It was a beautiful spring today, so we opened the door of the studio to let the sun stream in. I find nature a comforting constant during this time of uncertainty. I hope you enjoy the glimpse of our sweet little studio in the heart of Ganges, Salt Spring Island. This week I am sharing a sequence with you that I practice regularly. We will transition from sun salutations (Surya Namaskar) to standing poses and back again. A flow. Stay well and I hope this practice brings you joy! I appreciate your feedback. You can always check in to www.YogaInSaltSpring and leave a comment or review the class on YouTube.
If you are new to yoga, or new to Yoga in Salt Spring, please join me for a complimentary class on Saturday March 7, 11am-12 noon. The location: 238 Park Drive, in the grounds of Hedgerow House. We have mats and props, just bring yourself. Come and try Iyengar yoga and experience the benefits that you can enjoy in your daily life. Strength, balance, ability to prioritize, and meditation. Please pass this on to someone you know who could benefit from an introduction to yoga.
Now that spring is in full swing, and the snowdrops are showing their sweet little heads, it is time for Yoga In Salt Spring to open for the season. Mark your calendar for the opening on Tuesday March 10th. The schedule will run every Tuesday and Thursday from then on – the same as last year:
Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm Level I/II -Cost: $108 for six classes, or $20 drop-in.
Thursday 5:00-6:15pm Beginner / Level I – Cost: $98 for 6 classes, or $18 drop-in.
Registration: Please register in advance by calling Jayne at (250) 538-1716 or email: [email protected] (Credit card, cheque or cash.)
One weekend each month look our for a workshop on a specific topic for 2.5 hours.
It has been my pleasure to teach all of our students at Yoga in Salt Spring this year. Teaching is my learning! We have offered a full schedule of three classes per week from February until the end of October, in addition to a monthly workshop. Each workshop offers students the opportunity to go deeper and explore a particular aspect of yoga, we’ve studied hip-openers and twists, joints and feet. Hedgerow House B&B also hosted five yoga retreats this year, some with visiting Iyengar yoga teachers bringing their own students, and some taught by me and attended by students from as far afield as Holland, Montreal and Los Angeles.
During the winter months Peter and I will be travelling through SE Asia, and volunteeering in Bali. I’ll be teaching yoga and Peter will be working in recycling in a foundation on the north shore of the island. In India I will studying Iyengar yoga in Rishikesh, with Usha Devi and in Goa with Fr Joe Pereira. I look forward to returning to the 2020 season revitalized and ready to share my new learnings.
Wishing you all a nurturing and peaceful winter season, when I hope you have time to deepen your own yoga practice. I am happy to answer questions via email: [email protected]
Our last workshop of the season at Yoga in Salt Spring, is on Sat, October 19th from 3pm-5:15pm. We will focus on taking poses deeper, holding them for longer, and finding peace and relaxation in restorative asanas. Open to all levels, we’ll explore a few poses in detail and some pranayama (yogic breath). A practice you can take home with you and continue all winter! Cost: $40
Registration: tel (250) 538-1716 to secure your spot with a credit card, or drop off cash or a cheque. Location: 238 Park Drive, in the grounds of Hedgerow House B&B
We invite you to join us on Friday, October 18th from 5-7pm over a glass of wine and snacks to enjoy the paintings of our Artist of the Month, Judith Borbas, as well our handwoven Indian textiles. Jayne will have a wide selection of scarves and shawls on display, woven by a women’s cooperative in Aurangabad, India. She sends 100% of the sales back to India. Please consider buying some early Christmas gifts, or choose a colour and a fabric that will warm you as the weather cools. Fabrics include silk, wood, cotton and blends of these, and costs range from $30-$50.
As summer winds down and we embark on a more reflective time of year, we will study the calming nature of forward bends and hip-openers. We’ll use props, and ropes and look at how to integrate some of these poses into your home practice and how to adapt them for individual challenges. Cost $40.
To register: email [email protected], or call (250) 538-1716 with a credit card, or mail a cheque: 238 Park Drive, Ganges V8K 2R6
We are fortunate to have a screening coming up of a new documentary film on BKS Iyengar and the history of Iyengar yoga. The film will show at The Fritz on Wed, Sep 18th at 7pm. If you would like to attend, you will need to buy a ticket in advance. Here is the link: https://tickets.demand.film/event/8212
Twists are energizing, good for the digestion, and detoxifying. Twists rotate the spine and stretch the muscles of the back. This helps to restore and retain the spine’s natural range of motion. Through twisting we lengthen the spine and get space between the bones, so our energy can flow better. Twists give us an instant energy lift and decompress the vertebrae in a safe, healthy way. We’ll practise sitting and standing twists as well as supine twists. All levels welcome.
To register: email [email protected], or call (250) 538-1716 with a credit card, or mail a cheque: