Master Teacher Matthew Cohen is Coming to Kushala Yoga!

Matthew Raymond Cohen will be facilitating 2 workshops integrating Eastern life practices for body, mind and spirit. Matthew has 30 years experience in Martial, Yogic, and Healing Arts. He teaches at his Sacred Energy Arts Center in Santa Monica, California and leads teacher training and intensive workshops internationally.

Details:

Sacred Energy Arts Yoga Master Class: Balance and Flow

Experience a transformative blend of Eastern health practices

This 3 hour introduction to Sacred Energy Arts will focus on building strength and grace. Guided by master teacher Matthew Cohen, Sacred Energy Arts Flow is the culmination and evolution of Matthew’s extensive training in all of his practices and teachings. Emphasis will be placed on the breath, cultivating stillness in motion, and movement in meditation. This dynamic balance practice encourages and invokes seamless and fluid transitions from one Asana to the next, leaving you feeling revitalized and radiant.

Benefits:

  • Improve muscle tone and core strength
  • Find greater balance and stability in poses
  • Increase your natural health and vitality

Details and Registration

Saturday September 17th
9am – 12pm
Kushala Yoga at Suter Brook
$60 + HST for 1 workshop, $110 + HST for both workshops (recommended)

Chi Kung: The Art of Energy Cultivation

A subtle practice that can radically improve your health.

Chi Kung is a powerful health system from China that sustains emotional and physical balance. Through easy-to-learn standing exercises, breathing, and slow repetitive natural movements, Chi Kung builds a powerful sense of well-being and peace. This simple but transformative practice offers tools to build your body’s vital energy and to manage your own health.

Join master teacher Matthew Cohen for this expertly taught 3 hour workshop. Special emphasis will be placed on intention, alignment and Taoist “natural breath.” This class will help you to relax and to connect with the elements within and around you.

Benefits:

  • Release tension, stress, anxiety and fear
  • Promote serenity and deep relaxation
  • Detoxify the body and stimulate the immune system

Details and Registration

Saturday September 17th
1pm – 4pm
Kushala Yoga at Suter Brook
$60 + HST for 1 workshop, $110 + HST for both workshops (recommended)

To register visit: /www.kulayoga.ca/

* Images and workshop descriptions from. www.kushalayoga.ca

Prana College Free Public Yoga Classes

To celebrate the expansion of Prana College, they are offering complimentary public hatha yoga classes, 7 days a week, during the month of August.

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.

YYoga On Grouse Mountain – Free Yoga At Top Of The Grind

YYoga has partnered with Grouse Mountain to offer complimentary yoga at the top of the Grind every Saturday from August 6 – September 10!

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)
Time: 10:00am
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

Vancouver Pride

What an amazing weekend in our beautiful city!  The Celebration of Light and Gay Pride.  It got me to thinking?  If we are to recognize the light in others, we must first accept ourselves:  gay, straight, short, tall, fat, skinny.  If we are able to accept ourselves, we are free to accept others.  We are able to come from a more authentic place.  A place of love.  This is where yoga comes in because it takes us on a journey of self realization.

A friend came to me with a problem this week because of a person in his life who chooses to see him in the past.  Life is constantly changing.  It is important for us to move forward and grow without being shadowed by past regrets or judgements.  We wouldn’t be in the place we are today if it wasn’t for our past experiences.  For example, I recently became a vegan.  I had a friend tell someone that was inquiring about my dietary choices, “I’ve seen her chow down on a burger.”  Yes, that is true.  It is because I used to eat meat that I choose not to now.  Does that make my current decision any less valid?

By no means am I perfect.  What is perfection?  Yoga helps me to recognize the good in myself and others.  I am truly grateful to live in a place where we have access to yoga and the freedom to express our pride.

Lead by example.  Be proud of who you are!  Celebrate who you are because you are unique.  As long as your intentions are not to hurt, you will change those around you for the better.  This is the energy that moves mountains.

Namaste.

Vancouver Chopra Yoga Center’s Complimentary Classes At Lululemon

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

REVIEW: LULULEMON ATHLETICA & THE SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON

 As we all know travelling can sometimes put a damper on your routine, especially if you are heading out of country for an event.  However need not fear, where there is a will there is always a way. 

More importantly, where there is a Lululemon, there is always a way!

Tomorrow I run the San Francisco Marathon, my RUN FOR A CAUSE platform has gone global by supporting both the Canadian Mental Health Association of North and West Vancouver and the San Francisco Mental Health Association. I will be running 42km and advocating, educating and supporting those struggling with mental health and addiction, in honor of my mom.

As we all know Yoga is one of the most therapeutic practices one can embody and practice, as it not only focuses on the discipline of the mind, body and spirit, but it also harnesses the power to go inward and process our greatest strengths and fears. When I travel and RUN FOR A CAUSE I always make it a priority to find a local Yoga studio to rest my weary limbs, and the San Francisco Marathon has managed to combine Yoga & Athletics beautifully.

“Karma Yoga, means giving back and investing in one community” Lululemon knows this mantra well and as part of the extensive Runner’s Expo, Lululemon’s Ambassadors & Runner Specialists will be in full force teaching classes all weekend long for all the runners. And classes are even open to the public!

The runner superhero side of my personality finds solitude in every event expo, as I am able to meet participants from all across the globe, who flock to the expo to seek out community, network, pick up any last minute racing finds and prepare for race day. Combining this energetic frequency with the vibration of a balanced Yoga practice (under the same “serene” roof) is a recipe for perfection leading up to any event.

Lululemon has always been at the top of their game, combining Yoga with organic innovation, towards an authentic space from which they can harness the power of balance and sport. More racing events are seeing the advantage of combining the runners asana practice for the body, and the necessary mindful asana of the mental discipline found in Yoga, which mimics the “runners high” we feel when we stride effortlessly on race day.

The Runner’s Expo classes Lululemon provides, along with their ambassadors create a space from which we can set an intention, visualize our outcome and prepare our body, mind and spirit for race day. Tomorrow I will run the San Francisco Marathon with my BIB displaying “RUN4MOM” and I have Lululemon Athletica San Fran to thank for “Namaste-ing” me into action! More importantly, they are filled with runners, like me, who are so incredibly excited for game day, the ambiance was more then inspirational.

Make sure to stop by the two locations on Grant Avenue and Union Street.

My review – Refreshingly awesome, and ready for the marathon!

SOURCES:

RUN FOR A CAUSE: www.sarahmjamieson.wordpress.com

San Francisco Marathon  Expo & Lululemon Athletica: http://www.thesfmarathon.com/

Lululemon Grant Avenue: http://www.lululemon.com/sanfrancisco/unionsquare

Lululemon Cow Hallow: http://www.lululemon.com/sanfrancisco/cowhollow

Teacher Appreciation

As I have mentioned before, I am in the final stages of my very first Yoga Teacher Training program. Yesterday, I delivered my final practicum: a 60min Flow sequence designed by yours truly.

Despite having taught yoga before in a number of informal contexts, nothing really prepared me for teaching a group of 10 people staring at me wide-eyed and awaiting instruction. I learned something yesterday—teaching yoga is really hard! Harder than I had imagined.

As a teacher, you have to anticipate the mood and abilities of the students in front of you with every step they take. You have to make decisions about what to do next and how, all the while giving instruction aloud and making verbal and physical adjustments.

You have to modify the routine for particular students’ needs and time the class appropriately, which may mean diverting from your very secure, well-planned and typed-up sequence.

The teacher has to make sure that what happens on one side, happens on the other. That what you open, you also soften. That you provide safe and effective guidance, while creating a fun and uplifting atmosphere.

Today, after teaching my sequence and reaching the culmination of many weeks of training, reading and learning, I am thinking of the teachers who brought me to this point. I have had so many brilliant, kind, thoughtful and extremely talented teachers!

I am very excited to be able to give back some of the passion that I have received in my classes. I fully appreciate now that my journey has a teacher has just begun and it’s going to take a lot of hard work!

Source: http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=yoga+teacher&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbnid=WLp3SqRvYmbo-M:&imgrefurl=http://froglotusyoga.com/events/teachers.htm&docid=8hdpImeyDRTwkM&w=360&h=312&ei=D1AwTt2jOpTXiAKHttAr&zoom=1&biw=1342&bih=716

Chopra Yoga Pre-Opening Memberships Available Now!

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.

Will Blunderfield

In Vancouver, we are blessed to have access to countless amazing yoga teachers!  I would like to write about one such teacher, Will!  My friend Tracey took Will’s class a month ago and  ever since she has been telling me that I must take his class.  Finally, I went.  I am left wondering why I haven’t heard of Will sooner?

I see Will before the class and he is wearing a bandana and eyeliner.  I could tell that this was not going to be your “typical” yoga class.  What is a typical yoga class?  That is another story.  Will starts the class as soon as he walks in.  “Inhale, Exhale,” with an audible sigh.  “Let it all go.”  The sighs get louder as we repeat this a few more times.

During the class, Will gets “personal.”  He tells us about his journey into striving to be his authentic self.  You can tell he genuinely likes to teach.  He exudes love and acceptance.  Here are some Will “isms.”  “Shine your light.  If others think your light is too bright, tell them to wear sunglasses.”  “Don’t judge me, but love me.  When you judge others, there is no room to love yourself.”

Will finishes class by singing an amazing rendition of Hallelujah.  Talk about taking Savasana to a whole new level.  I left class feeling detoxed and good about myself.  That might have something to do with having to look into my eyes in the mirror and chant “I am good enough, I am enough, etc?”

If you are looking for a class that is inspirational, uplifting and fun (there was some butt shaking involved).  Try Will’s hot hour at West Coast Hot Yoga in Yaletown.  It’s a judgment free zone that will allow you to express your fabulous self!

Passport To Prana Card Expires This Sunday!

Attention all Vancouver yoga lovers! If you purchased/won a Passport to Prana card, please remember that your card will be expiring on Sunday, July 31, 2011.  Note: All Passports will expire on the same day, regardless of your date of purchase, and, sadly, participating studios will not be able to accept them after that date. So get out there and explore yoga in your community this week!

Tough Decisions…

Making decisions = agonizing.

True.

But the fact is that we create the suffering. The decision-making process can be as simple as; weighing the evidence, choosing, and then taking any necessary action.

I know, that sounds crazy.

I’m exploring the possibility. Feeling it out. Maybe I can make big decisions, tough ones (you know the ones I mean) and then just let it go. Move on. Let life unfold, stop pushing. You get the picture. It’s like if you really want to get into lotus or press up into wheel it doesn’t feel right, but if you just do it, it does. It’s like that. I’m working on it.

So I made a pretty tough decision this week. I had to choose between a retreat with Thich Nhat Han and a job that I really want. I chose the job, and instead of dwelling in the land of regret I am accepting my decision and not dwelling you-know-where. Because I had my reasons and I thought it through and took the necessary actions and that’s it.

Source: womanaroundtown.com

It feels a lot better than making the decision and constantly second-guessing my reasoning and agonizing over it. I’m not saying that I won’t have regrets, but this approach could work.

Although, if you have a life changing retreat with Thich Nhat Han in August, maybe don’t tell me.

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