The End of a Decade

What a year it has been for me. I feel that my soul yearned to clear of all my ghosts both known and unknown and threw me into the fire as a bonus to end the decade. Good thing I have a gigantic sense of humour.

When I look back, it has been a splendid ten years, how short sighted we can be when we only see the fire up front and personal. If we take our time, we can be grateful that the fires showed up and appreciate our own awareness of them. I am thankful to be able to put some of those fires out with the tools of yoga, meditation, ayurvedic practices, reiki and a whole lot of self care. This is ongoing as I continue to become the fire watcher. This element is both powerful and fierce, both awful and beautiful and need to be observed from a calm mindset.

In these last two months of 2019, may we all reflect on the blessings of the past, and clear our way to welcome the gifts of the unknown with steadfast openness. Yes to 2020!

 

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $108/6 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Nov 4th, 18th, 25th
Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Remembrance Day Monday Nov 11th)


Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $126/7sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

Using pliable massage balls, we  learn specific techniques to release the body of tension in a physical and emotional level working to harmonize the nervous system, great for proprioception or body awareness. This class combines body release and strengthening to create a balanced core.

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $210/7 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
Nov 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Dec 4th, 11th, 18th

Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

 

RICHMOND ARTS CENTRE:

THERAPY BALL ROLLING YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 10:30-11:45am
$110.00/10 sessions  2745917

HATHA YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 12:00-1:00pm 
$88.00/10sessions  2745925

HATHA YOGA
September 18th-Nov 27th Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm 
$94.60/11sessions  2745926

Richmond Leisure Guide Registration Link/Drop Ins Available

 

This R & R workshop fills up fast, register here to reserve your spot.

 

This holiday season, consider donations to The Shoebox Project or Yoga Outreach Both organizations making impact in our community.

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

Dalai Lama

More Sweet Offerings in October

Living Meditation Urban Retreat with Heidi Hirdaya  October 20th, Sunday 10am-5pm (half day options available)

10:00am-5:00pm (with lunch break)
Sunday Retreat: $150
Sunday Morning: 10:00am-1:00pm $75
Sunday Afternoon: 2:00pm-5:00pm $75

Please register here or directly with  Heidi.

E-transfer to carineyoga@gmail.com or heidi.hirdaya@gmail.com

Yes! More Sweetness with Hirdaya visiting and some  class changes at YYOGA. I’ve dropped my public classes at YYOGA from 10 to 6 per week this year to honour my rhythm, more time to honour what lights me up! Specifically, I’ve joined the local pottery club! More time to open and discover that box of chocolate I talked about and I hope you are discovering your chocolate box of life as well.

Here’s my new October schedule at YYOGA Richmond Oval:

Tuesday: Yhot 9:15am-10:15am/ Hatha 10:30am-11:45am

Friday: Core Fusion 10:30am-11:30am/ Restorative instead of Hatha 12:00pm-1:00pm

Saturday: Hatha instead of Flow 4:30pm-5:45pm/ Aromatherapy Yin 6:00pm-7:15pm

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Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $126/7 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Oct 7th, 21st, 28th
Full! Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Thanksgiving Monday Oct 14th)


Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $162/9sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Full! Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. Please note fee adjusted, all 75 mins classes are now the same rates.


Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $270/9 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Complimentary Meditation Session October 18th 6pm-7pm for GCF+ participants
A few spots left. Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

 

RICHMOND ARTS CENTRE:

THERAPY BALL ROLLING YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 10:30-11:45am
$110.00/10 sessions  2745917

 

HATHA YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 12:00-1:00pm 
$88.00/10sessions  2745925

HATHA YOGA
September 18th-Nov 27th Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm 
$94.60/11sessions  2745926

Richmond Leisure Guide Registration Link/Drop Ins Available

 

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.”
-Dalai Lama

 

Fall back to your Sadhana

What is Sadhana? It’s what saved my hectic visitor filled crazy Summer! “Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” Forrest Gump was right! I had my relatives visiting with completely different lifestyle and life views, my mom’s dementia haunted my sleep, my separated parents living under the same roof….the list goes on. My Sadhana grounded and calmed my senses in the most challenging times. What is Sadhana? It is the discipline of routine spiritual practice and the surrendering of the ego through activities such as meditation, yoga, chanting or prayer. Join me this Fall to press reset and enjoy your box of chocolates. Both sweet and bitter-sweet. I love chocolates.

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $126/7 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Oct 7th, 21st, 28th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Thanksgiving Monday Oct 14th)


Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $162/9sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. Please note fee adjusted, all 75 mins classes are now the same rates.


Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $270/9 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
Sept 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Complimentary Meditation Session October 18th 6pm-7pm for GCF+ participants
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

 

RICHMOND ARTS CENTRE:

THERAPY BALL ROLLING YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 10:30-11:45am
$110.00/10 sessions  2745917

 

HATHA YOGA
September 16th-December 2nd Mondays 12:00-1:00pm 
$88.00/10sessions  2745925

HATHA YOGA
September 18th-Nov 27th Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm 
$94.60/11sessions  2745926

Richmond Leisure Guide Registration Link/Drop Ins Available

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.”
-Dalai Lama


Summer Balancing Yin Sessions

Happy Solstice! The longer days bring us outside more and this yang energy can deplete our inner yin resource. I’ve chosen to teach less this summer to nourish my yin essence and create more balance in my life intentionally. I hope you will cherish the wisdom of the solstice and take steps to nourish yourself by slowing down as we move into the yang cycle of life.

Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $108/6sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
July 2nd, 23rd, 30th
August 6th, 13th, 20th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

Celebrate MMM style!

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Come to celebrate Summer and a late 2nd year of Living Yoga MMM style! Meditation and Mindful Munchies that is!

Friday June 28th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Come for meditation at 6:00pm-6:45pm or just for some mindful munchies afterwards. Bring yourself and be ready for surprises!

R.S.V.P. carineyoga@gmail.com

 

Taladya

 

Namaste! Have a Wonderful Summer!

Celebrate MMM style!

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Come to celebrate Summer and a late 2nd year of Living Yoga MMM style! Meditation and Mindful Munchies that is!

Friday June 28th 6:00pm-7:30pm

Come for meditation at 6:00pm-6:45pm or just for some mindful munchies afterwards. Bring yourself and be ready for surprises!

R.S.V.P. carineyoga@gmail.com

 

Taladya

 

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Thank you for voting for me, I was happily surprised and deeply honoured to make it to the top 3! Deep Gratitude!

 

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $126/7 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 6th, 13th, 27th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Victoria Monday May 20th)


Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $144/8sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. Please note fee adjusted, all 75 mins classes are now the same rates.


Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $240/8 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Complimentary Meditation Session June 28th 6pm-7pm
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.


“You are Pure, Free, Forever.”
—Swami Shyam

Namaste!

Thank you for voting for me, I was happily surprised and deeply honoured to make it to the top 3!


R & R Yoga Retreat Thailand 2019

It’s warm and sunny nowadays but remember our winters? Come join me this December and soak up some sun and Lanna culture in Chiang Mai, Thailand! We will be in a tranquil setting surrounded by rice fields yet close to many attractions. Immerse in Thai culture and visit local temples, book a Thai massage, enjoy Bo Sang handicrafts, visit the tribal people, try it all, or none at all. Each day we will start with GCF (Gentle Core Functional) Yoga, and end with Roll and Restore Yoga in the evenings to quiet the mind and body. Customize this retreat and get some well deserved R & R.

Taladya


Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $126/7 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 6th, 13th, 27th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Victoria Monday May 20th)


Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $144/8sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. Please note fee adjusted, all 75 mins classes are now the same rates.


Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $240/8 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Complimentary Meditation Session June 28th 6pm-7pm
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.


“You are Pure, Free, Forever.”
—Swami Shyam

 


R & R Yoga Retreat Thailand 2019

It’s warm and sunny nowadays but remember our winters? Come join me this December and soak up some sun and Lanna culture in Chiang Mai, Thailand! We will be in a tranquil setting surrounded by rice fields yet close to many attractions. Immerse in Thai culture and visit local temples, book a Thai massage, enjoy Bo Sang handicrafts, visit the tribal people, try it all, or none at all. Each day we will start with GCF (Gentle Core Functional) Yoga, and end with Roll and Restore Yoga in the evenings to quiet the mind and body. Customize this retreat and get some well deserved R & R.

Taladya

 

 

May We Be in Creation

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An image of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

May is full of new growth all around us, we are blessed with multicoloured flowers and fragranced by the freshness in the air here in Richmond. It’s a reminder of life! (If you want to read about death, scroll down and read the January blog…)

So do you want to stay in your own default mode, old smelly habits,  or do you want to be in creation? I choose over and over again to be in creation especially when faced with challenges. Sometimes it’s easier to stay in our old conditioned ways, but when you step up to meet your Soul, you might experience the myriad rainbow-nebula like experiences we call life. It consists of both death of a star and the birth of another. I challenge you to step into yourself; your past. Really see yourself; your now. Know yourself; create your future. (P.S. Yoga, Reiki and Meditation can help 😉

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $126/7 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 6th, 13th, 27th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Victoria Monday May 20th)

Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $144/8sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. Please note fee adjusted, all 75 mins classes are now the same rates.

Gentle Core Functional Yoga + (GCF+)

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Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm $240/8 sessions or $35/drop ins space permitting.
May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Complimentary Meditation Session June 28th 6pm-7pm
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

“You are Pure, Free, Forever.”
—Swami Shyam

 

Spring Resilience

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Resilience: It’s all about letting the good stuff land in your mind, to truly feel its effects in the body. To spring back no matter what life has to offer, like a bird over the hardship of winter. I feel and practice this, especially in the past few months. Once again it’s a practice. Rick Hanson the buddhist psychologist wrote six books about this. Good Stuff!
Spring is here! I’m happy to spring back to the Richmond Art Centre, and offer this new GCF+ specialty class at my home studio in the new season. I will slowly go back to YYOGA as well! Slow and steady, I hope to see you on the mat somewhere in Richmond.
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Register Here Wait list Here

 

Richmond Art Centre Registration Open:

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RAC Registration Link

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $108/6 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
March 4th, 11th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Easter Monday April 22nd)

Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $90/6sessions or $20/drop ins space permitting.
March 12th
April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Please contact me for registration/wait list and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

“You are Pure, Free, Forever.”
—Swami Shyam

Something New Already?

My unilateral mastectomy surgery tightened the connective tissues in my chest and limited my shoulder’s range of movement greatly at first. In fact, there’s a whole lot I had to re-learn. This article might be of interest to you “Effects of Mastectomy on Shoulder and Spinal Kinematics During Bilateral Upper-Limb Movement” APTA (American Physiotherapy Association Oxford Academic) https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/90/5/679/2737763

Two weeks post surgery and I can move my arm fully like a windmill forward, back, sideways. I have no doubt that my personal practice had something to do with my physical and emotional healing.

 

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Day 14 post surgery
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Woohoo! This just shows my ROM. Lots of rest is what heals 🙂

When something is this good, I have to share! 

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Register Here

Richmond Art Centre Registration Open:

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RAC Registration Link

Gentle Core Functional Yoga (GCF)

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Mondays 7:00pm-8:15pm $108/6 sessions or $25/drop ins space permitting.
March 4th, 11th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
Please contact me for registration and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes. (No class on Easter Monday April 22nd)

Living Yin Yoga

Tuesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm $90/6sessions or $20/drop ins space permitting.
March 12th
April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Please contact me for registration and sliding scale rates if unable to attend all classes.

“You are Pure, Free, Forever.”
—Swami Shyam