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Pranayama (yogic breathing)
The breath is central to yoga practice, yet can also be confusing at times. This workshop takes the mystery out of breathing in yoga, teaching you concrete rules for when to inhale and when to exhale when doing postures. Also, we will explore the anatomical makeup of the breath, and how this affects our everyday posture and movement, and how making simple adjustments to the breath can improve both posture and movement. We'll also look at the nervous system and its relationship with the breath, and how we can calm or stimulate the nervous system with different breath techniques.
What is the difference between belly breathing and chest breathing? Is one better than the other? Am I breathing correctly? Why do I tend to hold my breath when doing challenging postures? Why does focusing on the breath make me feel anxious sometimes? These are all common questions about breathing that we will explore, along with whatever other questions you bring along to this workshop.
We will also be looking at some of the most common breathing techniques in yoga practice today, and how to do them properly (and why!).
We'll also be doing lots of movement designed to free up the breath and bring awareness to the various muscle groups that support the breath.
Each class will include both lecture (with handouts) and practice.
This workshop is part of our 75 hour Yoga Dirgha ("going deeper") certification. To read more about this program, click here.
Yin Yoga and Meditation with Tony Tavares
Yin Yoga is a slow and gentle practice, characterized by holding postures for several minutes each. Postures are restorative in nature, often using blocks, blankets and bolsters to support the body in a comfortable stretch. As the body relaxes, the soft tissues gently stretch, leaving one feeling open and refreshed.
The Yin Yoga practice includes some time at the end in seated meditation. As the postures in Yin Yoga are often aimed at releasing ths hips and lower back, the perfect time for sitting comfortably (either on the floor or a chair) is right after practicing Yin Yoga.
Yoga Philosophy 1
The physical practice of yoga, what we know of today as "Yoga" or "Hatha Yoga," is only a small part of the vast field of yoga, which is based on ancient Indian philosphophies. These philosophical texts can be challenging to understand without the guidance of a teacher who has, in turn, studied the texts with a teacher.
Drawing on her studies with TKV Desikachar, Dolphi Wertenbaker and Sonia Nelson, Caroline Owen brings illumination to the ancient texts, showing how they are as applicable to modern life as they were to the ancient yogis.
This workshop series consists of four classes (10 hours total) in which we will explore yoga philosophy through a combination of lecture, physical movement, group discussion, chant and homework readings.
This workshop is part of our new 75 hour Yoga Technician certification. To read more about this program and to register for this class, click here.
Materials will be drawn from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita and The Vedas. Handouts are provided.
Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program
This 8 week mindfulness program begins on October 25, 2013. Come to our information session on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to read more about this program at Wavelengths Yoga.
Summer Programs, 2013
Horse Pack Trip
If you like the idea of riding a horse in the Chilcotlin Mountains of the wild B.C. interior, and practicing yoga specific for helping to stay relaxed and comfortable on the horse, join our Cowgirl Adventure out west this summer. This is a beginner friendly trip, and sure to be stunning. This trip is being offered through Wild Women Expeditions. You can get all the information and register for this trip on their website. August 14 - 20, 2013.
In August, 2014, we will be travelling to Iceland to trek on the famously comfortable Icelandic ponies. Dates for these trips are: August 6 -14 and August 15 - 23)
Unwind at the edge of Algonquin Park. Each day will begin with energizing yoga, and continue with opportunities to canoe, kayak, swim, mountain bike, hike, or chill out by the lake. Evenings will wind down with relaxing yoga. All activities are optional, so if you just want to sit near the water with a good book, that's fine too. The food is out-of-this-world delicious, fresh and cooked with love. Northern Edge Algonquin is an off-the-grid eco-retreat, known for their warm welcome, serene environment and wonderful food. All yoga sessions are led by Caroline Owen. Accommodations are shared cabins (two to a cabin). Women only.
Dates: August 22 - 25, 2013
For the love of chant - A Vedic Chant workshop
For thousands of years, all of vedic philosophy (the schools of thought that gave birth to yoga) was passed down orally in the form of chants that were taught to the student by a teacher who had learned from their teacher. Many of these chants have been lost in time, but we still have access to over 10,000 chants that have been preserved through this oral tradition and now as written texts. Not only does chanting honour the sacred oral tradition, it also helps to calm and focus the mind, build breathing capacity and train the voice. Chanting has also traditionally been used in cultures all over the world to foster powerful healing
This workshop will give an overview of the fundamental principles of vedic chanting and introduce students to some of the most beloved healing chants from the vedas. Each class will include a movement and breathwork practice incorporating simple sounds to enhance the effectiveness of the asanas. A new chant will be introduced each week, and the previous week's chant will reviewed, with an opportunity to ask questions and make corrections.
You will learn the correct posture for chanting, how to breathe most effectively for vocal control (this also applies to singing) as well as the meaning of the chants that you will learn.
Chairs are provided, however, participants are welcome to sit on cushions on the floor if that's more comfortable.
Dates: Tuesdays - April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2013
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program
This 8 week mindfulness program begins on February 5, 2013. Come to our information session on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to read more about this program at Wavelengths Yoga.
Equestrian Yoga 1
This unmounted workshop explores the main principles of yoga for equestrians. We will discover what it means to feel "grounded" on a horse, how to maintain balance while riding, what your body language communicates to the horse, optimal breathing for riding, spinal safety and hip openers. For students at all levels, including newcomers to both yoga and riding.
Monday, February 18, 2013 (Family Day), 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Equestrian Yoga 2
Building on the principles outlined in Equestrian Yoga 1, this workhop is for those who want to learn how to move from the core for a safer and more connected riding experience. Students should be comfortable with intermediate yoga postures, and be ready for a moderately challenging class. Riding experience is not a prerequisite for this workshop. Even non-riders will benefit from the concepts and practices outlined in this class.
Monday, February 18, 2013 (Family Day), 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Family Day Family Yoga Class - February 18, 2013
Bring the whole family to experience a fun-filled hour of yoga for all ages. No experience necessary. This class is taught by Fiona Wagner, who has developed our program for children and teens. Fiona also teaches gentle and intermediate classes for adults. In this class, she weaves together postures, breathing and some yoga philosophy (cleverly disguised in an entertaining story!) designed to engage both kids and adults.
If you're looking for more Family Day fun in Norwood, check out the Asphodel-Norwood public skating schedule. They're offering FREE skating from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. So, after you're all limbered up from yoga, you can head on over to the arena for some fun on the ice.
You must register in advance for this class. You can register online (below), or call or email to reserve your spot and pay by cash or cheque at the studio.
Family Yoga: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Bella Coola, B.C. Wild Yoga Retreat
An empowering wilderness adventure for women infused with ‘off the mat’ yoga practice deep in the heart of the Pacific Coast Mountains. This wonderful journey of adventure and discovery will be split between a spectacular alpine camp and a luxury wilderness lodge in the beautifully wild Bella Coola Valley. Hiking and canoeing through this spectacular alpine wilderness, our journey will be infused with yoga practice exploring playfulness, courage, patience, acceptance, stillness, freedom, will power and celebration through kriyas, asanas and and meditations.
Dates: August 11 - 19, 2012
Please email for full trip description and pricing.
Laughter Yoga Teacher Training
Love to laugh? Laughter is pure medicine. It connects us to each other, ourselves, and the present moment through joyful vibration. Laughter brings energy, clarity and connection to oneself and others.
Instructor: Simeon Darwick
Nahanni River Whitewater Canoe Trip
Join your fellow female adventurists for an 11-day paddling trip of a lifetime. From beautiful dark-green boreal forest in the valley bottoms to open alpine tundra in the mountains, we’ll canoe through spectacular landscapes replete with caves, hot springs, tufa mounds, sand blowouts, plateaux, and fossils. On the whole, the river is surprisingly smooth and swift, interrupted occasionally by short sections of more technical whitewater. The hiking in this stretch of the river is fantastic. We’ll find Kraus’ Hotsprings where we’ll soak in the natural springs right on the edge of the river and spend our last night at the homestead of Sue Lindberg on the Liard River.
Dates: July 1 - 11, 2012
Study the Bhagavad Gita with Dolphi Wertenbaker
Study one of the most important texts of yoga philosophy with a senior teacher in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Dolphi Wertenbaker has been a student of T.K.V. Desikachar for more than 30 years and trains students to become yoga teachers across the United States. Dolphi lives and teaches therapeutic yoga in New York City.
Dolphi's teachings in yoga philosophy contain practical ways of applying the knowledge to your own practice, teaching and daily life.
Space in this workshop is very limited, and preference given to yoga teachers and teachers in training.
Dates: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.,
Posture, breathing and stretches for a more comfortable, connected ride. Taught by Caroline Owen
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
This internationally renowned program of mindfulness meditation, is now here at Wavelengths Yoga, running from March 20 - May 8, 2012 from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. with a full day retreat on Sunday, April 22. Click here for details and registration information.
Information session at the studio: Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
E X H A L E
This workshop is in partnership with Cast-Canada. Information and registration is available on their website. Click here for details. Please note that this workshop is now full.
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Reiki, Level 1, Sunday December 4, 2011
Yoga Dance with
Yoga Anatomy with JJ Gormley
We welcome JJ Gormley to Wavelengths Yoga, October 28-30.
In this workshop, JJ will present (from the yogi-s perspective) the anatomy of our muscular and skeletal systems, as well as major organs.
This workshop is part of the Wavelengths Yoga Teacher Training, however, a limited number of spots are available for other yoga instructors, teachers-in-training or serious students of yoga.
She continues her studies of yoga and knows that she will always be a student of yoga. She loves her diverse background and calls her yoga education "eclectic and well-rounded." She draws from each tradition she has studied, seeing the good in all and uses what she loves and what resonates with her heart.
Dates: Fri., Oct. 28 (evening) - Sun., October 30, 2011
Cost: $270 + HST (includes delicious vegetarian lunches)
Partnering With The Universe
David's talk in August was well attended, but many of you who were unable to make it wished you could have been there. So, we've invited David back for another evening of exploring the personal through the universal.
For 20 years, David Makepeace has travelled the world to witness solar eclipses - a natural phenomenon that has been called the most spectacular event you can witness from earth.
With breathtaking film and video captured around the world at eclipse events, Makepeace takes us on a tour of our world and our solar system - widening the perspective on our lives.
Discover how the simple beauty and mystery of our world can open the door to a greater awareness of what we are and our place in the universe.
Makepeace recently presented "Understanding Ourselves
in an Epic Universe" at the TEDx conference in Toronto.
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Remote Northern Whitewater Trips, 2011
me in the stunning Northwest Territories this summer to paddle through
some of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in the world.
The South Nahanni River is the premier wilderness river in Canada and has been called the most visually diverse river on the planet. Located in the North West Territories-one of the most sparsely populated places on earth-the Nahanni River is legendary. Bill Mason, naturalist, film maker and environmentalist called it the "Greatest river trip in the world" and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau echoed that sentiment when he famously canoed the Nahanni in 1970. Containing Canada's deepest river valleys, its greatest waterfalls, massive rugged mountains, a vast wilderness of wildlife, deep forests, and legends of headless prospectors and lost adventurers, it's no wonder this is the world's very first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sorry guys, this particular trip is for women only, but you can find other great trips at www.blackfeather.com for both women and men.
Nahanni River Whitewater Getaway, NWT
Wavelengths’ Yoga Teacher
Training Information Sessions
Please R.S.V.P. to this event by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (705) 639-8937.
Ashtanga Yoga Fusion with Caroline
Description: Vinyasa means to move with the breath and is the essence of asthanga yoga. The word ashtanga literally means "eight limbs" (asta=8, anga=limb) and refers to the complete practice of yoga as explained in the foremost yoga text, "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." The third and fourth limbs of yoga are asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing). In this workshop, we will look at the dynamics of breath, and how it relates to the movement in each pose, as well as how the breath and movement enhance one another to deepen both throughout the practice.
Registration: Contact The Path to Stillness at (705)
878-1212 or email email@example.com.
Yoga for Happy Hips and Shoulders
Description: These major joints of the body often become
stiff, leading to discomfort or pain. The key to maintaining flexibility
in the joints is through simple dynamic movements that lubricate as they
stretch. Only then are the joints prepared to take on more challenging
postures to increase flexibility. While the focus of the workshop is on
releasing the hips and shoulders, we will also pay attention to the spine
and its role in allowing freedom of movement for the joints. This workshop
is suitable for all levels of student, with options given for those with
more flexibility in the hips and shoulders. If you have and injury, or
are recovering from an injury, please consult your doctor before signing
Chant Your Way to Stillness
You will learn the basic rules of chanting in Sanskrit and how to form the sounds of this ancient and mystical language.
We'll warm up with a simple asana (movement) practice, look at chanting theory, practice some simple chants, and end with a meditative practice encorporating breath work, chanting and movement.
This is an excellent workshop for anyone who is interested in chanting,
but isn't sure where to start. It's also great for those who are familiar
with chanting and Sanskrit and want to understand the background and how
to encorporate chanting into a physical yoga practice to deepen the meditative
effect. This workshop is also appropriate for yoga instructors who would
like to introduce chanting into their yoga classes.
Schedule for the day:
9:00 - 9:45 Welcome and Introductions
Yoga for Hips and Shoulders
with Caroline Owen
About Louise Hanly
Good Vibrations: Backbends (morning session)
Consciousness vibrates with joy and awareness. In Anusara yoga we call this vibration or pulsation, Spanda. When we “tune up”, uniting our individual voice with spirit we create inner harmony. When we feel inner harmony we can express our own voice with joy and confidence. Just like a musician practices to express the music in his/her heart, we practice yoga to express the joy of union with the Universal. If you’ve ever practiced an instrument you know there are ways to practice that make playing much easier. Come and learn the Universal Principles of Alignment of Anusara yoga and make your poses sing.
Thanksgiving: Hip Openers and Forward Bends (afternoon session)
October is the time of the Harvest when we reap Nature’s bounty.
We give thanks for this abundance by celebrating on Thanksgiving weekend.
The abundance of the harvest is a manifestation of the fullness of Spirit.
In Anusara yoga this fullness or perfection is Purnatva, one of the attributes
of Spirit. That full feeling after a turkey dinner is one way to appreciate
the perfection of spirit! Hatha yoga is a way of alchemically transforming
the body so we experience Purnatva, the perfection of Spirit. In this
class we will transform our hips so that with a heart full of gratitude
we can express our gratitude for the fullness of life.
Women's week at the Madawaska
Kanu Centre (MKC)
An EnChanted Evening
Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Event Description: In yoga philosophy as well as in modern science, it is said that everything in our universe is made of pulsating energy. All matter is vibrating at certain frequencies. When we chant, we align ourselves with those frequencies. One can chant in any language and receive many benefits, but there may be a particular advantage to chanting in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language of yoga. Sanskrit is a scientifically formulated and precise language, and its sounds are said to truly represent what they mean.
Whether you’re a shy beginner, or already tuned into the power of sound through chant, you can receive all the benefits of creating sacred sound together at “An EnChanted Evening”. No experience is necessary. Chanting will be both call-and-response (the leader chants and participants repeat), or refrain (a refrain is taught, and chanted by participants between verses which are chanted by the leader). The theme of the evening will be a focus on chants that promote health and healing.
Chronic Pain Management Workshop
Date: Wednesday June 2, 2010
The main objective of the workshop is to improve your understanding of pain management in arthritis and its treatments, introduce different methods to cope with chronic pain, and encourage you to take an active role in their pain management. The program's intention is to help those with arthritis, as well as to teach family members, partners and friends how to help people with arthritis. The class is led by ASMP leaders and class size ranges from approximately 10-14 participants. Like ASMP, this program is not designed to override treatment programs provided by health care professionals but rather to complement conventional treatments and programs.
You can register for this FREE workshop here: https://arthritis.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/Registration.aspx?seid=2855&mid=41
Dance Your Yoga - A Kripalu Yoga Dance Workshop
Date: Sunday May 16, 2010
Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2, 2010
David Gellineau teaches with tremendous humour and heart.
Join us for his first visit to Wavelengths Yoga Studio. David co-owns
and teaches at Downward Dog Yoga Centre - in the Beach (one of Toronto's
busiest Ashtanga Yoga studios). Travelling regularly to Mysore, India
to study with his teacher, Sharath Rangaswamy (Grandson of the late Sri
K. Pattabhi Jois), David is immersed in the life of a full time teacher
and student. Don't miss this opportunity to learn yoga from one of the
few teachers in Canada who is fully authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga,
through the KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) in India.
Yoga Sutra Chapters 3 and 4
The fourth chapter outlines yoga's ultimate goal which is freedom (kaivalyam) for the consciousness. In a practical sense this means that we are no longer governed by our conditioning, but live fully from the heart. He describes the journey toward kaivalyam, and warns of the challenges that we may meet along the way. He also describes the qualities of a yoga teacher, and their role in guiding others toward personal transformation and conscious living. This workshop is open to students at all levels, but may be particularly interesting to yoga instructors and those who have studied the first and second chapters of the Yoga Sutras.
Workshop Description: Ashtanga Yoga is made up a series
of yoga postures, linked together with the breath and flowing from pose
to pose. Traditionally done, Ashtanga yoga is vigorous, challenging and
energizing, as well as relaxing and purifying. This workshop will explore
poses from the first and second series, in a fusion of breath, sound,
and movement. Outward motion is balanced with inner stillness and focus,
creating a profound renewing effect on the body, breath and mind.
Workshop Description: Bringing together yoga, creativity
and playfulness. We will explore postures, learn to connect with our breath,
and be crafty. The theme will focus on exploration of our hands and how
they support us, while working with postures of nature.
Margo Lee brings together years of yoga experience and a background
in education. Her work with children has brought insight to young minds
and enriched her life. With a fun-loving character, Margo creates a welcoming
atmosphere for yoga exploration.
Embodying Ecstatic Spirit
- A Kripalu Yoga Dance Workshop
Retreat at the Robins' Nest
Deepen your undertanding of yourself though yoga. We'll combine vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, walking meditation and personal time for reflection and exploration, Special attention will be given to breathing and meditation, however yoga asanas (postures) will also form a significant portion of each session. There will be three sessions a day with ample free time to receive a healing Thai massage, private yoga therapy session, go for a walk in the woods or soak in the hot tub.
Love Yourself First
Date: Sunday February 14, 2010, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Workshop Description: The key to joyous relationships is to start with a healthy dose of self-love. Whether you are single and happy, looking for a partner, or in a committed relationship, this workshop will help you to deepen your friendship with yourself, thus facilitating healthier and happier relationships in all aspects of your life. We will look at teachings on loving kindness from various texts and move through a gentle heart-opening yoga practice. You will finish fresh and ready to share a Valentine`s meal with your sweetie, or feel good about treating yourself to a special evening alone. Register with a partner or friend and receive a 10% discount.
New Year Practice
Dates: January 4, 6, 11, 13, 2010 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
Caroline brings to this workshop a unique perspective from her three main teaching influences: Esther Myers, TKV Desikachar and Pattabhi Jois. Her teaching style blends Esther's emphasis on the ground, breath and spine, Desikachar's teachings on tailoring the practices to the needs of the individual and Pattabhi Jois' focus on the Ashtanga yoga discipline.
Previous yoga experience is recommended. Click here to go to the Path to Stillness website for more information.
Dates: Sunday November 8, 2009
Yoga Sutra Study - Chapters 1 & 2
The Yoga Sutras are a series of 195 short statements that together define yoga, give the method for practicing yoga, and the results that one can expect to obtain through the practice of yoga.
This fascinating text was written about 2000 years ago in Sanskrit, a language that was designed to inextricably link the sound of the word with its meaning. For this reason, you will learn to chant selected sutras in the original Sanskrit, with the proper pronounciation for each syllable, to get the most benefit from the sounds. We will also delve deeply into the meanings of the sutras and illuminate the profound relevance that they have to everyday life in the 21st century.
This workshop looks at selections from the first two chapters of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These chapters define and offer a practical approach to yoga. This workshop is suitable for all levels of student and includes movement, chanting, breathwork, lectures, discussion and practices to help bring the sutras to life. It is recommended that participants attend both days, but it is also possible to attend either day separately.
Click here for a lesson selected from the Yoga Sutras.
Caroline has studied the yoga sutras in depth with Kausthub Desikachar and continues studies with her mentor, Dolphi Wertenbaker, and will be studying further this fall with TKV Desikachar in India. She has also studied yoga with Esther Myers, Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy.
Dates: Sundays, October 4 and October 18, 2009
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