• September 2015 Newsletter

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    Upcoming mini-workshops
    Major Workshop Jaki Nett
    Yoga for Osteoporosis
    Restorative Yoga
    Yoga Studio Hike Sep 13


     Class schedules
    Wide selection of fascinating workshops


    Upcoming Mini-workshops  

    Intro to Yoga 
    with Lynne Swenson 

    New student will learn the foundational principles of the Yoga poses. 

    Topics include the importance of alignment and the use of props.


    Emphasis on correct body alignment allows the body to develop symmetrically while minimizing risk of pain or injury. 


    Each student is encouraged to use props and work the asanas in whatever range of motion is safest and most effective for them.


    Also, this class will address why Iyengar Yoga is ideally suited to the people of all ages and abilities. 


    After taking this workshop you will be confident to begin your Yoga journey.

    Sat  Sep 26
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Evening of Kirtan with Naada Mala

    Come and add your voice to the vibration of potent Mantras and Kirtan with Naad Maala and guest musicians and singers for a divine evening of Kirtan and Mantra chanting.

    Join us and raise the energy by losing yourself in the sound of the chanting. Like so many have experienced, bathe in the palpable healing effects of the chanting. Through loving, joyful, and focused concentration on the sound of mantras that are potent seeds of divine sound, we set into motion the growth of trees of true compassion and wholeness within us and our surroundings.


    No singing experience required. Smiles are mandatory :)

    Sat Sep 5
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Registered Classes
    Yoga for Pregnancy
    with Kirsten Wallace

     For expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy.  Gentle targeted stretches, breathing, visualization and relaxation.

    Every Monday
    7:30 - 9:00pm

    New Classes
    Gentle Yoga with
    Sherry Norman

     A gentle class to prepare you for Level 1 classes. Similar to restorative but with standing asana.

    So, you say you're not flexible? Join the club. Many factors can contribute to a less-than-bendy body, from genetics, lifestyle to the weather outside.  But that doesn't mean you should rule out yoga, the Yoga practice will help you feel calmer, sleep better, and yes, get more flexible.

    Tue 7:30 - 9:00pm

    Sun 11:15 - 12:45pm

    Acro Yoga

    AcroYoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts.

    "Being in the moment in balance with another" - AYM

    Allow yourself to enter a world where we may experience these things with another; learn, play and grow together!
    The foundations of Acroyoga, creates a safe environment for practitioners to work on alignment and deepen their physical, mental and emotional practice.
    This 8 week progression caters to all levels, students will gain a deeper understanding of what the world of Acroyoga has to offer.

    Sun Oct 4 - Nov 22
    1:00 - 2:30pm

    FREE ACROYOGA DEMO!!!  Sept. 20th, @ 1pm

    Issue: #81
    Sep 2015

     Dear Student, 
    "Do not aim low, you will miss the mark. Aim high and you will be on a threshold of bliss."   " B.K.S. Iyengar

    Namaste Yogis, as we say good bye to the summer of 2015 and welcome the fall, we are happy to announce our new Fall schedule with many new and exciting classes and workshops.

    You can pick up the new schedule at the studio or click here to download : Fall schedule 2015

    All 10x and 20x passes will be 10% off in September.

    Have a great rest of the summer
    Ruth & Vic

    "Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind, and soul, is art"
    - BKS Iyengar 

    Major Workshop with Jaki Nett - Sep 18

    This a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of yoga asanas.

     Poise and dynamics together with the precision of Iyengar Yoga is emphasized by honoring and incorporating correct anatomical alignment and movements.

      Apana Vayu or the downward energy flow will be addressed by introducing the importance of pelvic floor muscles in yoga asana and in everyday life.  Incorporating pelvic floor work into yoga asana practice is not just for women.
     Men/men teachers can also benefit with this knowledge and usage. 
    Pelvic floor work establishes internal lift in poses. The practice of yoga asana can be challenging and effortless at the same time.  

    Jaki is a Senior teacher with a very energetic teaching style, she has studied with Guruji BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar for over twenty years.  Her teaching reflects her great love and understanding of human anatomy and the principles of Iyengar Yoga.  

    Workshop will also cover Pelvic floor muscles and their activation in the Mula Bandha.

    Jaki is a popular teacher and an author who conducts workshops internationally and also trains teachers in Iyengar Yoga Institue of San Francisco.  
    Jaki developed The Felt Sense Method®. This systematic approach to awareness of and strengthening of the muscles of the pelvic floor, has evolved to the point where it can bring consciousness and strength back to the pelvic area. 
    Jaki is a down-to-earth dynamic and accessible teacher, her teaching style is personal, methodical and insightful.

     Requires at least one year of Iyengar Yoga experience.
     Sep 18     Fri:   6pm - 8pm     Major Workshop
     Sep 19     Sat:   1pm - 5pm    Major Workshop
    Sep  20   Sun:   1pm - 5pm    Major Workshop

    Contact Yoga Studio South for more information 403 228 5808
     Iyengar Yoga for Osteoporosis

    How Iyengar Yoga helped Patricia's bone density?

    Dear Ruth, Vic, Sherry, Lynne, Tracy, Sandy and all the wonderful Iyengar teachers at Yoga Studio South.

    Thank you so much for your part in my story.

    Fourteen months ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis of the spine following a routine bone scan.   With a score of minus 2.9 I was in the "severe risk" for fracture of the spine if I was to fall or become involved in an accident.  An alarming thought.

    In addition to my physicians I discussed my condition with Vic and Ruth at Yoga Studio South.
    The result was I would take the drug "Fosamax" for one year and increase my yoga practice emphasizing certain postures.
    I would increase my dietary calcium intake.
    Ruth, and Lynn, also recommended the book:
     "Yoga and Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide"
    Loren M.Fishman MD and Ellen Saltenall 2010.

    My physicians felt that the best possible outcome would be "no further deterioration in the spine." 
    Even with this outcome I would be looking at taking Fosamax for 5 years.

    Fourteen months later I had a follow up bone scan.
    I had taken Fosamax for only 9 months.  I am a failure when it comes to medication it seems.
    I maintained my yoga "prescription" throughout the fourteen months.  The yoga was so much more enjoyable, interesting and challenging.

    The results in my recent bone scan showed an improvement.
    I am now in the "moderate risk" of fracture category.
    My physicians were delighted.   I was really pleased.
    I will always have osteoporosis.   I will have to continue to work very hard to improve my bone density, however I can look forward to a medication free future where Iyengar yoga and a calcium rich diet are my prescription.

    My personal results support the research being done by Loren M. Fishman MD of  the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
    His study "Yoga for Osteoporosis: A pilot study" published in the journal "Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation" July/September 2009, and the basis for his book co-authored with Ellen Saltenall.
    The first study is available to read online. It includes ten postures to focus on in one's daily practice.

    Dr. Fishman is continuing his studies on yoga for osteoporosis. In his studies Dr. Fishman uses Iyengar yoga  and his findings support Iyengar yoga as an effective way to build bone mineral density.

    I encourage everyone to make yoga part of their daily lives it has so many health benefits as well as being a joyful daily challenge.

    with sincere gratitude
    Patricia Harvie

    According to physician and Iyengar yoga teacher Mary Schatz, M.D., yoga can stimulate the bones to retain calcium, provided the body gets enough calcium in the first place. It does this through weight-bearing poses (like arm balancesinversions, and standing poses) that affect the whole spine, arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, knees, ankles, and feet, while encouraging full range of motion.

    Yoga + Her dedicated practice = Success : )

    We would like to thank Patricia for sharing her very inspiring story with all of us.

    Restorative Yoga Classes
    Restorative Yoga with Vandana Vora / Sherry Norman

    Breathe, Heal , Relax and Rejuvenate in our more upcoming Restorative Yoga classes.  
    Most people know that the pace of modern life has led to many problems with our health, and at the root of most of these problems is STRESS. We work very hard in our lives, and while we sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga focuses on undoing that stress and creates space to REST.
    Judith Hanson defines it as, " Restorative yoga is the use of props to support the body in poses of comfort and ease to promote relaxation, health, and well-being. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.  Relaxation is the state in which there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet". Since restorative yoga poses are held longer than more active poses , they have time to penetrate your body's systems - including your mind - to create significant shift in both physical and mental health.

    During deep relaxation, all organ system of the body are benefited, the measurable results of deep relaxation include more balanced blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels, as well as improved digestion and elimination, reduced muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
      So weather you are only starting out in yoga, a seasoned practioner, or even just curious about restorative yoga, this class is a great place to get started .

         Vandana Vora                                          Sherry Norman
       Tue  11:30 - 1:00pm                                             Sat 11:30 - 1pm        Thu   6:00 - 7:30 pm 

    Hike to Spencer Creek - Sep 13, 9:00am
    Join us for a fun hike to the beautiful Spencer Creek, its a fun opportunity to know your fellow Yogis and enjoy the nature.

    Spencer Creek trail is south of Canmore and east of Highway 742 (Smith-Dorrien / Spray Trail) The hike is 4.6 km to the end of the valley and returns the same way. The trail rises 580 metres, at a moderate grade, to meadows below the north face of Mount Sparrowhawk. This hike offers fine rock scenery, springs, moss gardens and meadows. The trail is relatively new so footwear could be hiking boots or sturdy shoes.

    Hikers will meet at the Montgomery Community Centre parking lot at 9:00 am Sunday, 13 September, 2015. Car pooling will be arranged at the meeting place. Bring your own lunch and water (or other refreshment).
    The hike will go weather permitting.     

    Please check the Yoga Studio South website ro Facebook page for the updates.
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