New Group Yoga Class at Living Waters Therapies

Starting Wednesday’s this November I will be offering a new group yoga class at Living Waters Therapies. This class is slow paced and gentle so you can start to develop a deep physiological awareness to be able to respond to the signals your body is sending you at every moment. You can also expect to experience breath work, mindfulness, meditation and functional movement based in Yoga Therapy aimed at helping you to move better. As you develop awareness of your movement habits and learn how to quiet compensations your body will begin to release from cycles of pain and tension, then flexibility, stability and strength arises.

LIVING WATERS THERAPIES – 1114 QUEEN ST EAST

WEDNESDAYS 7:15-8:15PM – STARTS NOV 7, 2018

YOGA FOUNDATIONS

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the foundations of yoga in a safe and non-judgemental environment. People with chronic pain, healing from injury, or restricted range of movement will also benefit from this class. It is ideal for both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners who want to advance their practice. My aim to help you become your own best teacher.

Rates:

  • Introductory class $10
  • Introductory package of 5 $75
  • Package of 5 – $115 ($23/class)
  • Package of 10 – $220 ($22 a class)

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Yoga Rehab

yoga rehab photoPain doesn’t have to be a normal part of everyday life. When we learn how to effectively improve the function of our shoulders and hips we perform better in our athletic endeavours, we can chase after our kids with more ease and life becomes more enjoyable.

After the success of my first two Pain Clinic Workshops for hip and shoulders I’ve decided to offer a combo class specifically for yoga teachers, fitness instructors and students to learn the skills to get out of pain, improve the function of their hips and shoulders so they can feel great and get back to the activities that they love or even to excel at the activities they already enjoy.

Often times as a teacher, we see our students or clients struggle or hit a road block in their progress due to pain, injury, or lack of range of motion. As a teacher do you notice your clients cringing in pain? Struggling to breathe or holding their breath in a posture or exercise? Finding excuses? Cancelling appointments? Afraid to re-injure themselves?

Learn the skills to move better without pain, nurture relaxation and move optimally with stability and ease.

When we move better, we feel better and we can enjoy life more.

My next workshop is called Yoga Rehab and it will be held Saturday, March 25th at Leslieville Sanctuary 1:30-3:30pm. Cost is $45 + hst. Participants will receive a handout and free practice video.

Contact me to register or ask a question.

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.

Redefine Your Life with Yoga Therapy

FullSizeRender-7We all experience pain to different degrees throughout the course of our life. Often when pain is ongoing we begin to view ourselves as damaged or fragile. Luckily, this is not true. We can get out of pain. After an injury or diagnosis of illness has someone told you to reduce your physical activity or stop all together? Sometimes there is a good reason to stop for a short time to allow healing to happen but often this advice is coming from a place of misinformation or lack of specific knowledge. Unfortunately the advice we receive from our doctors  is being offered because they don’t know about options like Yoga Therapy. This perspective only maintains fear if you are being told to remain rigid or broken, and may even increase the pain you are experiencing.

Maybe you have heard the phrase “it’s all in your head”? There are some people who claim that overcoming pain is about mind over matter and that pain isn’t real, it’s all in your head. The reality is, perceived pain is real and it needs to be dealt with in a very real way. Trying to ignore the pain, push through the pain or distract yourself isn’t dealing with its underlying issues. Accepting pain as “normal” is just as much of a dis-function. Perhaps you have already seen numerous doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists but nothing seems to be working. For many people yoga is a last ditch attempt to feel better and they find that it works. So whether this is final try to feel better or your first step, yoga is a very tangible solution. Yoga Therapy addresses the whole person, body, mind and spirit. When you are experiencing pain, it affects how you think, feel and respond to day-to-day stressors and activities. You are not your pain. So wouldn’t it be nice if it stopped dictating how you live your life?

So many people suffer from pain. This pain can come from a variety of sources including sports related pain or injury, illness, other injury, stress or simply from inactivity. I believe that everybody can get well and get out of pain and experience a whole new degree of functioning when they learn how to move appropriately.

In our Yoga for Pain session, I will develop a personalized program for you that will help you reduce and get out of pain. As we know with chronic pain it won’t disappear over night and it will require you to dedicate the time and effort necessary to heal your body and mind. Remember change is possible. Getting better takes practice and persistence. Let me help you create a safe place for ease of movement to re-train the nervous system, create new movement patterns and heal the body. Your body has the ability to heal itself with a little bit of nourishment. It’s time to choose acceptance of what is and do things that give your life meaning. Shift from the view that your body is broken or damaged, to the view that movement is good for the body. You can learn to trust to move in a stable way and rebuild your confidence. Pain if modifiable – you can take control!

Find out if yoga therapy is right for you.  Contact me. I can meet with you at your home in the GTA  or via Skype.

STAY COOL THIS SUMMER WITH THESE YOGA POSES

This week is going to be a hot one. As temperatures soar in the city sometimes jumping in the kiddie pool just isn’t an option. Try these simple yoga poses to help cool and calm the body and mind.

 Pranayama:

sitaliOption 1: Sitali – cooling breath

  • Make a tube with your tongue and breath in like you are sucking in air through a straw and then close your mouth exhaling through your nose. Repeat 10 times.

Note: if you have low blood pressure, practice with caution or talk to your doctor first. The breath should be deep and without strain. If you feel dizzy, stop and breath normally.

 

 

right nostrilOption 2: Single-Nostril Breathing

  • Plug the right nostril and breath in and out of the left nostril.
  • Repeat for 10-20 breaths.
 Asanas:

Yoga poses to help cool the body down.

paschimottasanaSeated forward fold

  • Sitting up tall with legs extended in front. If your spine rounds sit on a block, bolster or a pillow/cushion. Inhale the arms up, lengthening the torso/spine. Exhale folding from the hips, bring the arms to rest on the legs. Toes are pointed towards the sky, heels pressing down into the mat. Breath deeply. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths or longer.

 

 

balansanaChilds Pose

  • Bring the knees wide, big toes touching. Sink the hips back toward the heels and you bring your forehead to rest on the mat or block or a pillow. Arms rest overhead on the mat. Breath deeply into the low back. Stay for 5 to 10 breaths or longer.

supta baddha konasanaSupine Butterfly

  • Lay on your back. Bend the knees, bring the soles of the feet together. Allow the knees to fall out the sides. Gently flap the knees up and down like butterfly wings to release holding in the hips and then let the knees sink down towards the floor. Arms can rest by your sides or bring one hand to the low belly and one to the chest. Follow the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe deeply for 5 to 10 breaths or longer.

 

 

supported bridgeSupported Bridge

  • Lay on your back. Bend both knees bring the soles of the feet to the floor, hip distance apart. Draw the heels in as close to the sit bones as you can. Press the upper arms into the ground to and lift the hips. Slide a block, a bolster, a firm pillow or even a rolled up blanket under the sacrum as a support.       Breath deeply for 5 to 10 breaths or more.

legs up the wallLegs up the Wall

  • Sit with your knees bent beside the wall. Swing your legs up the wall and lay back on your mat. Wiggle your bum as close to the wall as you can. For comfort you might want to place a blanket beneath your hips. If you have bolster available you can choose to elevate the hips on the bolster next to the wall. Lay back, close your eyes and rest the arms by your side. Breathing deeply, stay in the pose for 5 minutes or longer.

 

 

savasanaSavasana

  • Laying on your back, bring the feet mat distance apart, toes falling out to the sides. Arms fall away from the body at 45 degrees, palms facing up. Support the back of your head on blanket or pillow. Close your eyes. Breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes or longer.

If you have an eye pillow, chill it in the freezer and rest it over your eyes during savasana.

Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruit and veggies.

For more information on private and corporate yoga classes, contact me today!