• June 2016 Newsletter

    In this edition: 
    *Summer Hike *International Yoga Day *Summer Sizzler *New Class Times *Yoga for Cyclists *Prenatal Yoga *Kirtan!
    Yoga and Hiking

    It's finally time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, scenery, and mountains that we are fortunate to live so close to.  The outskirts of Calgary are home to some of the best hiking trails in Western Canada so we have organized a community hike this summer!

    Keith Bagnall, one of the many avid hikers within our Yoga community, will be leading a moderate hike in Kananaskis Country on July 16.  Further details via our social media feeds, website and July newsletter will be provided closer to the date.

    Yoga asana can help prepare your body for hiking.  Flexibility, endurance and strength are all benefits of a regular yoga practice and are also key elements for your hiking experience.  Bethany Lyons provides a brief Q&A via Yoga Journal which illustrates the correlation between the two activities:

    Q. Can hiking enhance my yoga practice and vice versa?
    A. Hiking can improve a yogi's cardiovascular health and bring greater lung capacity for deeper, fuller breaths. Yoga can improve a hiker's ability to move (flexibility), focus, and gaze (drishti), as well as overall body awareness and alignment (foundation, core, and integration). They truly can go hand in hand.
    Q. How are hiking and yoga similar? How do both practices connect us to nature?
    A. Both the practice of hiking and of yoga connect and root us to the present moment and really feeling the earth beneath us. They both connect us to nature through the presence of all the elements: earth, water, air, and fire. In the world of hiking, we breathe in fresh air, walk on the earth's soil, bask under the sun, and often come across streams, creeks, waterfalls, and lakes. In the world of yoga, we connect to our breath (air), fire up our muscles and our core (fire), bring foundation to all asanas (earth), and create space and expansion (air) in each pose. Yoga brings us into our natural state, connecting us with our true nature.
    We look forward to helping you maintain your body and mind for a summer filled with wonderful hikes!

    International Day of Yoga!
    June 21, 2016

    International Yoga Day Celebration: Yoga is Universal

    Come join us in celebrating the unity of yoga on June 16.  We will be running regular scheduled classes on this day but each class will start out with Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) in honor of the Summer Solstice and will end with either an extended Savasana or seated meditation to one's capacity. 
    Donations will be accepted in support of the Women's Emergency Shelter.

    Our collective intention on this day will be giving thanks to all forms of Yoga, Guruji, the Iyengar's, and of course, ourselves.  Please join us.
    Our annual Summer Sizzler Pass is back!
    June 1 - September 5
    More than 3 months of unlimited classes!
    *not applicable for workshops or registered classes
    We are updating our class schedule to include a few more class times.  
    Stay tuned in the next few weeks for full details and teachers for a 4:30 pm and a couple of 1:30 pm classes.

    Yoga for Cyclists
    with Colette Fitzpatrick
    Friday, June 24 & Friday, July 22
    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.

    Yoga for Pregnancy
    with Kirsten Wallace (SwellMama)
    Mondays from 7:30-9pm
    For expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy. Gentle targeted stretches, breathing, visualization and relaxation.
    Joining late?  No problem!  We will prorate.

    Register for our workshops, events, and classes HERE

    Join us for our next Kirtan session on June 18 from 7-9:30pm
    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.

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