Hello Yogis & Happy September!
Cooler evenings mean it’s time to get back to a routine and back to yoga. And while the evenings are cooler the days are still warm with the heat of the summer sun. Take these next few weeks to soak in the last moments of summer. Take one more swim in the lake, one more afternoon reading on the dock or the deck., one more evening bbq with friends and family. Take time to do something that makes you feel joy.
We have an awesome month coming up for yoga events. Before we get into that let’s get back to some of your yoga questions from the spring.
One student asked about Kundalini Yoga. Why is there no Kundalini class on our schedule? The simple answer is that we don’t at this time have a teacher who teachings this style of yoga. There are so many branches and styles of yoga but each one requires its own training to become a teaching in that style. Many of our instructors pull from different schools and branches of yoga to create their own unique style of teaching, so you may see influences of Kundalini and many other types of yoga in classes but not necessarily a whole class of Kundalini.
I love incorporating some of the pranayama and movements from Kundalini into my own classes to create heat and energy in the body before release into a deep stretch, creating that balance between Yin and Yang. The repetition of movement and a dynamic breath create a dance, a rhythm, in which you can really feel the body – breath connection.
What is Kundalini anyways?
Kundalini Yoga is movement with a dynamic breath. Often the ‘Breath of Fire’ we talked about in the spring newsletter. It focuses on the feminine energy or Kundalini energy that is thought to be coiled at the base of the spine like a serpent. Through dynamic breathing and movement this style of yoga focuses on unleashing this energy through the seven chakras.
Find more on Kundalini, the practice, the instructors, the history and more at the following link: http://www.yogajournal.com/category/yoga-101/types-of-yoga/kundalini/
Getting back to a routine can be challenging, it takes 21 days to create a habit. We have a ton of evening classes to help you unwind after a busy day and get you ready for the end of your day. It’s important to set aside a time that works best for you to commit to taking care of yourself.
Workshops and Events!
AcroYoga Workshop with our guest instructors.
Saturday September 17th & 24th 11:30am – 2:30pm
These two are just coming back after a summer of advanced training in Europe to bring us more amazing acroyoga. I know everyone who has attended in the past has absolutely loved this workshop. You will learn that you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for in this class. So if you’re thinking I can’t do that, YES YOU CAN! You don’t even need to bring a partner we make groups at the class! Acroyoga combines the excitement of partner aerobics, the therapeutics of Thai Massage and the gentleness of yoga. It helps to build trust, strength, flexibility and teamwork. All levels and ages are welcome! Only 14 spots available so sign up asap! $30 for one day or $50 for both.
Register online or at the studio:
Little Yogis with Shari Mills
Saturday September 24th 3-4pm Shari teaches with kindness and a sense of adventure. She often has two of her lovely daughters with her to help create a family friendly setting. This class takes on amazingly fun themes like pajama parties, autumn, dress-up, Frozen and more.
This class combines unique child friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching parent/child activity. Each class is personalized around the little yogi's curiosities as they learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. Little Yogi's also learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your child build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun! $10 per Child (tax included)
Yoga for Performance Athletics
Sundays October 2nd – 23rd 11:30am – 12:30pm
I spent over 16 years as a competitive cheerleader and then transitioned into coaching the sport. If I only knew then what I know now about how to take care of my body I would have saved myself a lot of pain, caused by pulled muscles, sprains, etc.
This four-week session is for Performance Athletes in Gymnastics, Figure Skating, Dance, Cheer, etc. Learn how to prevent injury, build strength and flexibility. Students will find balance and confidence. Improve lung capacity and posture while building stamina and relieving stress. Work on handstands and handstand progressions, back extensions, side and middle split, balancing poses like arabesque and scorpion and so much more!
Open to students of all levels and abilities. Students must be 10 years or older to register for this course. Course is open to 15 students and must have at least 6 to proceed.
We also have new pricing options and passes so can make the most out of your experience in our new location in lakeside. Please see our website for details.
Our lovely instructor Karla Treadway is a representative for Girl Tribe, a community of women supporting women through business advice, sharing mom stories, nutrition, fitness, goals and so much more. She has a program starting in two weeks and is offering free access to her Tuesday/Thursday Power Yoga class when you sign up.
Work together; build each other up and I N S P I R E one another. We don't need to compete to get ahead. We can and will go so much further if we S U P P O R T and E M P O W E R one another. Enroll in our Spirit Course and discover the benefits and power of co-creating. How it will help you grow and go further than you thought possible. Class starts September 15! Enroll before September 1st to take advantage of our "go back to school" prices. /react-text
react-text: 182 Bonus for Kenora Residents: $120 worth of FREE Power Yoga sessions
or contact Karla Treadway by Facebook or in studio.
September Meditations with Lama Losang Samten
Posted by Deb Ramsay
“I don’t have any expectation to achievement,” he says. “Buddhist or non-Buddhist, it really doesn’t matter… we are all one human family and we all have a responsibility to make something better for ourselves. I am happy to have a chance to share information. It is my responsibility to share what is good in our individual lives.” - Lama Losang Samten
I am so happy that my precious teacher and friend, Venerable Lama Losang Samten, is returning to Knox United Church in Kenora for two evening meditation/talks on Tuesday, September 20th & Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 from 7 – 8:30 pm.
Lama Losang has travelled extensively sharing teachings of loving-kindness, joy and compassion, as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years. His stories, humour and laughter are sure to inspire and bring a smile to your face! Everyone is welcome.
I will be sharing further information about these events in the near future. Meanwhile, should you have any questions please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still rebuilding but our new location is feeling like home. We thank each of you for your support and love. You may notice a name change in coming weeks but everything else will remain the same. As always we welcome your feedback, questions, concerns. Let’s create a community of kindness together, one breath at a time!
With love & gratitude