April LOTW Newsletter
"Wellness is a state of being."
Lean in to self care this month. Not because its trendy or you earned it, but because it's your fundamental right. Your health and your wellbeing depends on the actions you take towards self love and compassion each and every day. And guess what, YOU are totally worth it.
When was the last time you checked in with yourself? "By pulling in spirit, mind, body and heart, the fullness of that experience brings us face to face with ourselves and that experience is liberating." (Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis).
I welcome you to take five minutes right now to check in:
(A Practice of Self-Regulation from Joyce Bosen)
Grounding - Are you sitting, standing or laying?
Notice the parts of your body that are in connection and making contact to the floor, chair, mat? I invite you to feel the support underneath your feet, your legs, your arms.
Orienting - You can even look at your feet, your legs, the parts of your body that are being held and supported. If you like softening your gaze downward or letting your eyes close.
Finding Centre - I invite you now to exhale and gently engage your pelvic floor and draw naval to spine. Creating internal heat and bringing your focus down into the abdomen where the chatter of the mind can be burned to ash and swept away.
I welcome you to now notice the parts of your body that have relaxed. The shoulders dropping away from the ears.
You are now welcome to notice the breath. All is well.
"I am safe, I am present, I am peaceful."
Notice where you feel the breath, moving through the muscles in the face, the back of the brow. Dancing playfully in the vertebrae on the back of the neck, sweeping down. Sparkling through the eyes. Exhaling out any debris that no longer serves you.
Connected with earth or chair or mat, "I am Grounded"
Connected in body, engage pelvic floor, naval to spine, "I am Centred."
Hands resting peacefully, "I am Safe."
Eyes gazing down, "I am Oriented."
Breathe in and out, "I am Present."
I invited you to lift your gaze and open your eyes.
Spring Renewal - Long & Strong with Bridgitte Brown
Spring Renewal - movements motivated by the blooming season of spring. Poses inspired by flowers and growth. Start this strong practice with a guided meditation to cleanse your body, mind and spirit and prepare you for an uplifting experience. Feel the burn in this fun and active class open to all levels and for healthy bodies. Move through a series of poses, holding each one in proper alignment to build long, strong muscles, increase flexibility and improve balance. Learn your bodies anatomy to find your version of the pose and build strength in your whole being.
Starts Tuesday April 2nd 10:30-11:45am
Essentrics with Karine Perrin
Three more classes before Karine takes time off to have her baby!
April 3, 10, 17
Essentrics is a full body workout that will activate all of your muscles. It tones and changes the shape of your body through a dynamic combination of strengthening and stretching. The technique develops lean, strong and flexible muscles, while transforming your posture. Perfect for men and women of all fitness levels, this program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries, unlocks tight joints, and increases mobility. With a diverse music playlist accompanying the routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful, pain-free and healthy.
Friday Mornings in May with Susan Cone
Gentle Flow/ Restorative Yoga
Starting Friday May 3rd 9:30-10:45am
An accessible practice for all bodies and open to all levels of students. A 75 minute class beginning with a slow flow to create flexibility, strength and balance; ending with 30 minutes of restorative poses, a deep relaxing savasana and meditation.
A restorative sequence typically uses only a few poses each class, supported by props that allow you to relieve tension and relax. Explore gentle poses and focus on alignment through seated, standing or reclined positions. This is a mindful practice, where you will move with the breath. You will create body awareness while encouraging joint mobility and muscle release. Feel refreshed and relaxed.
Yoga & Cancer Recovery
Starting Friday May 3rd 11am-12:15pm
Designed for anyone (men and women) affected by any type of cancer (including current patients*, survivors), this class is tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and its treatment. Sessions include breathwork, movement to stimulate the immune system, and postures designed to improve strength, range of motion and overall well-being. Yoga for cancer has been demonstrated to reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
Classes are 75 minutes and include adapted poses, breath work , restorative poses and meditations. We build an atmosphere and community of loving kindness and support for self and others in our Yoga and Cancer Recovery practice.
All levels are welcome.
*Doctor’s approval is recommended for patients actively in treatment
LOTW yoga studio believes in therapeutic based practices for healing and wellbeing. We offer a variety of classes that are accessible to all students. There are classes for senior students who want to move and build strength; classes for students who are looking to heal from injury, trauma and cancer recovery; classes suitable for pre and post-natal students and classes for athletes. At LOTW we teach to the individual rather than a prescribed style or class. Yoga is an opportunity to spend time with yourself, healing and experiencing deep relaxation.
For a complete list of classes and workshops being offered please visit our website: www.lotwyoga.ca Namaste Jasmine
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