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You don’t look like a fancy-name-brand-yoga-pants model. You aren’t flexible—or don’t know if you are because you’ve been desk-bound. You’ve tried meditation, but couldn’t sit still or stop thinking. You might be full of doubts, but you’re still curious about yoga and meditation because you know you need to take better care of yourself. You’d feel safer knowing it was OK that you don’t match the stereotypes—that you could find a place where all bodies and all levels are truly welcome.
Or, maybe you have yoga and meditation experience, but you want to practice in a beautiful, small-group setting where you can get a high-level of personal attention. You want to attend classes that will help you advance in your practice, but you also want a vibe that isn’t overly serious—a place where you can relax and be yourself.
Or, perhaps we’ve already been working together doing registered massage therapy and you want to adopt a complementary practice to increase the benefits of our efforts.
We approach classes as meditation-in-movement, with frequent cues offered to help you stay connected to your embodied experience from one breath to the next. We also practice meditation in each class. You might have tried meditation and concluded it didn’t work for you because you spent the whole time thinking. Don’t worry: it’s not actually advisable to stop thinking. That’s a weird myth and not what we aim for. Your brain is designed to think.
Meditation practice helps us learn to sit with ourselves and whatever is there. We connect to the breath, developing focus and awareness. We don’t shame ourselves for our monkey minds, but we do pay attention to our mental gymnastics. In doing so, we might become aware of how our brains cook up things that might not be true (i.e. limiting beliefs, negative self talk, etc.). The habit of noticing what’s going on in our hot little heads gives us space to cool down and become less reactive.
My yoga & meditation classes are taught at The Tiny Studio in rural Ottawa south. The Tiny Studio is a high-ceilinged, light-filled, super-hospitable space, kitted out with all the necessary yoga props to get cozy and comfortable and to modify movements when necessary. Classes are limited to eight people, which means I get to know you and your story. It also means that you get a lot of individual attention tailored to your personal needs.
My yoga teaching style is accessible, straightforward, and fun. It’s neither slow-motion Tai Chi nor an amped-up fitness routine. I slow things down so we can be thorough, not to lack challenge. In other words, we won’t just be having fun and lying on floor pillows having yoga naps.
I offer a few different class styles, but they’re all a fusion between my training in yoga, meditation, therapeutic movement, anatomy and physiology. I keep up with current research and have a really good theoretical understanding of what we’re doing, but you won’t get jargon and pointy-headed
Classes—which are generally 90 minutes long—are organized into sessions. The session price is based on $15 per class including HST.
Sessions typically run from 8-12 weeks. Classes fill up fast, but you can get on the waitlist by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please also visit the Upcoming page to see postings for my latest retreats, workshops, and trainings.