Events

New Yoga Studio To Open In Point Grey

New Yoga Studio To Open In Point Grey

Exciting news Vancouver yogis and yoginis — a new yoga studio will be opening on October 27th in Point Grey!

The Rein Centre Yoga & Psychotherapy was born out of a deep passion for yoga and the desire to create a very accepting and comfortable yoga community. It is their desire to foster a place where yogis of all levels feel welcomed and supported to further their journey on the yoga path. Located on West 10th Avenue & Trimble Street, the centre offers drop-in yoga, yoga psychotherapy workshops, meditation, and psychological services in a small intimate boutique studio.

They’re currently offering a fantastic $35 new member special of unlimited yoga for two weeks. For further information, visit their website ReinCentre.com.

Still Tickets Left for Paul Muller-Ortega next Weekend!

Still Tickets Left for Paul Muller-Ortega next Weekend!

With the onset of fall and the need to draw more inward focus, it’s the perfect time to spend a weekend in meditation and learning. We are very fortunate to have renowned scholar and teacher Paul Muller-Ortega here for a weekend of Sadhana Satsang Inner Space Yoga on Oct 20-21.

Tickets are $300+hst with the class running all Saturday and Sunday (9:30am-5:30pm). Register online here. Don’t miss out on this unique event!

Detailed description of the weekend:

Churn the Ocean of Infinite Possibility and thus invite the most auspicious life for yourself! The ancient Hindu myth
of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk symbolically conveys the centrality and importance of authentic Yogic practice, Sadhana. It is Sadhana, not philosophy or mere ideology which lies at the center of the Tantric Shaivite Yogic tradition. Through the daily application of profound and profoundly transformative Tantric Yogic practices, the
practitioner begins to experience the nectarean luster of the Light of Consciousness within.

Sadhana churns our awareness. It allows for the arising of fulfillment as an ongoing quality of each moment. Through authentic, deep practice, our inherent gifts and skills are gradually, spontaneously activated and become accessible to us. Sadhana becomes the living doorway through which we can inquire ongoingly into the nature of the Great Consciousness, into Reality, into the very Existence of Life itself.

Embark upon a journey with renowned scholar and beloved teacher Paul Muller-Ortega for a Sadhana Satsang where we will deepen our understanding of Tantric Sadhana and learn powerful, elegant, yet accessible practices for the revelation of the Light of Consciousness. Paul will guide students in the Release Practice, Japa (recitation of mantras), Meditation and other beautiful and potent techniques.

Nada Nidra: The Adventure of a Lifetime

Nada Nidra: The Adventure of a Lifetime

One rarely expects to go to a yoga class and not move at all. But during Yoga Nidra, that is almost exactly what happens.

One Yoga for the People hosted Nada Nidra: The Adventure of a Lifetime Friday night.

At first read, “The adventure of a lifetime” sounds a bit dramatic, but after experiencing Nada and Nidra yogic techniques, one really feels as though they have been on an internal adventure. Yoga Nidra is an empowering practice that guides you towards living in the moment. Heather Eschuk led the ancient Nidra practice, which was complimented by Mike Nichols’ chimes, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls.

The practice began with a beautiful sea of Oms. In a hot room full of so many voices, it was a lovely sound and a nice opportunity to explore the sound of your own Om without judgment. Before class began, Mike advised students that some people can find the sound of the bowls a bit intense; and that participants are welcome to cover their ears or lie on their side. He and Heather also mentioned that students are welcome to move during the Yoga Nidra if they feel the need, which was nice to know.

Mike began the class with a few Yin poses – Caterpillar, pigeon, a little self-jaw-massage, some supported bridge pose and gentle twists – to the sound of the bowls, which helped to bring the attention deep into the body. After this, Heather began to pilot us through the Yoga Nidra experience, which took about 50 minutes. Everybody spent most of the Yoga Nidra in a physical Savasana. Towards the end, as students became more awake and restless, we were encouraged to practice some gentle postures.

Towards the end of the practice, Heather summed up the experience of Yoga Nidra perfectly by calling it: “presence in your own innate wellbeing.”

Check out Heather’s website: www.heathereschuk.com. Mike teaches at Shine Yoga in Vancouver.

Free Yoga & Coconut Water at Bikram Yoga Vancouver!

Free Yoga & Coconut Water at Bikram Yoga Vancouver!

Bikram Yoga Vancouver is celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday (September 29) and is holding a big birthday bash to celebrate the occasion. It’s been a year since the opening of their Cambie street location at City Square Mall, so they are offering FREE yoga classes all day for anyone and everyone. If you didn’t think that was great enough, Cocos Pure is also giving away FREE coconut water, and Zenzation is holding draws for free yoga mats and hot yoga towels! Serious discounts on retail and yoga packages will also be made available for anyone looking for a great deal. See you there!

Where: Unit #22-555 West 12th Avenue, City Square Mall, Vancouver | Phone: 604-568-068 | www.bikramyogavancouver.com

When: Saturday, September 29th

Who: Everyone!

Yoga & Vogue-ing with Madonna

Yoga & Vogue-ing with Madonna

Madonna is coming to town September 29 and on Friday night, she was honoured by a special yoga practice led by Amy Holt in Langley.

Amy’s Yoga Vogue to Madonna was a 90-minute yoga practice in tribute to the musical powerhouse and style icon. The class consisted of 30 minutes of flow, 30 minutes of fun partner work and 30 minutes of more restorative and Yin-inspired poses, all to the soundtrack of Madge, including songs like Material Girl and Vogue.

The first third of the class included some sexy flow sequences, groin openers, and hip thrusting that made you feel as though you were in a music video. In the middle of the class, we got into partners and did funky paired-up poses including Balasana and Upavista Konasana with one partner draped over the other’s back (gentle thigh massages optional), and a delicious Thai Yoga back massage exercise.

Double Down Dog

Amy Holt and Desiree Cabalfin demonstrating Double Downward Facing Dog Friday, September 21 at Yoga Vogue to Madonna at Hari Om Yoga in Langley.

The beautiful Amy wore a black, sequined mini-dress and purple tights. Colourful photographs of Madonna taken throughout the decades were sprinkled around the upstairs studio at Hari Om Yoga Langley, where the special Friday-night class took place. It was a full house – mostly women, but a couple of male Madge-lovers, too. Several of the participants were ticketholders for Madonna’s Vancouver show.

And as if there weren’t enough spice during the practice, there were sultry treats waiting outside after class: candy kisses and spicy dark chocolate.

The event was one of Hari Om Yoga’s $10 Friday-night events, which they schedule almost weekly throughout the Fall.

Alternative to Big Box Yoga Studios Opens in Mount Pleasant

Alternative to Big Box Yoga Studios Opens in Mount Pleasant

Vancouver, BC –Good karma is headed to Mount Pleasant with the opening of Yogācāra’s third boutique yoga studio, and first franchise, on September 15. Unlike big-box yoga centers, this community-centered studio focuses on small class sizes and personal attention from yoga teachers in order to help practitioners achieve true mind, body, and soul balance. Yogācāra offers a variety of classical yoga styles including Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra and Pilates.

“We are so excited to open our newest location here in Mount Pleasant,” says Camellia Rumball, studio owner of Yogācāra Mount Pleasant. “We provide a wellness-based approach to practicing yoga that encourages all people to incorporate yoga into their lives. At Yogācāra, we have something for everyone and we are looking forward to connecting with both lifelong practitioners and new yogis in the community.”

Yogācāra’s classes are deliberately small (limit of 14 students per class) and intimate, enabling teachers to provide more care and attention to each student. The warm setting, combined with after class tea and snacks creates an attractive and much needed sense of community.

As part of its Grow Yoga, Build Community vision, Yogācāra is deeply committed to making yoga accessible to everyone while also supporting social causes. The company offers a Karma Yoga Program, which allows students to attend yoga classes simply by making a donation of a canned good. Yogācāra donates $3 for every student who attends the class to a local charity.

Yogācāra already has two popular studios located in Kitsilano (read our review here) and Riley Park, and plans to continue expanding to grow yoga and build community throughout the Metro Vancouver.

For more information on Yogācāra, visit www.yogacarastudios.com, connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Thanks to www.jivecommunications.ca

Fall in Love with Flying at che baba’s Yogasilks!

Fall in Love with Flying at che baba’s Yogasilks!

Recently, I had the outstanding pleasure of attending a 2hr Sunday session of “Yogasilks” at che baba, yoga and cantina, 603 Kinsgway in Vancouver. It was the most fun I have had in a yoga class since I tried my first partner yoga class last year and got the taste for “flying” poses.

And fly you will! Led by the uber-talented kiwi-born Vancouver teacher, Yogasilks founder and long-time yogi, Ross Howatson, this class hosted 10 fresh-faced and excited beginners to Yogasilks and we had an absolute blast.

Suspended from “silks” – think: long, stretchy, silky sheets tied at two corners –  suspended from the ceiling, students are led through a series of yoga poses ranging from Warrior 1, Trikonasana, hip openers, heart openers, core strengtheners to breathing exercises, relaxation and gentle inversions.

With an adventuresome group ready to take on the thrill of the silks, we were challenged with a few fun and crazy cirque-de-soleil-esque moves: fallen angel (sees you threading through and dropping out of the silks – safely though!), handstand (with legs threaded through the silks – what an amazing experience!) and a few more inversions (think Sukasana, easy pose, but upside down and dangling). Ending class coccooned sweetly in the silks with a guided relaxation, I left feeling settled and grounded. Not to mention, my hips, legs and back felt amazing all week!

Ross did a brilliant job of encouraging, humouring and challenging the Yogasilks students. I would strongly recommend this 2hr workshop to anyone who loves hanging around, playing, having fun and trying something new in your yoga practice.  I fully intend to be back on a regular basis!

After the workshop, the participants all enjoyed tapas at the attached cantina. The food is simply incredible. A sweet little spot, che baba was started by a young local couple, Allison and Stephan, who love sharing yoga, great food, and creating community.

Try Yogasilks. Seriously. Bring your friends. You will fall in love with Ross, the silks, che baba and the whole experience.

Che baba runs 2hr workshops on Sundays (first two weeks of August cancelled for trainings), which are a great introduction for beginners. The studio runs a regular Yogasilks drop-in class during the week, which will start back in the fall. In the meantime, che baba also touts a full drop-in schedule of other classes, which would be a great excuse to do some yoga before enjoying a meal at the cantina!

Love the idea and want to get teaching it? Yogasilks classes are currently in development at other studios and teachers will be needed! Che baba only has a few spots available for Yogasilks Teacher Training, Aug 11-12, 9am-5pm (delicious lunch provided by the cantina), $640+hst. For more information please contact Ross Howatson at [email protected]

Make time for Yogasilks in September and enjoy flying and hanging around! Please comment below if you have already attended a session and let me know about your experiences!

Matthew Kocel’s Fantastic Sound Journeys on Now!

Matthew Kocel’s Fantastic Sound Journeys on Now!

Matthew Kocel is a throat singer, visionary musician and healing arts practitioner driven by his mission to inspire unity through the universal language of music and sacred sound. The harmonic overtones of his voice –  two, three, or more notes at the same time – vibrate the core of your being with extraordinary sensations, awakening a deep spiritual presence beyond words.

Having personally attended a number of his events, I can vouch for the marvelous sensations and deep sense of calming energy his sessions create. He is leading a number of events in the coming weeks – including one this Friday night at Live Yoga in White Rock!!  The Healing and Cave adventure on July 28 is going to be simply awe inspiring…

See below, or Matthew’s website, for a full listing of his events.

Pause for a moment. Take a deep breath, and let this healing music take you on a journey to your inner sanctuary of peace.

Friday, June 15, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

  • Sound Healing Concert & Journey
  • Live Yoga:15186 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC, Canada
  • Space is limited. Purchase advance tickets at Live Yoga or by phone 778 545 9918 email [email protected]
  • $25 +hst

Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Mastery of Deep Trance States – Bridging Potential
  • Vancouver School of Theology (UBC):6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Accessing your deep deep self is the gateway to the answers you seek  Matthew will bring his music and healing sounds to help facilitate rapid transformation and healing in this dynamic experience with Harry Nichols and Kathy Welter.
  • $499

Friday, June 22, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

  • Sound Healing Concert & Journey
  • Hari Om Yoga:20230 64 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
  • Space is limited. Purchase advance tickets at Hari Om Yoga or by phone 604.539.0566 email [email protected]
  • $20+hst

Friday, July 20, 7:00 pm

  • Healing Sounds of the Cosmos
  • Inspire Studio:1411 Cornwall Avenue,  2nd floor, Bellingham, WA, USA(MAP)
  • Doors open at 6:45. Mats provided, feel free to bring and extra cushion or blanket for you comfort.
  • $15 advance $20 at the door

Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Horne Lake Sound Healing & Caving Adventure!
  • Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park:Vancouver Island BC, BC, Canada
  • Take a guided 3 hour “Ice Age Adventure” with Brad Morris and Matthew Kocel along with a group of fellow soul journeyers in the magical caves at Horne Lake!
    This thrilling trip starts off with a 20 min hike to the entrance of the Riverbend Cave. During the hike an informative and entertaining guide will explain how the Ice Age created these caves.  While exploring, you will be energized by the amazing energy emanating from crystal formations that are over ten thousand years old!
    Between these two magnificent caves you will see an underground waterfall, marvel at the amazing crystals and squeeze through the ceiling galleries – a small taste of “wild” caving!
    Don’t forget your camera!
    Healing Journey and Prayer Offering
    After visiting the Riverbend Cave, we will enter a series of marble passages and underground spaces in the Main Cave before diving into a powerful sound healing journey and prayer offering guided by Matthew Kocel,  capped off with group toning and chant.
    This is an incredible opportunity to amplify, broadcast, and anchor your deepest prayers for the Earth and humanity.
    Can you imagine how powerful it would be to chant in the deep caverns of an ancient cave in total darkness?
    Do you have prayers you wish to offer to our Mother Earth?
    The Crystal Caverns at Horne Lake are a natural, crystalline temple, just waiting for you!
    Feel into the intention and possibility for what this journey has in store, and you will know in your heart that this will indeed be a magical, once in a lifetime spiritual adventure!
    $144
Consciousness with Seane Corn

Consciousness with Seane Corn

You know and love her.  You definitely won’t want to miss her.  Seane Corn is coming to Vancouver for a weekend workshop entitled, “Three Realms of Consciousness” at Semperviva from June 15-17.   Nuff said.

Well, maybe you want to know more…. Here are further details! Sounds like a great weekend!

In this Vinyasa flow workshop, we will explore the Three Realms of Consciousness—the physical/mental, the energetic/emotional and the psychic/symbolic. These three realms create a holistic pathway for Self-investigation: the key for personal transcendence. In these three realms, we use asana, chakra mapping, meditation, reflection and prayer to create a ritualistic journey initiating the mystical into to the practical, bonding body, mind and Spirit. Learn how Self- confidence is the necessary tool for intuitive work, how to use your body to create a cosmic relationship with Spirit, and how, through prayer, we can become of service to Spirit and to the world around us. The intention of this workshop is to reconnect to our bodies, gain emotional insight, explore our individual Soul’s purpose and cultivate skills — both physically and psychically — to Spiritually assist each other and the planet we inhabit.

Although these classes can be taken separately, the workshop is intended to be taken as a whole. The benefits of taking the classes consecutively can enhance the positive physical, mental and psychological possibilities you will create as a result of doing the practice.

About Seane Corn

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism and inspirational style of teaching. A strong and articulate voice for social change, she started her activism work by creating the yoga program for L.A. shelter “Children of the Night” Since 2006, her work has been focused on training leaders of activism through her co-founded organization Off the Mat, Into the World® and bringing awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Date June 15th-17th, 2012
Time
  • Friday, June 15th: 7:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 16th: 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Sunday, June 17th: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Location City Studio, Vancouver
Cost
  • $65.00 + HST (Friday)
  • $115.00 + HST (Saturday)
  • $95.00 + HST (Sunday)
  • $245.00 + HST (full weekend)
Contact 604.739.2009 [email protected]

 

 

YYoga Expands to Kitsilano

YYoga Expands to Kitsilano

In mid-June, YYoga is set to open the doors of their new Kitsilano studio. In a controversial move, the new location on 4th ave and Cypress is just 3 blocks down from the neighbourhood’s longstanding and much loved Semperviva studio.

YYoga facilities will include:

This 8,000 sqft center will feature two yoga rooms, including a 1,600 sqft hot room and our largest infrared sauna. A spacious Nourish lounge will offer organic, fresh food and beverage options to support your healthy lifestyle; including a wide variety of Organic Lives.

Unique to this YYoga is our first outdoor patio lounge! This patio lounge will be for YYoga members to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy complimentary tea in a comfortable lounge setting with seasonal coverage for year round enjoyment. Fresh mint will grow on the adjacent patio which will be used in the complimentary teas.
This center also includes air and climate systems designed for optimal air quality and maximum energy efficiency.
Classes will include: Flow, Power, YHot, YHot Expand, Hatha, Yin, Core, Pilates, and Restorative.

With a formidable schedule of daily classes (20+ per day!) and boasting amazing facilities, Kitsilano yogis will have to stop and take notice.

Will YYoga drastically affect Semperviva’s teacher and student base? I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you looking forward to checking out YYoga’s new studio? Will you surrender your Semperviva pass in and head down the street? Comment below!

Lila! with Clara Roberts-Oss this Sunday!

Lila! with Clara Roberts-Oss this Sunday!

Clara Roberts-Oss is brilliant. Her classes are wonderful. She loves yoga to explore, play and move. Don’t miss the chance to take a special event class with her this weekend.

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

 

Upcoming Events Hosted by Yoga Outreach

Upcoming Events Hosted by Yoga Outreach

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

March 4th ~ 4 – 6pm

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]

 

 

Food As Medicine with Todd Caldecott

Food As Medicine with Todd Caldecott

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.

Food As Medicine with Todd Caldecott

  • 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

 

Source: http://www.kushalayoga.com/food-as-medicine-with-todd-caldecott/

Todd Caldecott

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

www.foodasmedicine.ca

www.toddcaldecott.com

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