Support for your meditation practice

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I chat with lots of folks who are interested in meditation, or have started and dropped and started and dropped or started AGAIN, and would like to know how to keep their practice going. If you’ve been meditating for a while, you may have hit rough patches or dry spots, and are asking some of the same questions.

In The Six Conditions this Sunday July 17 from 9:30am-noon, we’ll discuss six areas of life to cultivate “off the cushion” that will support your meditation (or yoga) practice. They are listed in Master Kamalashila’s text The Stages of Meditation. We’ll figure out together how to keep them real and relevant for our busy modern lives. We’ll have some time to do some sitting meditation practice together as well.

If you’ve attended one of the Learn How to Meditate sessions over the last few months, this is a great way to add some more building blocks to your practice. However, no experience is necessary. Whether you’re a total beginner, novice or old hand, bring your “beginner’s mind”.

Sun July 17

9:30am-noon

at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth (95 Danforth Ave)

$30.00 including hst

Pre-registration recommended.

 

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Prenatal Yoga on the waterfront

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A new prenatal yoga class has been added to my schedule! I’ll be teaching on Wednesdays  from 6:30-7:30pm at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly known as the Harbourfront Community Centre), at 627 Queens Quay West and Bathurst. This is a lively community hub in a thriving neighborhood, and I’m proud to be adding prenatal yoga to their offerings.

This class is offered as both a pre-registered course or as a drop in. Registration will open up online on Mon June 20. Classes start on Wed July 4.

But… to give you an appetizer, I’ll be giving a FREE 30 min prenatal demo at WNC’s 25th anniversary celebrations on Sat June 18 from 1:30-2:00pm. Come and check out the beautiful facilities, meet your neighbors, find out about all the amazing programming that is available and have a taste of the prenatal yoga practice  with me. I look forward to seeing you!

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photo by Sam Javanrouh

 

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Full day workshop – Home Coming: a day of embodied expression with women for women

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FULL DAY WORKSHOP!

Home Coming: A Day of Embodied Expression with Women for Women

What is it to feel at home? How do we know when we’re home? How do we make home? With ourselves and with others.Come play and move in a field of creating home with other curious women.

On Sat May 28 from 11am-5pm, I’ll be offering a full day workshop in collaboration with three other amazing practitioners. A day for women, by women. Through various modalities – including movement, meditation, breathwork, expressive arts and Embodied Gestalt – we’ll explore together just what it means to come home.

I am thrilled to be bringing this together with 3 of my sisters from 5Rhythms movement practice – Rhondda Snary, Lauren Nancarrow Clarke, and Irene Gabinet. We all met on the dancefloor, and share a love and commitment to discovering embodiment, as we’ve practiced it together in Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms. On this day, each of us will share methods and ways back home, all informed by our shared experience of working in the body (I’ll be contributing meditation and breathwork to the mix).

No previous experience is required – just your curiosity. As there is no prescribed movement, 5Rhythms is open and available to everyone, regardless of your abilities or physical condition. I’ve danced the Rhythms with people of every age, size, shape and colour, with people on chairs, in slings and casts, you name it. If you can breathe, you can do this practice. I have found it a wonderful moving meditation, that is a complement to more structured movement practices like yoga. More on 5Rhythms here.

We’ll be weaving together:
5Rhythms® | Rhondda Snary *. Certified & Accredited 5Rhythms® Teacher
Creative Expression | Irene Gabinet . Expressive Arts Facilitator
Embodied Gestalt | Lauren Clarke . RSW & Gestalt Therapist
Meditation & Breath Work | Rhondda Smiley . Certified Yoga Teacher

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

at The Citadel – 304 Parliament St (at Dundas)

$95 Early Bird – Registered & paid in Full by May 3, 2016
$115 Regular – After May 3, 2016

Register HERE.

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Spring has sprung – and so has my schedule!

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Whoa! Lots of changes and additions to my teaching schedule recently. Here’s where you can find me these days. There’s a little something for everyone – hatha, vinyasa, restorative, even prenatal! Also check out the Schedule page for other added classes and special events as well as Moon Yoga dates. Moon Yoga takes place every other week at The Yoga Sanctuary College, but day and time varies.

See you on the mat!

Tues – 9:15-10:15am

Hatha at The Yoga Sanctuary – College – 1 Wood St (at Yonge)

Tues – 10:30-11:45am

Vinyasa at The Yoga Sanctuary – College – 1 Wood St (at Yonge)

Tues – 5:45-7:00pm

Prenatal at The Yoga Sanctuary – Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave, 3rd floor (at Broadview)

Tues – 8:50-10:05pm

Slow Flow at The Yoga Sanctuary – Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave, 3rd floor (at Broadview)

Wed – 8:50-10:05pm

Restorative at The Yoga Sanctuary – Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave, 3rd floor (at Broadview)

Fri – 9:45-11:00am

Vinyasa at The Yoga Sanctuary – Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave, 3rd floor (at Broadview)

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Learn How to Meditate on April 10

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Are you meditation curious? Or had a taste but want to go deeper? Tried a regular practice but fell off the wagon? I’m offering a 2.5 hour Learn How to Meditate workshop at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth on Sun April 10 from 9:00-11:30am. Whatever your relationship status to meditation, you will go home with concrete tips and tools to bring more calm, awareness and stability to your mind. No experience necessary – and you don’t even have to sit on the floor.

We’ll figure out what mindfulness is (and is not) and how it can help. You’ll get to try a number of simple meditation techniques you can put into practice immediately. I’ll help you find how you can put meditation into your busy, modern lifestyle. You’ll be able to reap the many benefits that yogis and meditators have experienced for millenia, and science is now backing up – such as lower blood pressure, improved immunity, long term health of the brain, better cognitive functioning and more.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. You may wish to bring a yoga mat if you have one. Preregistration is recommended.

Learn How to Meditate workshop – $25 including hst

at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave (at Broadview)

Sun April 10 from 9:00-11:30am

 

 

 

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New! Prenatal Yoga 

  Happy news! I’m adding a new weekly class – Prenatal Yoga at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth every Tuesday from 5:45-7:00pm. 

Yoga for pregnancy can help open and strengthen the body in preparation for childbirth, and alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy. We’ll move through poses safe for wherever you are in your pregnancy, with appropriate modifications for the first, second or third trimester. 

Give your baby the gift of a happy, healthy and relaxed mom. Give yourself the gift of yoga. 
Prenatal Yoga

Every Tuesday from 5:45-7:00pm

The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth – 95 Danforth Ave (at Broadview)

Regular class pass applies

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More meditation at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth

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After introducing the Learn How to Meditate workshop at The Yoga Sanctuary Danforth this fall, I’m following it up with a course that will effectively support your new meditation practice. Setting the Stage for Meditation is a 6 week course that will help you to cultivate the key conditions that support inner growth for greater freedom and happiness.

We know our inner and outer lives are fundamentally interconnected. So with shifts in our relationship to our world, we can create positive conditions for meditation. Its like an endless feedback loop of wellbeing! Each week we’ll cover one condition, with discussion of how they apply to our modern lives. Includes guided meditation using the breath to develop single-pointed concentration. Beginner and experienced meditators alike are welcome.

If you missed the last Learn How to Meditate workshop, have no fear. I’ll be repeating it at TYS Danforth on Sun April 10 from 9:00am-12 noon.

Curious? Or just want to enhance your practice? 
Join us for this practical and enjoyable workshop. We’ll explore four different mindfulness meditations, using methods rooted in the Buddhist tradition which are useful and relevant regardless of your worldview. Most importantly, you’ll leave with meditations you can practice yourself, as well as tips on how to plug meditation into your very busy real life.

 

Setting the Stage for Meditation -$100 full course, $18 drop-in per class.

Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm March 23-April 27 (6 weeks)

 

Learn How to Meditate workshop – $25.

Sun April 10 from 9:00am-12 noon.

 

All prices include hst. Please pregister here.

Wear yoga or loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

 

 

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