Category Archives: The Yoga Sanctuary

Connecting with Yoga’s Feminine Tradition

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Did you know that the oldest recorded yoga series was created by a woman? Lady Niguma was a highly realized yogini who lived about 1000 years ago in India. Lady Niguma’s Yoga has been preserved and practiced by the yogis of Tibet right up until today. On International Women’s Day, we have an opportunity to connect with the feminine lineage of yoga through her practice.

This unique and accessible series targets each chakra from the bottom up with four principle actions. In this workshop you’ll learn this powerful yogini’s amazing story, how her practice works, and the full series.

Everyone welcome – women and the people who love and honour them! Suitable for all levels.

Sun Mar 8 from 10:00am-12 noon at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave (at Broadview)

$25.00 + hst. Click here to pre-register.

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Tibetan Heart Yoga: unlocking your heart

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This yoga series from the lineage of the Dalai Lamas releases energetic knots surrounding the heart, increasing compassion and dispelling feelings of separation. A compact practice using meditation, mantra and asana that can be done in under 40 minutes, perfect for anyone looking for a simple, effective home practice. Includes an introduction to the subtle energetic body and its function that you can apply to any yoga practice you do. You`ll find familiar yoga poses in this series, as well as some unique to the Tibetan tradition.

Suitable for all levels.

Sun Dec 14 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave (at Broadview)

$25.00 + hst. Click here to pre-register.

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Practicing Compassion

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“If you  want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

This fall, I’ll be offering two complimentary workshops at The Yoga Sanctuary College. While each workshop stands on its own, attending both will allow you to expand your understanding and experience of these two practices, one meditation, and one a physical asana series. Both practices are designed to open our hearts and increase our compassion and happiness.

Breath of Compassion meditation workshop

Sun Sept 21 from 12 noon-2pm at The Yoga Sanctuary College – 2 College St, at Yonge

$25.00 + hst. Click to preregister.

In the meditation practice known as Tong Len, or giving and taking, we actively use our breath to take away others’ suffering and send them happiness and healing. In the process, we create the causes for our own wellbeing and deepen our capacity for compassion. A powerful and useful practice that can be done both on and off the meditation cushion, as we encounter suffering in our world.

Tibetan Heart Yoga workshop

Sun Oct 5 from 12 noon-2pm at The Yoga Sanctuary College – 2 College St, at Yonge

$25.00 + hst. Click to preregister.

This yoga series from the lineage of the Dalai Lamas embodies the Breath of Compassion meditation practice. This is a compact practice using meditation, mantra and asana that can be done in under 45 minutes, perfect for our busy modern lives. You will find familiar yoga poses in this series, as well as some unique to the Tibetan tradition. The series is designed to release the energetic knots surrounding the heart, increase our compassion and dispel feelings of separation. Suitable for all levels.

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Setting the Stage for Meditation

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Meditation: The Six Conditions

with Rhondda Smiley

6 Wednesdays 4:45-5:45pm, from Jan 15 to Feb 19, 2014

Our inner and outer lives are fundamentally interconnected. With shifts in our relationship with our world, we can create positive conditions for meditation practice.

In this six week course, we will learn how to cultivate the key conditions that support inner growth for greater freedom and happiness. The Six Conditions are based on the teachings of the ancient Indian yogi Master Kamalashila’s The Stages of Meditation circa 750AD.

Each week we’ll cover one condition, with discussion of how they apply to our modern lives. Each session will include guided meditation using the breath to develop single-pointed concentration. Beginner and experienced meditators alike are welcome.
At The Yoga Sanctuary – 95 Danforth Ave, 4th floor
Full course $120.00 + hst, drop-ins welcome $22.50 + hst

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