Living Yoga & Health

Workshop Descriptions

Yoga for Anxiety, with Elisabeth Schramm

Tuesdays. April 3 to May 8; May 22 to June 25

5:30pm-7:00pm

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


Qi Gong, Yoga & Meditation, with Leslie MacMillan

Thursdays. April 5 to May 10; May 17 to June 21

8:30-9:45am

Pre-registration only.

This class is a complementary blend of Qigong (Qi = life energy and Gong = work) and Yoga. Yoga asanas, which help 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 per 6-week series. (Next series: May 17 to June 21)  Register Now


Exploring the Chakras, with Lisa Silverstein

3 Saturday Workshops: April 7, May 12, June 2

1:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

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.

April 7: Root Support

We begin the journey upward through the Chakras by getting into the body exploring the first Chakra, Muladhara, which means root support. It is by being fully embodied that we create a strong foundation for the whole energy system. Chakra One represents the earth element and so its goals have to do with how we interact with the physical realm. Taking care of the body and its needs, our home and larger environment, our livelihood and what other things we need in life to feel safe and secure.

“Be strong then and enter into your own body: there you have a solid place for your feet. Think about it carefully! Don’t go off somewhere else! Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things and stand firm in that which you are.” – Kabir

May 12: Sacral Creativity

June 2: Solar Plexus Power

$45+hst per workshop. Register for more than one and receive 10% off. Register Now


Introduction to the Enneagram: Teachings on Personal Transformation, with Natalia Brajak

 Sunday April 22, 2:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration only.

In this workshop, you will get a brief overview of the Enneagram system. We will go over the three centres of intelligence: the heart, head and body. We will touch upon the nine types and where they place their focus of attention, as well as their strengths and challenges. you will leave with a better understanding of how the Enneagram works and how it can benefit you.

If you have no prior experience with the Enneagram, this is a great place to start!

Early Bird Rate! $25+hst if registered before April 7th (for April 14 workshop); before April 15th (for April 22 workshop)

$35+hst. Register Now


Intro to the Sutras Part 2, with Barb Quinlan

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop has been cancelled.

Saturday April 21, 9:30am-3:00pm

Pre-registration only.

This is Part 2 of a workshop offered earlier this year, however you do not need to have taken Part 1.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are simple, yet complex; ancient, yet speak clearly to our modern times; are the foundation of our yoga practice, yet only two out of the 196 teachings mention yoga postures.

Whether you have studied and chanted the sutras, or have never heard of them, give yourself this wonderful opportunity to dive into the teachings with fellow interested students under the guidance of this skillful teacher. We will be using T.K.V. Desikachar’s translation from his book The Heart of Yoga. Please bring this if you have a copy, otherwise there will be copies of the sutras available.

There will be a break for lunch.

$75+hst. Register Now


Partner Yoga, with Amyjane Krug & Katie Junkin

Sunday April 22, 1:00-3:00pm

Pre-registration recommended. Drop-ins welcome.

Along with a deepened self-awareness, we are also cultivating our ability to enter into and remain in relationships in ways that are healthy and beneficial. our relationships are where we most easily experience and meet ourselves.

We experience this duality most profoundly in our intimate relationships, but it is true in all our connections – with parents, children, siblings, friends, society, even with Nature and the Divine. The desire to experience loving, vital and healthy relationships is with us our entire lives. From birth to death, we are constantly learning about relating to others, although unfortunately, in our culture, we are given few tools or models to guide us. Yet despite our lack of skill in this area of our lives, there remains a deep yearning in each of us to experience love and acceptance in all of our relationships, including the one with ourselves.

Partner Yoga practices help bring our relational patterns into balance. In Partner Yoga we experience directly what it feels like to build trust, compassion and intimacy with others. our partners reflect back to us the qualities that we express. This is both the pleasure and the challenge of Partner Yoga, because we are also made acutely aware of those moments when we are shut down, distrustful and unwilling to open and connect.

$30+hst per person, attending with a partner or on your own. Register Now


Kids Yoga on a PD Day, with Lisa Silverstein

Friday April 27 10:30am-12:30pm

Friday June 8 10:30am-12:30pm

Pre-registration only.

Our Kids Yoga on a PD Day classes incorporate age appropriate kids yoga postures, brain gym activities, breathing exercises, cooperative yoga games, creative movement, meditation, relaxation, and simple visualization exercises in a fun, supportive, friendly environment. In this 2 hour class your child will learn playful relaxation techniques, and calming strategies. They will also gain improved balance, coordination, strength, cooperation skills and flexibility. These fun-filled energetic classes also include a craft and two healthy gluten and nut free snacks. (ages 4 – 11years).

$25+hst each PD Day. Register Now


Your Pelvic Health, with Kristin Honey & Michelle Fraser

Saturdays. April 28th, May 5th & 26th, 1:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration only.

Have you ever experienced, or been curious about:

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. Other dates are Sat May 5 and Sat May 26.

$145 + hst for the full series, or $55 + hst for the first session only. 

Register Now


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)

Register Now


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