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.

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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
 
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Restorative Yoga – will resume in September!
 
 

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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
 

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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.
 

Khichadi

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.

 
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“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
 
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We look forward to seeing you at Spanda Yoga!

Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

March 2016

Welcome Spring!
 
Our Winter Session at Spanda Yoga is now finished. The week of February 29th is our promo week when classes are only $10.00 to drop in.

Our Spring Session begins on Monday March 7th. To see the Spring Schedule, please click here

Please note that Catherine’s classes are cancelled until March 7th.

Valerie’s class on Thursday March 3rd at 5:15 p.m. is also cancelled for this week only.

Students may register for the 8 week session, pay per class to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass which is valid for 6 months. We accept cash or cheque.

Spanda Yoga will be closed on Friday March 25th and Monday March 28th for the Easter Weekend.

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

Creating a Radiant Heart, Sharp Mind and Vibrant Body
 

 
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
 
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Restorative Yoga
 
 
Valerie will offer a Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday March 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Give yourself the gift of time to consciously relax your body and rest your mind. There are still a few spaces left and registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. Fee is $14.00. 

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Spring Equinox and Practices
 
 
 
The spring equinox occurs on March 20, 2016 at 6:29 a.m. (EDT). This equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, happens when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north. It marks the halfway point between the Winter and Summer Solstices. It is also considered to be the first day of Spring.

Although we have experienced a fairly mild winter, we welcome the first signs of Spring – the early flowering bulbs, longer hours of nourishing sunlight and a gradual warming of the earth. However, we may find ourselves sluggish from the winter, feeling overwhelmed and experiencing seasonal allergies.

The predominate elements of Spring are fire and water – pitta and kapha. Too much fire and water taxes our bodies, which can lead to inflammation. To create harmony, we need to shed the excess of winter and balance the amount of fire and water in our systems.

Spring is ruled by the liver and gallbladder, our main organs for cleansing and processing toxins. The seasonal equinox is a good time for many, in consultation with your health practitioner, to consider a cleanse to support optimal functioning of these organs. The excess of winter is all about sweet, heavy comfort foods. Now is the time to begin to make gradual changes.You could try eliminating one or more of the following: sugar, alcohol, dairy, caffeine, cooked oils and red meat for a short period of time just to give your body a rest. 

When we are balanced we experience the creativity, action and ideas of pitta or fire while being able to go with the flow of kapha or water. The wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda helps us live in balance with the seasons of the earth, which is challenging in our modern urban world.

In our yoga practice, we create balance by focusing on twists, hip openers and Sun Salutations to help eliminate the heaviness and sluggishness of winter, improve digestion and circulation as well as bringing a refreshing sense of well being to the body.

Reference: Ayurvedic Tips for a Vibrant Spring – ilovenamaste.com – click here

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“A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
at any other period
When March is scarcely here.”
–  Emily Dickinson 
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A Note of Thanks
 

 

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3
 
A heartfelt thank you to everyone for supporting me and my family through the recent loss of my dear dad. During these past difficult months and especially the last few weeks I have been deeply touched by the abundant kindness of others. I appreciate Julie and Valerie filling in for me at Spanda Yoga and Valerie’s continued work to keep things afloat in my absence. I plan to resume teaching yoga classes on Monday, March 7th so I hope to see you then. Om Shanti – Peace – Catherine
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We look forward to seeing you at Spanda Yoga!

Namaste
Catherine and Valerie

February 2016

 

Happy February!

February 1st marks the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Early on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, we wait for Wiarton Willie to predict how many more weeks of winter there will be. Whether he sees his shadow or not, there are still six weeks until the Spring Equinox!
 

We are now half way through our winter session, which will finish on February 26th. To see the Winter schedule, please click here.

There will be a class at 10:30 on Monday, February 15th, Family Day. Please join us!

Students may register for the remaining 4 weeks, pay per class to drop in or purchase a 10 class pass which is valid for 6 months. Mid session registration fees will be prorated. We accept cash or cheque.
 

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Restorative Yoga
 

 
 
Valerie will continue to offer Restorative Yoga Class on Sunday afternoons – 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. Registration is required. Please call, email or register in person. $14.00 per class.
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Upcoming Workshop with Todd Norian
 
 

 
Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga and renowned yoga teacher, is returning to London for a weekend workshop May 20th – 22nd, 2016 at Brescia University College Auditorium. Once the details are finalized, we will post registration information on the website so please stay tuned!  

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Imbolc 
The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within
William C. Bryant

 

The first of February is one of the cross quarter days on the Wheel of the Year. The Celtic calendar celebrates this day as Imbolc (e-MOLK) or ewe’s milk acknowledging the traditional lambing season and the first day of spring. It is a time to notice the mysterious signs of spring as the days gradually lengthen and the earth begins to slowly warm.  Seeds in the ground and buds on the trees are responding to the increased minutes of daylight by beginning to stir!

To feel in greater harmony with nature, we bring more fire (Pitta) to the practice to balance out the earth and water (Kapha) energies of this time of the year. This helps relieve any congestion and sluggishness that we may be experiencing. On the mat, we can continue to create opening and heat in the body through more dynamic poses, hip openers and twists.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! 
 
 
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt
 Charles M. Schultz

 
 
We look forward to seeing you at Spanda Yoga!
Namaste
Catherine and Valerie