Semperviva Yoga

Last Day Of Semperviva Friends & Family Sale!

Today (December, 6, 2011) is the last day of Semperviva Friends & Family Sale! Receive 20% off merchandise and prepaid memberships…

To receive the discount online simply enter the code ff11. Or visit us in store and save on memberships as well as our amazing selection of socially and environmentally conscious merchandise.

Buy 1 month, save $19.71
Buy 3 months, save $59.14
Buy 6 months, save $118.28
Buy 12 months, GET ONE MONTH FREE, save $338.43
Buy 24 months, GET TWO MONTHS FREE, save $676.85
Buy a 10 class card, save $27.80

**There will be a slight increase to membership fees effective January 1st, 2012. Discount does not apply to Yoga Teacher Training, Retreats, Gift Cards, or the 10.00 per week INTRO offer.

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Rasa Vinyasa: Embodying the Art of Yoga with Shiva Rea

Source: www.shivarea.com

An Intensive for Those Who Drink and Savor the Juice of Life

Shiva Rea is coming to Semperviva on Dec 10-11 for a Prana Flow workshop! Here’s the info from Semperviva’s website. Buy your tickets now  – this will be a fantastic and memorable weekend!

Rasa is one of the most sublime and rich understandings of the art of transformation to emerge from Tantra, yoga, Ayurveda and the arts with many beautiful interconnected meanings. Rasa is the “essence” of any aspect of creation – the sweetness of a mango, the light of fire, the experience of one’s own intrinsic nature; it is the process of rejuvenation and alchemy within Ayurveda, and the art of divine recognition through emotional and artistic transformation as the great sage Abhinavagupta describes as the “Self tasting the Self”. Without rasa, it is said, our experience of yoga and life becomes dry, rigid, routine. Rasa as the rejuvenative juice restores our essence and enhances our moment-to-moment satisfaction in being fully alive.

Our rasa immersion is dedicated to the art of inner-outer rejuvenation by cultivating the living nectar of the heart (maharasa). Shiva will offer pranarasaflow™ – an offering of practice, teaching and living in harmony with from the nine energetic rasas of tantric arts teachings with a focus on: Vira (potency, empowerment), Sringara (sublime love), Raudra (fierce love), Hasya (Supreme Delight), Karuna (compassion) and Shanti (living peace) to bring authentic flow to your practice, teaching and life. Live music, kirtan and classical music artists energizing live drumming to sublime flute will be integrated into the Prana Flow® yoga practices led by Shiva.

Shiva will teach how to live true to your inner alchemy in the flow of life and offer the flow of yoga with a full-spectrum, rejuvenative balance.

Dates: December 10th-11th, 2011
Times: 1:00pm to 5:30pm (Saturday)
12:30pm to 4:30pm (Sunday)
Location: Semperviva City Studio
Cost: $135.00 + HST (Saturday)
$125.00 + HST (Sunday)
$225.00 + HST (weekend)
Contact: 604.739.2009
[email protected]

Semperviva Yoga Teacher Training

Have you been thinking about becoming a certified yoga instructor? Now might be your time to take action — Semperviva’s next 200 hour course starts January 18th!

With Semperviva’s Internationally Recognized Yoga Certification, you will be qualified to teach both here in Vancouver or anywhere around the world. What makes Semperviva stand our from the crowd? Semperviva Yoga is the longest running multi-disciplinary Yoga Teacher Training College in Vancouver, BC. It is the only training that includes Master teachers as guest lecturers. This truly sets Semperviva apart as a leader in Yoga Education. Guest teachers may include Seane Corn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Max Strom, Nicki Doane, Michael Stone, Mark Whitwell, Janet Stone, Shiva Rea, Bernie Clark, and Paul Grilley. For more information, visit www.sempervivayogacollege.com.

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.

Semperviva Celebrates Mother’s Day With A Special Family Class

Semperviva is offering a very special family yoga class this Mother’s Day! The class is for moms with kids ages 5 – 11 years — but dads are also welcome. This will be a by donation class in support the exceptional efforts of Shanti Uganda — its goal is to lower maternal and infant mortality rates, reduce HIV/AIDS transmission rates from mother to child, improve access to education and supplies and honour every birthing woman.

When? Sunday, May 8th, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where? Semperviva’s Kits Beach Studio

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Letting In The New

With spring in the air, it’s possible that you have been going through your closet with the intention of spring cleaning. I certainly have been trying my best to purge those things I no longer need.

Sadly I have a habit of holding onto things longer than necessary.  I have a tendency to attach memories to specific items making it hard for me to let go. That in itself is not a bad thing, but when you become attached to items because of memories, these memories literally become burdensome.

The Eight Fold Path

Within Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras there is an Eight Fold Path offering guidelines to cleanse the body and mind in order to lead a more meaningful and purposeful life.

The first four limbs of this path are concerned with gaining control over the physical body, fine tuning our personalities and developing an awareness of ourselves.

Over the years, with the help of my yoga practice, I have gained a deeper awareness of myself. I have found that there are certain personality traits and behaviours that no longer serve me. By following the Eight Fold Path I am striving to reach my true potential. This has not been easy, nor am I anywhere near finished. Perhaps I never will, but it’s the journey, right?

The First Limb: Yama

According to the Sutras, Yama focuses on behaviour and how you conduct yourself in life. An individual’s ethical standards and sense of integrity become very important when concentrating on this first limb.

There are five Yamas:

Ahimsa: nonviolence

Satya: truthfulness

Asteya: non-stealing

Brahmacharya: sensory control

Aparigraha: non-covetousness/non-hoarding

Sophie Legrand discussed Brahmacharya in her post titled “Browse with Moderation”. To further continue along my journey, I am concentrating on Aparigraha.

According to the Sutras, Aparigraha literally means the non-accumulation of worldly objects caused by covetousness and attachment. Looking honestly into my life, I can see that I have accumulated a lot of “stuff” which I have attached sentimental value. Holding each object in my hand, asking myself, “Do I really need this anymore?” I can answer truthfully. I come to the understanding that the memories attached to that object are within me; I do not need the object. Do you also attach memories to objects and then feel you will lose those memories without that object?

Aparigraha asks us to travel light; to let go of the old, in order to make room for the new. New possibilities await if you only make room.

I was very lucky to learn these lessons while earning my 200 Hr Yoga Certification at Semperviva Yoga.

I encourage anyone who is interested in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to search out Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison’s Meditations from the Mat. Rolf Gates approach to the Eight Limb Path is very readable.

(Source: Yoga.am)

Under The Same Sky

Under The Same Sky

Since I’ve started my teacher training at Semperviva in January, I have been spending a lot of time at the Sky Studio. I had practised there before with Susan, one of my favourite teachers, and although it is smaller than the other studios, I like it for several reasons.

The main one being is that I truly miss practising outdoors. I was very lucky last year to have a lot of time off before coming here and to travel in Europe for two months in the summer. We hugged the Atlantic coast and while my boyfriend was surfing, I would find a quiet spot and go through my sun salutations slowly to the sound of the waves and summer breeze, enjoying every inhale and exhale.

The first time I practised on the beach, I had the most obvious revelation. I inhaled, arms up, my palms reached up the – real – sky and the sunlight dazzled me as I looked up: ‘this is what saluting the sun really is’. You don’t get that sense as literally as this when you are in a studio.

I still love practising indoors, we’re all creatures of habit, we like a flat steady floor, the absence of wind, flies, mosquitoes, or anything that distracts our senses. However to me, practising under the sky is unbeatable and that’s why I like the Sky Studio: it connects me again to this feeling of infinite space.

[source: chroniclesofdolliedaydream.blogspot.com]

At the same time, it offers all the comfort that modern yogis rely on: carpeted floors, yoga mats, props and a bathroom! Besides the skylight, there are many windows, covered in light white curtains, which makes the studio bright but not overwhelmingly so. You will find it just above the Greens and Gourmet Restaurant on Broadway and Trafalgar. You just need to cross the restaurant to find the reception.

I always find the atmosphere quite serene, studious and humble, which prepares the mind to go deeper into your practice. This maybe has to do with the nature of my studying there, but I feel also the opening to the sky creates that equanimity. It’s the closest to the sky one can be while  practising indoors.

Yoga Teacher Review: Reno Muenz

‘Smile, it’s just yoga’ as one of my teachers in London used to say, especially when we would all be grimacing during an intense squatting series.

Reno’s Vinyasa Power Flow classes remind me of that statement. One of Reno’s greatest abilities is to help students step out of the drama during the most trying asanas.

It feels good to go to class with the reassurance that it will be dynamic enough but that Reno will get us through it with his calming voice and his inspiring music choices. I don’t know about you, but when confronted to a challenging sequence, my fight-flight response is triggered and for a split second, I can easily feel that the teacher is the enemy. I don’t think I would ever feel like that in Reno’s class. He knows how to diffuse this defense mechanism by offering warm empathy, and by finding a cue that will make you smile.


[source: Yoga for the People]

In addition, Reno’s love for yoga shines through clearly, and he’s all about sharing that love. He quotes his teachers, tells plenty of anecdotes from his experience or his readings, but also stories of ancient Indian mythology that speak of courage, dedication and humility. This all contributes to bringing mental and physical lightness to the practice.

Reno follows quite closely the Ashtanga’s primary series and also regularly works on handstand and headstand preparations. He always invites students to modify in a more or less challenging way, so this class suits every level of yogi.

Reno teaches at Semperviva on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, at Yyoga Yaletown on Friday and at Yoga For The People on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. So give this class a try and remember: ‘smile, it’s just yoga!’

From Semperviva

To be honest, I was nervous at the thought of “reviewing” a yoga studio. I’m 23, only 3 months into yoga, and I was heading to a studio like a movie critic (but not as jaded and bitter). And this was Semperviva Kits Beach no less, the newest expansion studio for a respected community-oriented yoga outfit. It’s not like I was from a bigwig yoga magazine or some newspaper that wielded a mighty stick. Regardless, it was a chance to explore and meet new yogis.

East Window

I must say, I dig the colour scheme and design choice of their logo.

After a bit of transit and walking, which was a little wonky after a 75 minute spin class, I made it to the lovely corner of West 4th and Yew where Semperviva Kits Beach is located. Familiar smells of mat sprays and lavender immediately greeted me as I walked in. Actually, I’ll let some photos do the gabbing for me:

Lounge Area

The common area is spacious and very inviting with the large windows. I wish I had a wide-angle lens.

Gear Wall & Entrance

From inside to out. The events wall is on the right and can be seen better in the video tour.

Community Photo Wall

This here is the photo wall assembled by the community, either of personal practices or to yoga events and retreats held by Semperviva.

And, of course, here’s the video tour guided by Callie Gray! If you can’t tell by the video, she’s bright, chipper and exudes love and passion for the realm of yoga.

The yoga room itself is not what I’m used to what with no ceiling panels to hide the air ducts and pipes and enormous windows lining the East wall. However, without a constricting ceiling plus the enormous windows, you feel like you can expand to wherever you choose. Also, the windows are one-way so pedestrians won’t get to creepily peer in as you practice.

I’d like to thank Callie, Jana, and Jen for accommodating this small-time writer on a drizzly Saturday. Your genuine kindness further fuels my passion for yoga.

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