Ayurvedic Yoga: Harmonizing Your Practice with Nature
February 2 - 3, 2019
9 am – 5 pm
Yogatown, 1300 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, ON K2S 1C3, Ottawa

A weekend for yoga practitioners and teachers alike.

If you teach yoga, there can be a lot of pressure to make study and practice about being useful to your students. However, it’s imperative that we cultivate sustainability and suitability of practice – the right practice for the right season, or season of life.

This weekend is to rekindle your relationship with yoga, including long practices and a contemplative, conversational approach to Ayurvedic wisdom. If you’re craving wisdom within the context of nourishing movement and community, join us for this experiential exploration.

Ayurveda is the sister system to yoga: if yoga is a path to achieving wellness and enlightenment, then Ayurveda is the system that supports a healthy bodymind for yoga’s practices.

Ayurvedic Yoga examines elemental composition of nature and people to seasonally attune your yoga and lifestyle practices. We’ll discuss best practices throughout the year and identify how we may be resisting balance in our daily routines. Of course, Ayuveda says that what we do is not always as important as how we do it, so our weekend will be rich in experiencing the different approaches appropriate to each season.

Our weekend will include…

  • Examining how yoga and Ayurveda dialogue in history and practice

  • Developing a simple, effective self-care routine, including massage based on marma points (Ayurveda’s meridians system)

  • Yoga postures, sequences, and approaches to practice for each season

  • Self-massage techniques and their benefits, including abhyanga (oil massage) and rolling with guest teacher, Erin Bidlake

  • Two practices each day, bracketing conversation, lecture and discovery

This weekend is suitable to practitioners and teachers alike, no prior Ayurvedic experience is necessary. It does count as a module in the 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program.


THE QUIET PRACTICE
YIN + MELLOW YOGA TRAINING

February 21 - 24, 2019
Yogatown Stittsville

A program for experienced students and 200 hour certified yoga teachers who want to diversify their offerings and confidently offer quiet yoga.

Yoga sheds light into the depth of our inextricable mind-body connection, so when we are willing to be still in our bodies, we better cultivate stillness for our minds. It’s a young yoga practice that draws on ancient wisdom, and this training honours both old and new knowledge so you can practice with greater clarity and purpose.

Suitable for experienced yoga practitioners and teachers looking to delve into offering Yin Yoga, we will explore Yin and complementary practices over the course of two weekends. We will cover…

Why Yin: The Physiology of Stretch
Skeletal Anatomy Relevant to Yin
History, Culture + Players of Yin Yoga
Introduction to Meridians Theory
Ayurvedic Lens on Yin Yoga
Teaching Methods for a Healing Atmosphere
Yin Sequences for Beginners and Advanced Practices
Supportive + Advanced Posture Prop Use
Reflective Homework for Practice and Teaching Development

Participants with a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification will earn a Yin Yoga Teaching Certificate and 32 hours of Continuing Education Units for Yoga Alliance.

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This is both a standalone course as well as a module in the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Students who are Yoga Alliance members may use this course as part of their Continuing Education credits.


WOMEN’S YOGA + AYURVEDA CONFERENCE
February June 7 - 9, 2019
Friday 5 - 8 pm, Saturday/Sunday 9 - 5 pm
Yogatown Stittsville + TBC

Given women’s commitment to the evolution and expansion of yoga and Ayurveda, it’s time we dove into how these practices specifically speak to women’s experience of wellness on multiple levels. Over three days, we will cover…

  • The Yoga of Self-Honouring with Barrie Risman, Yoga Teacher

  • The Ayurvedic view of Hormones with Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner + Yoga Teacher

  • Natural Cycles of Women with Mona Warner

  • A Woman's History of Yoga with Kathryn Anne Flynn

  • Women's Pelvic Floor wellness with Andrea Plitz, Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Specialist, and Yoga Teacher

This weekend is a special event that brings together expert yogis and wellness practitioners to deliver compassionate, contemplative and real information about women’s yoga and Ayurveda. Session descriptions below!

Barrie Risman, Yoga Teacher - The Yoga of Self-Honouring

Yoga is at its most transformational when we use it as a way to restore, nurture, and expand a loving, compassionate relationship with ourselves. As women, we may often find ourselves expending our energy outward to fulfill all the roles and responsibilities we play. Yoga allows us to return back to ourselves, to reclaim our inherent worthiness and foster a healthy sense of self-esteem.

When we do this, our practice becomes a potent source of inspiration and a great ally in our lives. Our mat becomes like a trusted friend, a place where we’re able to meet ourselves exactly where we are and be welcomed with support, acceptance, encouragement and love. We do this not only for ourselves, but also because doing so changes the way we see others, the way we serve others, and how we meet the world around us.

In this session, Barrie will guide us in exploring the practices and wisdom that allow us to unlock the full potential of our yoga practice as a lifelong companion.

Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner + Yoga Teacher - The Ayurvedic view of Hormones

During this session we will explore the Ayurvedic view of Hormones, how they are connected to our digestion and energy management, the interplay of hormones (aka Bucket Syndrome/Pregnanelone Steal), and recommendations to bring more balance to our hormonal system.

Mona Warner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner + Yoga Teacher - Natural Cycles for Women

In this session we explore menstruation and menopause from the Ayurvedic view. We will discuss the importance of the menstrual cycle, what a healthy menstruation looks like, signs of imbalance and suggestions to realign menses. Then we'll explore how the health of the menstrual cycle and hormone balance come together during the menopausal transition. We'll discuss the typical imbalances experienced during menopause and recommendations to bring the body back into balance. Also suggestions moving forward into the Golden Years so they can be enjoyed rather than simply “tolerated”.

Both sessions will include time for Q&A - bring your questions!

Andrea Plitz – Physiotherapist and Pelvic Floor Specialist, Yoga Teacher

Join Andrea on a journey to learn about the pelvic floor, core and breath connections, common abdominal-pelvic conditions in women, to kegel or not to kegel, and, how to connect to your base and power centre through interspersed embodiment exercises.

Put all these pieces together in a curated 60 minute yoga practice focusing on awareness, connection, grounding and support for your entire system.

Kathryn Anne Flynn - A Woman’s History of Yoga  

Women have championed the evolution and sharing of yoga in its 20th century global explosion, seeing in yoga a deeply needed path of self-realization and wellness. Women may seem largely absent in yoga’s history, but the philosophy offers both insights into historical gender roles as well as inspiration for how yoga presently serves women.

We’ll weave together history, yoga and feminist philosophy, look at influential historical figures, and discuss how yoga provides respite from the challenges of women’s experiences, as well as where we have work to do in realizing yoga as liberation from suffering.