be negative turmoil in the Anusara kula.

However, I have been in regular communication with these 3 teachers, who are also my long-time friends, and this was a move to maintain their own personal integrity and the integrity of Anusara yoga. All three of these teachers have evolved their own styles over time, and now are wishing to be artistically independent.

We all openly talked about it, and so we are supporting each other in our own unique yoga styles.

 

Why So Yoga Slow?

Source: http://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/13-balloon-lonely-girl-sad.jpg

It’s pretty obvious – attendance in studios is down right now. Typically fall marks an upswing in numbers, but instead many studios are marking much smaller class sizes than normal. Workshop numbers are down and 30 day challenges are a fraction of their usual sizes. Students aren’t purchasing class cards or memberships as quickly and teachers aren’t being followed with their usual gusto.

Many studios are feeling the pinch of a lack of students. It’s only normal to wonder why this sudden failure to launch. Vancouver Yoga Review readers – I want to hear your thoughts!

Is it the weather? Vancouver had a pretty terrible summer, followed by a lovely September. Maybe it is taking longer than normal for everyone’s schedules, and love of sun and outdoor BBQs, to normalise?

Is it the economy? Are you worried about how much you’re spending on “leisure” activities like yoga?

Has yoga finally reached its peak? Perhaps Vancouver’s ferocious interest in yoga has obtained its ultimate height and is now resting comfortably on a plateau?

Or maybe students have learned all they want to learn from local teachers? Are you looking for more variety of instruction? Less variety maybe? Or has the accessibility and affordability of online classes dampened students’ interest in live class settings?

Is the collective unconscious in Vancouver, one which has been engrossed in a love of all things yoga for many years, starting to head in some other direction? Engrossed in politics or end-of-times worries?

Of course I’m not suggesting yoga is dead. Quel horreur! Nor am I indicating that classes are empty – for some studios the difference is a matter of a few heads. Some may not be feeling or admitting to a difference at all.

The vibe is different this fall. I’m not the only one feeling it either. I have posited many questions. I would love to hear your thoughts Vancouver Yoga Review Readers!  Why is this fall so Yoga Slow?

Ode To A Great Cup Of Tea

Source: http://www.sreducation.ca/everyday-sred-tea/

It’s cold and rainy outside. I’m at work early snuggling with the studio cat Charlie. I had a hot cup of coffee this morning on the way in, but realised as I was making tea for the students upstairs (soon to finish class), there is not much better on a cold rainy October morning (or evening for that matter) than a large, hot, flavourful cup of tea.

I just finished reading Taya’s article this week about Libre Tea Glasses and decided to continue with the theme of the marvelous brilliance of tea!

At the studio I work at (Hari Om Yoga) we provide complementary herbal tea to shoppers and students. We regularly stock tea from David’s Tea (multiple locations) and Tea Time (North Vancouver). Among my favourites are David’s Tea’s Pink Flamingo, Crème Brulée, Baked Apple (ohmygodsogood!) and Exotica. From Tea Time, their Honey Lavender, Corsican Pear, Blueberry Bang and Rose Petals blends rock my socks.

There are many reasons tea is a beautiful thing. It smells delicious. It looks delicate and heavenly. Dried tea has a beautiful sound when shaken in the bag before steeping. A nice cup of tea smells and tastes so brilliant. Good tea is worth discussing. It creates community and better health. Tea feels good to drink – promoting warmth, comfort and balance. It’s hydrating after a yoga class. Tea can lift your spirits or provide grounding, depending on your mood. Have I mentioned it tastes great?

I could go on and on about the marvels of a great cup of tea on a cold, rainy day. Instead, I’ll finish with an anonymous poem that sums it all up perfectly:

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;

And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.

The world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you’ll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.

Free Yoga, Great Deals, Fun Times – A Perfect Day of Yoga!

Source: http://www.hardtailforever.com/yoga2009b.htm#

Thanks to Taya for mentioning this week the Fall Open House this Saturday, Oct 22 at Hari Om Yoga in Langley!

As the store manager and someone who has attended the open house many times, I can vouch for what a great day of yoga and yoga community this will be. Not only are the classes free all day (yay!), but Hari Om will be placing much of its yoga wear on special at 15% off! 20 and 50 class cards will be reduced by 10% on Saturday as well.

Hari Om stocks some of your favourite brands in yoga wear, featuring new shipments of Be Present and Hard Tail Forever, two unique brands made in North America.

Come and join a fun day of yoga with us! We will have food and snacks, as well as a great line-up of classes to try – whether you’re new to yoga and want to see what it’s about, or maybe you already know and love the yoga practice and just want to come for the fun of it! Classes are first-come, first-served, so arrive early to reserve your spot!

I’ll be there all day (and teaching Tragically Hips at 3pm!) so drop by and say hello!

Hari Om Yoga is located at #102 – 20230 64 Ave, Langley. For questions, call 604-539-5066 or email [email protected]. See you there!

Class schedule:

9-10am – Yin/Yang

10:30-11:30am – Hot

12:00-1:00pm – Luna

1:30-2:30pm – Yoga for Beginners

3:00-4:00pm – Tragically Hips

4:30-5:30 – Relax Deeply

Gearing Up For The Vancouver Yoga Conference

Source: www.theyogaconference.com/vancouver2011

The Yoga Conference and Show is coming to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre from Nov 4-6! That’s coming up soon! There will be a huge number of interesting booths, as well as a number of celebrated teachers to take classes from. It’s going to be an exciting weekend!

For a $15 show ticket, you can attend the 3 day show and have access to 39 Garden Yoga Classes, as well as 120 exhibitors.  To attend the more in-depth classes and workshops, class costs range from $46-198, depending on the class hours, etc. There are 36 internationally renowned faculty teaching 130 workshops!

A full listing of classes, teachers and other information is available online here. Sign up soon for this great weekend!

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer positions available too! Applications are available on the conference website.

Teachers and presenters to check out (see detailed bios here):

  • Padma
  • Teresa Campbell and Chris Brandt
  • Shannon Cluff
  • Michelle  Cormack
  • Seane  Corn
  • Jason  Crandell
  • Mike Dennison
  • Nischala Devi
  • Sat  Dharam Kaur
  • Maria Garre
  • Ted Grand
  • Susi  Hately
  • Leslie  Kaminoff
  • Devinder  Kaur
  • Martin Kirk
  • Mark  Laham
  • Blake  Martin
  • Djuna  Mascall
  • Kelly  McGonigal, PhD
  • Theresa  Murphy
  • Michael Stone
  • Brad Waites

Forget the Apple, Give a Smile to Your Teacher!

Source: http://seeinnerbeauty.wordpress.com/tag/smile/

When I first started teaching yoga classes, I had expected some surprises. I had expected to feel a little awkward, to mix up my sides, to demonstrate at weird angles, and say things that didn’t make any sense. I had expected the odd stink-eye from students who couldn’t follow what I was saying or thought my teaching was silly or, worse, lacklustre.

I made preparations to deal with these encumbrances. I practiced and practiced – both alone and with somewhat willing volunteers (mostly people related to me). I read widely, watched YouTube videos, and attended more classes to get in tune with other teacher’s approaches and styles. Despite my
best efforts, when I actually started teaching I was in for a shocker.

I realised in my first class that when people are doing yoga, it’s with absolute concentration and intensity – total focus and intent with no time or space for smiling! Egad! Students in my classes can even look a bit… ferocious. They are usually working hard, which is good, but at the same time, it can be very difficult as a teacher to sense whether students are enjoying themselves or not. I mean, isn’t that what yoga is about? Improving yourself, reaching your goals and realising a sense of peace and/or happiness?

Trust me, I do not escape blame myself. I have brought attention towards how hard I work for my teachers in class and how little I smile in poses. This has changed in recent weeks. Now I try to grin and laugh, even when it’s hard and sweaty, or I’m trying my best to focus.

My suggestion? Work hard, but bring a little softness around the edges. Instead of an apple, give a little smile to your teacher! They will appreciate it!

Welsh Team Turns to Yoga for Rugby World Cup Glory

Welsh Team Turns to Yoga for Rugby World Cup Glory

Wales, Rugby World Cup vs Samoa. Source: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/home/teams/team=33/photo/index.html

In New Zealand, the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup is underway. Twenty teams have been waiting four years for the chance to demonstrate their skills on the pitch and take home the title as the world’s best rugby team.

According to articles on BBC and WalesOnline.co.uk, the Welsh team, known for their brutish hard work and gruff demeanour, “turned to yoga in a bid to boost their quest for World Cup glory.”

Wales hand-picked six players who they thought were more susceptible to injury and not as flexible as other players. They made the yoga portion optional to other players, but ended up turning people away because they could only fit 10 in the room.

Many of these players went from being unable to touch their toes, to placing hands flat on the ground. The conditioning chief commented, “If you think, the ball goes over their head, they have to stretch, they get hit in awkward positions, they have to run and they have to have certain mobility to hit positions in running. The guys were good. They said we’ll give it a go and the feedback was excellent.”

This is not the first instance of professional athletes using yoga to improve their flexibility and strength in their primary sport. Just in the Vancouver area, the Vancouver Canucks are known to use yoga for strength and conditioning and, recently on Vancouver Yoga Review, Taya journaled Milan Lucic’s foray into Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown as part of cross-training.

Two weeks into the Rugby World Cup, Wales has both won and lost a game. Stay tuned to action in New Zealand to see how the yogic preparations pay off for the Welsh!

Yoga for Women Affected by Breast Cancer at Live Yoga

Source: http://www.missomnimedia.com/2008/10/miss-bcam-pink-yoga-mats/

Live Yoga (www.liveyoga.ca) is a sweet space on 1227 Johnson Rd in White Rock. They have a permanent drop-in schedule with a variety of classes (Yin, Flow, Hatha, Anusara, Core, Gentle). Boasting a community atmosphere, the teachers serve tea at the end of class and really care about their students lives and practices.

This fall, Live Yoga is providing several special interest pre-registered yoga courses for its students and the general public. It is so wonderful to see a studio engaging fully with the needs of its students – and offering classes that are pertinent to different stages of life and health.

A truly significant offering at the Live Yoga studio is Yoga for Women Affected by Breast Cancer. This course starts on Sept 21 and runs every Wednesday for 8 weeks. The total cost of the course is $119 (including HST).

The primary teacher is Carol, who specializes in Yoga therapy, Anusara Yoga and Restorative Yoga, with assistance from Marnie, the studio owner, who trained with the Simonton Centre in Los Angeles in their cancer therapist program. Having worked with both of these teachers before, and knowing well their warmth, passion and care, they are the perfect people to be leading this course.

The aim of this class will be to increase range of motion, flexibility, strength, and a sense of well-being enhanced by yoga postures, breath work and meditation. Particular emphasis will be on poses to stretch and strengthen the shoulder girdle and open the chest.

Live Yoga also has a Beginners Yoga course, as well as a Foot Reflexology workshop, both upcoming. A number of their  fall 8-week pre-registered offerings started this week: Core Yoga (All Levels and Level 2), Prenatal (ongoing classes), Kids Yoga, Moms & Tots Yoga, Teen Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Aging, and Yoga for Overweight Bodies.

For more information or to register for this or other classes, visit Live Yoga online (www.liveyoga.ca), by phone (604-961-9545) or email [email protected]

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