Update January 2016

As we move deeper into January, here are a few announcements:

Yoga Supplies Order

 

Some students have asked where to buy good quality yoga props. We recommend “Dusky Leaf,” an eco friendly Canadian based company that supplies excellent quality bolsters, mats and other products. Please visit their website at:http://duskyleaf.ca/to see their catalogue. If you would like to place an order through Spanda Yoga, please email us at spandaretreats@hotmail.com with your selected product description. We will place a group order by the end of January. You will be able to pick up your items at the studio and pay for them by cash or cheque.
 
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Entrance to Studio

 


 
At the studio, we have started using the front north entrance, the one closest to Queens Ave. The side walkway has become too dangerous to walk through with the accumulation of snow and most especially ice. Please look for our sandwich sign on the walkway to find the entrance. You may leave your boots on the mat in the front foyer. The front door will be locked after class starts.
 
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Parking Meters
 
 
 
With the arrival of the cold weather, some students have been experiencing problems with the parking meters out front on Waterloo Street. If you put money into a meter and it comes up as “failed” please stay parked where you are. Do not put in any more money. Note the meter number and time you put the money in (take a picture with your phone if possible).  If you do get a ticket, you can call the parking department at city hall and they will cancel the ticket. We have called the city a few times to advise them of this problem which is made worse when the weather changes dramatically. 

Alternatively, if you don’t mind a short walk, there is free two hour parking on Dufferin Ave., east of Colborne, near Dufferin Hall.

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Scent Free Studio
 

 

Kindly remember that we endeavour to offer a scent free setting as some of our students have severe environmental sensitivities. Please avoid using perfumed shampoo, conditioner, lotion or other products before coming to class. 
 
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We look forward to welcoming you during the Winter Session at Spanda Yoga!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

January 2016

And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.

Rainer Maria Rilke

 
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Happy New Year!
 

Classes resume on Monday January 4th, 2016. To see the Winter schedule, please click here.

Students may register for the upcoming 8 week session, pay per class to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass which is valid for 6 months. Registrations later in the session are welcome and the fee will be prorated. We accept cash or cheque.
 

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Fundraising Activities

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation on December 19th. Through your generous donations, we raised $902.00 for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, London.

Thank you also to those who contributed to the St. John the Evangelist Hospitality Dinner Program – Christmas Gift Bags. We collected two big boxes of items which were very much appreciated.
 

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Winter Retreat at Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
January 22nd – 24th, 2016

 

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There is a hushed magic in the darkest time of the year. Time spent moving more deeply inward is a gift we can receive from the long dark period of winter. Yoga practice in the winter can be more internal and subtle in order for us to recognize the regeneration of our core energy. Meditation and reflection will also be used to replenish our energy in this peaceful setting.

During this retreat we will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions suitable for all levels, take time for rest, reflection and being in nature, walk the indoor labyrinth together and take part in other group activities in front of a cozy fireplace. 

Fee: $380.00 – private room, all meals and full program. To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here.
 

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Restorative Yoga
 

 
Valerie will be offering Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday afternoons – January 17th, February 28th and March 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. Whether you think of Sunday as the end or the beginning of your week, it is a perfect time to take a break with this quiet yoga practice. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $14.00 per class of $36.00 for all three.
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We look forward to welcoming you for the Winter Session at Spanda Yoga!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

December 2015

 
Winter Schedule
Our current session will finish on Friday, December 18th. Classes resume on Monday January 4th.

Students are welcome to join a session at anytime. Registration fees will be prorated. You are also welcome to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass valid for 6 months.

The holiday season can bring it’s own level of stress, whether it is a happy time of year or not. The practices of yoga and meditation can be very helpful in keeping healthy, balanced and steady. We will be doing a quieter, more reflective and restorative practice through until the holidays so please join us! To see our schedule, please click here.
 

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Winter Solstice Candlelight Meditation
Saturday, December 19th – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
432 Waterloo Street, London

 

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, join us for a time of music, reflection and quiet meditation. In the midst of holiday festivities, align with the energies of the Earth to welcome the returning light.

Free event. Donations gratefully accepted for Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, London. Tax receipts issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

Facilitators: Catherine Heighway and Valerie Hobson

Space is filling up fast so please call or email to confirm your attendance. All welcome. Chairs available. Refreshments will be served following the program. 
 

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Winter Retreat at Five Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
January 22nd – 24th, 2016

 

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There is a hushed magic in the darkest time of the year. Time spent moving more deeply inward is a gift we can receive from the long dark period of winter. Yoga practice in the winter can be more internal and subtle in order for us to recognize the regeneration of our core energy. Meditation and reflection will also be used to replenish our energy in this peaceful setting.

During this retreat we will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions suitable for all levels, take time for rest, reflection and being in nature, walk the indoor labyrinth together and take part in other group activities in front of a cozy fireplace. 

Fee: $380.00 – private room, all meals and full program. To register, please contact Five Oaks Retreat Centre by clicking here.
 

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Restorative Yoga
 

 
Valerie will be offering Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday afternoons – January 17th, February 28th and March 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. Whether you think of Sunday as the end or the beginning of your week, it is a perfect time to take a break with this quiet yoga practice. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $14.00 per class of $36.00 for all three.
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The Winter Solstice officially occurs on Monday, December 21st at 11:38 p.m. EST!
 

 

Winter Solstice Blessing – Selena Fox

As we celebrate this holiday time with lights, songs, gifts, evergreens and other customs of our ancestors from many lands, let us remember the ancient and sacred spirit of Winter Solstice – that of renewal, peace and interconnectedness.

As days grow longer again and we embrace winter and the new calendar year, let us kindle with ourselves a deeper awareness of the divine circle of nature of which we are all part.

Let us celebrate our relationships with our families, friends, communities, cultures, all of nature and the Divine as unity and multiplicity.

May we be filled with joy, love and harmony.

May this Spirit of Yuletide shine within and around us throughout the year, as the Wheel of the Seasons continues to turn.
 

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Good Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Holidays!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie