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.

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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TAGtainment and Innergy Corporate Yoga present:

Back in May I participated in an interview with TAG TV in Toronto to talk about yoga and film a short segment on hip openers that viewers can practice at home. As promised I am sharing the Youtube link so you can check it out.

I have to admit, it was interesting to watch myself online. This was my first experience being filmed teaching yoga with really nothing planned in advance so it has been a huge learning opportunity for me on so many levels.

The interview begins at 16:35 and the teaching segment begins at 29:10.  I did have to laugh how they spelled my name and the music they played for the yoga. Anyways, here it is: