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:
Sat, June 1 from 4pm-6:15pm ~ $40 Yoga in the Ropes
This two-hour workshop will focus on yoga poses in the ropes. Called ‘Yoga Kurunta’ in Sanskrit, which means ‘puppet yoga’, yoga in the ropes is an experience in freedom. Practising yoga using ropes helps create freedom and space in the body. BKS Iyengar was the originator of ropes for yoga. Using ropes allows you to go deeper into poses you know; helps you find proper alignment; and is especially beneficial for the spine, using traction to relieve pressure on the vertebrae. Join me to find out how yoga in the ropes can help your practice. All levels welcome.
Yoga Workshop: Saturday, May 4th from 4pm – 6:15pm
Healthy knees, shoulders, toes and….. joints!
Anyone who has arthritis in their joints, or who wants to ward off stiffness in the joints will love this practice. We’ll spend time in yoga poses that help keep knees healthy, shoulders mobile, and even toes and fingers supple. Mobility and stability, balance and strength, are all key components in the work of keeping joints mobile. And best of all, there will be ideas to take home to your own mat.
I’m excited to introduce a new opportunity: I’m inviting you to join me for a self-guided yoga practice on select Sundays each month. There is no cost. I am simply opening my studio to students of Yoga in Salt Spring to come and practice with me. You can use the mats and all the props. There will be no teaching, although I’ll be there to answer questions. I’ll provide sample practice sequences for different levels from beginner to intermediate or perhaps you have your own regular practice. The studio will be open from 4-6pm on Sunday April 14th and Sunday April 28th. You can stay for as long or as little time as you have available. If you don’t already have a regular practice, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
Simply let me know in advance if you plan to join me. I look forward to practising along side students and friends.
Please note: On Saturday April 13th on and Saturday April 27th, so there will be no Saturday class. We have residential yoga retreats taking over the studio.