Retreats & Workshops

YOGA THERAPY WORKSHOPS or TREAT YOURSELF TO A WEEKEND CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA RETREAT : NOVEMBER 2020 & DECEMBER 2020

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CANCELLED / POSTPONED:

CANCELLED/POSTPONED:  NOVEMBER 21, 2020: Saturday 9-11:30am: Yoga Therapy: Focus on Restorative Asana,  Deep Relaxation & Lung Health

You can expect a semi-private class environment, with individual feedback and variations offered based on personal needs. In addition to restorative postures that are fantastic for alleviation of body pain, you will also be taught traditional pranayama or breathing exercises that maximum lung strength, flexibility and overall health. You will have the opportunity to practice a variety of postures designed to eradicate pain and calm the nervous system. I will provide several traditional methods for pranayama and give you the opportunity to find the one that most suits you. Our practice will also highlight the benefits of a regular breathing and movement practice. When I first started practicing Yoga, I had a significant aversion to staying still and observing/controlling my breathing. Over time, I learned that the practice of pranayama has an incredible benefit of reducing anxiety, while increasing focus and memory capacity. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want more information. Max 8. Workshop Fee: $40, or $45 with addition of 30 minute meditation practice. Studio Location 202 – 1600 Bay Street

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CANCELLED / POSTPONED:  NOVEMBER 22, 2020: Sunday 9-11:30am: Yoga Therapy: Spinal/Core Strength, Pigeon and Classical Standing Postures for Shoulder, Hip, Knee & Spinal Health
You can expect a semi-private class environment, where you will have the opportunity to practice a traditional sequence of postures or asanas known as Sun Salutations. I will guide you through a variety of core exercises prior to examining numerous variations and possible modifications to every posture relevant to the classical sequence of Surya Namaskara. Each student will be provided with feedback so as to set you up with the knowledge necessary to continue a practice of classical Sun Salutations on your own. These traditional postures increase strength, flexibility and focus significantly with time and practice. We will also explore hip openers including pigeon to complete the practice. I will provide each classical asana modified to suit each individual student, including therapeutic posture variations for those recovering for injury, as well as more challenging variations as needed. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information. Max 8. Workshop Fee: $40, or $45 with addition of 30 minute meditation practice, see below for details. Studio Location 202 – 1600 Bay Street
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DECEMBER 12, 2020: 9-11:30am: Yoga Therapy for Eradication of Hip/Knee/Back Pain

You can expect a semi-private class environment, with individual feedback and variations offered based on personal needs. In addition to restorative postures, you will also be taught traditional meditation and chanting. The practice sequence includes a variety of postures designed to eradicate pain and calm/regulate the nervous system. Numerous peer reviewed studies from prominent universities tell us that consistent Yoga practice not only strengthens the immune and nervous systems respectively, but also improves bone density. Physical practice will include a variety of postures that if practiced with consistency will alleviate pain and discomfort in the hips, knees and spine. We will practice long holds of asanas that are classically prescribed for pain and dysfunction of the hips, back & knees – you can expect corresponding benefits to the rest of the body as well, assuming you practice what you learn with regularity and discipline. Peer reviewed studies examining the longitudinal impact of consistent Yoga practice, show us the powerful degree to which the symptoms of pain, stress, even anxiety and depression can be significantly mitigated. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want more information. Max 8. Workshop Fee: $40, or $45 with addition of 30 minute meditation practice, see below for details. Studio Location 202 – 1600 Bay Street

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DECEMBER 13, 2020: 9am-11:30am: Yoga Therapy – Standing Balance, Tensegrity Core/Spine Strength and Hip/Shoulder Openers for Optimal Joint Health

You can expect a semi-private class environment, where you will have the opportunity to practice a traditional sequence of postures or asanas including standing balance and back/core tensegrity strengthening postures. We will also explore classical standing postures that when practiced consistently build immense strength & flexibility in the hips, knees and back. I will guide you through a variety of postures designed to create optimal flexibility and strength in the spine and hips. This traditional series of postures significantly increases strength, flexibility and mental focus with consistent practice. I will provide you with the necessary tools to accessibly practice each classical asana at home, i.e. the practice will be tailored to suit each individual student. Multiple accessible variations will be offered for every single posture that I teach you in this workshop. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information. Max 8. Workshop Fee: $40 or $45 with addition of 30 minute meditation practice, see below for details. Studio Location 202 – 1600 Bay Street
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MEDITATION WORKSHOPS: SUPER SPECIAL 30 MINUTE SESSIONS TO FOLLOW 2.5 HOUR YOGA THERAPY WORKSHOPS: 11:30am-12pm on December 12 & 13, 2020

You can expect a semi-private class environment, with individual feedback and variations offered based on personal needs. In addition to restorative postures, you will also be taught traditional meditation and chanting. The practice sequence includes a variety of postures designed to eradicate pain and calm/regulate the nervous system. Numerous peer reviewed studies from prominent universities tell us that consistent Yoga practice not only strengthens the immune and nervous systems respectively, but also improves bone density. Peer reviewed studies examining the longitudinal impact of consistent meditation practice, whether within the context of an asana or in savasana, show us the powerful degree to which the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression can be mitigated. I will teach several traditional methods for Yogic meditation and give you the opportunity to find the one that most suits you. Our practice will also highlight the benefits of a regular chanting practice. When I first started practicing Yoga, I had a significant aversion to chanting. Over time, I learned that the practice of chanting has an incredible benefit of reducing anxiety, while significantly increasing focus and memory capacity. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want more information. Max 8. Workshop Fee: $10 for Meditation only OR $5 if you are registering for the previous Yoga Therapy Workshop in addition.

Studio Location 202 – 1600 Bay Street
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SALT SPRING ISLAND
YOGA RETREAT
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June 4-6th, 2021

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Several study options are available for both retreats – with 2, 3 and 4 hour options for Daily Yoga Class. You can choose from: Classical Hatha Yogasana Posture Practice, Meditation, Traditional Chanting, Pranayama Preparation, Yogic Philosophy, Kabbalabhati Practice (digestive & sinus internal cleansing exercise, great for developing core strength as well). Over the course of a 3 day retreat, you have the opportunity to cultivate physical strength and flexibility – whilst strengthening of the nervous and immune systems respectively. Additional benefits of a consistent Yoga practice include improved memory, focus, lung capacity and proprioception (by strengthening the vestibular system).

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Schedule: Fridays 6-8pm,

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Saturdays 8-10am, 8-11am or 8-12pm,

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Sundays 8-10am, 8-11am, or 8-12pm.

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Pricing for June 2021
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$145 for 6 hours of Yoga

$185 for 8 hours of Yoga

$225 for 10 hours of Yoga
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All options include a delicious, organic, vegetarian dinner provided for you on Friday evening after Yoga (you can count on a homegrown, homemade Basil salad dressing every time). Early bird fee expires March 1, 2020 for June retreat. Early birds save $25 per retreat.

Any questions, please let me know.

*You can anticipate a small class size, personal attention & dedicated teacher who has been practicing with discipline since age 17. You can expect guidance from a Classical Yoga Therapist and Traditional Hatha Yoga Practitioner; including a focus on eliminating pain in the mind and the body (experience with alleviation anxiety, depression and panic symptoms) and general joint maintenance, core work, full body strength/flexibility, including strengthening the hands & feet, opportunities to study philosophy, meditation, kriyas and pranayama are offered when requested. Text me @250-858-3854 to register or drop-in. I look forward to seeing you in class 🙂