New Saturday Class – Join me Live in the studio or enjoy it being Zoomed to your own space in the same way that we’ve been doing ** I’m really happy to announce that the Saturday morning class has found a new home ** RVN Wellness is a stunningly beautiful studio located at 2506 St John St. in Port Moody ** Starting this Saturday, the 10:30 to 11:45 Wiser Yoga class will be the Zoomed live from there or you can join us live in the studio. All the latest Covid-19 restrictions are in place ** It only holds 8 students so let me know early if you plan to attend ** Check out the schedule of this unique body-positive space. Wiser students get 15% off almost everything **
*** New CD! *** Wilder is now available *** Only $20 for a bunch of new, original songs and it’s also a fundraiser – $10 from each sale will go directly to a charity of your choice *** How to buy it: Right now, there are only 2 ways: 1. Send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll send a copy to you. You can send an e-transfer to pay for it. 2. Send me an email or text me and we can arrange to meet at a coffee shop (or anywhere local) and I can give to you directly, with all the Covid protocols in place *** It’ll be on iTunes and Spotify soon! *** Over $200 sent to the charities so far ***
*** Take a Wiser class at Kushala *** Yup, you can now take a 1-hour class live from Kushala every Thursday at 11 am and every Friday at 12:30 *** Live classes (with live Zoom) are running now ***Check out their website to sign up ** That’s 3 Zoom classes available every week *** You can also use a Wiser punch card for any of these classes ***
** Wiser Yoga on Saturday mornings from 10:30 – 11:45 is live on Zoom or live in our new studio space ** The next Saturday Zoom Wiser Class is on Saturday Jan 23 ** Join us by simply emailing me your e address and I will send you the meeting ID for each class **
Strange days, no? A global pandemic, entire countries shut down, lining up to go into my IGA, no more handshakes or hugs…..
I mean, it just feels so surreal. My inner thoughts haven’t changed, but my outer world has been turned upside down.
And this is where Yoga helps.
For me, Yoga is all about balance – the balance of breath, the balance of movement, the balance of emotions. And ultimately, the balance of the inside world with the outside world; still surreal but now ok.
I teach 2 styles of Yoga: Wiser Yoga for the (approximately) 45 to 75 year-olds and Seniors Yoga Singalong.
*** Wiser Yoga is a traditional Hatha Flow class but created for those of us with perhaps a more limited flexibility and a few other physical issues (no backbends or arm balances here!)
*** Seniors Yoga Singalong is a class for those living in retirement homes.
(Special Note: Check out the online issue of the Tri City News for an article about my Seniors Yoga Singalong classes. It’s at tricitynews.com, a May 10 article with the headline ‘Yoga Minstrel’)
What can be said about Yoga that hasn’t already been said?
Especially about a way of life almost 5000 years old and practised today by tens of millions?
Probably not a lot.
So allow me to get personal. Just for a minute.
I Practice / Teach Yoga Because…..
* It helps my sore back (I’ve got a little osteo arthritis between L5 and S1)
* It gives me a full hour to clear my thoughts, turn my gaze inwards, focus my breath and explore the limits of my body (with a roomful of friends!)
* It keeps my weight stable and my muscles toned
* It energizes me and increases my awareness of the present moment
* Finally, Yoga gives me Hope. Hope that I’ll age with strength, flexibility and grace in this magic machine I’m currently inhabiting
Is Yoga really a magic balm for the ageing body? I don’t know for sure, but looking for the answers never felt so good.
Zoomers are simply Baby Boomers with a zest for life and a strong sense of vitality. Born between 1946 and 1964? Technically we’re boomers. And maybe zoomers.
Yoga can transform people. Yoga allows people to connect their body to their mind and then to their soul. Or not. It’s completely up to the individual….Often the physical asana practice is enough to bring about significant change to one’s holistic health.
Yoga can mean something different to everyone. One aspect of my teaching is to knowledgeably guide the class in practice and assist in a deeper understanding of Yoga.
With clear guidance and a positive class atmosphere, I believe that students will become lifelong yogis and yoginis.