• May 2016 Newsletter

    In this edition: 
    May specials, workshops, events, and a little treat for Mom's on their day...
    It's spring, let's get twisted!

    Flowers are beginning to bloom, birds are chirping, grass is getting greener, convertibles are out and the sun is shining...must be spring in Calgary!  Spring is a time for renewal, a time for us to leave our winter tightness and heaviness behind and embrace warmth, lightness and movement within our bodies.  To enhance your renewal, detoxifying pastures like twists are a great way to kick start the season.  Incorporating more twists into your practice is an excellent way to promote digestion and detoxify your internal organs.  Below are a few examples of Iyengar twists you can practice at home.   These were pulled directly from the official BKS Iyengar website.

    *Please be mindful of your limitations and have one of our experienced instructors guide you should you need*



     

    Need a little help with a gift for Mom?  We can help...  

    Bring your Mom in for a FREE yoga class on Mother's Day. 

    Check our schedule for class times.

    OR

    Give your sweet Mama a GIFT CARD in any denomination!
    She can use it towards anything in our studio, including: classes, workshops, yoga props, superfoods, malas, and more.
    Come in and see us or purchase online HERE.
    MAY SPECIAL

    Spring has sprung! Let's celebrate with 10% off 10 and 20 pass flex-packs for the full month of May! 

    **Come and see us or purchase online HERE**

     
    MAY WORKSHOPS

    Gentle Yoga Workshop
    with Julie Mah 
    Saturday May, 07
    2:30-5:00 PM

    Treat yourself to a Saturday afternoon of Gentle Yoga with Julie Mah. Every body can feel positive benefits from poses, even if you have very tight muscles, old injuries, or pain which restricts movement. In this class you will do a Gentle Yoga practice while also learning some ideas of postures you can do at home to help loosen up your tight spots. You'll be encouraged to listen to your body and be present and mindful in your yoga practice. Come experience a Gentle Yoga workshop that will rejuvenate and restore your body and mind.




    Yoga for Cyclists
    with Colette Fitzpatrick
    Friday, May 27
    5:45-7:15 PM


    Learn to stretch the muscles that get tight when cycling.
    Build flexibility in hip rotation, hip flexors, back, shoulders, legs and core strength. Each class will have a slightly different focus. Join us for one class or register for all.
    Dates: Mar. 11th, April 15th, May 27th, June 24th, and July 22nd.
    $17.00 each class
    Colette will donate her earnings from these classes to support her participation in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. This ride is an annual event benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Cyclists will ride over 200 km in 2 days on Aug 6 & 7, 2016.
     



    Science of Breath 
    with Pandit Dabral
    Saturday, May 28
    1:30-4:30 PM
    Breath is the vehicle for prana, the life force, and is that which links the body and mind together. Correct breathing forms the foundation for Yoga Meditation and through it one can gain complete control over the central nervous system.
    Breath has the power to bring healing and to connect you to your highest Self.  
    With the simple breathing exercises handed down from the sages of yoga, awareness is awakened within. Needless sufferings can be eliminated and future suffering can be avoided. Join Pandtji for this journey into the science of breath.
    This workshop is perfect for beginners or for those looking to refine their practice.

    Register for these workshops HERE



    Join us for our next Kirtan session on May 21 from 7-9pm with Naad Maala.

     What is Kirtan?

    Kirtan is an ecstatic devotional chanting practice to concentrate the mind on feelings of devotion. Chanting works at breaking the shell of the ego and expanding the heart and consciousness. Many great souls have reached Self realization just through this practise. Now it has become diverse and cross-cultural and also incorporates mantra. The instrumentation has evolved from drums and finger cymbals (karatal) and later harmoniums to guitar and Western and world instruments. A lot of the power of kirtan can be attributed to the repetition - the mind gets more and more concentrated with each repetition and creates an intensity of deep devotion. One pointed concentration is the goal of all yogic practices. Concentration or Dharana leads to meditation or Dhyana which leads to Samadhi (state where there is no subject or object, one is not aware that one is meditating - even the witness disappears). Although kirtan enhances an uplifting and wonderful sense of community, it has a deeper and more important personal value - that of stilling the mind of it's chatter and discursive thought and tapping the primal wellspring of intense and causeless Love within each one allowing healing on all levels - physical, mental and causal.

    Kirtan with Naad Maala occurs monthly at our location.
    Next session: June 11 from 7-9pm 



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