• March 2014 Newsletter

    The Yoga Studio South Newsletter
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    Upcoming mini-workshops
    Major Workshop
    Yoga & Detox


     Class schedules
    Wide selection of fascinating workshops



    Upcoming Mini-workshops  

    Pranayama with Samantha Lloyd
    Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath, lies at the heart of yoga. It has a mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind. The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channeled through a variety of breathing exercises. In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted. Pranayama serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga-like asana-and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.

    April 5, 1:00 - 4:00pm
    Wellington Sq
    Intro to Yoga- Workshop
    with Lynne Swenson

    This workshop has been created to introduce a new student to the foundations of Iyengar Yoga. Topics include the importance of alignment and the use of props. Also, this class will address why Yoga is ideally suited to people of all ages and abilities. After taking this workshop you will be confident to begin your Yoga journey.

    Sat March 8

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Wellington Sq.

     Click here for more details


    Raw Chocolate making with Ruth Martin


    Join Ruth Martin in a fun and informative workshop about how to make your own healthy and delicious raw chocolate! Learn about the extensive health benefits of everyone's favorite food. 

    In this 2-hour workshop, Ruth will teach us how to make scrumptious raw chocolate bars and raw chocolate treats...and bring your chocolate-loving appetite; we will be preparing and tasting the treats we make! 


    Sat, April 12 


    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Wellington Square




    Love your Food - Love your Life 

     How to create a healthier relationship with Food & Yourself

    How to end powerful cravings for sugars, salts & refined carbs Recognize physical hunger from the emotional hunger.

    Learn how the whole foods can help to keep you balanced physically, mentally & emotionally.

    Sample some Gluten, Sugar & Dairy Free Amber Approved creations.

    Sat, April 26, 1 -4 pm at Wellington Sq. 


    Click here for more detail and to register online 

    Rope Yoga for all with Vic
    Ropes are used to enhance and deepen the effects of the Yoga pose.Benefits are many as rope help to 
    * Lengthen your spine & safely release your joints * Strengthen hard to build muscles * Improve your inversions

    Every Thursday
    Drop In 7:45-9:00pm at Wellington Square 


    Issue: #68March 2014

    Dear Student, 
    Balance is the key to life
    What is Yoga?
    As Yoga is becoming increasingly popular, many are delving deeper into its philosophy to better understand the deeper aspects of this practice. 

    A very popular definitions of Yoga as explained by Chinmayanadaji is:

    Samatvam Yog Uchayate - Yoga is evenness of the mind.
    The fleeting moments of happiness or sadness belongs to the ego; ego is made up of bundles of past memories and hopes for the future. The past is dead moments and future is yet unborn- they both don't belong to us now. To live in ego is to live on the burial grounds of dead moments or in the womb of unborn future. In all these preoccupations we are unintelligently squandering the wealth of the present through our broodings and day dreaming.

    How does one achieve this "Equanimity" or "Evenness"?

    We reach there by dissolving our ego-- our past, future, our fears into the fiery contents of the present inspired work. In all inspired activity, the worker forgets himself in the work that he is doing thus freeing himself from the fear of success or failure.

    And according to Guruji BKS Iyengar," Correct Alignment in the body will create equipoise and equanimity in the mind."
    Wishing you the very best in your Yoga journey!



    Vic and Ruth 


    Major Workshop with Jawahar Bangera - world renowned Iyengar yoga teacher

    Going to the source - in yoga journey

    His visit will be a great opportunity for all of us to experience Guruji B.K.S Iyengar's teachings directly from one of Guruji's most senior teachers. He has accompanied Guruji on countless teaching tours around the world. 


    His instructions are clear, firm and insightful. You will enjoy his amazing ability to weave Yoga philosophy into Asana practice naturally and effortlessly. 


    He comes across as a confident, warm and powerful teacher who has a great gift to gently guide us beyond our perceived limitations.


    He has been regularly invited to the UK, US, Europe, Mexico and UAE to conduct workshops for both teachers and students. Jawahar teaches classes in Mumbai where he is a director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute and is also a trustee of the Light on Yoga Research Trust (LOY).    


    We are grateful to Margot Kitchen for making this spectacular event possible in Calgary. 


    Pre-qualification: At least one year of Iyengar Yoga practice.



    Weekend Workshop: General


    Fri   March 21: 6-9pm

    Sat  March 22: 9am-12/ 1:30-4:30

    Sun  March 23: 1pm -5pm 

    Teacher Training 


    Mon March 24: 1pm-4pm

    Tue  March 25:  1pm-4pm

    Wed March 26:  1pm-4pm



    Contact Yoga Studio South for more information 403 228 5808
    Yoga & Detox 
     Pravritta Trikonasana with Rope wall  



    The practice of yoga poses can help us "spring clean" our bodies by helping our natural detoxification processesses to work more fully and efficiently to get rid of accumulated "gunk" -- waste products and toxic materials.

    Wastes and toxic matter are eliminated from our bodies through the circulatory system, digestive system, lymphatic system, and through the skin and lungs. If we're healthy, then these systems work well by themselves. But if our diet is poor, or if we don't exercise, or if we're under a lot of stress, then these systems don't work as well, and can use an extra boost.

    A well-rounded yoga practice, with different kinds of poses will stretch, twist, and compress all parts of the body, and turn it upside down. All categories of poses will help, but the three categories listed below, to me, are the most important for helping the body "detox".

    When I think about yoga poses to help detox the body, twists come to mind first. Twists have a cleansing, refreshing effect on the abdominal organs.
    B.K.S. Iyengar talks about the "squeeze and soak" action of twists. Just as we would wring out a sponge to force out dirty water, so it can then soak up clean water, so the twists "wring out" the abdominal organs, forcing out metabolic by-products and toxic material. When the twists are released, then fresh, nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood flows into the organs.

    Twists also promote digestion and circulation of blood and lymph.

    Forward bends and Abdominal poses

     Forward bends and abdominal poses compress the abdominal organs, again helping to force out waste material. The digestive system is stimulated, which helps with the elimination process

    Inverted (upside down) poses such as headstand, shoulder stand, or a simple legs-up-the-wall pose help to drain lymph fluid from the legs so it can re-circulate through the body. This benefits the immune system.

    Inverted poses also help to soothe the nervous system and reduce stress. When we're not stressed, then it's easier to make better choices for our bodies -- we're more likely to eat better and to get more exercise when we're not stressed.
    Inverted poses also help to soothe the nervous system and reduce stress. When we're not stressed, then it's easier to make better choices for our bodies -- we're more likely to eat better and to get more exercise when we're not stressed. 



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