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Welcome to The Downward Blog: a page for News, Special Events, Promotions, and all things yoga.

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I WANNA FLY! (An Inversion Workshop): November 2014

In this 90min workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way!  Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly.  Participants should have a regular yoga practice.

Sunday, November 16 @ 1:45pm (90min)
$25 (HST included)
Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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ESSENTIAL OIL + YOGA WORKSHOPS! (October, November, & December 2014)Essential Yoga - Fall 2014 Promo

Essential oils have been used for therapeutic and holistic health purposes throughout history to stimulate healing and enhance overall wellness. When incorporated into a yoga and meditation practice, essential oils can elevate awareness and provide a deeper connection through the senses.  Each workshop will include an introduction to the history and use of essential oils, and an explanation of the benefits of specific oils used throughout the class.  dōTERRA oils will be used throughout the practice via diffused aroma, internally by adding to water, and through application to the body.

Session #1: Gratitude: See the Gift in Your Obstacles
Saturday, October 25th, 2:00-3:30pm

This workshop teaches radical gratitude as we celebrate the month of Thanksgiving. Working with various backbends and heart openers, this all-levels vinyasa practice incorporates essential oils chosen to support living in the present moment and reminders of abundance and alignment. Featured oils: rosemary, wild orange, lemon, ginger, and sandalwood.
This session is SOLD OUT!

 

Session #2: Release: Surrender and Receive
Saturday, November 15th, 2:00-3:30pm

This all-levels gentle vinyasa flow features heart and hip openers and deep forward folds to increase energy and calm the mind, while the oils assist in emotional healing, releasing stagnant energy, feelings or blockages. The combination of oils and yoga provide a cathartic experience to create emotional balance. Featured oils: frankincense, wild orange, and various dōTERRA essential oil blends.
This session is SOLD OUT!

 

Session #3: Compassion: Cultivate Kindness
Saturday, December 13th, 2:00-3:30pm

Holidays often are a time when our cups become so full that there is little room for anything new. Yoga and essential oils can be a powerful catalyst for emptying our cup to make room to receive. This all-levels dynamic hip-opening sequence is combined with seasonal oils to make room to receive the many gifts of the season, including self-care and compassion. Featured oils: peppermint, frankincense, white fir, thyme, and wild orange.
Click HERE to register!  (Only 2 spots left!)

 

Space is limited. All levels of experience are welcome.
Please bring a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel water bottle to the class.
$35 +HST per session or $90 +HST to register for all 3 sessions (click HERE).
Teacher: Robin Penney

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COZY UP!
Yin, Candlelight, & Live Music (November 2014)Nov 2 - Nova(1)

Cozy up and nurture yourself with this special candlelight Yin class with live music by Amy Thiessen, a singer, songwriter, and yoga teacher from Calgary, Alberta.

Sunday, November 2
5:15pm (75min)

$25 (HST included)
Teacher: Cheryl Fenk

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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BAKASANA TO TRIPOD FLOW WORKSHOP (September 2014)1908057_376223909169272_255175934147250203_n

This 90-minute workshop will explore the popular arm balance, Crow Pose (Bakasana) and the inversion Tripod Headstand (Sirsasana II), and how we might flow them together! This is challenging work, so LOTS of options will be offered, including how to breakdown and work on Bakasana and Tripod by themselves, and then how to work on flowing them together. Options will be given for working on these poses bearing weight on arms and head, or by lying down on your back to explore the actions of the poses. For more advanced practitioners, we will work on how to move from Tripod Headstand back into Bakasana, and the jump back from Bakasana to Chatturanga Dhandasana.

This flow is part of the Advanced Group Practice sequence that will be offered at Nova Yoga on Sunday nights from 7-8:15pm, starting on September 21st. So this workshop will be a great place to learn some tips and tricks, and ask your questions!! If time allows, we may also add in other parts of the Advanced Group Practice sequence, including Trikonasana, Extended Side Angle, and Frog Jumps from a Wide Legged Forward Bend.

Saturday, September 27
1:30pm (90min)

$25 (HST included)
Teacher: Robin Penney

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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SUNRISE FLOW (Autumn 2014)

Calling all early-birds!  An AMAZING way to start your day!  We’ll build heat, awaken the mind, energize the body, and set positive intentions for the day ahead in this early morning class.

Thursdays @ 6:00am (50 minutes)
8 week session: starts October 2

$100 +HST

Teacher: Susan Day

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register for the 8 week session!
Going to miss a week?  Click HERE to register for 7 sessions!

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PSOAS RELEASE PARTY! (September 2014)

The ultimate in self-care. Learn to release deep-seated tension in the Psoas muscle, the area that is engaged when our “fight or flight” response kicks in. Tight psoas is commonly felt as tight hips or quads and/or stiffness in the low back, and is triggered by sitting, driving, running, walking, and generally LIVING as a human in modern society. In this workshop, you’ll learn several techniques to intentionally let some of that tension go. Leave this session felling deeply relaxed and energized, and with some tools you can use on your own when stress sets in.

Saturday, September 13
1:30pm (90min)

$25 (HST included)
Teacher: Robin Penney

*Space is limited*

This session is SOLD OUT!

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PARTNER YOGA 4 WEEK SESSION (September 2014)

Discover a unique and exciting way of practicing yoga!  Join Laura-Beth for this special session geared towards having fun and finding strength by reaching out and connecting with a friend, family or partner.  You’ll be guided through several poses where you and your partner will rely on eachother’s support and trust to keep correct body alignment, balance, and concentration.  From beginners to advanced yogis, all are welcome and there is no need for you or your partner to have the same level of yoga experience.

Sundays @ 5:15pm (75 mins)
4 weeks starting September 14

$120/pair (HST included)

*Space is limited to 16 people/8 pairs*

Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

This session is SOLD OUT!

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TAKE A HIKE SERIES! (Summer 2014)

Join Alicia for Sunday Summer Bliss: a hike, a 45 minute yoga class in the great outdoors, & a healthy treat!

Sundays @ 10:00am (approx 2 hrs)photo(18)
$15 (HST included) per session
$50 if you register for all four!

June 29: SIGNAL HILL (meet at Cabot Tower parking lot)
Click HERE to sign up!

July 13: PIPPY PARK/THREE POND BARRENS (meet at parking space: 1st left before golf course)
Click HERE to sign up!

July 20: MANUEL’S RIVER (meet in Manuel’s River Interpretation Centre parking lot)
Click HERE to sign up!

August 24: FRESHWATER BAY (meet at entrance on the road to Cape Spear)
Click HERE to sign up!

Questions?  Need directions?  Looking to carpool?
Contact Alicia: loveyogaloveyourself@gmail.com

Click HERE to register for the full series (all 4 Sundays)!

*Weather permitting: in the event of rain the session will be rescheduled.
*Please bring a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and anything else you might need for an outdoor practice.

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NOVA YOGA AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET!  (Summer 2014)

Yoga + Farmers’ Market?!  Awesome!

Saturdays @ 1:00pm (45min)
St. John’s Farmers’ Market (102 Bonaventure Ave.)
$10 drop in (cash only)
Please bring your own mat

All levels welcome!
Teachers: Alicia Bailey & Helena Butler

*Weather permitting: please check the Nova Yoga Facebook Page one hour before class starts to view status of class*

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PRENATAL YOGA (June 2014)

Enjoy breath work, gentle stretching, poses, and relaxation in this class designed for women in their 2nd or 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.  No previous yoga experience required.

Saturdays @ 2:15pm (75 minutes)
4 week session starting June 7

$65 (HST included)
Teacher: Helena Butler

*Space is limited to 12 people*

*Intended for women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant*

Click HERE to register!

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ASANA DECONSTRUCTED (Spring/Summer 2014)

4 Weeks = 1 Pose Wanna learn to do an advanced pose but need the tools to get there? This all-levels series will introduce you to an new and challenging pose every 4 weeks (see line up of poses for each month, listed below). We’ll deconstruct the pose into it’s component parts, and build upon your knowledge each week. You’ll learn skill builders to work on the strength, flexibility and balance you need to perform the pose. You’ll also enjoy beautiful variations of the pose to practice while you journey toward the full expression of the asana. The story and the mythology behind the pose will also be explored.

LEVEL: this series is for beginners as well as advanced yogis!Asana Deconstructed Spring 2014 Promo

Side Crow (May 6, 13, 20, 27) Register HERE!
Full Wheel (June 3, 10, 17, 24) Register HERE!
Sundial (July 8, 15, 22, 29) Register HERE!

Tuesdays @ 8:30pm (60 mins)
Teacher: Robin Penney
$60 (HST included) for each 4 week series

Register HERE for all 3 series: $165 (save $15!)

*Space is limited to 12 people*

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AWAKEN YOUR HEART:
A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY RESTORATIVE CLASS (May 2014)

Show yourself some love with a heart opening Restorative Yoga practice by candlelight.  Using the support of bolsters, blankets and blocks you will enjoy long held, restful poses to nurture connection with your Heart Chakra–your center of unconditional love and compassion. Our time together will also include Poetry, Meditation, and Mantra.

“Awake, my dear.  Be kind to your sleeping heart.  Take it out into the vast fields of light and let it breathe.” ~Hafiz

Sunday, May 11
7:00pm (2 hrs)

$25 (HST included)

Teacher: Cheryl Fenk

*Space is limited*

SOLD OUT!

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PRENATAL YOGA (May 2014)

Enjoy breath work, gentle stretching, poses, and relaxation in this class designed for women in their 2nd or 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.  No previous yoga experience required.

Saturdays @ 2:00pm (75 minutes)
5 week session starting May 3

$80 (HST included)
Teacher: Helena Butler

*Space is limited to 12 people*

*Intended for women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant*

Click HERE to register!

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YOGA FOR RUNNERS (May 2014)
Drop in classes in May!

Join Susan for these special classes designed for those who love to run!  Spend time stretching the muscles most often used for running (give those hamstrings and glutes some love), find new ranges of movement (open those hips), focus on breathing, and become more aware of your body.  Tips and techniques will help runners relieve pain, recover faster, and build endurance.  Give yourself the gift of a long and healthy running career!  These classes are designed for runners of any experience level, especially for those with a beginner to intermediate yoga practice.  Also great for walkers and hikers.

Saturdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24
12:15pm (75 mins)

Teacher: Susan Day

*No pre-registration or commitment required*
*$16 drop in fee or use your Yoga Class Pass*

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SALUTE THE SUN: SUN SALUTATION A & B WORKSHOP (April 2014)

Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are an integral part of vinyasa yoga classes.  Sun Salutations are a flowing series of movements that energize and build heat, strength, and awareness of the breath.  During this 2 hour workshop we will break down the poses that make up Surya Namaskar A & B, learning proper alignment, modifications, and how to connect breath and movement.   You will gain the confidence and skills to move safely through these sequences in your practice. This workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate yogis, however those with an advanced practice are welcome to attend to help fine tune alignment and get back to the basics!

Saturday, April 12 12:15pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Susan Day

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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SUNRISE FLOW (April 2014)

Calling all early-birds!  An AMAZING way to start your day!  We’ll build heat, awaken the mind, energize the body, and set positive intentions for the day ahead in this early morning class.

Tuesdays @ 6:00am (50 minutes)
6 week session: starts April 8

$75 +HST

Teacher: Susan Day

*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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ASANA DECONSTRUCTED (Winter 2014)

4 Weeks = 1 Pose Wanna learn to do an advanced pose but need the tools to get there? This all-levels series will introduce you to an new and challenging pose every 4 weeks (see line up of poses for each month, listed below). We’ll deconstruct the pose into it’s component parts, and build upon your knowledge each week. You’ll learn skill builders to work on the strength, flexibility and balance you need to perform the pose. You’ll also enjoy beautiful variations of the pose to practice while you journey toward the full expression of the asana. The story and the mythology behind the pose will also be explored.

LEVEL: this series is for beginners as well as advanced yogis!AD Promo - Winter 2014

Dragonfly (January 7, 14, 21, 28) Register HERE!
Royal Pigeon (February 11, 18, 25, March 4) Register HERE!
Pinch Mayurasana/Forearm Stance (March 11, 18, 25, April 1) SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays @ 8:30pm (60 mins)
Teacher: Robin Penney
$60 (HST included) for each 4 week series

Register HERE for all 3 series: $165 (save $15!)

*Space is limited to 12 people*

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Partner Yoga 4 Week Session (February 2014)

Discover a unique and exciting way of practicing yoga!  Join Laura-Beth for this special session geared towards having fun and finding strength by reaching out and connecting with a friend, family or partner.  You’ll be guided through several poses where you and your partner will rely on eachother’s support and trust to keep correct body alignment, balance, and concentration.  From beginners to advanced yogis, all are welcome and there is no need for you or your partner to have the same level of yoga experience.

Sundays @ 6:00pm (75 mins)
4 weeks starting February 9

$120/pair (HST included)

*Space is limited to 16 people/8 pairs*

Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

This session is SOLD OUT!

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LOVEFEST! A WINE, YOGA, & CHOCOLATE EVENT (February 2014)

Could there be any better combination?!

Wednesday, February 12
7:00-9:30pm (doors open 6:30pm)
The Rocket Room (above Rocket Bakery on Water Street)
$20 (includes yoga, chocolate, and a glass of wine!)

Join us as we move through a heart opening Flow co-taught by Nova Yoga teachers, with music by DJ Krystle Hayden!  After we sweat we’ll enjoy a glass of wine, some chocolate treats, prizes, and a dance party!

Doors open 6:30pm; class starts 7:00pm

*Space is limited*

This event is SOLD OUT!

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YOGA FOR RUNNERS (January 2014)

Join Susan for this special session designed for those who love to run!  Spend time stretching the muscles most often used for running (give those hamstrings and glutes some love), find new ranges of movement (open those hips), focus on breathing, and become more aware of your body.

Saturdays @ 12:15pm (75 mins)
4 weeks starting January 4
$65 (HST included)

Teacher: Susan Day
*Space is limited*

This session is SOLD OUT!

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PRENATAL YOGA (January 2014)

Enjoy breath work, gentle stretching, poses, and relaxation in this class designed for women in their 2nd or 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.

Saturdays @ 2:00pm (75 minutes)
4 week session starting January 4

$65 (HST included)

Teacher: Helena Butler

*Space is limited to 12 people*

*Intended for women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant*

Click HERE to register!

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I WANNA FLY! (An Inversion Workshop): January 2014

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way!  Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly.  Participants must have a regular yoga practice.

Sunday, January 12 @ 1:45pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)
Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited*

This session is SOLD OUT!

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SUNRISE FLOW (January 2014)

Calling all early-birds!  An AMAZING way to start your day!  We’ll build heat, awaken the mind, energize the body, and set positive intentions for the day ahead in this early morning class.

Tuesdays @ 6:00am (50 minutes)
6 week session: January 14 – February 25 (no class February 4)

$75 +HST

Teacher: Susan Day
*Space is limited*

Click HERE to register!

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ADVANCED PLAY (January 2014)IMG_5433

Join Melanie for this fun-filled workshop focused on spicing up your Inversions and Arm Balances!  We will be practicing exciting transitions and variations so bring your courage, your open mind, and get ready to explore the possibilities!

Sunday, January 26 @1:45pm
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited to 12 people*

*Participants must have an Inversion practice*

Click HERE to register!

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SOLSTICE CANDLELIGHT RESTORATIVE CLASS  (December 2013)

In honor of the shortest day of the year let’s pause with a peaceful and nurturing Restorative Yoga practice.  Through extended, supported postures using bolsters, blankets, and blocks we will open the the gifts of slowing down and moving inward. Pranayama, Mantra, and Meditation will also enhance your experience of rest.  Let’s embrace the change of seasons while supporting women and children in need.  .

Saturday, December 21 (Winter Solstice)
3:30pm (2 hours)

$25 (all money will be donated to Iris Kirby House)

Teachers: Cheryl Fenk & Helena Butler

This event is SOLD OUT!

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SUNRISE FLOW (October 2013)

Calling all early-birds!  An AMAZING way to start your day!  We’ll build heat, awaken the mind, energize the body, and set positive intentions for the day ahead in this early morning class.

Tuesdays @ 6:00am (50 minutes)
6 week session starting October 22

$75 +HST

Teacher: Susan Day

This session is SOLD OUT!

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ROCK YOUR ASANA: BUILD YOUR SKILLS (October 2013)

Stuck in an asana rut? Wanna progress in your yoga practice but don’t know where to start?

Join Robin as she teaches you the building blocks to some fun and funky poses!  In this workshop-style setting you will learn, explore, ask questions, and discover modifications on the way to a more confident, well-aligned practice!

Week 1: Arm Balances (learn how to FLY in Crow)
Week 2: Backbends (open up into Wheel & Rockstar and discover your bliss)
Week 3: Standing Balances (stand strong in Half Moon, Revolved Half Moon, Eagle, & Warrior 3)
Week 4: Inversions (learn how to rock your Dolphin, L-Dog @ the wall, and maybe even Tripod Headstand prep!)
Week 5: Put it all together and go with the flow!

5 Saturdays starting October 19 @ 12:30pm (90 mins) $75 (HST included) Teacher: Robin Penney

*Space is limited to 12 people*

Click HERE to register!

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ASANA DECONSTRUCTED (Autumn 2013)

4 Weeks = 1 Pose Wanna learn to do an advanced pose but need the tools to get there? This all-levels series will introduce you to an new and challenging pose every 4 weeks (see line up of poses for each month, listed below). We’ll deconstruct the pose into it’s component parts, and build upon your knowledge each week. You’ll learn skill builders to work on the strength, flexibility and balance you need to perform the pose. You’ll also enjoy beautiful variations of the pose to practice while you journey toward the full expression of the asana. The story and the mythology behind the pose will also be explored.

LEVEL: this series is for beginners as well as advanced yogis!Asana Deconstructed Promo(1)

Flying Pigeon (August 6, 13, 20, 27) SOLD OUT!
Kapotasana (September 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1) Register HERE! Astavakrasana (October 8, 15, 22, 29) Register HERE! Handstand (November 5, 12, 19, 26) SOLD OUT!

Tuesdays @ 8:30pm (60 mins)
Teacher: Robin Penney
$60 (HST included) for each 4 week series

Register for 1 series and get 10% off each additional series!  Sign up at the studio to take advantage of the discount.

*Space is limited to 12 people*

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VINO & VINYASA (and CHOCOLATE!) PARTY (September 2013)

Could there be any better combination?!

Wednesday, September 18 6:30-9:30pm
The Rocket Room (above Rocket Bakery on Water Street)
$20 (includes yoga, chocolate, and a glass of wine!)

Join us as we move through a rockin’ Flow co-taught by all the Nova Yoga teachers, with music by DJ Krystle Hayden!  After we sweat we’ll enjoy a glass of wine, some chocolate treats, prizes, and a dance party!

Doors open 6:30pm; class starts 7:00pm

*Space is limited*

This party is FULL!

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YOGA FOR RUNNERS (September 2013)

Join Susan for this special session designed for those who love to run!  Spend time stretching the muscles most often used for running (give those hamstrings and glutes some love), find new ranges of movement (open those hips), focus on breathing, and become more aware of your body.

Saturdays @ 12:30pm (60 mins)
4 weeks starting September 14
$60 (HST included)

Teacher: Susan Day

*Space is limited*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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GOING ON A BENDER! An Advanced Backbend Workshop (June 2013)

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

Front body stretching equals backbending bliss! This 2-hour workshop will explore some advanced backbends as we open the hips and shoulders, and then play from the heart – deliciously strong, this practice will encourage your courage while letting you find your fluidity and grace.

Saturday, June 15 @ 1:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Robin Penney

*Participants must have Full Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana) in their practice*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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ADVANCED PLAY (May 2013)IMG_5433

Join Melanie for this fun-filled workshop focused on spicing up your Inversions and Arm Balances!  We will be practicing exciting transitions and variations so bring your courage, your open mind, and get ready to explore the possibilities!

Saturday, May 25 @ 12:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited to 12 people*

*Participants must have an Inversion practice*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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YOGA TRANCE DANCE: April 2013

Shiva Rea-inspired Yoga Trance Dance is a blend of yoga and spontaneous dance. Yoga awakens the breath, body, and inner power; Trance Dance cultivates natural movement, intuition, and creativity. Together this expression of free form, breath-driven movement form a dynamic and energizing way to work out the body, mind, and soul. Begin with a creative flow, move into an ecstatic dance, and finish with deep relaxation. A liberating and purifying adventure.

Friday, April 5 @ 7:00pm (90 mins)
Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

No previous dance or yoga experience needed!

*No pre-registration required!  $16 drop in fee or use your Yoga Class Pass*

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A CALL TO ARMS An Advanced Arm Balance Workshop (April 2013)
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Join me for 2 hours of exploration and play as we take on some funky arm balances and transitions – the sky’s the limit!

Saturday, April 13 @ 1:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Melanie Caines

Participants must have Crow Pose (Bakasana) in their practice

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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ROCK YOUR ASANA: BUILD YOUR SKILLS (April 2013)

Stuck in an asana rut? Wanna progress in your yoga practice but don’t know where to start?

Join Robin as she teaches you the building blocks to some fun and funky poses!  In this workshop-style setting you will learn, explore, ask questions, and discover modifications on the way to a more confident, well-aligned practice!

Week 1: Arm Balances (learn how to FLY in Crow)
Week 2: Backbends (open up into Wheel & Rockstar and discover your bliss)
Week 3: Standing Balances (stand strong in Half Moon, Revolved Half Moon, Eagle, & Warrior 3)
Week 4: Inversions (learn how to rock your Dolphin, L-Dog @ the wall, and maybe even Tripod Headstand prep!)

4 Saturdays starting April 20 @ 1:00pm (90 mins) $52 +HST Teacher: Robin Penney

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This session is SOLD OUT!

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I WANNA FLY! (An Inversion Workshop): March 2013

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way!  Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly.  Participants must have a regular yoga practice.

Saturday, March 9 @ 1:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)
Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This workshop SOLD OUT!

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RESTORATIVE YOGA WORKSHOP: February 2013

Restorative yoga is the yoga of non-doing, of just being, focusing on effortlessness and ease.  Begin to release deeply held tensions through this nurturing and peaceful practice using extended, supported postures on bolsters, blankets and blocks.  Further enhance your relaxation with mantra, pranayama and meditation.  Draw an easy breath in and a letting go breath out…

Saturday, February 23 @ 2:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Cheryl Fenk

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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YOGA TRANCE DANCE: February 2013

Shiva Rea-inspired Yoga Trance Dance is a blend of yoga and spontaneous dance. Yoga awakens the breath, body, and inner power; Trance Dance cultivates natural movement, intuition, and creativity. Together this expression of free form, breath-driven movement form a dynamic and energizing way to work out the body, mind, and soul. Begin with a creative flow, move into an ecstatic dance, and finish with deep relaxation. A liberating and purifying adventure.

Friday, February 1 @ 7:30pm (90 mins)
$20 (HST included)
Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

No previous dance or yoga experience needed! *Space is limited to 15 people*

Click HERE to register!

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YIN-YANG CLASS: January 2013

Find YOUR balance between strength & surrender!  This integrated Yin-Yang yoga session will start with a strong and active Yang practice. Learn how to establish a strong foundation in your feet and legs so that you can flow freely, Vinyasa style!  Get grounded and grow roots with standing asana work, and then take off, spread wings, and fly with balance poses and backbends.  Fun!  Integrate what you discover with a series of Yin postures after flowing freely.  Learn to feel the difference between a Yang quality movement and a Yin-quality slow, deep stretch.  There is no Yin without Yang, and vice versa. Learn to let these two principles intertwine, and look at your practice as a guideline to a healthy and balanced lifestyle that integrates both aspects, Yin and Yang.

Saturday, January 26 2:00-4:00pm
$20 (HST included)
Teachers: Robin Penney (YANG) & Cheryl Fenk (YIN) *Space is limited to 16 people*

Click HERE to register!

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PARENT + CHILD YOGA: January 2013

A special yoga class for you and your child to bond, play, flow, and chill out!  In this class we will explore basic yoga postures, move through a fun flow, explore some partner poses, and finish with a deep relaxation so you both leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day with ease.

Saturdays @ 12:30pm (60 minutes)
4 week session starting January 19

$72 +HST
Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

For guys and gals 6-10 years old!

*Space is limited to 8 pairs*

Click HERE to register!

 

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PARENT + CHILD YOGA

A special yoga class for you and your child to bond, play, flow, and chill out!  In this class we will explore basic yoga postures, move through a fun flow, explore some partner poses, and finish with a deep relaxation so you both leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day with ease.

Saturdays @ 12:30pm (60 minutes)
4 week session starting November 10

$72 +HST
Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

For guys and gals 6-10 years old!

*Space is limited to 10 pairs*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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YIN YOGA WORKSHOP

Let’s explore our connective tissue/fascia through the slow, deliberate and meditative practice of Yin Yoga. With longer held passive floor poses we will encourage deep release in our hips, low back and shoulders -areas that often become “shrink-wrapped” by our life’s activities.  Create space and ease in your body and mind as you open to the gifts of slowing down, becoming still and moving inward.

Saturday, November 10 @ 2:00pm (2 hours) $30 (HST included) Teacher: Cheryl Fenk

Open to all levels of experience

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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BEND INTO BLISS! (A Backbending Workshop)

Come join this up-tempo session of radiant backbends to celebrate the light of the heart. We will navigate our way with intention, alignment and balanced action into the exciting world of opening our shoulders and heart through asana. Our exploration will include the quintessential pose of the Full Wheel Backbend, Camel, Royal Pigeon, and more. Come ready to laugh, love and light up the world! Sunday, October 14 @ 2:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)

Teacher: Robin Penney

*Space is limited to 12 people*

Only 1 spot left!  Email mcaines@gmail.com to register

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PARENT + CHILD YOGA

A special yoga class for you and your child to bond, play, flow, and chill out!  In this class we will explore basic yoga postures, move through a fun flow, explore some partner poses, and finish with a deep relaxation so you both leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day with ease.

Saturdays @ 1:00pm (60 minutes)
4 week session starting October 13

$72 +HST
Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

For guys and gals 6-10 years old!

*Space is limited to 8 pairs*

This class is SOLD OUT!

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I WANNA FLY! (An Inversion Workshop)

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way!  Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly.  Participants must have a regular yoga practice.

Sunday, October 21 @ 2:00pm (2 hours)
$30 (HST included)
Teacher: Melanie Caines

*Space is limited to 12 people*

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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Partner Yoga Workshop

Discover a unique and exciting way of practicing yoga!  Join Laura-Beth for this special workshop geared towards having fun and finding strength by reaching out and connecting with a friend, family or partner.  You’ll be guided through several poses where you and your partner will rely on eachother’s support and trust to keep correct body alignment, balance, and concentration.  From beginners to advanced yogis, all are welcome and there is no need for you or your partner to have the same level of yoga experience.

Saturday, September 22 @ 1:00pm (2 hours)
$45/pair (HST included)

*Space is limited to 16 people/8 pairs

* Teacher: Laura-Beth Power

This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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Sunrise Flow!

Calling all early-birds: an AMAZING way to start your day!  We’ll build heat, awaken the mind, energize the body, and set positive intentions for the day ahead in this early morning pre-registered session.

Wednesdays @ 6:00am
September 5-October 10 (6 weeks)
60 min / level 2
$90 +HST

*Only 2 spots left*

Click HERE to register!

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I Wanna Fly! An Inversion Workshop

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way!  Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly.  Participants must have a regular yoga practice. $25 (HST included) Space is limited to 12 people.

Saturday, September 8 @ 1:00pm (2 hours)

*This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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Summer Solstice Celebration

A special class to celebrate the arrival of summer!

Thursday, June 21 @ 6:00pm (Mixed Flow/level 2)

Live Music by Percussionists Andrew McCarthy & Whitney Rowe

If it’s a brilliant day we may even take the flow and the beats outside (location TBA)!

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Adventures in America

Many of you know that I spent some time last month in California training with the lovely Shiva Rea and it was so rejuvenating!  This month I will be travelling to New York to get back to my roots at Sonic Yoga and explore some amazing teachers and classes in the city, and to Boston to attend workshops with L.A. based teacher Kathryn Budig.

 

 

 

Myself and Shiva Rea on Venice Beach post-Solar Eclipse!

Be sure to rock out with Robin, Laura-Beth, and Loretta who will be filling in at the studio while I’m away! xo

 

 

 

 

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My Yoga Adventures!

I will be heading to Los Angeles May 17-22 for the third module of my 500 Hour Advanced Teaching Training with the wonderful Shiva Rea.  Certified Yoga Teachers Robin Penney, Laura-Beth Power, and Cheryl Fenk will be leading you through the flow in my absence and the studio will be closed two days for the long weekend (Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20). Shanti! -melanie-

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Holiday Flow @ Home

Wanna get your Flow on in the midst of long weekend indulgence?  Well I’ve got you covered!

Here’s my pick of Feel Good Friday videos for a 60 minute flow to keep you feeling fine.  Click on title to play videos: Core Sun Salutation Extravaganza Dancing Warrior Holiday Detox Stretchy Goodness

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Johnny Ruth Photo Shoot + Yoga Jeans Contest!

Check out these photos from a shoot at Johnny Ruth wearing Yoga Jeans.

And be sure to visit the Johnny Ruth Facebook Page for a chance to win a pair of your very own Yoga Jeans!

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Equinox Celebration!

Ring in Spring with detoxifying twists, cleansing breaths, positive intentions, and delicious, sweaty flow!

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7:15pm
(level 2/3)
Live Music with DJ Krystle Hayden

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A Call to Arms!  An Arm Balance Workshop

“Do the thing you fear, then you get the courage.” (the cool hunter) In this 2 hour workshop we’ll adventure and explore, discovering how we can approach these challenging poses with courage, breath, and certainly a smile!  Participants must have a regular yoga practice.

Sunday, March 18 @ 2:00pm
$25 (HST included)

*Space is limited to 15 people*

*This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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I Wanna Fly! An Inversion Workshop

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way! Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly. Participants must have a regular yoga practice.

$25 (HST included) Space is limited to 12 people.

Sunday, February 12 @ 2:00pm (2 hours)

*This workshop is SOLD OUT!

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HEAVENLY HOLIDAY YOGA

HOLIDAY DETOX FLOW

Twist it out, sweat it out, feel renewed! A fiery flow class to get you moving, breathing, and feeling fine.  Lots of core and twists included! Level 1/2 60 minutes

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR

Breathe, open your heart, smile, and come on get happy!  Please note: wine and beer not included ;) Level 1/2 60 minutes ___________________________________

The Light is in Sight!
A Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, December 22 @ 6:00pm

Live music by Chris Driedzic A yummy, level 2 flow class to welcome a new season and to celebrate the return of the light!

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I Wanna Fly! An Inversion Workshop

In this 2 hour workshop you’ll explore Headstand, Handstand, and Forearm Stance, gaining the courage and the knowledge to turn your world upside down, in a good way! Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to fly. Participants must have a regular yoga practice. $25 (HST included) Space is limited to 12 people.

Workshop #1 Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00pm

*The December workshop is SOLD OUT!

Workshop #2 Sunday, January 8 @ 2:00pm

*The January workshop is SOLD OUT!