Arkaya Yoga Community Classes
Jun
1
to Jul 13

Arkaya Yoga Community Classes

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Yoga is bonding without being Bound - Yogacharini Maitreyi

Arkaya Yoga community classes are a wonderful space to find sath sanga. Sath means highest reality and sangha means gathering. On Friday evenings starting June 1 gather with those who want to connect to their higher selves as well as to each other from that space.

Find a safe space to embrace your emotions, see the messages they bring and channel them without suppressing them. Find healthy connections within and without. This will enable you to become free of addictions and escapist behaviours.

Learn practices to shift old belief systems and thought patterns that keep you stuck.

This Level 1 Arkaya class will benefit beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Each session will be focused on a particular aspect. For example one class may focus more on breath work, another on the playful aspects, another on thantra (non-sexual) partner work and active listening, on surya namaskar, on chandra namaskar and so on. All of them will emphasize a step-by-step approach.

Learn more about Arkaya Community Classes at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/arkaya-yoga-community-classes-tickets-29024038681

Community classes will be held:

Friday Evenings, 7:30 - 9:30pm - June 1 - July 13. ** No Class June 15 **

Investment: Sliding Scale of $15 to $25.

All profits will go to Arkaya foundation for children from slums in India. So bring a friend and grow the community.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Volunteer options are also available.

Payments accepted through etransfer as well to maitreyi9@hotmail.com,

infoarkaya@gmail.com, maitreyi9@hotmail.com.

 

For more information, call Ross at 604-358-9223.

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Jun
4
to Jun 25

Mothers Unfolding with Bethan Stewart

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Mother's Unfolding Group | Monday: 11:00am to 12:30 pm | June 4, 11, 18, 25 |

Meet up with other moms, show off your beautiful baby, ask questions, share your favorite new tricks, and learn a little bit about self care! $10 for new clients.

Mothers Unfolding Groups:
Our Mothers Unfolding groups for mom and baby (pre-crawling) explore the heart of motherhood in a five week series.

Each group is unique, and each mother's journey her own.

At the core, however, is the spirit of unfolding - discovering who we are becoming, what we are letting go of, and defining how we want to be as women and mothers.

The bonds formed are so strong that most groups continue beyond our time together for months or even years to come. Together we explore:
    •    Birth of a Mother - Identity & Motherhood
    •    Changing Relationships - Friends, Family, Partners
    •    Finding Balance - Baby, Home, Love, Work & Life
    •    Intuition - Finding our Own Way
    •    Community - Redefining our Support Network

To book your spot and information on prices go to: http://www.dancingstarbirth.ca/registration_portal.html


 

 

 

 

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Spinefulness Workshops with Jean Couch: pain relief, lightness and transformation
Jul
7
to Jul 13

Spinefulness Workshops with Jean Couch: pain relief, lightness and transformation

 

Spinefulness is a revolutionary understanding of posture based on careful study of populations without back pain. It teaches us the most efficient, most relaxed, way to live in a human body.
The effects are transformative. The images below are of Paloma, a dedicated Spinefulness student. The image on the left was taken 13 years before the image on the right.
What happened?
In the three years preceding the image on the right, Paloma started working with Spinefulness. You can read a full account of her story at: https://www.spinefulness.com/

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From July 7 to 13, Yoga on 7th is offering two opportunities to experience this work with the leading Spinefulness teacher in North America, Jean Couch.

Jean studied extensively with Noelle Perez, who began in the 1970s to develop the work we know as Spinefulness. Jean has taught in Palo Alto, CA since 1992, as she likes to say: "saving the world one spine at a time." 

Foundations Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8:

• Reduce back, neck, shoulder, joint, and foot pain.
• Optimize artistic and athletic performance.
• Reduce stress, tension, and headaches.
• Have fabulous posture

This is the most important physical class you will ever take. Learn to sit, stand, bend, walk, sit in your car, lift and carry, and lie on your side and back without pain. You will become aware of what you are doing that is causing you pain, and at the end of the seminar you will know what to do to feel better. The course is a huge "eye-opener."

Hours: Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

Cost: $420 including GST. $210 if you have taken a previous Spinefulness Weekend Intensive or series. 

For more information and to register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

 

Five-Day Spinefulness Immersion

Profound and transformational. In 30 hours over five days, in a small group with a master teacher, you can deepen your practice, learn work not covered in the Foundations course, including: detailed work with feet and walking, relieving shoulder and neck pain, the upper spine and breathing. Begin the shift toward strength, flexibility, relaxation and a joyfully embodied life.

Monday, July 9, Tuesday July 10, Wednesday July 11 and Friday, July 13: 9 am to noon, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Thursday, July 12, 9 am to noon, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 6 to 8:30 pm.

Cost: $1365, including GST

Save $200 with Early Bird Registration: Non-refundable deposit of $400 before May 20, 2018. (Early bird price is $1155.)  Remaining balance is due by June 15, 2018.

For more information and to register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

This workshop qualifies for credit in the Spinefulness Teacher Certification Program, based in Palo Alto, CA. 

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Jean Couch is the author of The Runner's Yoga Book, which has sold more than 250,000 copies. In the late 1980's, Spinefulness helped her eliminate sciatica, back pain, pronounced kyphosis and a dowager's hump. She has since devoted herself to spreading spinal health and back relief through Spinefulness.

 

 

 

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Justice & Spirit: Yin Yoga Leadership Training
Aug
6
to Aug 10

Justice & Spirit: Yin Yoga Leadership Training

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Justice and Spirit: Yin Yoga Leadership Training with Dia Penning and Danielle Hoogenboom

50 hours of YYTT.   9am-6pm daily with assignments and pre reading.

The early bird full rate is $650, with a deposit link here and is open until March 1, 2018  Final price is $750 plus taxes.  We have a limited number of part scholarships are available. Please write danielle@lovelightyoga.com for an application. 

 

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Yoga Nidra and Sacred Sound with Kathy Cameron & Camellia Rumball
Jun
3
2:30 PM14:30

Yoga Nidra and Sacred Sound with Kathy Cameron & Camellia Rumball

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A Blissful Journey Awaits

A guided meditation practice, Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep that is one of the most restful and restorative practices you can do.

Participants will rest in savasana (relaxation pose) or in a comfortable seated position while following guided instructions from Camellia’s soothing voice. Paired with the gentle, restorative sound and vibrations from the gong, the two practices together enhance a deepening of your profoundly relaxed state.

Yoga Nidra is a practice that anyone can do and no previous experience is necessary. A nourishing and restful way to end your weekend and prepare for the coming week. Come in, get cozy, rest and receive.

Register at: camellia_r@telus.net

For more information visit: www.thesoulofsound.com

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Yoga in the Ropes with Siobhan Sloane- Seale & Meghan Goodman
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga in the Ropes with Siobhan Sloane- Seale & Meghan Goodman

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Ropes Workshop:

This 2.5 hour workshop will teach you how to use the ropes and sling to deepen your practice.  We will lay the foundation for inversions like supported Sirsasana (headstand) and supported Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) so that each student will receive the benefits of these poses at their own level.  The ropes teach your body the optimum physical actions and therefore help you achieve the most benefits from each pose. There will be time to ask questions during and after the workshop.

Date: Saturday, June 2

Time: 1-3:30pm

Location: Yoga on 7th (156 East 7th Ave – laneway entrance)

Early bird price: $45 (Payment due by May 26)

Regular price: $50

*Please pay by cheque or e-transfer*

 

Meghan and Siobhan are both yoga instructors and professional dance artists. Between them they have 36 years of yoga practice and 17 years of teaching experience. They completed their Iyengar yoga certification with well over 1300 hours of training each.

Iyengar yoga has become the steady path to finding stability and space in the body, the antidote to a physically demanding and busy lifestyle, and a method for moving deeper in the practice with intelligence and care. This workshop will help you understand your yoga practice in new ways and deepen your body awareness.

To register please contact info@vancouver-iyengar-yoga.com.

For more information on the instructors please visit vancouver-iyengar-yoga.com or meghangoodman.com

 

 

 

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May
26
2:30 PM14:30

Gong Meditation with Paul Bissonnette

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This extraordinary experience allows the listener to rest into themselves and move into a dream-like state. The gong’s voice washes over the mind, body and spirit. Immersed in total sound of holistic resonance, one can reach a state of deep relaxation, rejuvenation and peace – resting into their true being where all healing and knowledge can be accessed.

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle, pillow, and blanket. Your space is the dimension of a yoga mat. Be prepared to be comfortable lying on the floor.

Sign up at HarmonyoftheSpheres.net or email paul@harmonyofthespheres.net,

Cost: $25. Space is limited to 20 people.

For more information, call at Paul 604-754-0209

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Introductory Workshop to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Introductory Workshop to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

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Introductory Workshop - Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Join for an introductory Ashtanga Yoga workshop.

What you will learn:

  • What ashtanga yoga is

  • The concept of Vinyasa – linked breath and movement

  • Foundations of this method and how to apply them in your practice

  • Sun Salutations A/B – asanas from standing sequence and finishing sequence

By the end of the workshop you will have an essential ashtanga yoga self-practice that will allow you to keep practicing at home and/or join our mysore/led classes in order to develop it.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced yoga practitioners, who want to start an ashtanga practice. All students are welcome to join regardless of age, experience & physical conditions.

This workshop is ideal if you want to adopt an early morning practice that will change your day and eventually your life.
 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

10:00am to 12:00pm

Cost: $50

For more information and how to register: www.namasteyogashala.com

 

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Arkaya Mindfulness Community Class & Kirtan Series
May
17
to Jun 14

Arkaya Mindfulness Community Class & Kirtan Series

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Experience yourself and Classical Yoga with a great community and heart connections. The practice is gentle in the beginning yet powerfully deep and transformative. Arkaya offers diverse tools and practices to heal, realign, and integrate all dimensions of Self - body, emotions and mind.

A wonderful opportunity to bring forward stability and solutions for your life, release anxiety and harmonize your emotions by accessing the energy of unconditional happiness.

This practice will also be structured to find ones voice not only for kirtan but also in ones life. Learn Chants that are simple yet uplifting

Practice with a beautiful community to align with one’s highest potential and find authentic connection. From beginners to advanced practitioners - all are welcome. 

A New Opportunity to connect and practice starting Thursday, May 17 to June 14.

This series will include an Arkaya yoga session as well as celebration & practice for the upcoming International Yoga Day on June 16th with Kirtan - led by Yogacharini Maitreyi, the founder of Arkaya Yoga.

Yogacharini Maitreyi is originally from India and comes from a rich tradition of using the body as a vehicle and channel of divine dhwani or sounds. That is why the Arkaya session before kirtan will be the perfect practice to open the lungs and enliven the body.

Chanting and singing harmonious vibrations shifts the disharmony within. This therefore creates harmony without. Maitreyi also encourages people to take space from the busyness to chant and integrate these uplifting vibrations where joy . love and play blossoms. Much time and energy is saved which could otherwise be wasted in dysfunctional habits or relationships. Further drama and trauma is prevented and ease flows.

When she is in Vancouver, Maitreyi facilitates the Arkaya Teacher Training - a Self-awareness, Self discovery and Self-realisation program. This incorporates all aspects of the traditional Yoga and Tantra in a relaxed modern context.

For more on the teacher training go to:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/arkaya-healing-mindfulness-yoga-teacher-training-registration-39268991611

OR

https://www.facebook.com/events/2191871794403073/

Our Teachers:

Trista Reann is an Arkaya Yoga teacher with a passion for connecting deeply to the natural world.  As a writer, mother, and teacher, she finds delight in the profound beauty of life. Her classes invoke peace and a sense that all is well, using vivid imagery, conscious awareness and the use of one’s own rhythm as a guide.  Trista has integrated Classical yoga into her personal and professional life over the past 15 years. Currently, she studies with Yogacharini Maitreyi, founder of the Arkaya Conscious Living Community in India and Canada.


Kiana Ross is a heart-centered teacher & practitioner of Arkaya Yoga and Multidimensional Healing. She comes from a wide & deep path of life experiences, leading her onto the Yogic path 8 years ago, finding her home within the Arkaya community. Her purpose is to support others on their journey of evolution - holding space for that which needs to unfold with ease & grace and aligning with divine source. True to her roots, she teaches a practice that builds a foundation for students to gently heal, transform, integrate and lead a more harmonized & conscious life - on and off the mat.

How Do I register?

To keep this series accessible to all we are having a sliding scale fee of 15$ to 30$ for the 2 hour session and kindly send an etransfer to kianarosskothen@googlemail.com or RSVP and pay cash. Call Trista at 604-362-8355 or Kiana at 250-797-2303 for clarifications.

It is recommended that you register for all three Thursdays.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds

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Intro to Spinefulness: lengthen your spine, live lighter and relieve pain
May
3
5:30 PM17:30

Intro to Spinefulness: lengthen your spine, live lighter and relieve pain

 Photo courtesy of Garry Knight, via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Garry Knight, via Flickr Creative Commons

We've all seen sitting postures like the woman on the left above – and most of us have sat that way. It's our cultural norm, and it wreaks havoc on our bodies.

Spinefulness is a revolutionary understanding of posture based on careful study of populations without back pain. It teaches us the most efficient, most relaxed, way to live in a human body.

Come for this 90-minute introductory class, and:

• Experience a new, life-changing, pain-free way to sit.

• Take home clear and specific guidelines.

• Receive an individual hands-on assessment.

Wear loose comfortable clothing, no special clothes required. Avoid wearing jeans. If you can sit down in a chair and stand up again, you can do this class.

Two Dates:

Thursday, May 3, 5:30 to 7 pm. 

Sunday, May 6, 2:30 to 4 pm. 

Cost: $20 

Space is limited to eight people. Pre-registration required.

Please email Eve at evej@shaw.ca or call 778-918-8285 to hold your spot.

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Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

NEW Ashtanga Yoga Opening Day - FREE

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Ashtanga Yoga Classes with Vanessa Villalon and Veronica Berezowsky

Join us for a FREE Yoga class on Saturday, April 14th at 5:00pm to celebrate the opening of our Ashtanga Yoga program.

Get an introduction to Ashtanga Yoga, followed by a led class and time to meet each other, share drinks & snacks.  

Join us for the Opening and get 20% off the first month.

For more information: namasteyogashala7@gmail.com / www.namasteyogashala.com

Vanessa Villalon

My relationship with yoga began whilst attending physiotherapy school at the European University of Madrid, Spain. First a climber and then a yogi I started practicing yoga as part of my own curiosity with the human body. For years I combined physiotherapy with yoga practice, teaching and training in Spain throughout Europe. 

Some time later I started practicing Ashtanga in Madrid led by Borja Romero and then Alexia Pita, who transmitted me their passion for this practice. I studied the Ashtanga tradition in depth. In addition to my daily practice I began doing workshops and studying with some of the best masters.

My teaching style comprises intuitive hands-on adjustments, alignment and bringing an internal awareness to the self.

I am grateful to my teachers and all students who have crossed my path. I moved to Vancouver in 2017.vI am a nature lover, outside the shala you can find me enjoying mountain sports like rock climbing, hiking, alpinism, ice climbing and canyoning with my husband and friends.

Veronica Berezowsky

I was always curious about yoga and practiced various styles along my dancing career. However, it was until 2010, when I really started practicing Ashtanga that I found what I had been looking for: a spiritual practice through movement.

The commitment, devotion and self-inquiry that I witnessed inspired me to dive deeper into the practice and do my teacher training with Claudia Pradella and Janneke Verbur in the Netherlands. Deeply inspired and fully committed to sharing the practice with as many people as possible, I started teaching in Amsterdam, convinced of its power to help anyone find peace of mind and re-establish contact with their soul.

I am grateful to my mentor and teacher Claudia Pradella, to the beautiful teachers I have had the opportunity to closely learn from, and especially to the lessons I have gained from each and every student.

Through sharing the practice I aim to inspire people to find a meaningful and fulfilling life journey.

As a dance-movement therapist, dance artist and menstruality coach, activist & educator I have been blessed to travel the world, using dance as a tool for social transformation and inclusion, inspiring women to embrace their cyclical nature, and empowering communities in developing countries countries.

 

 

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Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Free Intro Anat Baniel Method and Transformational Movement with Tanya Shklanka

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NEW SERIES NOW ON MONDAYS - TRANSFORMATIONAL MOVEMENT LESSONS with Tanya Shklanka

FREE Introduction - April 9 - 1:00 to 2:00pm

Upcoming Series - Mondays 1:00 - 2:00pm | April 9 - June 18 **No Class May 21** |  Total Cost $165 for 9 weeks | Drop-ins $20 |

Class Description:

In these mat-based “TML” classes Tanya verbally guides students through very gentle, pain free movements that will enhance brain function. This results in moving more comfortably and efficiently and can help reduce pain, increase flexibility, strength, mental clarity and feelings of well being.

Students are to wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement and bring/wear a pair of socks.

The Anat Baniel Method® Neuromovement® is a holistic approach to human functioning and action, built upon the understanding that movement is the language of the brain, and movement provides information the brain needs to grow and reorganize itself. Based on the science of neuroplasticity, her method is a gentle and pain free way to upgrade the brain.  Anat Baniel is a protégé of Moshe Feldenkrais, a physicist, engineer and judo master who understood that the brain could change itself to bring about remarkable changes in body and mind.  

For more information about the Anat Baniel Method® Neuromovement®:

www.anatbanielmethod.com

For information or to register contact Tanya:

tanya.abm@gmail.com

Phone: 604.992.2713

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FREE OPEN HOUSE - Vijnana Yoga Urban Retreats
Apr
4
9:30 AM09:30

FREE OPEN HOUSE - Vijnana Yoga Urban Retreats

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Introduction to Urban Weekly Yoga Retreats with Lidija Martinovic Rekert

FREE Open house class April 4th 9:30 - 11:45a.m. - Everyone Welcome!

New Series begins April 11:

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:45am | April 11 - June 13 | 10 sessions, $320 plus GST |  Drop-ins welcome if space available, $35 plus GST | Installment payments available | Early bird price before March 21, $300 plus GST |

We are exploring the Experiential Anatomy attending to the “mind” of the body layers. Vijnana and Kundalini Yoga are both awareness based practices that create an environment of Awake Body, Open Mind and Present Heart.

Meditation ( Dyana) and Contemplation are integral part of the practice.

Suggested to all new and old practitioners, all ages and shapes. This class is ideal as a support for manual therapy and treatments (osteopathy, physiotherapy, psychotherapy etc.).

For more information:

Call Lidija at 778-316-4807, Email her at theyogawheel@gmail.com or look at her website: theyogawheel.com.    

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Mar
23
to Apr 11

Authentic Movement: Enriching our Practice with Tannis Hugill

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Authentic Movement – Enriching our Practice
 


Fridays: 11am to 1 pm
March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4
 
$320 or $285 if paid by February 23rd
10% discount for underemployed
 
In this workshop we will expand our knowledge and practice of Authentic Movement by developing witness consciousness while enriching mover consciousness.
 
Authentic Movement is fundamentally about embodied relationship: ourselves to ourselves, to others and to the divine.  In the presence of a compassionate witness, the mover explores deep layers of their being.  Then, a supportive dialogue between mover and witness reveals their shared humanity and offers a mutually felt sense of interconnection – of unity.
 
Previous Authentic Movement experience required.
 
Tannis is a dance and drama therapist, spiritual director, and creator of ritual theatre. Devoted to the arts and healing for over thirty years, and Authentic Movement for over twenty Tannis is now increasingly called to explore the healing power of spirit.  She has a private counseling practice and teaches throughout Vancouver.
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An Iyengar Yoga workshop with Ingelise Nherlan
Mar
18
2:30 PM14:30

An Iyengar Yoga workshop with Ingelise Nherlan

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"Strugglers lack understanding. Stop struggling. Rather start studying on a level that gives you something, rather than just swimming upriver.”  Ingelise Nherlan

To work with Ingelise is to approach even the simplest of poses from a new awareness, to connect with the joy of yoga and to tap into your own inner knowledge. 

Her teaching is a blend of careful asana work, thoughtful yoga philosophy and a generous dash of humor.

One of the most highly certified Iyengar teachers in Canada, Ingelise Nherlan first studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in 1975, in San Francisco, when she was 35 years old. She  went to Pune for the first time in 1977.  She was one of B.K.S. Iyengar's early students, and holds a Senior Intermediate teaching certificate awarded by him.

Ingelise teaches regular classes in West Vancouver, Check her website, Room for Yoga, for more details.

Cost: $45 + GST.

To register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca. Your cheque, made out to Ingelise Nherlan, holds your spot.

 

 

 

 

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Five-week Spinefulness Series with Eve Johnson
Mar
1
to Mar 4

Five-week Spinefulness Series with Eve Johnson

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Human bodies are physical structures, as vulnerable to the force of gravity as any brick building. When we stand like the safari guide in Botswana, on the left, with our pelvis in the centre, and the weight on our heels, our posture is upright and effortless.

When we stand in modern posture, like the gallery visitor on the right, with our pelvis forward of the line of gravity, we set off a chain of adjustments to keep from falling over. The upper body moves back and rounds, then we compensate for the backward motion by taking our head forward.

The way we stand is not our fault.

Posture is cultural, and our culture surrounds us with images of super models, movie stars and even mannequins in modern, pelvis-forward posture.

Too bad it also creates back and joint pain, and spines that become more misshapen as we age.

What if it didn't have to be this way? What if we could learn to sit – and stand, walk, bend and sleep – in such harmony with gravity that our muscles would relax, our spines would straighten, our digestion and breathing would improve, and we're able to wave goodbye to back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot pain?

That’s the promise of Spinefulness.

Based on careful study of populations that don’t suffer back pain from daily activities, Spinefulness teaches us to put our bones into line with gravity. When bones bear the weight, muscles relax. The results can be magical.

In this five-week series you’ll learn to feel balance in your body. You'll know when you're out of balance, and know how to correct. We'll cover basic guidelines for standing, walking, bending, sitting back in a chair and sitting forward in a chair, as you would for working at a desk.

Week after week, the experience of being settled into a balanced seated position, as well as the repetition of the guidelines will begin to turn these new postural ideas into habits.

• See images that will remake your idea of good posture and your understanding of your own body.

• Receive individual assessment of your spine and learn how to bring it into a healthy position.

• Work in a small, friendly group – maximum eight people. 

Thursday, Oct. 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23,  5:30 to 7:15 pm

$250 + GST = $262.50

To register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

Eve Johnson is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been studying Spinefulness for two years. She is working toward certification at the Balance Center in Palo Alto, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arkaya Men's Circle with Ross McKeachie
Feb
23
to Mar 4

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Arkaya Men's CIrcle

Facilitated by Ross McKeachie

 

Details:

Dates: Friday nights from February 23 to May 18

Note: There will be a break for Easter Weekend

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Location: Yoga on 7th (156 East 7th Ave. @ Main St.)

For info or to register contact Ross:

Email: infoarkaya@gmail.com        Phone: 604-358-9223

 

- Join an uplifting and supportive group of men for this 12-week series.

- Learn the foundations of Yoga.

- Cultivate a consistent personal practice.

- Learn from inspiring men who will present mini-workshops on their area of expertise.

- Close the series with a traditional First Nations sweat lodge ceremony.

- The practices are suitable for all levels of physical health & all levels of yoga practitioner. One can benefit from just doing the breathing and being with the community.

Each week will involve yoga practices & a circle for sharing of insights.


 

What is Arkaya?

Arkaya is a heart-centred community of evolutionary Yoga practitioners, founded by Yogacharini Maitreyi who comes from South India. Arkaya Yoga, Healing and Mindfulness offers tools and practices to heal, realign and integrate all dimensions of self - body, emotions and mind - allowing one to live up to their highest potential in a step-by-step way. The practices are rooted in classical Yoga and Tantra - with adjustments to meet the needs of the modern body-mind.

About Ross

Ross is dedicated to supporting others in their journey and serving the evolution of consciousness. He comes from an eclectic background which led him onto the mystical path. The Community Builder & Communications Director for Arkaya, he is also trained & certified by his teacher, Yogacharini Maitreyi, as a teacher of Arkaya Yoga, Healing & Mindfulness. Ross is a certified coach using the Accelerated Evolution methods - a set of consciousness enhancing tools distilled from the world’s healing and wisdom traditions. The common thread is that both of these modalities work to heal and dissolve old, unhealthy patterns and to align one with their highest potential.

 

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Indian Classical Dance Workshop with Anusha Fernando

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Join us for this introductory workshops on Bharata Natyam. Beginning students welcome.

One of India's classical dance forms, Bharata Natyam originated in the temples of South India as a form of devotional and meditative practice. This workshop will explore its rich tools for expression, rhythm, and equanimity.

Bharata Natyam is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. It was originally performed by women, called Devadasis, who danced as an offering to god in the temples of South India. In its recent history, Bharata Natyam has moved from the temple onto the concert stage and is practiced and performed by people from all over the world.

Despite its evolution, the temple roots of this form run deep. The traditional repertoire focuses on spiritual themes such as the experience of suffering and the potential for liberation. The practice of Bharata Natyam provides the tools to explore these themes. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique.

Anusha Fernando is the Artistic Director of Shakti Dance, and began her study of Bharata Natyam in 1990.  She is the student of renowned teachers Jayalakshmi Eshwar and Jai Govinda.  In 1995, she completed her Arangetram (traditional graduation performance) as a student of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy.  She continues to study in both Canada and India. 

Anusha's work has focused on showcasing the depth of Bharata Natyam's solo repertoire and its interdisciplinary potential.  In recognition of her dedication to performing and teaching Bharata Natyam, Anusha has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Fee: $60

For more information and to register:  Email: Anusha Fernando at shaktidance@shaw.ca or call (604)733-3439.

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30-Hour Spinefulness Teacher Training with Jean Couch at Yoga on 7th
Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

30-Hour Spinefulness Teacher Training with Jean Couch at Yoga on 7th

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Spinefulness not only offers a chance to reduce posture-related pain in all of your joints, it also makes you look and feel younger.

The two images above are of the Paloma, a dedicated Spinefulness student. The image on the left was taken 13 years before the image on the right. What happened? In the three years preceding the image on the right, Paloma started working with Spinefulness. You can read a more full account of her story at: https://www.spinefulness.com/

Teacher training is not just for potential teachers. Spend 30 hours over five days in a small group with a master teacher, and you can absorb enough body intelligence to begin to  shift your physical being toward strength, flexibility, relaxation an a fully embodied life.

Spinfulness Teacher Training hours:

Monday, July 9, Tuesday July 10, Wednesday July 11: 9 am to noon, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Thursday, July 12, 9 am to noon, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, 6 to 8:30 pm,

Friday, July 13, 9 to noon, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Cost: $1365 including GST

Early Bird Registration. Save $200 with a non-refundable deposit of $400 before May 1, 2018. Remaining balance is due by June 15, 2018.

Jean Couch has been teaching Spinefulness in Palo Alto and all over the U.S. since 1992, as she says, “saving the world one spine at a time.” This is Jean's first trip to Vancouver, and we are honored and excited to host her workshops at Yoga on 7th.

Jean is the author of The Runner's Yoga Book, which has sold over 250,000 copies. In the late 1980's, Spinefulness helped her eliminate sciatica, back pains, pronounced kyphosis and a dowager's hump. She has since devoted herself to spreading spinal health and back relief through Spinefulness.

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Spinefulness Intensive with Eve Johnson
Feb
9
to Feb 11

Spinefulness Intensive with Eve Johnson

How we sit determines our posture, and for most of us, the news is not good.

We sit in a C shape, with our weight on our buttock muscles. Because we sit for long periods, the way we sit also shapes how we stand, and how much back pain we feel.

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People without back pain sit with the weight on their bones, and their spines long and lifted.

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Take the eye-opening, mind-blowing Spinefulness Foundations weekend and:

• Experience a new life-changing pain-free way to sit, stand, walk, bend and sleep.

• Take home clear and specific guidelines.

• Receive individual hands-on assessment in a small group class.

• Improve posture dramatically.

• Know what to do when something hurts.

Dates and times:

Friday, February 9:  6 to 9 pm                      

Saturday, February 10: 9 am to 12 pm

Sunday February 10:  10 to 11:45 am, 2 to 4:15 pm

Fee:

$350 + GST, $325 + GST if payment is received by Januray 20. Your cheque or e-transfer holds your place.

Learn more at http://www.yogaon7th.com/spinefulness

Questions? Email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

Eve Johnson has been studying Spinefulness for three years, and is completing the Spinefulness certification program with Jean Couch at the Balance Center in Palo Alto, CA.

 

 

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Free Spinefulness Intro Class, Heals Back and Joint Pain
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Free Spinefulness Intro Class, Heals Back and Joint Pain

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Photo by Garry Knight, courtesy Flickr

We've all seen sitting postures like the woman on the left above – and most of us have sat that way. It's our cultural norm, and it wreaks havoc on our bodies.

A revolutionary approach to creating healthy posture, Spinefulness teaches you how to sit, stand, walk, bend and sleep in total comfort.

Come for this free 90-minute introductory class, and:

• Experience a new, life-changing, pain-free way to sit.

• Take home clear and specific guidelines.

• Receive an individual hands-on assessment.

Wear loose comfortable clothing, no special clothes required. Avoid wearing jeans. If you can sit down in a chair and stand up again, you can do this class.

Space is limited to eight people. Pre-registration required.

Please email Eve at evej@shaw.ca or call 778-918-8285 to hold your spot.

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Evening of Visions PLAYshop with Tanis Frame of Decide to Thrive
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Evening of Visions PLAYshop with Tanis Frame of Decide to Thrive

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Enjoy this unique twist and create a life you love with the science and art of vision boarding. Join us for a delicious evening of fun, freedom and connection with awesome women just like you. Explore the science behind vision boarding and be nurtured as you play with a unique twist on this creative process. Unveil what makes your heart sine, and unleash your deepest desires.

Registration required, spaces limited.

Fee: $67

Learn more and register at:  http://tanisframe.com/programs/evening-of-visions-playshop/

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15th Anniversary Open House
Jan
14
2:30 PM14:30

15th Anniversary Open House

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Come join us in celebrating our 15th anniversary in the community.

Meet our talented, passionate, and committed instructors and find out what we have in store for 2018. We'll have chai, snacks, and a kids' yoga corner. Who knows, you might win the deluxe prop package donated by Halfmoon Yoga or a free five-class pass.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your friends, family members, and kids.

Let us know if you can make it. We look forward to getting back into the studio with all of you.
 

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Spinefulness Foundations Intensive with Jean Couch at Yoga on 7th
Jan
7
to Jan 8

Spinefulness Foundations Intensive with Jean Couch at Yoga on 7th

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• Reduce back, neck, shoulder, joint, and foot pain.
• Optimize artistic and athletic performance.
• Reduce stress, tension, and headaches.
• Have fabulous posture

Learn to sit, stand, bend, walk, sit in your car, lift and carry, and lie on your side and back without pain.

This is the most important physical class you will ever take.

You will become aware of what you are doing that is causing you pain, and at the end of the seminar you will know what to do to feel better. The course is a huge "eye-opener."

Students report that they are so much more aware, and so happy to know what to do when something hurts.

During this weekend you will learn the foundations of Spinefulness. A Foundations Intensive with Jean or with Eve is a prerequisite for Jean's Vancouver Teacher Training workshop, July 9 to 13.

Price: $420 including GST, $210 including GST if you have already taken a Foundations Intensive.

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Jean Couch has been teaching Spinefulness in Palo Alto and all over the U.S. since 1992, as she says, “saving the world one spine at a time.” This is her first trip to Vancouver, and we are honored and excited to host her workshops at Yoga on 7th.

Jean is the author of The Runner's Yoga Book, which has sold over 250,000 copies. In the late 1980's, Spinefulness helped her eliminate sciatica, back pain, pronounced kyphosis and a dowager's hump. She has since devoted herself to spreading spinal health and back relief through Spinefulness.

 

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Pranayama with Siobhan Sloane-Seale: Relax into Winter
Dec
10
2:30 PM14:30

Pranayama with Siobhan Sloane-Seale: Relax into Winter

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In this 3 hour workshop we’ll spend the first half doing supported yoga postures to prepare ourselves to focus and relax the body before going deeper into breath work. In the second half of the workshop we’ll focus on supine and seated pranayama breathing exercises.

Pranayama is the fourth branch of yoga. Prana means breath or vital energy. On subtle levels prana represents the energy responsible for life. “Ayama” means control or restraint. We’ll explore the breath’s potential to deepen our capacity for a settled mind.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
2:30-5:30pm
Price: $40

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Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Authentic Movement - A Spiritual Practice with Tannis Hugill

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Though Authentic Movement is a form of Dance Therapy,
this workshop will teach its use as a spiritual practice.
 
Our bodies are the bridge between spirit and matter, vessels of consciousness, miracles of life and breath.  As participants follow their impulses to move, in the presence of a compassionate witness, they enter their bodies’ grace, allowing their souls to speak.  The dialogue between mover and witness then becomes a revelation, bringing each one closer to their shared divine presence.
 
Tannis is a dance and drama therapist, spiritual director, and creator of ritual theatre. Devoted to the arts and healing for over thirty years, and Authentic Movement for over twenty Tannis is now increasingly called to explore the healing power of spirit.  She has a private counseling practice and teaches throughout Vancouver.

 
Eight Fridays: 11 am – 1 pm
October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24 & December 1, 2017

 
$320 or $285 if paid before September 22nd
10% discount for students and underemployed  
 
Contact Tannis – 604-267-9951 / tannisis@shaw.ca
www.awakeningbodywisdom.com 

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New: Iyengar Yoga with Terri Damiani.
Oct
4
to Dec 13

New: Iyengar Yoga with Terri Damiani.

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Terri Damiani, Iyengar Yoga

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm |  October 11 to December 14 | $ 170 registered 10 weeks, $21 drop-in | FREE Class October 4th |

Improving the quality of your health will improve the quality of your life!  

In this class you can expect a warm, welcoming environment to explore your true potential.

 The foundations of Iyengar yoga—alignment, props and breath—will be evident.  You will receive penetrating instruction infused with humor and imagery by a kind and compassionate teacher.  Special attention will be given to the nervous system.

Experience fresh sequences, concise teaching and individual attention to create a harmonious state for the mind and body. Yoga is a discipline that requires attention, intention, and retention.

For more information email:  yoga2goterri@gmail.com

Terri Damiani is an Iyengar yoga instructor, currently certified at the Intermediate Junior 2 level, with 14 years of teaching experience.  A life long student of timeless wisdom, she continues to study with many gifted teachers including the Iyengars at the RIYMI in Pune, India.

Her unique blend of precise instruction and humour creates a safe, supportive, and fun environment, where students can progress at their own rate. Terri encourages and motivates people to work towards better health, in both mind and body, in an atmosphere of kindness.

Yoga is the antidote to the stresses of life, “a practitioner of yoga faces life not as a victim, but as a master, in control of his or her life situations, circumstances, and environment”.  “Yoga has given me grace and steadiness both on and off the mat.”

For more information please visit: http://www.yoga2go.ca

 

 

 

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