Forget the Apple, Give a Smile to Your Teacher!

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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!

Trish Stratus Launches Yoga Kit

Fitness icon, entrepreneur and WWE champion, Trish Stratus, has teamed up with HoMedics Canada to produce her own line of unique yoga and fitness gear, Stratusphere Living, following the success of her Stratusphere Yoga Studio in Ontario.

The Stratusphere Living line is all-inclusive yoga kit including an the weighted Fitgloves – which they claim is a first for yogis – an eco-friendly TPE yoga mat, ultra-absorbing yoga towel, a yoga block, Trish’s Stratusphere Yoga DVD and her nuTrishion journal.

Q. What makes the Stratusphere yoga DVD different from others?
A. This workout is something I developed by accident actually – it’s what I call a happy accident! Coming from a fitness background and having to perform in peak condition with WWE for so many years, it was all about cardio and strength training for me. I don’t think I would have ever pursued yoga if I hadn’t used it like I did to aid with my back injury recovery. I think this is how most ‘fitness-minded’ people perceive yoga – I hear it all the time ‘but is yoga a workout?’ OnceI began seeing the positive effects yoga had not only on my level of fitness, but on my overall sense of wellbeing, that’s when I decided that my yoga practice is something that will forever be a part of my life.

As a busy person, I’m forever trying to multi-task, so I was trying to figure out how to balance my yoga sessions and my weight training sessions – who has time for both now a days?! So, what I’ve done with my workout is integrate resistance training movements into a yoga flow so you get the best of both worlds. I also broke the workout down into manageable 10 minute blocks that focus on different parts of your body. So you focus on trouble spots or get a complete 50 minute workout that is truly a total mind body workout […]

Trish Stratus’ Stratusphere Living is currently available at London Drugs and Sportchek; Sears, GNC, and Home Outfitters will sell the kit in early October.

AntiGravity Yoga with Ingrid

There are so many variations of yoga popping up all the time.  When I heard about AntiGravity yoga I was intrigued.  Currently it is only offered at Steve Nash Sports Club.

You perform the poses in a hammock which is made of a structural fabric that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze.  You are very safe.  The benefits are said to be a relief of compressed joints and alignment of the body.

Ingrid was my instructor.  She was well trained, friendly and allowed that fun, playful side to come out.  I felt like a kid again when we started swinging.   I especially liked all the inversions that would not be possible otherwise.

If you are looking to mix up your regular yoga routine, I highly recommend you try this class.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Worldwide Release Of Alan Clements New Book: A Future To Believe In

Semperviva Yoga is hosting the worldwide release of Alan Clements‘ visionary new book titled A Future To Believe In–Awakening a World Dharma. 108 Reflections on The Art and Activism of Freedom. A Handbook for Empowerment, Everyday Revolution and The Universal Right To Be Free. Join them for this special Friday evening presentation and book signing.

Learn more about Alan Clements:

Alan Clements is a visionary author, spoken word artist, activist and Dharma teacher. One of the first Westerners to become a Buddhist monk in Burma,  he is now a spiritual maverick working for global human rights and his contemporary understanding of liberation. Clements has been prominent in bringing Burma’s non-violent “revolution of the spirit” to the world. He co-authored The Voice of Hope, Conversations With Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace laureate. www.WorldDharma.com.

When: Friday, September 30th, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Where: Semperviva Kits Beach Studio

Cost: By donation (to World Dharma)

For more information and registration, visit Semperviva.com.

THE FASCIAL PROTECTOR: THE EMOTIONAL DIVIDE


Fascia keeps us together in recognizable form. It is a tough, stiff, elastic connective tissue that is the protector – the foundation of our energy force, all our other systems in the human body.  This fascial net serves as a barrier from the outside world against pathogens and transmits immediate feedback to your brain about your surroundings.

In Yoga we practice mindful meditation and asanas to bring peace and harmony to our state of physical and mental being.  As a teacher, coach, and student of Yoga sometimes I find my own practice just isn’t enough to heal my body from the constant compression and mileage I place on my structure day after day. Sometimes, it needs a little more TLC.

As an advocate for an integrated approach and what practitioners are now calling, “structural integration,” it’s no wonder the fascia has gained traction within the medical and holistic communities.

Have you ever thought of the connection of our emotions and thoughts connected to our fasica system?

As we know we have well over 16,000 thousand thoughts per day and that can (and does) affect our bodies. Emotion can be stored as a memory within the body cells and when emotions become trapped within the tissue energy can become blocked, when left can result in physical symptoms, like pain and discomfort, anxiety and interrupted ease, throwing our fascial connections and relationships to our bones, joints, muscles and organs off balance.

In these instances your body is in a self perpetuating cycle. i.e. your mind starts to affect your body and vice versa and thus to break the cycle, we need to change our thought pattern, we need an intervention.

This past week, I spent a few hours with an amazing holistic practitioner, located in Vancouver. Robin Turner is a registered Kinesiologist, who specializes in Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST). Over the course of both our conversation and my own FST treatment we discussed the importance of whole body breathing, emotional restrictions in our tissue,
all of which is connected to the fascia system and reflex receptors.

With any deep bodywork there is a potential to release some emotions or memories stored in the tissue. This is a great opportunity to probe your mind and reconcile with any pent up unresolved thoughts that affect your optimal well being. The slow FST dance your coach takes you through stretches, not only fascia, but also alters the collagen and softens the viscosity, causing greater ease in movement and less pain in your daily existence.

The principles and ideology behind Fascia Stretch Therapy and Yoga are very familiar and they share many commonalities. As part of our own path and duality of life we must understand that the stress we place on our minds and bodies require a balance of this duality (ying and yang), and it is in these lessons where we learn to navigate our path to better, more mobile health and wellness.

Much like after Yoga, after a session of myofascial work it is important to honor the emotions you are experiencing, embrace them and learn from them. When we do this, we open the door to not only better movement and symmetry, but a better relationship with ourselves and our surroundings.

 

For more information on Robin Turner, BHK, RK, CFT-1 and FST, please visit : Body Engineering Personal Fitness Inc. at www.bepersonalfitness.com

Renowned Yoga Teacher Returns To YYoga For Workshop

World renowned yoga teacher, Sadie Nardini, will return to Vancouver’s YYoga to conduct a workshop at the end of September. Unfamiliar with Sadie Nardini? Here’s some background details about this awesome instructor:

Her accessible teaching style, down-to-earth yoga tips and centered-living tools are regularly covered by the national media including Elle, Glamour, Self, the New York Times, CNN, Yoga Journal. She’s a regular blogger and columnist for national magazines like Yoga Journal, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine, the Huffington Post and the Elephant Journal. Sadie is also the author of the life-shifting book, “The Road Trip Guide to the Soul” (Wiley, 2008) which is currently being produced as a TV show […]

For more information about Sadie, visit her website www.sadienardini.com. And for additional info regarding her upcoming workshop and to register for the event, visit YYoga.ca.

Mula Bandha Power Flow with Sadie Nardini
When: Sep. 30, 2011, 19:00 — 21:00
Where: YYoga South Granville
Price: $50

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!

Jennifer – Steveston Village Yoga

If you are looking for a change from your chain yoga studios?  Try Steveston Village Yoga.  Tucked behind Alegria Cafe in the heart of Steveston Village is this lovely, quaint yoga studio.

I go for Jennifer’s Tuesday 7pm Yin class.  I am greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere.  The space has a real Zen feel.  I take my spot on a mat provided, which is decked out with all the props:  eye shade, 2 blocks, bolster, etc.  The candles are lit and the class begins.

Jennifer has a soothing voice that lulls you deeper and deeper into the poses.  I feel completely relaxed, even in the final moments of a 5 minute posture.  She is a natural Yin teacher, who exudes a friendly, nuruturing energy.  She is very personable and attentive.  I like the one on one instruction.

I highly recommend this class.  Just what is needed after a long, stressful day.  You will sleep like a baby afterward.

Namaste.

Like Chopra Yoga On Facebook For A Free Class!

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.

Curious about the Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver? Read more about the organization here, and watch their vision video here.

Play. Build. Reach. Learn – [email protected] Event!

An amazing conference is taking place today, a conference that will showcase the extraordinary talent, passion and creativity behind our children and youth. That conference is [email protected]!

So what does this have to do with Yoga? Well… absolutely nothing! But I has everything to do with community and imagination!

[email protected] is an extension, an independent community of Ted.com, the globally recognized “Ideas Worth Spreading” phenomenon. Our conference is unique as kids are involved in everything! From filming and production, to photography, to design, to well….everything!

[email protected]  is a platform for facilitating opportunities to empower kids and support authentic learning. Some of British Columbia’s most awe-inspiring kids will share their experiences and inspire others to follow their dreams.

Our vision is to visualize a world in which the kids have been invited to explore their passions. A world in which they’ve been granted the right to influence decisions impacting their lives. A world in which they stand up with adults as equals and use their creativity and skills to make a brighter future for us all!

Each speaker has based their riveting talk centered around one of four themes, and let me tell you – these speakers are amazing! Being a speaker myself (1 of 2 adults), I can say in all honesty – these kids ARE EONS MORE AMAZING THEN ME!

We invite you to Play, Build, Reach and Learn together – Great metaphors for life:

 

 

 

Play is about being adventurous, thrilled to explore, willing to collaborate with others, dreaming — in other words, it is about immersing yourself in the world with the body and the senses.

Build is obviously about being creative, but also being innovative, eager to put your hands on tools and driven by beauty in shaping the world around you — it is about applying the passion and skills.

Reach is about understanding others and self, being compassionate, accepting everyone for what they are, helping those in need — it is about giving from the heart.

Learn is about being curios, inquisitive, thinking critically, courageous to fail, strong to stand up — it is about understanding the world and building the mind; it is about being yourself/being authentic.

If you are feeling in the need for a little inspiration, I encourage you to visit our live stream and watch these amazing speakers. This is the stuff great leaders are made of, prepare to be blown away!

Watch the Speakers Live: http://www.tedxkidsbc.com/

Vancouver Yoga Pants To Blame?

MSN created a list of the Worst-Dressed Cities In The World. Guess who made #3 on the list? That’s right, beautiful Vancouver, BC. The offending reason being that Vancouver is the birthplace of Lululemon Athletica yoga pants – although they don’t specify the company outright, they do allude the famous brand name.

Here’s an excerpt:

There is one reason, and one reason only, why we’ve decided to include Vancouver on this list of the sartorially damned: yoga pants. We blame you, Vancouver, birthplace of a certain, insanely popular yoga gear brand which will go unnamed, for spawning a street trend dreaded by all women with wobbly bits and fat deposits in the wrong places. Really, what gives with the whole wearing of bum hugging workout gear to every other place except the gym? On behalf of women with hips and thighs everywhere, who like their pants to have buttons and zippers thank you very much, and who are of the opinion that yoga pants are a ruse worn by lazy pseudo-fashionistas, we beseech you: unless you plan to do a downward dog within the hour, spare us the yoga pants and put on some real trousers.

What do you think of this list, and the fact that Vancouver’s on it? Let us know in the comments below!

Yoga + Ballet = Yollet

Countless hybrid yoga classes are popping up everywhere we turn! Styles like Spynga, AntiGravity Yoga, AcroYoga, SUP Yoga, Blindfolded Yoga, and Naked Yoga – just to name a few.

One of the newest fusion classes is Yollet (pronounce yo-lay). That’s right, Yoga + Ballet = Yollet.

Interested? Here’s a description of a typical Yollet class:

Yollet is a fusion of Classical Ballet and Yoga and it was an awesome workout. The first thirty minutes of class were filled with ballet moves that challenged both my balance and flexibility and really worked my legs at the bar. Then we chasse’ed across the dance floor and performed a mini-ballet routine. After ballet we grabbed the mats for a relaxing half hour of yoga poses and stretching which felt great.”

Sounds like a fun experience! Does anyone know of Yollet classes offered in Vancouver?

Yoga for Women Affected by Breast Cancer at Live Yoga

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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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