|COMMUNITY FAMILY CLASS - Saturday - 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Come help create a fun-filled yoga experience with the whole family! This class will be time to share together, learn together and play together. We will utilize music, games and creative movement to engage the imaginations of kids and parents alike, all while teaching breath awareness and exploring asanas. We'll even learn some fun partner poses too! Open to all kids ages 3-9 with a parent or caregiver. Yoga has never been this much fun!
Alicia Corsiglia is primarily a kids and family yoga teacher. Her local business, Little Gurus Yoga, delivers fun, dynamic and playful yoga classes to children and families alike at the Fernwood Yoga Den and Fairfield-Gonzales Community Centre. Seeing the excitement in a child's eye when they accomplish something amazing they didn't think could do, like Bakasana, and the feeling of shavasana after Primary Series is what keeps Alicia going. Her Karma Yoga practice has driven her to deliver free yoga classes to the community, volunteering for organizations such as the Victoria Cool Aid Society & PEERS.
|CULTIVATING COURAGE: YOGA FOR CANCER - Sunday - 9:30 am to 10:45 am
Join Suzanne as she leads students through a diverse set of practices & theories (eastern & western) to open the body, heart and mind. "It requires a great deal of courage to remove the armour that prevents us from opening up to life’s possibilities – the sour and the sweet in life”....Suzanne reminds us. With an emphasis on physical and energetic alignment, Suzanne guides students through dynamic & restorative practices aimed at symptoms associated with cancer diagnosis & treatment.
Suzanne Faith Slocum Gori ’s teachings reveal the celebration of courage and encourage students to dissolve the barriers that prevent them from being open and authentic. Suzanne invites students to playfully move through an intelligent practice in order to cultivate more intimacy with their breath, body, mind and community. Suzanne is an Anusara ™ Inspired Instructor, and her heart is also devoted to mentoring and teaching teachers. As a former certified Yoga Works ™ Instructor living in Los Angeles, Suzanne explored the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages. Suzanne is Co-Founder & Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People in Vancouver and holds a doctorate within Educational and Counselling Psychology. Suzanne conducts 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings, teacher mentorship programs and international retreats & workshops. She is a primary faculty member for Yoga Therapy International and One Yoga Teacher Trainings. Suzanne is also the Founder of SARA Foundation, a charity organization aimed at yoga for cancer prevention & management. Suzanne continues to feed and share her curiosity in life by studying with several highly respected scholars and teachers. Suzanne's heart is primarily captivated and fueled by her husband, two children & malamute husky living in Vancouver.
|ESTATIC YOGA: A KARMA TEACHERS JOURNEY - Sunday - 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Ecstatic yoga was originally created by Karma Teachers founder, Emerson Lim, as an exciting way to engage homeless youth and meet them where they are, by introducing them to the benefits of yoga (Kundalini inspired kriyas) and breath work while triggering a natural high through the therapeutic elements of dance, such as brain dance and ecstatic dance, while creating a space that is truly welcoming and incredibly fun at the same time. Set to to the most exciting music of our time and sometimes with live djembe drummers. Everyone is welcome from toddlers to seniors. Special needs are very welcome.
Yoga transformed Emerson Lim's life and he wants to share it with others. He wants to teach from his heart and be of service to others by sharing yoga selflessly and free of charge. He started Karma Teachers along with many brave yogis to answer a higher calling and to listen to the inner guru and surrender to the lessons that it wants to impart.
He teaches regularly to homeless youth with a focus on liberation, healing and self acceptance. He also teaches kids classes which includes kids with ADD, ADHD and Autism. At Karma Teachers, he teaches ecstatic yoga.
|GENTLE YOGA - Sunday - 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Gentle yoga is great for beginners, people with disabilties of all kinds, seniors or someone just wanting something new. We will be doing yoga on the mat and standing poses which can be adapted to a chair. We will be doing gentle yoga which if you need it a little harder it can be adapted for every pose. When you leave you should feel grounded and relaxed.
Kim Marsh has been doing yoga since 2002. She was told by her doctor to try it as she had pesticide poisoning which effected her muscle memory and joints. She enjoyed yoga so much she went on to become a instructor. Kim works with people with disabilities of all sorts and to watch people start in a chair then down to the mat over time is why she loves teaching yoga. Just to help people gain movement even just slightly is great to watch.
|KIRTAN: THE PRACTICE OF BHAKTI YOGA - Sunday - 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Not all Yoga practice takes place on a mat! Bhakti, or Devotional Yoga is growing worldwide in popularity, particularly through the practice of Kirtan. This practice of call and response chanting in the ancient Sanskrit language brings us into direct contact with the many manifestations of the Divine, brought to life through the rich tapestry of Hindu mythology. We will discuss the colourful history, introduce some of the most important deities, and then launch into the experience as we lead you into direct connection with the source of your own creation. Beginners welcome!
Harmony Barrer began her yogic path 14 years ago, exploring different teachers and forms of asana. With a lifelong passion for music and singing, she was naturally drawn to the chants of devotion accompanying these practices. Having experienced several Kirtan groups and concerts, she began more in depth Kirtan studies in 2009/2010 at Jai Uttal’s week-long Kirtan camp. Returning home with a harmonium in hand, she has not stopped chanting since. Currently she is involved in regular monthly Kirtan’s with her partner and a Kirtan collective, right here in Victoria.
|KUNDALINI YOGA FOR ENERGY AND RADIANCE - Saturday - 8:00 am to 9:15 am
This Kundalini Yoga class will include Pranayama, a powerful Kriya for Energy and Radiance, and Mantra Meditation. This practice will elevate your consciousness, strengthen your magnetic field, balance your hormones, and leave you shining with radiance. Come experience the powerful science and technology of Kundalini Yoga, and learn the specific effects (teachings interwoven within the class) that certain breath patterns, postures, and mantra (projection of sound) have on your body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
Dawn Rabey currently teaches Kundalini and Yin Yoga. Her passions are deepening into the ancient lineages of Kundalini Yoga and Tantra - both of which have a deep reverence for the Divine Feminine. Dawn focusses on being pulled by joy rather than pushed by pain. She encourages all beings to connect with their inherent wholeness and to purposefully live life from this place. Her yoga classes are designed to elevate consciousness, and tap into the infinite source of joy, peace, and creative energy that is omnipresent.
|KUNDALINI YOGA FOR SEASONABLE AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) AND TO INCREASE PRANA - Saturday - 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Kundalini yoga is a powerful technology that incorporates pranayam, kriyas (a series of asanas), meditation and chanting to achieve a stable predictable result. This class is uniquely tailored to increase your solar energy regardless of the available solar energy during winter! Learn to increase the efficiency of your glandular system to beat the winter blues with exercises that target the pineal and pituitary glands. Whether you suffer from SAD, or would like to increase your personal energy and power, this class teacher you to achieve and maintain your optimal elevated state year-round!
Sat Prakash Kaur is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Her teacher training, facilitated by a team of the top instructors comprised of Yogi Bhajan's closest students, took place in Los Angeles at Yoga West. Sat Prakash's experience in the healing arts includes massage therapy, polarity therapy, feng shui, and of course yoga. Her teaching background includes several years of Pranic Healing instruction and meditation and she is the co-author and publisher of two books on holistic healing.
|MODERN MANTRAS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE - Saturday 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
You will learn english language mantras such as: "Life is So Beautiful", "I am Blessed", "Heaven Has Come", and many more. You can take these mantras with you and use them in your daily life as a way to "tune" yourself to a high frequency and therefore attract the things you most want that are in alignment with that high flying frequency.
Shine Kelly is in the flow of songs; they just seem to come to him. During emotional experiences; he hears them, like a song that’s stuck in your head. Usually he receives them from places of joy and fun. He loves to share these songs as they can create that same space of love as when they were written, and that can be contagious. He loves the idea of sharing beautiful songs with beautiful people. He has begun to use these songs to help him find that place of love in everyday experiences, and it has transformed his life.
|SOUND HEALING - Saturday 11:00 to 12:15 pm
Using Crystal Bowls,Gongs,Tibetan Singing Bowls, Aboriginal Hand Drums and Voice, to create an ocean of sound that tunes and balances the nervous system, entraining it to the Common energy source. During a Sound Fusion you will either be sitting or laying comfortably, to begin you will be offered some breath awareness and guidance on your journey. This journey begins as you ease into the blend of sounds, becoming one with them. Here the inner work begins also breaking and moving blockages and allowing freedom of movement from within. Bring a mat/blanket/cushion for your comfort.
Cheryl Redfern is a RN (22 years) and presently works in the field of Addictions. She is a practicing Reiki Master (2005) and since 2009 has worked as a Crystal Bowl Sound Energy Practitioner. She recently attained her Jonathan Goldman Healing Sounds Certificate (2012), and is a Member of Sound Healers Assn. and has been an Aromatherapy Massage Practitioner since 1999.
Elizabeth Mueller has her own Yoga Studio where she teaches Hatha/ Kriya Yoga. “Nuad Phaen Boran” she is a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner (2003) and Energy Healing – Practising Tibetan Sound Massage “Klang Massage” from Dr. Peter Hess, Practitioner (2004) She is also a Reiki Practitioner.
|TODDLER YOGA - Sunday - 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Tap in to your inner child with Toddler Yoga and learn how to lead an imaginative yoga journey which introduces children ages 2 - 5 to yoga. Children enjoy songs, circle time and yoga while using their imagination to take them on a journey. Poses are taught in the form of various animals that children would see on their journey whether it be at the beach, zoo, farm or where ever. AJ is a mother and yoga instructor who believes yoga can be an excellent tool for children to learn about body movement, body awareness, focus and concentration as well as relaxation, stress relief, balance and flexibility.
AJ Aiken is the owner of VI Hippie Chick Holistic Living. AJ's yoga journey started in her early twenties when diagnosed with fibromyalgia. At first, yoga was a means to cope with fibromyalgia, but over the years she has become enthralled with the many healing powers of yoga. Through her journey she has studied Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Chakra, and Hatha yoga. AJ's desire to become a teacher stemmed from wanting to share this amazing tool for healing and nurturing the body, mind and spirit with her son as well as anyone open to experiencing yoga.
|YOGA FOR RECOVERY - Sunday - 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Anyone looking to enhance their recovery from addictive, codependent or other unhealthy tendencies will benefit from this class. Yoga for Recovery integrates breath and body movements with the wisdom of yogic philosophies and the power of meditation to deepen the body, mind and spirit connection. Recovery philosophies are weaved into the class, as well. Hatha style. Beginner friendly, all levels welcome. Recovery is a process. Yoga is a process. Life is a process. And together they work.
Taryn Strong loves teaching yoga because she gets the experience of seeing a student before class and then the transformation after class.She encourages students to let go of expectations and limitations and to just enjoy where they are in the pose both physically and mentally.Students leave Taryn’s class feeling relaxed, refreshed, grounded, balanced, and at ease in both body and mind. Taryn took her 300 hour teacher training program through Moksana Yoga Center in the spring of 2007. In August 2011, she received her “Yoga of Recovery” certification at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram Farm.
|YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS FOR YOGA STUDENTS - Saturday - 9:30 am to 10:45 am
Yoga can provide relief and create freedom in the body. However, did you know that if practiced incorrectly, yoga can actually worsen a scoliosis? This workshop will provide yoga students with the know-how to adapt postures to their particular bodies. Key postures that elongate the spine, release tight areas and create internal space for breath will be demonstrated.
Kathryn Kusyszyn is a writer, yogi life coach, nutritionist and bodyworker. She discovered her scoliosis at the age of eighteen after a trampoline accident sent her to a chiropractor. Searching for relief from the related chronic pain and stiffness, she experimented with several healing modalities including yoga, massage and nutrition. She teaches Yoga for Scoliosis and maintains a private practice in Victoria BC.