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.

Day Yoga Retreat

crawford lake 1On Saturday I participated in a day retreat. We drove an hour out of the city to a beautiful lake in a conservation area. The yoga teacher, an expert in outdoor education led us on a hike around the lake sharing the history of the area. We stopped halfway around the lake for an hour yoga practice and then finished our hike. Our yogi guide packed a lovely vegetarian picnic lunch and then we did another hike afterwards.

Overall it was a lovely day. Clear sunny skies. Cool autumn breeze. Fresh air and the quiet of nature. Plus there is nothing better than communing with nature while practicing yoga. Even though this is something I could have done on my own or with a friend, there is something special about being a part of a “retreat”.  I didn’t have to worry about driving, packing a lunch or buying permits. All I needed to do was throw on my running shoes and strap my mat to my back. There is also the bringing together of likeminded individuals who have similar goals and desires. It is a great way to meet new people and potentially learn something new about yourself.

We don’t always have the time or money to go on a vacation or fly off to an exotic country for a week long or weekend retreat. It is so important to take time to take care of ourselves. A day long retreat is affordable, time friendly, and a great way to find healing by clearing the mind and body from stagnant energy and built up stress. It is also a fantastic opportunity to get to know your yoga teacher a little better or experience a new yoga teacher.

If you would like information on when I will be leading a city escape for the day, send me an e-mail and I’ll add you to my mailing list.

 

Backyard Bliss Yoga Retreat – at your home!

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Stay-cationing in the city this summer? Host your own Backyard Bliss Yoga Retreat with Lindsay Keefe Yoga for you and your friends. Let’s dig deep in connecting with nature, getting to know your inner self and letting yourself go in the comfort of your own backyard.

Don’t have a backyard? Let’s meet in the park!

Time: 2.5-3 hours

1-3 people $295*

What you get:                                                                                                                                                              One bottle of wine (your choice of white or red) paired with cheese and crackers and selection of organic fruit. Everyone will receive a journal and pen.

Choose from:

Package A: Vinyasa and Vino                                

  • 1hr 15 minutes Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • 1 hour of pranayama and mindfulness meditation practice and journal exercises
  • 20+ minute guided meditation and deep relaxation

Package B: Relax and Unwind

  • 1.5 hour Gentle Yoga (your choice or combination of Hatha, Yin and/or Restorative yoga) – includes pranayama and meditation practices
  • 1 hour mindfulness meditation techniques and practice and journal exercises
  • 20+ minute guided meditation and deep relaxation

* Each additional person is $45. For groups of 4 or more a second bottle of wine will be provided. Prices do not include HST.

Retreats are fully customizable for beginners new to yoga and experienced practitioners.

Contact me to book your Backyard Bliss Retreat now!