|Inspired and energized by yoga asanas, this 2 hour class will uncover the patterns that are preventing you from reaching your true potential. Each class incorporates a collaboration of bodily movement, powerful visioning exercises, and energy healing designed to stimulate and heal your body, mind and soul.Join us Sunday October 20th from 4-6pm as we lead you through 1 hour of restorative yoga and 30 minutes of healing meditation that blends Simple Wisdom’s recipe of inspiration, direction and action, and Ashley Holly’s therapeutic techniques in yoga and meditation.
This is so much more than just a yoga class. Vision Flow will leave you with a new sense of purpose, an excitement for action and an open heart to the future that we unfold together!
Dates: Sunday Nov 3rd 4-6pm
Location: Misfit Studio, Queen Street West.
Cost: $35 in advance | $40 at the door
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This time of year, clients are falling out of routine faster than a bat out of hell. The winter winds and the temptation to snuggle up in bed with some tea and a movie trumps the summertime energy that takes us out of our homes and into our bodies. Whether this means attending your favourite fitness class, doing yoga, visiting with friends or simply soaking in the great outdoors, if we let our hermit hangovers drag into the next few months we will rapidly lose sight of the bodies, minds and spirit that we feel so easily connected to with the sun lighting up our lives. When 90% of chronic diseases are caused by unhealthy living, that includes poor food choices and lack of movement and stress, this is a friendly reminder that we cannot simply ignore.
In yogic tradition, habits or ongoing patterns of thought are referred to as samskaras. Through our yoga practice, we prove over and over again that it is possible to ditch old habits and introduce new ones. And there is no time like the present to recommit to your new samskaras. As a yoga teacher, I too am guilty of slipping out of my true “self” and surrendering to a notably lazier, subdued and unenthused version of me during the winter months. Call it SAD or a simple distaste for the chill, today’s snowfall reminded me that enough is enough; it is time to stand up, shake up and heat up.
The question is how? Here is a collection of my go-to methods for reconnecting to and liberating my beautiful self when my groggy mind tells me it is not worth it. And it is all done before noon
- Wake up early. The tendency (or samskara) to laze around in the warmth of your bed until the absolute final moments of the morning, or incessantly press snooze (are you guilty of setting 4 alarms each morning?) will only throw you off your game for the potentially amazing day to come. Give yourself a one-week challenge to set that alarm one-two hours earlier, listen to it and settle into the day.
- Begin the day with positive intention setting. My go-to motivational speaker Brian Tracy suggests waking up to the words “I feel terrific today” or “today is an amazing day”. If it sounds too cheesy for you, I say, try it before judging it. The power of positive thinking and intention setting is pretty mind blowing when you believe in it.
- Detoxify. Allow that extra hour to be your cleaning hour. Not for your home, but for your soul. Start by hoping into the shower and when you are all warmed up take in a full 8 oz glass of room temperature water with some lemon or salt to help release any lingering toxins.
- Movement. Depending on how long your morning shower and get ready routine is, you may have a few moments to spare for some movement, taking the detoxification further and truly awakening the body, preparing it for the day. This could be anything from 20 minutes of sun salutations or basic stretching activities from the comfort of your bed. For those days where movement isn’t an option, take a time out for a deep meditation, focusing your gaze on the third eye, your ajni chakra and relaxing your body and mind.
- Eat. They have been telling us this for as long as I can remember and we still don’t listen. Breakfast baby. Embrace it. Maybe we need to set that alarm an extra 2 hours now… try a hearty breakfast a few days a week and balance it out with a fruit plate or a nice veggie juice. Eat slowly, with awareness. Maybe go so far as to bless your food before indulging. Avoid mixing fruits with other foods, creating an ideal environment for your digestive system to get to work.
In just one to two hours a day you are guaranteed transformation in your life. It takes a mere ten days to form a habit, so set yourself off on a mid-January challenge (just in case your new years resolutions have slipped away). Set up your ideal morning routine and get ready to re experience what may sit now as a dried up, shivering and chapped body as a vibrant, healthy and energized soul. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” says that voice in my head. Plan to successfully execute your morning and reclaim your life.
For more insights, meet me at the studio or join us for a weekend to change it all, with Bare All from Feb 22-24th, 2013. Only 3 spots left!
Tuesdays 10am Community Class (PWYC) at Misfit Studio
Wednesdays 6:45pm Hot Yoga at Yogatree Midtown
Thursdays 5:15pm Hot L1 and 7:30pm Core at Yogatree Downtown
Sundays 10am Hot L1 and 11:30am Hot L1-2 at Yogatree Downtown
Sundays 3pm Hustle n Flow at Misfit studio.
I remember how I started yoga. I was in my first year of university, seventeen years old and sent out into the world without a clue what to do, how to manage my money, the new found stresses of academia, let alone cook decent food or take care of my body. Within the fist month I was a complete and total train-wreck. I recall returning to my high school as valedictorian and wallowing in the horrors of university life… or “grown up life” as I called it at that time. All I wanted was to go home.
I had heard about yoga from counselors and friends alike – about the health benefits and the mental calm that came along with this thing called “savasana” – a term I could never pronounce and a posture I never really understood. But in all honesty, the only reason I really ever showed up to my first yoga class was well… because they were free. Only after that point did it matter much that they could help me out of my rut and maybe even help me meet like-minded (stressed out seeking calm) people.
Fast forward ten years later. With a MA under my belt, I can’t begin to thank the heavens enough for those free community yoga classes. I honestly do not know that I could have made it through, not just the trials and tribulations of university, but those of life in the years thereafter. In those serene, oft-crowded spaces, I learned to chill out, stay strong and build community. It is not a surprise that these days, I have all but forgotten the theories of international relations and instead spend my energy offering that very gift that got me through my tough times to others. Like many other yoga teachers, this was not where I intended on ending up, but the practice inspired me so much that I now devote my life to it.
Upon settling in Toronto however, I was shocked and perhaps even appalled at the absence of the community class. Though some studios scheduled $8-$10 karma classes, there were little to no options for free yoga in the big city, aside from those available in retail stores at Lululemon and the Centre of Gravity. My only solution to this problem was to start teaching them. First at Lululemon Queen Street West, then at various parks and even my own backyard. I set my intention as a yoga teacher to commit to the practice of Karma Yoga – Selfless Service.
Last month, I taught yoga workshops throughout the West Coast of Canada and the United States and I was elated to stumble upon “Yoga To The People”, incredible studio spaces with amazing teachers that are devoted to making yoga accessible to those who often need it most, but simply can’t afford it. YTTP says it best:
“Classes are donation based! A donation is the sacred act of giving. There is a suggested donation of $10 a class. Suggested donation means that if you can put $10 in the box, please do. If you are not in a position to do so, contribute what you can. Nobody will be keeping track of individual donations. The $10 dollar donation is not meant as a bottom or a top limit… if you are in a position to donate more, it will be greatly appreciated.”
As I strolled out of the San Fran studio, I was inspired and an idea was ignited. I would bring this concept to Toronto. Partnering with the avant-garde folks at MISFITSTUDIO on Queen Street West and Euclid Avenue, I am offering my own version of Yoga to the People. MISFITSTUDIO celebrates the community part of yoga and any class attended in the space is all about building relationships and enjoying every minute together. Check it out for yourself! This is a by donation class each Tuesday morning from 10-11am. These classes will be personalized, dynamic, inspirational, fun, and of course, cheap.
And with this class, I send a challenge out to all my fellow yoga teachers out there. Let’s bring back the community class! Let’s bring community back to yoga! Let’s stand up and introduce ourselves to our students, learn their names, their stories and their particular needs regardless of the price they pay. Let’s celebrate Karma Yoga together. This is just the beginning.