Recently featured in an article titled Adam Levine’s Rock-Star Yoga, found in the latest issue of DETAILS magazine, Levine shares why he turned to yoga, his essential asanas, five yoga styles he swears by, and tunes from his yoga playlist. Read the full article here, and watch his following video:
The yoga studio formally known as Kula Yoga has recently changed their name to Kushala (Kushala is Sanskrit for well-being). This change is perfect timing as they are celebrating the expansion and grand opening of their new Port Moody location in Suter Brook Village.
Along with an amazing view and masterful instructors, the new location has two studio spaces, a retail shop full of yoga goodies, a tea lounge and a wellness center! There are also rumors that another location will be opening in early 2012!
What I love about Kushala is that they offer a wide variety of classes, so there is definitely something to meet everyone’s needs. Some of their more unique offerings include: Sunrise Hatha at 6am, Wild Thing Wednesdays (a class designed for more advanced yogis), Yoga 101 (for the beginner yogi) and Pre-Natal Yoga.
Kushala Yoga also specializes in teaching the philosophical side of yoga with courses such as: Prana 101 (students learn meditation and breathing techniques) and the Dharma Series that takes a closer look at Eastern philosophies.
What I enjoy most about Kushala is the extremely warm and inviting atmosphere that only a great yoga studio can provide!
For more about Kushala, please visit:
Steve Nash Fitness World Kitsilano location is currently offering karma (by donation) Hatha ” Yoga Food Drive” classes! Yoga Food Drive classes are sixty minutes long and are taught by their awesome yoga instructor, Derek. Currently the classes are being offered on Thursdays from 8:15am to 9:15am, and occasionally on Tuesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm (call the club to verify, as times and days are subject to change).
Give back this season while benefiting from stress reducing Yoga! Our Yoga Fod Drive class at all clubs is open to all members and their non-member guests in exchange for at least 1 non-perishable food item. All donations delivered to local food banks by December 25, 2011.
Yoga classes at Steve Nash Fitness World are specialty classes that require an additional charge on top of your regular monthly membership — so Yoga Food Drive is a fantastic way to give back to your community, and get a deal on yoga!
Steve Nash Fitness World Kitsilano
#200-2150 West Broadway
Pastor Mark Driscoll from the Mars Hill Church in Seattle, says in his blog, that “yoga is a religious philosophy that is in direct opposition to Christianity”. Because of this, he believes that “yoga cannot be simply received by any Christian in good conscious”.
He goes on to say that yoga is downright demonic and he compares it to being as bad as adultery:
There is nothing wrong with stretching, exercising, or regulating one’s stress through breathing. But when the tenets of yoga are included, it’s by definition a worship act to spirit beings other than the God of the Bible. By way of analogy, there is nothing inherently wrong with intimacy, sex, and pleasure. But when the tenets of adultery are included, it’s a sinfully idolatrous worship act. A faithful Christian can no more say they are practicing yoga for Jesus than they can say they are committing adultery for Jesus.
What do you think about the Pastor’s beliefs? Let us know in the comments below! Also check out this WholyFit video demonstrating “no-nonsense mind-boy exercises without ‘chanting’ or other ‘non-biblical’ practices”:
Love yoga? Want to share your practice with others? Have a special interest in restorative yoga and therapeutic techniques?
A specialized training program with Open Source Yoga (Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance) will begin in January. This part-time weekdays evening course will focus on
empowering teachers to work with private clients and small groups in a home yoga studio setting.
Teachers in training will employ holistic biomechanics to work structurally to heal common injuries to the shoulders, hips, knees, wrists and neck. The balance of the course will cover all areas of yoga alliance certification standards at the 200 hour level, with components of restorative yoga for stress and illness, Ayurvedic diet, as well as Thai Massage and development of a home business plan.
Dan Clement and Carol Wray will be leading the training from a working home yoga studio. They are both very experienced teachers with extensive training in structural therapy, restorative and yin yoga, as well as micro-business development.
200 hour Therapy and Restorative Training
Dates: Jan 10- April 19 2012
Weekday evenings (Tues, Wed, Thurs 6pm – 10pm) part-time @ Panorama Ridge, Surrey B.C.
Course cost: $2700, includes texts.
The Steve Nash Downtown Sports Club on Granville Street is offering FREE Anti-Gravity Yoga to members for the month of November and December. If you complete six classes, you will get 50% off a class card. If you are a member, you should check it out. It is a great way to mix up your yoga routine.
What is Broga (bro+yoga)? Broga is a yoga class geared for men. Strong, energetic,and challenging, it uses traditional yoga postures and fitness movements for an amazing workout. Broga’s mission is to offer men real tools for coping with daily stresses and demands through an accessible yoga-based fitness program taught from a man’s point of view. Broga is for every “body,” from the beginner yogi to the professional athlete.
Cofounders Adam O’Neill and Robert Sidoti created the Broga yoga program devised to attract hesitant men to the world of yoga by “getting into the bro-zone’’. “This is not a dumbed down version of yoga. There’s a lot of movement linking the postures, but adding push-ups and variations of squats. People see the name ‘Broga’ and they think it’s just a bunch of idiots. But there’s integrity,’’ says “Brogi” Sidoti. Sidoti even sends out dude-friendly tweets like: “Get with the Bro-gram’’ and “Stop bro-crastinating.’’ Visit www.brogayoga.com for more information, and watch the following video:
What’s better for your body, yoga or regular exercise? Often a highly debated subject, but Naturopath SR Jindal believes yogic exercise is the better option. He feels that the benefits of yogasanas far outweigh regular forms of exercise and that they score over strenuous physical exertion.
Asanas are “sthiram sukam asanam”, meaning a body position that is “steady, calm and comfortable”. Physical exercise, on the other hand is an activity that works muscles and requires energy. It is different from yoga asana. Here’s an except discussing the top 10 differences:
- Physical exercise consumes more oxygen than yogasanas
- The heart has to work harder during physical exercise, but BP and heart rate decrease when you practise asanas
- Physical exercise can overwork joints and even cause rheumatism and stiffness later in life. But asanas encourage flexibility and build stamina
- Physical exercise builds up toxins in the body while asanas eliminate them […]
To read the rest of this list, visit timeswellness.com.
The World Karma Project is a project aimed at creating and promoting random acts of kindness. “Not a charity. Not a big organization. Just a guy, trying to create better communities one person at a time” ~ Adam Quang
The project bases its actions on the “karma bank,” in which the more good deeds you do, the more goodness will flow to you. The concept of the “karma bank” originates from an ancient Chinese text called “Changing Destiny: Liaofan’s Four Lessons.” Written more than 500 years ago, it shows how destinies are changed by doing good deeds.
The latest World Karma Project takes place in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, from March 3-17, 2012.
For two weeks, visitors will travel through UNESCO World Heritage sites on a dragon boat, stay in 4-5 star accommodations, practice yoga and meditation, eat delicious meals and learn Vietnamese cooking.
Participants will be led by Adam Quang, an energetic and easy-going fellow who started training as a Buddhist monk at 4 years of age and has been practicing the ancient arts all of his life. A registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, he has achieved the E-RYT 500 Master level. Known for his wisdom and compassion, Adam’s students consider him a guru.
The tour costs $4300 CND (+HST) and covers all expenses, excluding airfare. The fee also helps build better communities, as a portion of the costs will provide a Vietnamese child with school tuition for a whole year. This donation not only helps a child, but adds to the karma bank towards making a better world.
Why Ha Long Bay? Because of a profound spiritual experience Adam had while last there:
“When kayaking on the bay, the sky ablaze with pinks and blues as the sun dips into the sea, a junk boat sails into view. Enveloped by mountains towering over the bay, it’s a dream-like scene of startling beauty. My breath deepens and my senses expand. My hand drifts into the water and I am refreshed, more truly myself than at any other time. I let go of the boundaries that define me. Everything is vivid: the smell of the ocean, the rhythm of the waves, the warmth of the sun. I am small within this vastness, yet connected at the same time. It is a perfect moment that produces a revelation: lead others to this place which opens the soul to the world outside, and to the world within.”
If you would like to know more about this World Karma Project trip, visit www.worldkarmaproject.com
or contact Adam Quang directly at [email protected] Adam is based in Toronto, and will be in Vancouver Nov 4-6 2011: The Yoga Conference Show.
For those who missed the first post, there’s still time to enter our Libre Tea contest! All you need to do is follow @VanYogaReview and @LibreTea on Twitter and like Vancouver Yoga Review and Libre Tea on Facebook. Easy right? View the details here on how you can increase your chances of winning!
Have you recently become pregnant and are now thinking about getting into yoga in Vancouver? MindfulMum — an online magazine for health conscious moms — created a list of the top ten reasons you should start prenatal yoga. Not only can yoga during pregnancy help you maintain your flexibility and health, it can also help you to become positive about birth and parenting. View the list here of the ten reasons to begin pregnancy yoga.
Karma Yoga offers many teachers and students the opportunity to give back to their community and stay healthy through the asana practice of Yoga & meditation, and this time it’s for the kids. Between Novemeber 1-7th, Athletics 4 Kids is holding a Fitness Challenge acrossVancouver and BC, and anyone can participate!
Did you know that more than 1/3 of Canadian children cannot participate in sports or recreational activities due to financial barriers? A4K helps raise awareness and funds so that kids can live their dreams and participate in sports, which as we know is fundamental to their development.
The concept behind the challenge is easy; participants sign up with their gym or studio, join a team and choose to tackle a bodyweight workout of 250 – 1000 repetitions based on their personal fitness level. The goal is to finish the exercise as quickly as possible and collect pledges/donations in your community to support your efforts.
This is the 4th year of the Challenge and it has grown by leaps and bounds every year, but we need your help to continue this momentum in order to get the kids in YOUR community off the couch and into the game.
How does Yoga fit into this challenge?
The Sun Salutations will be based on how many you can comfortably perform within a 60min session ~ 250, 500 or 1000 meditative Sun Salutations, you can choose to move through them in a hatha style flow or bring a powerful Vinyasa intention and get your sweat on.
I will be teaching various fun and challenging modifications to this ancient practice of honoring the sun through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar!
With 3 – 4 classes to choose from throughout the week of November 1st – 7th you can choose to attend one or all of them, join our team and get your pledge on!
The drop in rate for the class will also be donated directly to the A4K Fitness Challenge!
How to join the YogaFORM/ Sarah Jamieson team or register for a class?
Check out my YogaFORM Facebook page for more details on locations and contact information. I you are interested in
participating please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] and I will send you the karmic details and class A4K Yoga Sun Salutation schedule.
Together we can support kids and their dreams! Let’s get out there and play! Ask your local gym or studio if they are supporting Athletics 4 Kids and get involved!
For more information on A4K visit: www.a4k.ca
For our Team YogaFORM Page visit: http://www.gifttool.com/athon/OurTeamPage?ID=1731&AID=1666&TID=10689
Thanks to Taya for mentioning this week the Fall Open House this Saturday, Oct 22 at Hari Om Yoga in Langley!
As the store manager and someone who has attended the open house many times, I can vouch for what a great day of yoga and yoga community this will be. Not only are the classes free all day (yay!), but Hari Om will be placing much of its yoga wear on special at 15% off! 20 and 50 class cards will be reduced by 10% on Saturday as well.
Come and join a fun day of yoga with us! We will have food and snacks, as well as a great line-up of classes to try – whether you’re new to yoga and want to see what it’s about, or maybe you already know and love the yoga practice and just want to come for the fun of it! Classes are first-come, first-served, so arrive early to reserve your spot!
I’ll be there all day (and teaching Tragically Hips at 3pm!) so drop by and say hello!
9-10am – Yin/Yang
10:30-11:30am – Hot
12:00-1:00pm – Luna
1:30-2:30pm – Yoga for Beginners
3:00-4:00pm – Tragically Hips
4:30-5:30 – Relax Deeply