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this summer of heat and humidity, of not enough rain and so many beach walks. this summer of fear and anxiety, of projects and reading and breathing and crazy sleeps. it is not far from a wrap.

with fingers crossed and heart wide open, i move into fall programming and class offerings.

gentle yoga classes shall resume, held in the upton room at west royalty community centre on mondays and fridays (as per the schedule below) from 10:30 – 11:30. 

gentle yoga offers a lovely way to move your body for good health, longevity, and injury protection. breathwork and mindfulness, moving with intention, and dedicating time to honour the beautiful mess you are is included in each class. no previous yoga experience is required. getting up and down from the floor is required.

as per covid protocols, there will be no drop ins and all participants must be pre-registered.

it is necessary that you bring your own yoga mat, strap (yoga strap, neck tie, robe belt, something that will serve), and blanket/towel. if you have one or two yoga blocks, feel free to bring them along for pose modifications.

the fall schedule runs in three 8-class sessions.  registration and payment will be accepted for only current/upcoming session. 

please email me at 3oryoki@gmail.com to register and to receive the more detailed covid protocols we will be following.

 

YOGA SCHEDULE

SESSION 1         Monday               Friday

Sept.                    14                        18

                            21                        25

sept/oct               28                         2

                            5                           9

SESSION 2

oct                                                   16

                             19                        23

                             26                        30

nov                       2                           6

                             9

SESSION 3

nov                     16

                            23

                            30

dec                                                   4

                             7                          11

                             14                        18

 

CLASS COSTS

8 classes =  $68

4 classes =  $36

one off/add on classes = $10 each

the importance of breathing need hardly be stressed. it provides the oxygen for the metabolic processes; literally it supports the fires of life. but breath as “pneuma” is also the spirit or soul. we live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. by our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. if we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. in all oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss. that is why breathing is the dominant factor in the practice of yoga.           ~ alexander lowen

 

tuesrun

running into a void; running as void

104701746_629725940964667_5216301799963580231_non weekend past, i headed out for a leisurely run.  i roll my eyes when i say that; there is nothing in my experience that feels ‘leisurely’ when i move in a running sort of fashion. the morning was one in a series of lovely days we’ve been blessed with.

from the moment i shifted from the walk down the laneway to the run, my body felt good. i felt light, i was light.  the touch of my bare feet on the asphalt was but a whisper, a kiss, in the thich nhat hanh spirit.

it was a slow run, meant to simply move me along the surface, the gentle arc of the earth moving beneath me, with no effort to run fast/er or further. yet, before i realized it, i was past my intended turnaround point, adding my every 7 to 10 day 10% increase in distance a few days early.

just before my turnaround point, an oil delivery truck pulled into a laneway ahead of me and then, a kilometre into my return distance, the truck passed me in a boisterous whir and whoosh of engine calls and slipstream.  as it climbed the hill ahead of me i noticed what was agreeable in this stentorian beast and how the qualities of its calls changed as it climbed the hill, peaked,  and disappeared from sight.  once out of my sight, the call of the wild fuel truck lingered, fading, fading, fading. i could imagine it moving along the roadway and i became curious as to how long i could hear its song.

there came a moment when i could no longer be sure if it was still within earshot or simply lost to me.  beyond that moment was nothing. nothingness. emptiness. sunyata.

tuesdayrunamplification

a few days later i headed out into the oppressive heat and humidity which had been visiting our part of the world for a few days at that point.  each day collecting itself with a heat warning wrapped in a humidex number.   i love heat, but not so much high humidity.

damp before i ran a step, each stride was an effort, an exercise in squishing all my internal moisture out through every single pore of my body.  small rivulets collected and spilt forth from the back of my hairline, the bend in my elbows grew ever increasingly damp, my eyes stung with the salty fills from my brow, smudging the lenses of my glasses, my headband saturated.

my world became a soggy soft-focused sudoric steamy stretch of scenery through which i tried to breathe and move.

i thought about the sunbeams gathering in the droplets which hung so heavy in the air.  each tiny collection an opalescent prism, bending the rays of the sun into more intense heat, acting like ocean spray on barely clad beach goers.  the brightness of these flashpoints causing me to keep my gaze mostly downwards.

if these vehicles of humidity could do so much to amplify the heat and light of the sun, i began to wonder if they could do the same for the diffusion of odour particles moving freely through the air.  surely they could, for on this day i was profoundly aware of the smells. there no was wind to carry them, but there were these moisture beads — fragrance beads — to serve as conveyance.  the dung spread on farm fields, the oily diesel of passing trucks, the sheep manure, the sulphurous remnants of skunk adventures settling acrid in my mouth.

short runnings in my mind

todayrunon this day, a short, faster run in anticipation of 7 hours of a steel mace vinyasa conditioning course later in the day.

the humidity has taken a dip and there is a slight reprieve in the heat. it is warm, but not hot.  i set out at a pace faster than i normally do and settle my breath into the rhythm of this demand over the first half kilometre.  and mind falls into a quiet place and senses awaken.

after the first half of the run, when i turn into the glory of the sun on my face, i must push myself to maintain this faster pace.  it is my first run of the year where i find i fall into mindgames to make it happen, counting light standards, noting distance markers, reeling myself home as i count down.  the to-me-a-hill looks to subdue me and i know i must give in to that or do myself in, though my effort remains stronger, even here.  before i peak, i am panting and feeling a familiar tightness in my chest and shoulders. all the signs that i am working my edge.

it takes me longer to resettle the pattern of breath, stride, heartbeat after the not-hill, but it is do-able and again mind falls into a quiet place. ah, but only for a bit.

in the space of the run, that place between quiet/empty and fighting my winds, a new zone opens; a territory that has found the safety and gentle temerity to exist.  bits of my life begin to burble, breaking the surface of my mind in soft ways, lacking the turbulence of just weeks ago. it is okay.

postrunwhen we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. we have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.

― thich nhat hanh

 

open heart

i have been teaching this particular class — gentle yoga — for more than a dozen years.  only 3 times in those years have i taken more than 2 weeks off at a time. until, of course, this year.

we enjoyed a lovely practice together on friday, march 13th and by the time i got home there was notification that all programming in the building was immediately ended.

11 weeks later, with a new layer of safety precautions, we can again gather our energies, our hearts, and spirits, in one room, to practice.  a gentle practice to keep our joints strong, our spines resilient, our connective tissues juicy. a gentle practice to lead us out of the physiological effects of stress and into a nourishing state of being.

for 8 weeks, beginning monday june 8 and ending friday july 31, we will have practice twice a week together.  10am on mondays and fridays at Hillsborough Park Community Centre.

if you have interest or questions, please send me an email at

3oryoki@gmail.com

the class will not be able to accommodate walk-ins, but drop-ins can be prearranged.

namaste.

sometimes, you just have to start all over differently.  ~ bernard kelvin clive

 

100996223_618549779004400_365691180781928448_nthe to and fro of pine limbs, trampolining in the gusts and a morning sky gauzy with pillowy pewter-lined clouds greeted me. the gray and coral marbled asphalt, like ill-fitting jigsaw puzzle pieces strewn upon the earth, welcomed the steady chatter of my feet.  all manner of happy birds, oblivious to my presence, nooked in swaying trees, filling my body with trilly notes.

no push in my body this morning, just a presence and the ongoing peace making with the wind.  partway into the run, the draperies were drawn aside and the sun shone through. i became aware of my shadow self, running just in front of me, leading me into the places i needed to travel.

100569460_772063373534226_4537950251817893888_ni moved my awareness to the tidal movements of fluids running through the channels in my brain. brine-swelled pulses delivering oxygen to the recesses not yet fully awakened from my good night’s rest. conveying the goodness of sunshine through the complexity of vascular highways, collecting the dregs and dross from the neuronal salt mines.

this has always been my primary reason for running; the neuroprotective whatfor in my elevated heart rate is the black caviar of my efforts.  and now affixed, to run with my shadow self, partnering the purpose.

of late every day brings a stronger wind.

good timber does not grow with ease. the stronger the wind the stronger the trees.
~ thomas s monson

100598778_259263781976768_4473273679337226240_nthis morning’s chilly breeze reddened my knuckles and billowed my lungs. there was a corridor of contrails that drew me into my run, the roadside littered with bobbing robins. and so it was that when i turned east to head home, the sun relieved my hands of their chill and infinite silence existed between the bird calls of the morning.

this moment – every moment – a gift. this moment that is 13.8 billion years in the making. so many events had to happen simultaneously for this moment to be, for me to be in this moment, running in the sunshine with the kindest of intentions toward myself.

simply mind-boggling. outrageously incredible.

in every moment, the Universe is whispering to you. you’re constantly surrounded by signs, coincidences, and synchronicities , all aimed at propelling you in the direction of your destiny.       ~  denise linn

 

Baby-Kettlebell

it is hard to believe i am creating 2020 class schedules, but indeed i am.  well, let’s just leap into the leap year, shall we?

both gentle yoga and group kettlebell class will continue to be held on mondays and fridays in the upton room at west royalty community centre.  gentle yoga is 10:30 – 11:30 and group kettlebell class is 12:00 – 12:45.

kettlebell training will help you meet your fitness goals! compound exercises work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, developing strength and muscular endurance and efficient caloric expenditure. the workout puts the focus on integrating breathing, movement and alignment with your ability to control balance and weight. working with the kettlebell is combined with body weight exercises for an all around heart-pumping workout.

**if you have not previously worked with kettlebells, dropping in is not safe or suitable. please get in touch so we can give you a proper introduction before you join the class.

enjoy a 60 minute gentle yoga practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body imagesstrength as we age, move through stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, or a variety of joint injuries.  listen to your heart’s voice and move gently through your days.

a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation.

no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

JANUARY        MON 6TH                             FRI 10TH
               MON 13TH                            FRI 17TH
                  MON 20TH                            FRI 24TH  
               MON 27TH                            FRI 31ST
FEBRUARY       MON 3RD                              FRI 7TH NO CLASS
               MON 10TH                             FRI 14TH
               MON 17TH NO CLASS                    FRI 21ST
               MON 24TH                             FRI 28TH NO CLASS
MARCH          MON 2ND                              FRI 6TH NO CLASS
               MON 9TH                              FRI 13TH
               MON 16TH                             FRI 20TH
               MON 23RD                             FRI 27TH
               MON 30TH
21 classes:  $168
11 classes:  $93.50
create your own package @ $9./class, paid in advance
drop ins always welcome for yoga $10

 

yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck

and takes you on a journey

whether you like it or not.

~ vanda scaravelli

 

 

beachit has been a glorious summer.  i love heat and sunshine and the slow pace of my life during this season. beach walks, ocean swims, deck dining, books and beer and birdnerding.

i do hope you found wonder and peace in your summer months.

just as summer arises, so too will it pass away.  the steady turning of the wheel; the hours of the sun in the sky shorten, fresh food is harvested from trees and fields, the return to school, the landscape takes on new colours.

and, new sessions of GENTLE YOGA  and GROUP KETTLEBELL CLASS begin!  all classes held at the West Royalty Community Centre, (usually) in the Upton Room.  mondays and fridays, GENTLE YOGA 10:30 – 11:30a and GROUP KETTLEBELL CLASS 12:00 – 12:45p.

*start date:  friday, september 6

*end date:  friday, december 20

*please note no classes:  friday september 27, monday september 30, friday october 11, monday october 14, friday november 8, monday november 11,  friday november 15, friday december 6.

there are 23 classes total in the session.  join us for the entire season for $186  or sign up for 12 of them for $102.  i am happy to negotiate other size packages with you, just get in touch!  payments can be etransferred (3oryoki@gmail.com) or by cash or cheque.

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breathing in, i calm my body

breathing out, i smile

dwelling in the present moment, i know this is a wonderful moment.

~ thich nhat hanh

 

 

the NEW SESSIONS begin monday may 13th.

gentle yoga to keep you centred, supple, and soothed.  always served with an open heart and some measure of shenanigans.

group kettlebell training to fire up your day, ignite your strong, twitch all your muscle fibres, and move you into greater health.

the full session (yoga or kettlebell) – 22 classes – for $176.

the session on a half shell – any 11 classes – for $99.00

drop ins  $10/class

if you have some great summer plans lined up and would like to talk about a package for a different number of classes, just drop me a note.

all classes held in the Upton Room of West Royalty Community Centre.

you don’t have to know where you’re going to get exactly where you need to go.
                           ~ marilyn a. hepburn

class schedule:

monday               friday

may       13                           17

20                           24 no class

27                           31

june       3                              7

10                           14

17                           21

24                           28

july        1 no class             5

8                              12

15                           19

22                           26

29

aug                                        2

whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.
– thaddeus golas

while plenty of you will enjoy some extra time off this weekend, i am working. i am very grateful to be working.

friday, april 19 and monday april 22:

9:00a ADULT FITNESS – drop ins welcome

10:30a GENTLE YOGA – drop ins welcome

12:00p GROUP KETTLEBELL – kettlebell-experienced drop ins welcome

 

all classes held at WEST ROYALTY COMMUNITY CENTRE*

*please note, the building is closed over the weekend. i will be at the main doors prior to class start times to let folks in. please don’t arrive late.

 

workingweekend

 

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enjoy a 60 minute practice geared toward maintaining joint health and body strength as we age, move through stress-related soft-tissue tension, arthritis, or a variety of joint injuries.

a gentle flow warm-up sets the tone for stretches, basic postures, warm laughter, and a rejuvenating final relaxation.

no yoga experience is necessary for this class.

classes are on mondays and fridays at 10:30am

in the upton room at west royalty community centre.

begins on  march 1 and ends on april 29

*no classes on march 8, april 12, 22

15 classes $120

any 10 classes $85 

any 7/8 classes $63/$72

*add’l drop in for package participants $10
general drop in $12

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