Just because you can't do something now doesn't mean you won't be able to in the future. Never give up. When I am having a bad day, this video puts things into perspective for me. Some people can't move, or if they do they are in pain. It is hard for them to do the things that some of us do without any thought. There is no doubt that yoga can bring ease and peace to the body & mind. With consistency, it works its magic.
What prevents you from trying yoga?
Having enough time is one thing that I know is tough. That is why our studio does whatever it can to support you to help you get to your mat. There are not very many rural yoga studios to start with and also ones that run year round. So time is saved by having a studio in your neighbourhood. Less driving. Less cost. Less time. We also do our best to run many different events and classes at one convenient location. Also, we are super fortunate to have such a trusting community. You are always welcome to leave your yoga gear at the studio so you don't have to haul it around.
Sometimes it is the fear of trying something new that makes it hard to get to yoga or to try it out. You may have a picture in your mind already or maybe you have tried it but you had a negative experience. To help support you, we are running a Yoga for Beginners class in the new year. And that is why we run a moksha yoga class which is a beginner series. I may add more challenge to this class but those challenges are always just an option! Variety is key to challenge the body yet it is important to build a strong foundation first. A set sequence can help you do that. The more consistent you are and the more you practice, the body will start to create muscle memory...and it will get stronger and more flexible. And what is amazing is that your mind may have already thought that you could not do a pose and then all of a sudden, your body does it, and the surprised mind follows suit :)
The studio team is here to support you...
We continue to grow this community with those who have invested so much time and effort into their personal growth and education. We have Gwen who has taken her Meditation Teacher Training and is teaching meditation at the studio. We have Jasmin who has completed her 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training along with already having her fitness certifications. We have Janine who is teaching Kids Yoga that includes not only yoga but also music which Janine has so much knowledge in, having been a music teacher for many years. We have Margot who teaches the art classes and workshops at the studio. She has been an artist for many years and is a talented one at that! We have Tessa who is our Massage Therapist and is such a lovely nurturing energy. And all of these ladies have such big hearts and care deeply. When you walk into the studio, I hope it feels like a big hug because all of us at the studio are here to support you in any way we can. Also, I am forever thankful for those teachers who support the students and me. We are so fortunate to have them. In other situations, a studio would simply be closed down but because of lovely friends and the sweet students, we are able to keep it going. Thank you to Carmon, Lelana, Deanna, Heidi, Stephanie, Shauna, Yvonne and Jody. I am so fortunate :) And deep gratitude to a special lady, my mom, who is home for me and so many others and has one of the most beautiful hearts I have known in my lifetime.
And during tough economic times, it is the students who support the studio. It is YOU who keep it going.
The studio also provides a variety of classes. One day you may need more activity and another you may want to calm your nervous system down and de-stress. Or you may have an injury or have had a knee or hip replacement. That is why we provide variations for those who need it to make yoga as accessible for you as possible.
Why practice yoga?
When I practice yoga, I practice each pose to use it as movement medicine. To use it to support my entire body. My kidneys. My heart. My thyroid. My spine. How great is that? We use poses to assist in flexibility or strength but when in daily life, when do we ever say to ourselves I think my kidneys need some care or I need to support my heart muscle more. With yoga, you are able to support your vital organs, joints and glands too. You are able to take reset moments to clear the body of stress and reset it. Stress is a silent killer and having experienced burnout and adrenal fatigue, it takes so long to recover. It is so much easier to be preventative than to have an issue to arise and then have to take months or years to get back to feeling somewhat normal again.
Every practice you have will be different because your body is different every single time. The stresses you walk in with are different every single day. So my hope is that your yoga practice gives you time to have clear and honest communication with your body and mind. Some days, I can not believe how tired my body is, and I needed the stillness or perhaps the movement to help me see that.
What is your internal dialogue with yourself? Are you kind to yourself or do you criticize yourself? If you fall out of a balancing pose, do you simply say "interesting" with no judgment and get back into the pose or do you judge yourself? Are you hard on yourself? These moments in practice give us an opportunity to be kind to ourselves, to change our perspective. Those moments on the mat give you a chance to see how you may treat yourself off your mat, in your life.
Be kind to yourself. You already are love, loving and loveable. That is your true essence.
You are supported. You are loved. I hope you have a beautiful and peaceful holiday season.
Namaste and thank you for sharing your sparkle with me,
HOLIDAY SEASON SCHEDULE & COMMUNITY POTLUCK
- Last class before Christmas is Friday December 23 @ 9:30am. POTLUCK to follow! Please confirm your attendance and bring your favourite dish!
- Friday December 23 @ 5:15pm class is cancelled
- Saturday December 24-Tuesday December 27: Closed
- Saturday December 31- Sunday January 1: Closed
- New Year Schedule: January & February 2017 resumes Monday January 2!!
(please confirm your attendance BEFORE December 23 as these classes will run only if we have enough people):
Wednesday December 28: Christmas Cardio & Weights @ 9:30am
Friday December 30: Ring in the New Year Yoga @ 9:30am
5 Days of Merry Giveaways!
From December 19 to 23 we will be giving away a gift each day to one of the students in each class!
Holiday Season Blending Bar (while supplies last): Make your own gifts that are natural & chemical free!
For the first 2 people who email me back to register for this blending bar, I have a free oil to give you! Just email me back to let me know which items you wish to make and when you would like to come & create!
For those of you who weren't able to get to our November holiday make and take, we are going to have this blending bar open for you after yoga classes until December 23. For those of you who wish to make any items, they are $10/item and we will provide a recipe gift tag and gift bag.
The items to choose from are: nourishing night cream, candy cane sugar scrub, holiday slumber roller, relax & relief muscle roller, bliss out bath salts & warm vanilla room spray. We also have some products made already so if you don't have time to make them but would like any of the items just let us know! We will create a pretty gift package for you!
See our New Winter Schedule
New Year Winter Session Pricing
January 2-March 4 2017
Buy your pass before December 23 & receive $5 off!
(not including drop in)
(Please note that the above passes are flexible. They can be pro rated if you start later in the session and the pass doesn't restrict you to the same class. You can switch it up as much as you like!)
6 Pass $90
12 Pass $177
(Please note that the punch passes expire 2 months from date of purchase)
Drop in: $16
Joining us over the holiday season?
Please pre-register and add one or both classes to your above session pass. The holiday classes will run only if we have enough people interested!
Add Wednesday December 28 Christmas Cardio & Weights @ 9:30am: $15
Add Friday December 30 Ring in the New Year Yoga Class @ 9:30am: $15
(If classes do not run and you have paid, we will take the amount paid off of your next pass or give you a refund)
The studio accepts cash, cheque and email transfer.
New Classes (Pre-registered & Drop in)
Happy Hour Yoga & Therapy Balls
Get your yoga on at the end of the day to clear out the body and mind from the stress of the week. We will combine some basic yoga poses to reset the body and twist out the tension from sitting for long periods. We we will also use therapy balls to get deeper into muscle and connective tissue tension. After class, enjoy a bevie of your choice and some light appies from the lovely Eco Cafe. This class will be a great opportunity to just hang out and chill. Since it is HAPPY HOUR Yoga, there may also be quite abit of happiness and laughs during the class so be prepared. This will be a fun class!
Thursdays @ 6:15pm
Cost: $135 or $130 if you register before December 23.
Yoga & Weights Fusion
This class will move you through basic yoga poses with the option of adding small free weights. Lean body mass and bone density are both built by adding resistance to your movement. Both yoga and weight training together will give your body a different & fun challenge to build strength!
9 weeks: Mondays @ 9:30am
Investment: $135 or $130 if you register before December 23.
Please pre-register as we need a minimum of 8 people to run the class.
Detox Aroma Yoga
Rinse! Cleanse! Clear! Start the new year off right! Enjoy a cleansing detox aroma yoga class after the holidays. This class combines essential oils, energy exercises and yoga poses that are all specific to assisting with digestion and clearing the body of unwanted emotional energy. The essential oils are a powerful component in assisting the body to heal & to let go of anything that is not serving you.
Saturday January 6 @ 12:15pm
Cost: $20 includes the class and oils
Yoga for Beginners
New to yoga? Please join us for this beginner class! Learn safe alignment for your body and how to use the breath to assist you on and off your yoga mat. Variations/modifications will be given where needed to customize your practice to suit you.
9 weeks, January 6-March 3: Fridays @ 12pm
Investment: $135 or $130 if you register before December 23.
Please pre-register as we need at least 6 people to run this class.
Introduction to Meditation/Mindfulness with Gwen
This class will cover why meditation is such a crucial part of your holistic health regime. There will be a short discussion covering different topics each week. Topics include the basics of mediation/mindfulness, types of meditation, benefits of meditation, neuroscience and what happens to your brain when meditating, cultivating a daily practice, yoga nidra and more. We will then settle into a short guided meditation after each discussion.
9 weeks: Wednesdays @ 11am (30min) OR Fridays@ 11am (30min)
Investment: $100 or $90 if you register before December 23.
Guided Meditation with Gwen
This short session will guide you through a meditation. Each week the meditation will be different so you will experience the variety of guided meditations that are available. It will be right after yin yoga so you have an option to stay and add little more bliss to your Saturday morning!
Saturdays @ 11:45am (15min)
Investment: $5 drop in or $36 for for all meditations if registered before December 23.
Guided Meditation for Deep Relaxation & Rest with Gwen
Unwind your nervous system. This type of meditation is also called Yoga Nidra. Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, Yoga Nidra is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. We live in a chronically exhausted, overstimulated world. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.
Friday January 6 & 13 @ 6:30pm
Cost: $10 or $16 for both classes if you register before December 23.
Soul Sisters Studio Support Group
Bookclub, Dreamboarding, Mala Making, Movie Nights & more
This group will be a way for us to connect and support one another and have a ladies night out! We will meet once a month and do something fun! Please share any ideas you would like to see happen and please pre-register.
January gathering: Friday January 27 @ 6:30pm: Bookclub: Book TBA at time of registration
February gathering: Friday February 24 @ 6:30pm: Dreamboarding
Cost will vary and will cover supplies for each evening! Please bring your own bevie of choice and favourite appie!
Restorative Yoga for Anxiety & Stress Relief
Fridays at 5:15pm
The intention of this class is to provide an open and safe space for students to let go of tension and cultivate peace and balance. Poses will be held for longer periods of time to allow the nervous system to thoroughly unwind. There will be use of essential oils that are specifically chosen for their calming, grounding & stress-relieving properties. The human body was not designed to handle being in a state of fight or flight constantly. In order to help the body and mind optimally deal with the challenges of daily life, it is crucial that we cultivate stillness and silence to switch into the parasympathetic nervous system which can give your body time to rest and your mind the space to unwind and let go.
Cost: $135 or $130 before December 23.
Art Classes with Margot
Getting Started With Mandalas
This four week class will cover how to build a mandala from the very beginning. In response to feedback, there will be more time and more instruction. We'll start with the basics: using various drawing and painting materials, learn about what mandalas are about, learn how to draw them using simple tools, learn how to build your own design, step by step, and finally, paint your design on canvas.
Mandalas are a beautiful tool to explore the whole self.
Sundays: January 15, 22, 29 and February 5
$110 (all materials included)
Watercolour Workshop for Beginners
This 5 hour workshop is for people who want to reacquaint themselves with, and for those who have never tried this delightful art form; watercolour painting. Basic skills taught: brush stroke techniques, how to use materials and tools, colour mixing and various tricks and tips.
A list of supplies needed will be provided upon registration. A starter kit can be made available upon request. Cost for starter kit $50. All other materials supplied.
There is a minimum # of students to run the class, so please tell 2 friends so we can run this for you in our local community!
Sunday February 12
Optional: bring a favourite snack to share for a short break!
Other Classes with Margot
Sip of Art: Saturday January 21 @ 1pm
Painting to be posted soon!!
- Private Yoga. Meditation & Personal Training Sessions
- Massage (Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Relaxation), Raindrop Therapy, Bio Energy Healing
- Aroma Yoga Classes: A blend of yoga poses, essential oils & energy exercises for your body, mind & spirit.
- Essential Oil Events: Host your own Make & Take at the studio with Health Canada approved therapeutic grade essential oils! To begin your essential oil journey, click here .
MORE INFO /TO PRE-REGISTER
Email Janelle at email@example.com OR text/call 780.604.2909
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Studio Location: #2 Fieldstone Place in the Village Business Park
(1 block down from the Village at Pigeon Lake by The Village Auto Wash)
Oldest yoga teacher in the world! She is such an inspiration.
Age is just a number!