Chopra Yoga Center Vancouver’s grand opening is rapidly approaching. Want to try the new studio for free? All you have to do is click the “like” Chopra Yoga Center button on Facebook here to load your free class form, which will grant you one complimentary yoga class. This offer is limited to the first 1,000 likes, so do it quickly and tell your friends! While you’re at it, don’t forgot to “like” Vancouver Yoga Review on Facebook as well.
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.
It was my second time taking Meghan’s Monday noon class at Semperviva-Kits Beach location. She teaches a kick your butt Vinyasa Power Flow. I like that she is not afraid to try some of the more difficult postures. She creates a lovely, fluid flow that seemlessly melts into one another as if you were doing a dance.
She starts the class with a small chat. Today’s topic, how the people in your life reflect what you need to learn about yourself. After the chanting of three OM’s she gets right down to business. It is a non-stop Power Flow from then on. The class is warmed up nicely, climaxes with some harder postures and is slowly brought down to Savasana. You finish the class feeling that you really accomplished something.
This girl knows her yoga and obviously has a regular practice. If you are looking for a more challenging Power Flow, this class is for you!
Autumn is rapidly approaching, but fret-not, you can escape Vancouver’s rain by attending YYoga’s sunny Mexican yoga retreat this November! Delicious food, serene scenery, warm sea breezes, and daily yoga sessions conducted by YYoga instructions — will all make for an unforgettable 7-day experience.
Maya Tulum Resort (1.5 hours south of Cancun, Mexico)
November 5-12, 2011
All levels are welcome and you are free to participate in as many (from power and meditation to core and yin) or as few classes a day as you would like. If you book with a friend by October 1, you will each receive $200 off. For further information, visit the YYoga website here.
Vancouver native and Boston Bruins forward, Milan Lucic, tried yoga for the very first time this month when he stopped by Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown. The Stanley Cup champion (who was toting the coveted cup around Vancouver last week) was surprised the hot and sweaty yoga class was so challenging and he even found relief from a shoulder injury.
Lucic’s not the only professional hockey player to include yoga in his fitness routine. Teammate, Tim Thomas, has been practicing yoga for over four years and openly attributes his success on the ice to regular yoga practice. Other hockey players such as Mark Messier, Mark Recchi and George Laraque have all practiced yoga to further compliment their game.
Bikram’s Yoga Metrotown
Tel: 604-451-FIRE (3473)
3665 Kingsway, Suite 150, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
AntiGravity Yoga is aerial yoga, encouraging fitness through levity. The belief is that through the pursuit of anti-gravity, a lighter existence can be achieved. Inspired the gracefulness of aerial art and Vinyasa yoga, this unique type of yoga is a fusion technique often seen as a bridge between fitness and traditional yoga modalities.
Flowing silk hammocks are hung from the ceiling that suspend participants and help them achieve seemingly impossible yoga postures. And unlike traditional yoga inversions, going upside-down in an AntiGravity yoga class is weightless. There’s zero compression of cervical spine, so it’s very therapeutic for the body.
Lauren Roegele is an Anusara-inspired teacher with a kind soul and a profound love for the healing benefits of yoga. I have taken a few of her classes before, but had the opportunity to work with her at a deeper level in my teacher training last month.
As part of his 200hr YTT program, Dan Clement hosted local teachers in our classes – a way for us to learn diverse elements of yoga from specialists in the field. Among these speakers were Todd Caldecott (Ayurveda), Carol Wray (Restorative Yoga, Thai Massage, Structural Therapeutics), Naomi Clement (Anatomy) and Lauren.
Lauren came in for several sessions – the most striking of which were the healing and therapeutic segments. To start, she told us her story of being hit by a drunk driver’s car while crossing the road. She told us about the years of mental and physical health difficulties. She explained with profound emotion how finding yoga gave her the ability to heal herself and rediscover her enthusiasm for life.
She has practiced under a number of influential teachers, including John Friend, Christina Sell, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Sean Corne, Martin Kirk, and David Swenson. She brings her understanding of the body’s limitations and hesitations to a teaching style that is safe, effective and fun. When a student is discouraged and says, “I can’t do this,” Lauren is quick to respond with a warm and encouraging, “not yet…”
You can read more about Lauren’s journey, as well as her private session techniques, testimonials and at www.laurensyoga.com.
Prana College Yoga Space
#200 – 291 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver
(next door to Prana Centre for Blissful Living)
Call them at 604-568-4647 or email [email protected] to receive your unlimited free classes for the month of August.
Whether you hike to the top or arrive by Skyride, experience the breathtaking views during this 30 minute outdoor class.
When: Saturdays from August 6th – September 10th (weather permitting)
Where: Grass area at the top of the Grind
Who: Open to anyone who wishes to practice yoga
What to Bring: Just yourself, your yoga clothing, and water — mats will be provided
Taught by: Katrina Wong
Breathe, flow, meditate with Danielle Mika Nagel of the Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, BC.
Danielle will be offering complimentary yoga classes at various Lululemon stores in Vancouver for the month of August. Classes will be suitable for all levels so you can get a sneak peak of what the new Chopra Yoga Center has to offer.
Free Yoga Classes At Lululemon:
- Mondays Aug 1 & 22 West 4th at 8pm
- Tuesdays Aug 2-30 Lululemon Lab West Broadway at 6:30pm
- Sundays Aug 7-21 Robson at 9am
Chopra Yoga is fast approaching its Vancouver Grand Opening, and the studio would like to share its excitement by offering pre-registration incentives! Pre and post-opening membership plans feature free gift offers on select membership purchases, and by registering early, you can save up to 30% off regular prices before its September 2011 launch.
Check out the Chopra Yoga website here for complete details.
Last week, I started my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification at Live Yoga in White Rock. Dan Clement is running the course, with guest speakers (Todd Caldecott!!) leading specialised components.
Today is Day 6 of the training. I am completely blown away by the amount and depth of information there is to soak in! With every day comes a huge and boisterous variety of new theory, practical applications and teaching methods to learn and apply.
Before coming in, I had no idea about the detailed philosophical and cultural trends in yoga’s history. I didn’t know about the joints and their movements. I had never heard of the acromion process or what it meant for movement in the shoulder. I knew how lovely physical adjustments were, but not how to do them. I knew what “Downward Facing Dog” looked like, but not how beautiful it sounds in Sanskrit.
With every day compounding more and more inquiries and explorations, the trainees are voraciously taking in as much information as our muscle memory and minds can contain. It is brilliant as a teacher-in-training to have the exposure to someone as amazing as Dan. He always seems to know the answer to every question and never gets impatient with our endless queries (he is teaching public classes at Live Yoga through July – check out their online schedule!).
I am realizing with every passing hour that teaching yoga is all about learning. Yesterday, Carol Wray came in to teach us Restorative Yoga and said, of learning, “it never ends.” She proceeded to lead us through a two-hour practice, before teaching us some of the ins and outs of Restorative Yoga. While I am very excited to learn more about the different styles and how to teach them, it was simply marvellous having an afternoon of supported poses, where my body and mind could relax and feel the simple sweetness of yoga. This practice has so much to give.