Summer Yoga Sale

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for my blog. I’ve had a surprisingly busy summer between spending time at cottages with friends, family events and travelling to Yellowknife for a wedding. Aside from travel I’m taking two online courses for my yoga business and professional development, I’m the vice president for a Business Networking International chapter in Toronto and planning fun and creative ways to bring yoga to individuals and corporations in city. Despite it all I still manage to make time for my own daily yoga practice. Making self-care a priority means I’m physically, emotionally and mentally in a space where I can manage all the other things in my life with relative ease and minimal stress.

Many of us take longer holidays in the summer, spend more time outdoors and are more active in general. With the extra time and energy you have this summer, consider starting a yoga practice to prepare your body and mind for the changes that come in the Fall and Winter. To help you get started, this summer I am offering $60 private sessions to all new clients in Toronto until the end of August. You can add a friend for only $15 more. Whether you are looking to deeply relax, start a meditation/mindfulness practice or are looking to get out of pain or improve mobility I can customize a practice that is unique to you and give you the skills necessary to start your own home practice. Contact me today and mention this article to get the sale!

Spring into Action – New classes, workshops and retreats

PhotoShoot_EmilieDee_meditationSpring a time of renewal and growth is certainly upon us. As I write this the rain pours down from all angles and the sky is grey. The first signs of spring precariously poke through the soft earth and shout gleefully that spring is finally here. Warmer weather is around the corner and we are getting antsy to resume outdoor activities and focus on our health.

I have been busy planting and nurturing the seeds of some new and current classes, workshops and retreats that are coming up in the next couple months. Now is a great time to dedicate time for a yoga practice to help prepare yourself for the coming summer months of athletics, travel and outdoor adventures. Yoga helps us to keep our body supple and strong, prevent injuries and pain, and helps us come into a grounded state of calm and clarity.  To help support and nurture all that  you do I have a new studio class starting at Leslieville Sanctuary on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:30pm called Yoga Foundations.

Yoga Foundations a slow paced, gentle, rehabilitative style class to help you develop flexibility, improve range of motion, and stability moving from a state of relaxation rather than moving through tension or over efforting. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the foundations of yoga in a safe and accessible environment. People with long term injury, pain, or restricted range of movement will also benefit from this class. For experienced yoga practitioners, it is an opportunity to come back to basics, learn to move more purely and nourish the freedom in your body.

On Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm I am teaching group Hatha yoga classes at Avalon Woods Fitness (ages 40+) in Etobicoke. Classes are free with Membership or drop rates/class passes are available.

Starting April 19th until June you can register for Yoga + Networking at Marani Law on Wednesdays from 6:15pm-7:15pm. Grab a friend from work and come meet some new people. This is a 10 week session package for $150.

April 29th from 1:30-3:30pm I am teaching  a Yoga Rehab workshop  on Breathing Your Way to Wellness. Our breathe plays an unparalleled role in how the systems of our body function. Beginning with awareness we reveal the awesome power of healing that is already within us. Learn some anatomy and physiology as it relates to the breath, uncover your breathing style and learn how to breathe easier to reduce stress + anxiety, sleep better and move better.

In May I am launching a Complete 12 Day Cleanse and Yoga workshop with Naturopathic doctor Corina Dinca in Don Mills. Despite our best intentions we often veer of the path of wellness and get stuck in emotionally guided patterns of eating and neglect self-care. Sometimes all we need is little bit of support and motivation to kickstart new habits. This 12 day program is designed to educate, develop awareness, support and motivate you to make small changes that have a significant and lasting impact on your health and wellness goals. Whether you want to lose weight, start exercising, address mental and emotional concerns or to develop greater balance in your life this program provides you with the knowledge and skills to get there.

Join me June 4, 2017 for a Day Retreat to Crawford Lake. We will hike around Crawford Lake and appreciate nature in all it’s glory. We will stop for an hour Hatha Flow yoga class and then enjoy a vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon we will explore some trails and practice a walking meditation. The cost is $80 and includes lunch.

To learn more about any of these classes, workshops or retreats please get in touch with me.

Yoga For Pain

img_5901Healing should be a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. We are a sum of our parts, and there is not just one healthcare provider that provide the solution.

I am drawn to yoga because it embraces a wide scope. It can address the physical, the mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic elements of healing. Aryuveda, the sister science to yoga, addresses diet, constitution and how it relates with the other elements. Yoga teaches awareness and develops our relationship to our body-mind so that we can learn to intuitively listen to our bodies and know what it needs to be well.

Yoga for Pain begins to address these layers with simple movement, breath work, developing awareness and meditation. Skills are built incrementally moving from simple to complex based on the needs of the individual. Yoga for Pain workshops are one way you can begin to address pain within a wide scope, in one modality.

In my workshops  you will learn 8 principles that will help to guide you on your journey to wellbeing.  You will learn foundational poses that you can practice everyday, and even apply to existing yoga practices or other athletics or day to day activities. When you attend a workshop, you will also receive a video of the key poses so you can continue to practice at home.

I also work with a team of chiropractors, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, facial stretch therapists, personal trainers and naturopathic doctors and psychotherapists that I can refer you to for a balanced, holistic, approach that will  speed the rate of your recovery.

There is no pain too big or too small that doesn’t warrant care. Small pain eventually become bigger pains if we ignore them. Pain is not something physical we must endure. It affects us emotionally and psychologically as well. It effects our relationships and how we live or don’t live our lives. Pain is not a “normal” part of life. Pain just doesn’t show up in our lives for no reason. It’s a sign that something in our lives needs to change.

Learn more about Pain Clinic workshops here.

New Workshops Starting January 2017!

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My pain clinic workshops are open to everyone. However, if you’re not sure who these classes would be ideal for you can answer these 3 questions:

  1. Do you have chronic pain or long standing limitation of movement?
  2. Have you tried a number of different treatments but only found temporary relief?
  3. Are you ready and willing to be an active participant in your recovery?

If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, then my workshops are meant for you. Our bodies are amazing entities that have the ability to change and heal themselves, especially we take the right steps to aid the healing process. The truth is, you can improve your overall function and ease in which you move everyday with some very simple, easy principles and movements.

I have written a couple blog posts about the myths of Injury, Pain and Strain and the Truths of Healing. Now I want to give you an opportunity to put these truths into a practice. Starting this January, I will be offering monthly workshops to help you address your injury, pain, or strain. Each workshop is 2 hours where we will address pure movement, breath work, relaxation, and meditation. The first workshop, January 14th will focus on how to address low back pain, hips, knees and feet. In February, the workshop will focus on shoulders, neck and arms.

These workshops will be pre-requisites for future registered group classes that will continue to develop the principles learned in these sessions.

My intention to teach you how to move properly so healing can begin to take place. Pain doesn’t need to be a part of our “normal” day to day life.  After each workshop I will give you a video of the key movements so you can continue to practice at home. Unfortunately we can’t take one yoga class and walk away healed. It is a practice and requires ongoing dedication and effort from you to continue the process.

Class sizes for my workshops have been kept purposefully small, so you can get the most of our your experience.

The first workshop will be:

  • Date: January 14th 2017
  • Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Location: McMaster Fitness at 1820 Bayview Ave just north of Eglinton. (FREE Parking)
  • Cost: $45 plus HST – to be paid in advance to secure your spot.
  • Focus: Low back pain, hips, knees, ankles.

Book Your Spot

 

New Class Starting This Week – Yoga for Men

mens-chaturangaStarting Tuesday, November 15 from 7:15pm-8:30pm I will be teaching Men’s Yoga at Leslieville Sanctuary on Queen Street East at Curzon St.

In my experience yoga classes are predominately full of female students. The odd guy will come through never to be seen again. Based on my conversations with men about yoga classes, I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps men need their own class. We really need to confront the attitude of “I’m not flexible enough,” or “My body doesn’t bend that way”. The truth is guys have their own unique body issues like tighter hips and hamstrings and less overall flexibility compared to women. It is these issues that perhaps intimidate men from returning to or even trying out a yoga class. This is also a beginner level class so I will start teaching the foundations and build from there.

We all have preconceived ideas about what it means to be a man, or what activities are considered manly. I want yoga to be a part of the masculine conversation. All my senior yoga teachers have been men. Yoga was in fact created for men, by men.  I want to help men confront whatever it is that has been holding the back by offering a yoga practice that allows for an opportunity to soften and relax the body and mind from everyday stressors and tension. I will offer a therapeutic approach to working through tight hips and hamstrings so your yoga practice will be pain free. I want to provide guys an opportunity to be comfortable in their own bodies, in a yoga class, where they can experience success and personal growth. Through this type of yoga we will create more ease and improve overall functioning.

So come on guys, you can rent a yoga mat for a $1, so you have no excuses. Come meet some new mates, have a laugh, learn some yoga skills and ultimately enjoy the time spent taking care of yourself so you can go out enjoy all the other activities in life that you enjoy doing.

International Yoga Day at Trinity Bellwoods Park

FullSizeRender-2June 21st was the the second International Yoga Day. Myself and the other teachers of Innergy Corporate Yoga in Toronto taught a free class in Trinity Bellwoods Park to celebrate the day. It was a beautiful evening and over 50 amazing yogis joined us for our yoga class. Fresh gave attendees a 15% discount at their Crawford location (which was super busy afterwards!). As an added bonus Greenhouse Juice Co dropped off some goodies and Jack and Lil’s were serving up delicious goodies across from us in the park for Summer Solstice and shared in the festivities.  This week we will be contacting the lucky winners of the draw for a free private one-on-one yoga class.

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to find out the next date for Yoga in the park.

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World Yoga Day – Free Class at Trinity Bellwoods Park

World Yoga Day posterWorld Yoga Day is June 21st and Innergy Corporate Yoga teachers are hosting a FREE yoga class at Trinity Bellwoods Park downtown Toronto. The class will be taught by four of Innergy’s teachers from 6:45pm to 8:00pm in the park. Fresh on Crawford is also throwing in something delicious so stay tuned for more details closer to the date. As an additional bonus you will be entered into a draw to win a free Private or Corporate Yoga class. What’s even better is four teachers means four chances to win! Bring your friends. We can’t wait to see you there!

Find the event on Facebook!

Koala Kidz Yoga in Vaughn

I am excited to announce that February 16 – March 9, 2016 I will be teaching Kids Yoga and Mother & Child Yoga at Koala Kidz Indoor Playground in Vaughn.

Mother & Child Yoga:

$79 for 4 sessions (mom’s and child – ages 2-5)

Feb 16-March 8, every Tuesday from 10:30am-11:30am

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Kids Yoga:

$59 for 4 sessions, ages 5-8

Feb 17-March 9th, every Wednesday from 5pm-6pm

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Book your spot by calling Koala Kidz at (905) 760 – 2922 or visit www.koalakidz.ca

Now Offering a Community Yoga Class

yoga space 3I am excited to announce that I will be renting space at cozy little studio at 20 Leslie Street across from Loblaws. This space is able to accommodate up to 8 people and features a seating area, changing room space, kitchen and bathroom. There is free parking available in the lot accessible from Mosley street. I love that this is small space, which means that I will be able to offer attention to everyone’s yoga practice. These classes will focus on breath work (pranayama) and gentle asana  (stretch and strengthen) that focuses on principals of alignment. We will also develop a mindfulness based meditation practice. Bring your own mat.

yoga space 1Dates: Sunday’s January 10, 17, 24, 31  February 7, 21, 28  March 6, 20, 27

Location: 20 Leslie Street (across from Loblaws) Suite 108 – free parking in lot off of Mosley street. Enter from parking lot (buzzer code will be given to you when you sign up)

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Price: $150 for 10 classes

Because space is limited to 8 participants availability is on a first come first served basis. Payment can be made by cheque or cash at the beginning of the first class. There will be no refunds for missed classes. Contact me to reserve your spot.

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