Get Cosy and Hip with Partner Yoga and Tragically Hips!

Get Cosy and Hip with Partner Yoga and Tragically Hips!

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!

Join me for Partner Yoga and Tragically Hips! See you there!!!

UVic To Honour Lululemon Founder

UVic To Honour Lululemon Founder

Chip Wilson, founder of yoga-wear giant Lululemon Athletica and one of Canada’s most valuable public companies, has been named the 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year by the University if Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

“Chip Wilson exemplifies the values of a visionary entrepreneur,” Peter Gustavson, chairman of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award committee, said in a statement Monday. “He turned a passion for health and fitness into a worldwide movement and has inspired countless others through his unique outlook and commitment to quality. His values permeate everything he does.”

Read the full article here.

 

TEDxKids@BC 2012 Event: Connect. Inspire. Act.

[email protected] 2012 Event: Connect. Inspire. Act.

Connect. Inspire. Act.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.”” — Dr. Seuss

On September 17 2011, we held our inaugural [email protected] event. It was an overwhelming experience and words still cannot describe how we all felt at the end of the day! It was amazing to see at the end of day how much we had accomplished with a little thing called – passion.

As a team, we all came together, and after the last  few months leading to the event have been particularly tough as we all volunteered our time on top of our jobs, school, families and other duties so many of us ended up running on 3-4 hours of sleep for weeks, needless to say we were all a but loopy – which I believe helped with the flow of creativity and overall awe of the event.

Over the course of the last 5 month post-event, we never really slowed down much. All of us had ideas whirling in our noggins for 2012 –  we set the bar high and turned [email protected] into a fully youth-empowered platform with the adults providing mostly mentorship and support. We believe that putting youth in the driving seat is the best way to empower our growing community of kids that came away inspired from our event this year and can’t wait to come back together again with TWO amazing events coming up in April and October.

 

Let’s refresh your memory….

 

What is [email protected]?

[email protected] is a platform for facilitating opportunities to empower kids and support authentic learning. Some of British Columbia’s most awe-inspiring kids and youth (and some adults who are kid empowered ambassadors) will share their experiences and inspire others to follow their dreams.

Why YOU should join us?

Remarkable people with young hearts will share their captivating stories borne from genuine curiosity and bold ideas. We believe sharing great ideas is important in building a community that supports kids as they’re learning to be! We want our event to be more than just a conference — we would like it to be a day of wholesome experience for our audience. Not only do we plan sharing stories from the stage during the Story time parts of the event, we’re also hoping to bring our themes to life and offer everyone a chance to have fun during the Action time! Interaction and participation are key components.

Who Can Attend?

Kids, parents, educators, students, passion maker and change makers alike –  and everyone else with passion for helping kids reach their potential are invited to join our community. We invite you to join our young speakers as their share their inspiring stories of empowered learning.

When is our  2012 events?

Like last year, our amazing staff is looking to provide kids and youth with a platform to share, their amazing stories, inspiring stories with a larger audience. Due to high demand, we will be hosting TWO events this year:

April 5th – [email protected] Change: April 5th 2012

October – [email protected] 2012: October 12 2012

Why become a partner?

That’s easy! A great opportunity for your organization to support the global cause towards empowering and connecting our kids! This is an incredible opportunity for you to get involved with our team as an official sponsor of one, or both, on our 2012 events. [email protected] is looking for conference sponsors to come on board and represent our two upcoming events, [email protected] Change and [email protected] 2012. This will not only provide you with the opportunity to be a part of a global movement, but it will also give you a chance to empower our kids and community.

For more information on becoming a partner and sponsorship oppportunities check this out – http://www.tedxkidsbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/[email protected]_Sponsorship_Package_2012.pdf

Calling all Speakers:

Want to be a speaker – we are currently accepting applications for both April and the October events. To get a inspired taste of last year’s speakers (which I was one of them), take a sneak peek here – http://www.tedxkidsbc.com/speakers2011/

 

My favorite Post from our 2011 rolling blog…

“Try to imagine a future without kids. It hurts to even think about this, right? It’s a nightmare we better never see! How about kids without a future? Unfortunately, the world in which many kids have no future already exists — we live in it every day.

In our world, adults decide for the kids: From serving chocolate milk during school lunch to opting out from vaccines… From cutting school budgets and enforcing standardized testing to choosing energy sources and CO2 limits… From what to learn and whom to learn with to when and how to play!

What right do we have to make these decisions for them? More experience and knowledge? Maybe, but our experience and knowledge is limited to the world of NOW! We and our kids learn the world of tomorrow together — they have to catch up on history but they’re quick learners.

In our world, we like to categorize and label — Black, Hispanic, Asian, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, gay, breeder, queer… We do this with kids too — infant, toddler, preschooler, grade-/middle-/high- school student, teenager… adult!

What purpose do these labels serve? To justify the right to make decisions if your sticker says “adult”? They only help segregating into groups, leading to groups distancing from each other and starting their own cultures!

I am sorry, but the right to make decisions is earned — and we have done little to earn it so far! It is time we take the stickers off and help the younger among us engage with the older ones in making decisions.

We should get the help of the curios minds of the younger population if we’re to change our perspective on the problems of the future. We should use the creative power that the school system so diligently tries to kill and use it to seek for novel solutions to problems. We should bring walls down and build bridges instead to allow the local group cultures to enmesh into a global vision for the future.

This is what [email protected] is about. This is why I think others should start similar opportunities for the kids in their communities. Let’s build a platform where all generations partner in change!

[email protected] is not organized by a small committee working behind closed doors. Everyone on our growing team is volunteering their time and using their skills to help in any way they can. But we need the help of our community too if we’re to make this a successful event and bring it close to people across BC and wider!

If this inspires you please contact us or check us out at the below links or find us on facebook and twitter. Be part of a Re”LOVE”olution

Website: [email protected]http://www.tedxkidsbc.com/

Contact: [email protected]

Yoga’s Missed Connections

Yoga’s Missed Connections

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

Shouldering Responsibility: The Mastery of Integration, Are You “Packing”?

Shouldering Responsibility: The Mastery of Integration, Are You “Packing”?

Yoga is both a personal expression and a private odyssey. It is the martial art of the soul, and the opponent is the strongest you’ve ever faced: your ego. — Scott Sonnon”

 

Myofascia is a flexible network of tissue that surrounds, cushions, and supports muscles, bones, and organs, and at the microscopic level, its structure are microtubules that transfer nutrients, sensory input and act as a riverbed containing the flow of interstitial fluid; which is a critical influence on the immune and hormonal systems. Fascia is also our protective barrier and our primitive shock absorber that sits on top of and intertwined within our muscles and organs. In daily life, this connective tissue is an underlying determinant of movement quality, free flow of energy within the tissue, mood, alertness, and general well-being.

On Thursday night I was given the opportunity to come out to a Police Judo class at SFU, operated and instructed by Vancouver Police Officers with Odd Squad Productions; Sgt. Toby Hinton and Al Arsenault. Both Judo and Yoga activate the deep arm fascia and, as we know shoulder and elbow injuries are common place in both of these sports. When postures or arm locks are performed incorrectly, or when too much force is applied, this can lead to serious injury if not performed correctly.

As part of our Shouldering Responsibility series, our focus is going to be two fold (1) to showcase the importance of the fascia system in relation to Judo and Yoga (2) to educate on proper shoulder stability and “shoulder packing” which is used frequently in both Yoga and in Judo, primarily in arm locking, counterbalance/ transfer of energy and integration of the nervous system and communicating our visceral threshold.

The Mastery Of Sport:

Judo (otherwise known as the “gentle way”) is a martial art rooted in combat sport, grappling and joint maneuvering. Very practical for law enforcement and relative tactical training, but it’s also very closely linked to Yoga because of the grace and flow and mutual respect between the teacher and the student.

A style of Yoga closely linked to martial arts; (one that I have been practicing quite recently) is called Prasara Yoga; which embodies the 3rd mode of Hatha yoga, incorporating both Asana practice and Vinyasa, or breath linkage. Prasara Yoga is  founded by Scott Sonnon, formerUSAnational martial arts team coach, international champion and internationally acclaimed Yoga Teacher and Author. This style of Yoga provides counterbalance to the body through dynamic flow and resyncing the breath through movement and structure.

The Fascia System: Integrative Primitive Patterning

The fascia lines that deeply affect shoulder stability and engagement can be broken down into smaller, integrated segments, such as the:

  • Fascia over deltoid
  • Subscapular fascia
  • Supraspinous fascia
  • Infraspinous fascia
  • Pectoral and axillary fascia
  • Clavipectoral fascia

For a review of the deep arm lines please see our previous article from week 2 (Shouldering Responsibility: When Mobility Goes Over(your)head). Most injuries are connective-tissue (fascial) injuries, not muscular injuries—so how do we best train to prevent and repair damage and build elasticity and resilience into the system.

All of these fascia lines come into play in both the arm locks in Judo, and shoulder stands/inversions in Yoga. As previously mentioned, we have 4 joints to consider when loading the shoulder and arm or counter locking when force is applied. These joints are  the glenohumeral joint (GHJ),  acromioclavicular joint (ACJ), and the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ),  and the The scapulothoracic joint.

Shoulder Packing:

Keeping the integrity and movement of all 4 joints within the shoulder complex; to maintain scapular stablity on the tspine as the scapula rotates upwards, the scapula’s position on the tspine has to be maintained through the application of force to full posture or to full joint lock out.This requires what is now being called shoulder packing, – maintain the scapula’s position on the tspine while it upwardly rotates, making sure the sub-acromial space is not compromised.

As I engaged with the movements I realized how important the role of the fascia system is, by way of communicating the visceral response to joint locking and nervous system integration. In Yoga, most of our transitional poses (downward facing dog, rockstar pose, shoulder stands and head stands) require a great deal of shoulder and upper extremity stability. There seems to be some confusion as to what packing the shoulder actually is, when to do it and why.

Keeping the shoulder packed does not mean to limit or stop the normal scapulo-humeral rhythm in an overhead movement or subduing an opponent. In fact, packing the shoulder will actually reinforce and create proper overhead movement mechanics, as well as “turn on” the deep arm fascia which enhances sensory output and nervous system integration with the fascia reinforcing the intentional focus on proper motor-programming.

In shoulder stands and inversions, as well as in arm locks which are followed after the basic throw thechniques in Judo – known as the Ashi Guruma (Foot Wheel) and Deashi Harai (Advancing Foot Sweep). There needs to be simultaneous engagement of the lat, serratus, and traps in the proper sequence as the humeurus moves into the overhead position.

This keeps the scapula stable on the tspine while it properly upwardly rotates, allowing the rotator cuff to build and maintain tension for humeral stability, keeping the humerus in the glenoid with the proper PICR as it moves into the overhead position. This keeps the sub-acromial space uncompromised and impingement potential at its lowest.

To see this in action, I came across this video by way of Jena Fraser, RMT and West Vancouver Chiropractor, Dr. Carla Cupido at Baseline Health, this video represents how shoulder packing protects the shoulder joints (gleno-humeral [GH] & acromio-clavicular [AC]).

Watch how space is preserved and structures aren’t jamming into each other when the subject raises their arm for a overhead press using fluoroscopy imaging:

1. With no shoulder packing – muscling the arm up – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bkJi23yKTDs

2. With shoulder packing – a stable complex/proper biomechanics –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ibmcNJta5vk

 

Sources:

Flouroscopy of the shoulder complex: Video found via Jena Fraser, RMT with LifeMark Richmond Oval and Dr. Carla Cupido with Baseline Health -West Vancouver Chiropractor.

Scott Sonnon Prasara Yoga – http://www.prasarayoga.com/index.php

Scott Sonnon –  http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/

Vancouver Police Department Police Judo – http://vancouver.ca/police/about/judo-club.html

Odd Squad Productions – http://www.oddsquad.com/

Yoga for Snowboarders: Preventative Medicine for Shredders with Teresa Campbell

Yoga for Snowboarders: Preventative Medicine for Shredders with Teresa Campbell

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!

 

source: http://www.semperviva.com/events/yoga-for-snowboarders-preventative-medicine-for-shredders/

The (Me)ntal (Heal)th of Yoga

The (Me)ntal (Heal)th of Yoga

Most of us recognize that when we breath and move, we feel better.  Slowing down and taking time to de stress, relaxes our body and mind, isn’t just a “buzz phrase.” There are physiological, as well as psychological proven benefits that extend well beyond the mat when you practice yoga and deeply affects your mental health.

Thursday night I held a salon conversation connecting youth with the positive platform of mental health and at risk youth. Yoga came up frequently,  from all the speakers, as one of the best forms of exercise that can be implemented into schools to help promote self confidence, discipline, and balance.

Lets dig deeper and answer these questions…

Can yoga help them do more than just feel a little bit better?

Can it heal their mental illness?

Yoga has long been seen as a tool for improving mental health, although concepts of what that entails have shifted over time and are distinct in different cultures. Not to mention mental health statistics vary globally.

Mental illness affects 1 in every 3 Canadians, and what most of us do not realize is that suicide is the second largest killer of young adults between the ages of 15-24. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, states about 20 percent of adults suffer some sort of mental illness each year, and about 5 percent experience a serious disorder that disrupts work, family or social life. In Canada, one 1 out of every 6 children or youth has access to mental health resources. These are staggering numbers.

There are several schools of yoga that focus specifically on the intersections between asana practice and emotional health, and a growing body of studies indicates that yoga is often an excellent tool to treat the troubled mind.

My personal opinion on style is through experience with populations who have or are at risk for mental illness, and what I have found works for clients with mood disorders and especially my work with vets in the Canadian Armed Forces, injured in combat, a Yin style or light Vinyasa seem to have the largest affect. Both involve breath work and slow, controlled movement.

To date, the most persuasive evidence of the benefits of hatha yoga, and in particular pranayama, stems from research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience  in India. New studies have shown a high success rate—up to 73 percent—for treating depression with breathing. .” It involves breathing naturally through the nose, mouth closed, in three distinct rhythms.

Yoga has been integrated into many high stress service careers; such as police departments and the Canadian Armed Forces. People who suffer from operational stress injuries or jobs that are high stress physically, as well as mentally are at greater risk, and Yoga can help combat high stress levels. Stress is one of the key factors in the onset of depression and anxiety.

Other benefits of yoga on our mental can include; improved ability to sleep, better moods, increased feelings of self-control, and better concentration and focus.

 

 

Sources:

Check out the full report in The Washington Post : http://wapo.st/wzYeST

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): http://vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca/

 

Bhakti Dub and Jungle Love – Yoga, Bliss and Reggae with Sean O’Leary

Bhakti Dub and Jungle Love – Yoga, Bliss and Reggae with Sean O’Leary

Source: http://www.kushalayoga.com/about/our-instructors/sean-oleary/

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

10 Class Pass Savings At Yogacara Studios!

10 Class Pass Savings At Yogacara Studios!

Yogacara is currently offering a fantastic yoga deal! Today and tomorrow only (January 18th & 19th), purchase a 10 Class Pass and receive $20 credit on your account to use in the future. Best of all? The 10 Class Pass NEVER EXPIRES! The credit of $20 will be applied to your account within 24 hours of the purchase. FYI: May not be used in combination with any other coupon code. Click here to purchase the pass, and visit the Yogacara website for further details. Happy savings!

Chopra Yoga 2 Weeks Of Unlimited Yoga

Chopra Yoga 2 Weeks Of Unlimited Yoga

Since opening their doors to the public mid December, 2011, Chopra Yoga has been blessed with the blossoming of a new and exciting yoga community. It is growing every day! Chopra Yoga would like to convey their gratitude to all of who have been a part of their beautiful beginnings.

For those who have not yet visited their studio, they would like to announce their new two week introductory offer that allows unlimited access to the studio and its amenities for only $40. That’s right, this one time offer for first time visitors includes 14 days to try all of Chopra Yoga’s services:

  • Unlimited Yoga
  • Unlimited Infrared Sauna
  • Free Mat & Towel Service

Click here to visit their website and register for this membership.

Shouldering Responsibility: The Nervous Systems Highway (week three)

Shouldering Responsibility: The Nervous Systems Highway (week three)

Fascia is our third top communicator in our body, thus it’s no wonder that it is often described as our body’s natural transportation system (next to the nervous system). As we know it is a web of tiny fluid filled microtubules that exist in a multidimensional structure surrounding every cell in our body, head to toe, in and around every organ, muscle and joint. Microscopically, fascia is arranged in tiny micro-tubules, composed of collagen and elastin. Form follows function and these tubules act as a mini transportation system.  Blood vessels and nerves travel within our fascial highway. In turn, fascia itself receives a profound number of nerve endings and innervates 10 times more than muscle. It is a fundamental structure in which the circulatory system and nervous system rely on sensory feedback and input/output.

Majority of chronic pain in the body is caused by dysfunction in the muscles, instability or lack of mobility.  In other words, chronically tight or strained muscles that are stuck in patterns of compensation are frequently at the root of significant pain, as well as the pain referral will usually show significant breakdowns in other areas along the restricted line or muscular sling. It’s common for muscular imbalances to build up in the body without any symptoms at first. The body is extremely dynamic and will often adjust itself to numerous imbalances for long periods of time without there being any pain at all.

Many rotator cuff injuries are secondary to fascial problems. Shoulder problems may be due to the blade not gliding or a restriction in the ribs that prevent the arm from going up and extending the way it should. Failure to resolve patterns of muscular compensation through appropriate treatment can predispose the shoulder to further injury.

Sometimes a simple movement such as reaching behind you or above you can push the problem over the brink.  For instance, lets use “frozen shoulder” as an example; which is a pain in the deltoid muscle, caused by strain and fatigue when the shoulder blade no longer moves freely. After a while, the deltoid becomes ischemic, meaning it’s blood flow is significantly reduced. And then you have a muscle that’s working overtime, without an adequate supply of blood to nourish it.

A protective neuromuscular response in the body, is to limit movement to avoid further pain or damage and thus allowing the fascia to shorten up and inhibiting muscular movement. This can lead to stress and inactivity, which can result in unconscious bracing of the shoulder muscles and gradual tightening of the surrounding tissue.

Neuromuscular re patterning and structural integration are ways that can assist the body in reaching it’s ultimate alignment.  They involve an analysis of the existing alignment and patterning within the body, manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles, ligaments and fascia, and a plan that will encourage the body to stay aligned between sessions.

Modification of upper arm coordination and shoulder girdle placement is greatest addressed in conjunction with alterations in the cervical vertebrae and tonic neck reflexes

For lasting shoulder pain relief, it’s essential to follow the stages of rehabilitation in the proper order:

1. Eliminate spasms, fascial binding and hypercontraction in the tissues (Manual therapy such a neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, structural integration bodywork)

2. Restore proper biomechanics (Soft-tissue re-patterning, corrective movement, structural bodywork)

3. Restore flexibility to the tissues (Stretching, somatic movement, structural yoga, fascial stretch therapy)

4. Rebuild the strength of the injured tissues (Physical therapy exercises, corrective movement, strength conditioning)

5. Build endurance (Aerobic exercise)

World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” Opens In Vancouver

World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” Opens In Vancouver

World’s First “Chopra Yoga Center” opens in Vancouver, BC, Canada – International chain of studios to offer yoga teachings inspired by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Vancouver, BC (January 10, 2012) – Deepak Chopra, M.D. today announced the launch of the world’s first Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, Canada. The custom-designed 8,000-square-foot wellness studio is the first in a planned series of yoga centers that will be rooted in foundational teachings developed by mind-body healing pioneers Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D.“We’re excited to bring Chopra Yoga to Vancouver, a city that is emerging as a world class center for yoga,” said Dr. Chopra. “In our beautiful new studios, both beginners and advanced yogis will have an opportunity to explore the deepest principles of yoga and conscious living.”

The Chopra Yoga Center offers a wide variety of classes that range from meditation, hot hatha, and power vinyasa to Cho fit, Yoga Barre, and Pilates. There are also classes that focus specifically on the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga – a practice developed by Dr. Chopra and Dr. Simon. The studio’s philosophy is inspired by the principles in Dr. Chopra’s best-selling book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success and emphasizes the benefits of yoga for physical health, spiritual awakening, and inner calm and balance.

“In our modern electronic culture, so many people feel fragmented and overwhelmed with stress,” said Dr. Simon. “Our intention with Chopra Yoga is to help as many people as possible experience the balance, calm, and vitality that yoga naturally cultivates.”

The Chopra Yoga Center, located at 451 Granville Street, in Vancouver B.C., is now accepting new members. The programs are designed for both new and experienced yoga practitioners. Recognizing the importance of community, five per cent of all profits are donated to local charities. For more information, please visit www.choprayoga.com

About the Chopra Yoga Center

The Chopra Yoga Center is a full-service yoga, health, and wellness studio. Our approach integrates the timeless principles of Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success to any yoga style. Choose from a wide variety of yoga, Pilates, dance, and meditation classes in our custom-designed 8,000-square-foot studio in downtown Vancouver, BC. Learn more at www.choprayoga.com.

About the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

The Chopra Center for Wellbeing was founded by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. in 1996. Located in Carlsbad, California, the Center offers a wide variety of programs, retreats, and teacher training programs that integrate the healing arts of the East with the best in modern Western medicine. The Chopra Center has helped millions of people around the world find peace of mind, physical balance, and emotional healing. The website www.chopra.com is your starting point on the path to wellness.

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