April 2016

Happy April!
Our Spring Session continues until Friday April 29th. The next session will start on May 2nd. To see the Spring Schedule, please click here

Students may register for the remainder of the session on a pro-rated basis, pay per class to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass which is valid for 6 months. We accept cash or cheque.


Workshop with Todd Norian – Ashaya Yoga
May 20 – 22, 2016

Creating a Radiant Heart, Sharp Mind and Vibrant Body

Early Bird Deadline Expires on May 1st!


We are very excited to be hosting Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga and internationally renowned yoga teacher, for a wonderful weekend workshop May 20th – 22nd, 2016 at Brescia University College Auditorium.

Ashaya Yoga blends therapeutic alignment techniques with empowering and spiritually uplifting philosophy. With warmth and humor, Todd excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. Todd welcomes students of all levels to awaken to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfilment.

Registration is now open. Space is limited so register early to ensure your spot! Please click here for details.  

photo from June 2015 workshop at Brescia with Todd
To read more about Ashaya Yoga, please click here

Restorative Yoga – will resume in September!


Summer Solstice Yoga and Meditation Retreat
June 17th – 19th, 2016
Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario

The Summer Solstice marks the time of the sun exerting its maximum power upon our part of the earth and the longest day of the year. Celebrate the abundance of Nature and your connection to it, through the wisdom of yoga and meditation. Let your body, mind and heart re-align to nourish the deepest part of yourself. Please join Valerie and Catherine for this ancient, joyful celebration of the fullness of life.

Retreat begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon.
Cost – $380.00 – Includes private room, all meals and snacks, yoga and meditation program suitable for all levels.

To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here

Ideas for Spring Cleanse

According to Ayurvedic principles, this time of year is a good time to consider a cleanse. Christina Brown, in her book “The Ayurvedic Year” recommends Khichadi, a simple soupy stew, sometimes called an Indian comfort food. It is used to nourish babies, the elderly and the sick but also by healthy people during special times of detox, cleansing and deep spiritual practice. Read this article by Dr. John Douillard in Elephant Journal for more information by clicking here.

Khichadi can be taken at meal times for a few days. Both basmati rice and mung dal are tridoshic or good for all doshas or constitutions and in combination are a complete source of protein. Also while on this cleanse, keep your body well hydrated with filtered water and herbal teas. Avoid consuming coffee, black tea or other stimulants while on the cleanse. Please, only undertake a cleanse in consultation with your health care practitioner as this may not be suitable for you.


1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon of each: cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ground cilantro, sea salt, fresh grated ginger, turmeric
1 cup organic basmati rice
1 cup organic split mung dal, pre-soaked for 3 hours
4 – 6 cups purified water
2 oz. (60 g) diced organic carrots or celery
fresh lemon juice
chopped cilantro leaves

1) Melt the ghee in a large pan. Add the cumin, bay leaves, fennel seeds, ground cilantro, salt and ginger and saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

2) Add the turmeric, rice, mung dal and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 25 – 30 minutes, adding more water if necessary, to maintain a soupy consistency. Add the carrots or celery, and cook for another 15 minutes.

3) To serve, add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro leaves.


“I have walked this south stream when to believe in spring was an act of faith.  It was spitting snow and blowing, and within two days of being May … But as if to assert the triumph of climate over weather, one ancient willow managed a few gray pussy willows, soft and barely visible against the snow-blurred gray background.”
–  Ann Zwinger

We look forward to seeing you at Spanda Yoga!

Catherine and Valerie

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