Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Exploring Women’s Health and Yoga

Workshop: Sunday March 24th 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Price $55 + HST

Geeta Iyengar, the daughter of BKS Iyengar, dedicated her life to studying and teaching Yoga. As a doctor of Ayurveda, Geeta was a pioneer in the field of women’s’ Yoga. She recognized that a woman goes through a myriad of hormonal changes throughout their life and that, although their practice could be equally strong and powerful as their male counterparts, female students glean the most benefit from practice if they are mindful of their unique conditions.

Through asana and pranayama, this workshop will focus on the teachings from Geeta’s book, Yoga, A Gem for Women and the work she did over several decades to promote, educate, explore and disseminate the teachings of Yoga from a female perspective. Appropriate for women of all ages and all stages. Emphasis will also be put on digestive health, sleep disorders, and emotional stability.

Pre-registration required, register online or email lori@yogajourney.ca 

I’ve Got Your Back

Backcare Workshop: Sunday April 14th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Price $55 + HST

It has been estimated that, over a six-month period, suffered from back pain and that 85% of the population can expect to experience low back pain during their lifetime. Canada is not unique in this area. Back pain has been labeled as one of the world’s greatest health care problems, and the most expensive.

Back pain is a complex condition with multiple contributors, including physical, social and psychological factors. Our backs play a supportive role for our bodies and we often don’t pay enough attention to them until we are forced to.

The use of props and the techniques of alignment in the practice of Iyengar Yoga give students of all levels and capabilities the tools to recover from back pain and lessen the onset of issues related to conditions of the spine. Traction, gravity, and space will be explored in this workshop with a focus on understanding current habits and patterns that may be creating discomfort and how to adjust them accordingly.

This workshop is suited for students that are working with current back conditions that restrict their practice and those who are interested in learning more about the fascinating mechanics of the spine.

Pre-registration required, register online or email lori@yogajourney.ca 

Hips Don’t Lie – Discovering Healthy Hips

Workshop: Saturday April 27th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Price $55 + HST

On any given day, while engaging in various activities, we can experience tightness, shortness, weakness and amazing strength in our hips. Our modern lifestyles have given rise to the development of several imbalances in the movement of the muscular skeletal structures that make up the hip region.

Undue pressure, stress and imbalance in the hips can result in various forms of discomfort located in the hip region and throughout the body. This workshop is suitable for students of all levels and capabilities, even those who are currently experiencing restrictions due to existing hip conditions.

Focus will be placed on exploring the balance of energy and force. You will learn how to strengthen, extend and contract the muscles of this region to find balance, improved mobility and increased circulation.

Pre-registration required, register online or email lori@yogajourney.ca

Feet First – Cultivating Intelligence in the Feet

Workshop: Sunday May 5th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Price $55 + HST

A healthy understanding of the structure and movement of the foot is the key to structural stability and mobility in the hips and lower back (and virtually the whole body). Changing perspective on your feet will increase the health and well-being of the foundational elements of your body.

Currently, our modern lives demand that we live mostly in the brain, or the center of intellect; that leaves us very disconnected to our feet. Our feet are the foundation of stability and play a significant role on whether we get energized or depleted by the simple acts of walking and standing.

In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into the feet and how we develop patterns or tendencies in the feet that can affect the rest of the body, particularly the ankle, knee and hip joints. We will spend some time looking at individual foot patterns and how to address them. For example, if a student has dropped arches, we will work on poses that assist in rebuilding and strengthening those arches. We will examine tendencies like pronation and supination and how to work on neutralizing strong patterns or habits we develop in the feet. Common concerns like bunions and toe crowding will also be addressed.

Starting from the ground up, you will work with props to stimulate the feet and draw awareness to areas of tightness, weakness and soreness. In seated and standing poses you will learn to tools of how to optimize the potential of the feet and address any issues of conditions that you are currently experiencing with your feet.

The benefits of foot work are many, here are a few: increased circulation, reduction of leg cramping, reduces swollen ankles, creates stability, protects the joints above the foot, creates a connection to the feet and how to care for these important parts of our bodies, draws more mindfulness to everyday activities like walking and standing.

Pre-registration required, register online or email lori@yogajourney.ca