Living Yoga & Health

February

Early Morning Reset, with Gina Giammarco

Monday February 5 – Friday February 9. 7:00-8:15am

Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

I’ve spent my whole adult life trying to keep my body out of pain. Exploring a wide and ever expanding array of body movement and modalities over the years, I feel now that I’m coming closer to keeping the pain at bay. I can still wake up with aches, but nothing like what it used to be when I was younger.

I’ve put together a little routine that I do every single morning. It refreshes and revives me, eliminates the aches and pains and readies me for the day ahead with a supple, strong body and a calmer, clearer mind. I’d like to share this with you on this 5-day intensive. An invitation and a challenge to see if this makes a difference in your life.
$75+hst for weeklong series. Register Now

Intro to the Yoga Sutras, with Barb Quinlan

Saturday February 10. 9:30am-3:00pm

Please pre-register.

These studies explore the primary sources and text of yoga, The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali through lecture, discussion and the Sanskrit chanting of the sutra-s.

Barb Quinlan, founder of the Yoga Room in Guelph, is a qualified yoga instructor and yoga therapist who has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga for 25 years. Barb has deepened her yoga practice through private studies at theKrishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India with T.K.V. Desikichar, and with his senior teacher Dr. N. Chandrasekaranthrough his Yoga Vaidya Sala in Chennai, India. This approach, often known as Viniyoga,  is based on the ancient practice of yoga where the emphasis is on the co-ordination of breath and movement, drawing the awareness inward. It is a therapeutic yoga where the yoga asanas prescribed vary between individuals. It is ideally suited for individual work as well as group classes.

$75+hst. Register Now

$65+hst for yoga teachers.


Family Yoga, with Lisa GillOrme

Family Day! Monday February 19. 10:00-11:00am

Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

Children and adults of all ages, shapes and abilities are invited to explore the playfulness of yoga asanas through body awareness games, creative movement related to animals and nature, mindfulness and imagery.

$15+hst per parent/child pair. $5 per each additional family member. Register Now


Mom Yoga, with Lisa Nevar-Landsmann

Wednesdays. February 21 – March 29. 10:00-11:15am

Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

A great class to get you out and about with your pre-crawling little one! Enjoy taking the time to stretch and release the tension from your new mom body. Particular attention is given to each mom’s healing and energy, to ensure your experience is positive and useful for your day-to-day. Babies will join us for some of the poses.

$70+hst, 5-week series (no class March 14). Register Now


Qigong Yoga and Meditation, with Leslie MacMillan

Thursdays. February 21 – March 29. 8:30-9:45am

Pre-registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

This class is a complementary blend of Qigong (Qi = life energy; Gong = work) and Yoga. Yoga asanas, which help to strengthen, stretch and realign the body are combined with flowing Qigong movements and massage, which help to generate and move energy throughout the body. Breath work and meditation are woven into each class to create a strong foundation for this practice.

$84+hst, 6-week series. Register Now


Yoga for Anxiety, with Elisabeth Schramm

Tuesdays. February 21 – March 28. 5:30-7:00pm

Please pre-register.

In this workshop we explore the experience of anxiety through yoga and mindfulness practices. The experience of anxiety is present in every living creature, and we humans are no different. Anxiety manifests with physical sensations that are unpleasant, so much so that we can become fearful of fear. The mind gets involved by telling stories about how awful this experience is, we may dwell in stories from the past and worry about the future. We instinctively try to self-regulate when we experience something unpleasant in the body/mind, and so you may have turned to strategies that help in the moment, but have negative side effects.

Through yoga and mindfulness we have the opportunity to develop a new relationship with anxiety. To be able to notice the physical and mental experience, to be curious about it, with an attitude of radical acceptance. We will explore practices that soothe the central nervous system and begin to practice this “other” possibility. Mindfulness practices bring the attention into the present moment and gently shift us away from rumination and worry. The body and mind have the capacity to relax and experience calm, and this becomes possible through time, attention and practice.

This class is appropriate for those new to yoga, as well as those with experience – all are welcome!

$90+hst, 6-week series. Register Now


Moving Forward in 2018, with Sandi Beaupre and Leslie MacMillan

Friday February 23. 7:00pm-9:00pm

A new year brings renewed motivations and action to move forward. Our back is the initiator of forward movement and often works very hard for us. We’ve all heard the saying, “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Repetitive work and movement, workaholic mentality, type A personality, and many other habitual patterns can send our back muscles into overdrive. Our kidneys are thought of as the energetic battery of the body and the seat of our will, vitality, and ambition. This intentional, mindful exploration will aid in releasing pressure on the back muscles to reduce back pain (plus other conditions such as SI joint discrepancy + sciatica), and revitalize energy to move forward with more ease. Breathe, move and receive.

8-10 spots available. Pre-registration required. No experience necessary. A variety of postures and positions with both movement and stillness.

$58 plus hst. Register Now

 

The SI Joints, with Gina Giammarco

Sunday February 25. 1:00pm-4:00pm

Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

If your SI joints bother you, this workshop is for you!

The sacroiliac joints are structurally responsible for absorbing and transmitting forces and when they get grumpy, man do we know it. This workshop will explore the design and purpose, potential reasons for pain and discomfort and ways to strengthen and improve their function. You’ll leave with a whole new way to appreciate and use your SIs.

$45+hst. Register Now


Mindfulness Practice for Schools, with Ken Hood

Mondays. February 26 – March 26. 7:30-8:45pm

Registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

This five class series is intended for primary and high school teachers who are beginners to mindfulness and meditation. It is simple, practical and will cover several essential practices such as calming the mind, seeing clearly and self-compassion. The course is geared to supporting teachers personally but will conclude with a focused conversation about how these and other mind-training practices can be used:

to benefit teachers, personally and professionally.

to benefit students in the classroom.

in an ongoing community of support, both in person and digitally i.e. a website of
best practices.

to transform school culture.

$70+hst, 5-week series. Register Now