Living Yoga & Health

Workshop Descriptions

Yoga for Anxiety, with Elisabeth Schramm

Next series begins: Tuesdays, May 22 to June 25


Pre-registration only.

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 to begin to practice this “other” possibility. Mindfulness practices bring the attention into the present moment and gently shifting 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 per 6-week series. (Next series: May 22 to June 25) Register Now

Exploring the Chakras, with Lisa Silverstein

Postponed until the fall! Stay tuned for new dates.

According to the ancient Indian culture, one path to self-transformation is to work with the Nadi System, the energy distribution system located in the subtle body. The major intersections of the nadi system along the central channel are known as the 7 main Chakras. The Chakras are organizational centres for the reception, assimilation, storage and expression of the life force energy through the body.

Due to various circumstances in life, energetic blockages often occur in these centres. The ancient teachers developed methods, including movement and breathing practices, meditation, and ayurvedic medicine to clear out the blockages, bring more ease and vitality to the body, mind and spirit.

In this series, we will use these methods to explore one Chakra at a time with the overall intention to create a more balanced and well-functioning energy system.

Your Pelvic Health, with Kristin Honey & Michelle Fraser

Postponed until the fall! Stay tuned for new dates.

In this dynamic workshop series, we will build the foundation for the healthy balance of your pelvic floor through lecture, discussion, self reflection and embodied movement to awaken our awareness and understanding of the gifts and challenges of the pelvis. Become familiar with the function of your pelvic floor, how to access, train, and balance these muscles and to apply the skills and insight developed to your daily life.

This is a three part series.

Walking & Gait Series, with Gina Giammarco

Saturdays. May 5, 12, 26. 12:00-1:00pm

Pre-registration only.

Walking is said to be the best exercise. in this workshop series we will rethink our walk and become stronger for it, improve joint function and core engagement. This spring, let’s put a little more spring into our step!

$45+hst for the 3-date series, OR

$80+hst if combined with June Nordic Pole Walking Series (see below)

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Women’s Spring Retreat Day, with Lisa Silverstein

Sunday May 6, 10:00am-4:30pm

Pre-registration only.

Spring is traditionally a time of renewal and rebirth. Recharge your batteries with a full day of yoga and meditation in this beautiful setting on the banks of the Grand River. The morning yoga session will invigorate and stimulate your mind and body with enough variations for each individual to challenge herself, while honouring her own body. The afternoon session will be a slower, more introspective practice allowing time to unwind with quiet restorative poses and time for reflection.

Along with the yoga sessions, there will be free time to connect with the earth and woods and share conversation or silence with other women of like-mind and intention. Nourish yourself with a wholesome vegetarian lunch and snacks prepared with love.

The yoga studio at Riversound Retreat is a beautifully constructed yurt, designed intentionally for inner inquiry and outer play, just 20 minutes from downtown Guelph. This day away from the busy-ness of life will provide plenty of opportunity for creating space and ease in the body and mind.

Space is limited, so please register early.

$85+hst. Register Now

Nordic Pole Walking Series, with Gina Giammarco

Saturdays. June 2, 9, 16. 12:00-1:00pm

Developed in Scandinavia as a way for cross-country skiers to train in the off-season, NPW ramps up walking by using and integrating the upper body with the lower body via the core. Learn how fabulous it feels to be a quadruped again. Please bring your own poles.

$45+hst for the 3-date series, OR

$80+hst if combined with May Walking & Gait Series (see above) Register Now

Listening & Sounding: A Sound & Movement Workshop, with Lynette Segal

Saturday June 16, 1:00 – 4:00pm

This workshop offers a playful entry into movement and sound as a means of accessing a deeper experience of one’s self, within a safe, healing, explorative community environment.

Drawing on the work of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen’s Body-Mind Centering, and elements of Contact Improvisation, we will play with the intention of calming our mind, bringing awareness to our body and practice the skills of being responsive and receptive. We will explore how sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking combine to create our experiences, what our preferences and patterns are and how a change in perspective may open ourselves to new possibilities.

Please bring your creative curiosity, hour humour and your open mind and heart. And a journal, for those who wish to write about their experiences.

$45+hst. Register Now

Sweet Solstice Restorative – Summer

Saturday June 23, 1:00-4:00pm

A popular workshop filled with gentle movement, restorative yoga, reflection and meditation, come mindfully celebrate our connection to the natural cycle of the seasons. Our lives can be very busy and filled with both difficulty and beauty. Give yourself the gift of pausing and listening in during these natural transitions. All welcome. Limited space, so please register soon.

$45+hst. Register Now