Yoga

Free Yoga Classes This Saturday

Hari Om Yoga studio in Langley is having their Fall Open House this Saturday (October 22nd, 2011). Bring your friends, family and neighbours to celebrate with a day long of FREE YOGA CLASSES!

If you’re interested in learning more about Hari Om Yoga, read our reviews of this blissful yoga studio here and here.

WHEN: All Day Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

WHERE: Hari Om Yoga — #102 – 20230 64th Avenue, Langley, BC   V2Y 1N3

For further information contact Hari Om Yoga: [email protected], call the studio at 604.539.0566, or visit their website: hariomyoga.com.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga was created by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1995 in Mumbai, India.  The idea came to him at a time he was writing an article ‘Laughter- The Best Medicine’.  It originated as a ‘Laughter Club’.  After two weeks of telling the same jokes, the participants became bored.  Dr. Kataria’s wife is a yoga instructor.  He consulted with her in further developing the ‘Laughter Club’.  They discovered that there were a lot of similarities between laughing and pranayama exercises.  Laughter yoga was born, resulting in a blend of Yogic Deep Breathing, Stretching, and Laughter Exercises that cultivate child-like playfulness.  Dr. Kataria came to the realization that the body cannot tell the difference between real and pretend laughter.

I took my very first Laughter Yoga class at Open Door Yoga on Commercial Drive.  I have to say, there were a lot of times when I thought to myself, what the heck am I doing.  However, the laughter was contagious.  I left the class feeling happier and lighter.

Give Laughter Yoga a try.  Go with an open mind and an open heart.

Namaste.

 

 

Vancouver’s Smiling Yogi Laughter Club

Have you heard about laughter yoga and laughter clubs? Laughter Yoga is a series of playful, interactive exercises designed to stimulate laughter. It provides an opportunity for adults to be playful and to explore and express joy. And a Laughter Club is a non-profit group that practices Laughter Yoga on a weekly basis. Laughter Clubs are run on a drop-in, by donation basis and are intended to fulfill the mission of the Laughter Yoga Movement: “Joy, Health, and World Peace through Laughter.”

Vancouver’s most popular Laughter Club is the Smiling Yogi Laughter Club!

WHEN: Sundays 3-4pm

WHERE: OPEN DOOR YOGA — 1111 Commercial Drive (near Veneables) *enter from back alley

COST: $5 suggested donation

FYI: No need for any special clothing, or yoga mat. Just bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and your biggest smile!

MORE INFO: For a full listing of Laughter Clubs in Metro Vancouver, visit: laughteryoga.ca. For additional information about the Smiling Yogi Laughter Club, contact Farah.

What Is Kriya Yoga?

Kriya Yoga refers to actions designed to remove obstructions involving body and mind. Kriya Yoga covers a wide range of techniques, including mantras and meditative techniques for control of the life-force (prana), bringing calmness and control of both body and mind.

Paramahansa Yogananda founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 to make available these universal teachings of this sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India. Kriya Yoga teaches the laws of general conduct (yama and niyama), including harmlessness, truthfulness, non-stealing, etc. Kriya Yoga promotes the study of metaphysical principles, physical and mental health, cleanliness and purity. The ultimate goal of Kriya Yoga is to unite with pure Awareness (God/ Universe/ Higher Power).

Bikram Yoga Cambie

Bikram Yoga Cambie

I must admit.  I am a little biased.  I have been a Bikram yoga teacher for the past 7 years.  I first started practicing at Bikram Yoga Cambie many years ago.  Naturally, I was very excited when the doors to the new Cambie studio opened on Sunday.

I have taken 2 classes there now.  I have to say…the heat is perfect!   Even though it can get really steamy in the room, you never feel like you don’t have enough air.  They have a state of the art heat/oxygen exchange system. The bonus, there are 6 showers for women.  No more big line ups after class waiting for the shower.

Go check it out for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.  Located in City Square Mall on the corner of Cambie and 12th.  You get free parking for 2 hours.  If you need more time, you can go purchase some fruit after class and get an extra hour for free.

Namaste.

Bikram Yoga Cambie
City Square Mall
#22 – 555 West 12th Ave.
Vancouver, BC
www.bikramyogavancouver.com

The West’s First Yoga Master Of India

Paramahansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West. Born and raised in 1893 in Gorakhpur, he arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States, filling large halls, on what he coined his “spiritual campaigns.”

He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (the first center was located in Boston, MA) to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation.

Yogananda’s spiritual legacy has had a lasting impact on Western culture. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. It has since been translated into multiple languages, and remains one of the best-selling spiritual classics to date.

Yogananda continued to lecture and write until to his passing in 1952. To read more about Paramahansa Yogananda’s biography, visit the site here.

Look Up Yoga DVD Series For Kids

Look Up Yoga DVD Series For Kids

Certified yoga instructor, Susie Lopez, strives to enhance the lives of inner-city students across New York City through Bent on Learning. The organization goes into public schools and teaches students how to reduce stress, increase concentration, boost their self-esteem, and improve their overall health. Bent on Learning, which caters to students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, also offers teachers simple workshops which teach them how to incorporate simple yoga techniques into to their curriculum.

From her success with Bent On Learning with public school children, Susie Lopez, has created the Look Up Yoga DVD series for all youths, anywhere in the world, to use in their homes. Look Up gives kids a fresh way to get moving, learning, and growing, both emotionally and physically, in a fun and entertaining way.

Susie just launched her website www.lookupyoga.com were you can watch a trailer of her Look Up DVD, and it will soon be available on iTunes. For more information about Susie and her endeavors, visit www.bentonlearning.org, and www.fiveforkids.org – which helps children foster healthy relationships with food and empowers them to make positive choices.

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.

 

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.

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?
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