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Workshops

Workshops

We offer many amazing workshops and other special classes on a periodic basis. You can view and register for our upcoming workshops below or keep informed of any upcoming events and courses by liking our Facebook page or by signing up for our Newsletter.


"Breathe by the Sea" Yoga Retreat

Currently full! Click Reserve now to be added to the waitlist. Look for more information on our next one coming in September!

Join us for our first ever yoga retreat at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa on beautiful Vancouver Island!!

Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Included:
• 3 nights accommodation in an ocean view room
• Airport shuttles to and from resort
• Welcome gift from Breathe
• Pacific Mist Hydropath (one visit)
• Choice of 2 spa treatments or excursions*
• 6 yoga classes with CHRIS AND JENNIFER RURKA
• Breakfast (Friday and Saturday)
• Three-course dinner (Friday and Saturday)

*Excursion details to be finalized. Choices will include activities such as sea kayaking tour, wine & chocolate cycle tour, SUP.

$1,300 (single occupancy)
$1,100 (double occupancy)
$500 non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation. Deadline for booking is February 15, 2017.

Airfare is not included, however Westjet offers many direct flights to Comox a day.

Space is very limited! Reserve your spot now!


Thu   25/05/2017   6:00 pm

Avenida

Winter Yin & Essential Oils Detox

With Liane Knox and Angelique Peace

Celebrate the New Year with Liane Knox, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Adjuster, Angelique Panther, in a powerful 2-hour heated yin practice.

This is designed to promote natural healing throughout the inner body landscape, work to release stress tension, rinse the vital organs and improve mobility of the joints. Breath and Mantra will fill the room, creating vibrations which help our bodies unconsciously purify, release, and transform. Throughout the practice Angelique will offer hands-on adjustments to promote a deeper rooted experience of the movement through the connective tissues. The respiratory system will also benefit from the aromatic qualities of Sandalwood as the antibacterial properties clean the air we breathe. Then enjoy the benefits of detoxification as you let go in your extended savasana, fearlessly empty, light, soft and free.

A blend of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils will be used topically on the bottoms of the feet, kidneys and low back throughout practice. Essential oils can help assist the removal of bacteria and toxins in the blood, can help increase blood flow and promote a deep sense of relaxation guiding both the physical & mental bodies through the purification process. Each student will be given a 5ml rollerball and individual vaporizer to incorporate into their home practice.


Sat   21/01/2017   6:00 pm

2 hrs $45+GST Avenida

Beads of Intention (SOUTH)

With Apryl Dawn

Join Apryl for a powerful afternoon of deep introspection and manifesting clear intention. Build the roots of your wildest dreams by creating your own beautiful mala, which can serve as a gracious reminder of your path in this life.

[mala] a strand of prayer beads used to stay focused in your quest for mindfulness and living an intention.

Cost includes all materials for the creation of your mala (semi-precious stones are available at an additional cost).


Sun   22/01/2017   2:00 pm

3 hrs $65 + GST McKenzie Towne

Intro to Ayurveda

With Anton Edwards

In this workshop we will be introducing you to the concepts and building blocks that make up Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga or 'The Science of Life.'

Doshas, in Ayurveda, refer to your unique physical, mental and emotional characteristics, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. Knowing yours can help you maintain balance through seasonal changes for lasting health and peace of mind. We will dive further into the doshas and help you find yours and then follow up with a discussion about what simple changes you can make to your lifestyle to create better balance.

Please bring a notebook and pen. We will also be serving fresh chai and snacks.


Sat   28/01/2017   2:00 pm

2 hrs $40 + GST Airdrie

Critical Alignment Therapy Workshop

With Corae Russell

Have you seen Critical Alignment Therapy on our class list and are wondering what it is? Join us for this special 4-hour workshop, taught by Certified Critical Alignment Therapist, Corae Russell, to find out more! We will focus on how to release tensions where necessary, work on strengthening core (front and back) and re-introduce proper alignment.

Critical Alignment Therapy focuses on the entire spine because it is here that the most important structures and tissues for movement are found. In CAT, the movement muscles are relaxed by using gravity (body weight), breath (pranayama) and pressure (use of specialized therapy props for support). When the spinal column functions well, the extremities – shoulders, arms, pelvis, and legs - function with ease and without pain and stiffness. Conversely, if the back is not functioning well and is experiencing blockages and pain, then most likely pain will also manifest itself in the extremities.

Back pain affects 80% of the population! Whatever your pain story, whether it be as a result of lifestyle, an accident, your job, or stress, this therapy can give you the satisfaction of getting on with your life with additional energy and diminished (or no) pain.

Suitable for anyone who wishes greater freedom from pain, and increased ease of movement. Although this therapy is designed for active people, no experience is needed.

Critical Alignment Therapy (CAT) was developed 30 years ago by Gert van Leeuwen, founder of the Critical Alignment Yoga Institute in Amsterdam. Corae Russell has been teaching CAT (solely) for the past 7 years, receiving her final therapy certification from Gert van Leeuwen in 2013. “It has been a game changer for me, and over the years I continue to see the same results in the many students I work with, yogis and otherwise.”


Sun   29/01/2017   2:00 pm

4hrs $75+GST Nolan Hill

Black Lights and Yoga Tights (SOUTH)

With Angelique Panther & DJ HMSELF

Join Angelique and DJ HMSLF for this invigorating and fun flow class, as we turn off the lights and turn on the black lights and funky beats. Expect to get out of your head and into your body as we move to the rhythm of your breath and the beat of your heart.

We suggest wearing whites or your brightest yoga tights. This class is suitable for all levels and is highly recommended for all students.


Sat   04/02/2017   6:30 pm

1.5hrs $30+GST McKenzie Towne

Pre-Valentines Day Partner Yoga (NORTH)

With Stacey Fleming and Abbie Lynch

Back by popular demand! Treat your special someone to an evening of movement, play, breath and relaxation! Join Stacy Fleming and Abbie Lynch for this 2-hour Pre-Valentine's Day Partner Yoga workshop.

Prepare for fun and laughter as we move through various partner yoga poses and assisted stretches. Then enjoy a gentle thai massage sequence to share with your partner, followed by deep relaxation, and completed with a short yoga nidra meditation.

This is a great way to connect with someone special in your life! It is open to anyone - bring your friend, family member or partner.

PLEASE NOTE: Each person registering for the workshop needs to have their own profile created!


Sat   11/02/2017   4:00 pm

2hrs $40+GST/person Airdrie

Pre-Valentines Day Partner Yoga (SOUTH)

With Geneve Bravo and Ricardo

Looking for something different to do on a Saturday night with your significant other or best friend? Sign up for the Pre-Valentine's Day Partner Yoga workshop at Avenida on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Geneve and Ricardo will guide you through a fun-filled 2-hour partner workshop. Remember this isn't just for couples! There will certainly be a ton of laughs so bring your best smile.

Plan ahead and register soon as spots will fill up fast.

PLEASE NOTE: Each person registering for the workshop needs to have their own profile created!


Sat   11/02/2017   6:30 pm

2hrs $40+GST/person Avenida

Advanced Asana

With Daniel Stuart

This workshop will be taught as flow-style class that will focus on working into deeper variations of physical asana. Some postures may be familiar, but with an advanced twist (pun intended) on things.

If you’re already comfortable being upside-down, and taking flight mid-class, then come and join us to put all these tricks together to expand your practice.


Sun   12/02/2017   3:30 pm

2hrs $30+GST McKenzie Towne

Beads of Intention (NORTH)

With Apryl Dawn

Join Apryl for a powerful afternoon of deep introspection and manifesting clear intention. Build the roots of your wildest dreams by creating your own beautiful mala, which can serve as a gracious reminder of your path in this life.

[mala] a strand of prayer beads used to stay focused in your quest for mindfulness and living an intention.

Cost includes all materials for the creation of your mala (semi-precious stones are available at an additional cost).


Sat   25/02/2017   1:30 pm

3 hrs $65+GST Airdrie

Happy Healthy Core & Pelvic Floor

With Rebecca Breneman

Get to know your core a little more. Did you know that all movement originates from the core? Improve your performance in your game, your yoga, your life with this workshop.

Price Includes: Complimentary Postural Analysis. Value $100; Access to online instructional video; 15% off any Private in Home Training Package with A Good Fit Personal Training. This workshop is great for BEGINNERS and experienced yogis alike!


Sun   26/02/2017   2:00 pm

2hrs $40+GST Nolan Hill

Awaken Your Inner Fire

With Angelica Janik

This workshop will focus on harnessing the power of Kundalini techniques through a flow-styled yoga practice. Kundalini is one of the more spiritual types of yoga and goes beyond the physical performance of poses with emphasis on breathing, meditation, mudras and chanting. This workshop will help you cultivate greater awareness, build physical vitality and raise your vibration of consciousness. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi, this workshop will be great for you.


Sun   26/02/2017   4:00 pm

2hrs $40+GST McKenzie Towne

Arm Balances

With Lacey Smith

This fun and exciting workshop will offer you an introduction to the basic principles and possibilities of arm balances. Take a chance, lift your feet off the mat, and take your practice into the air! Lacey will give you an understanding of the essential movements and actions that will make these inspiring poses part of your repertoire. Great for all levels of practitioners.


Sun   05/03/2017   4:00 pm

2hrs $40+GST McKenzie Towne

Noah Mazé - Sequencing Strategies for Yoga Teachers

With Noah Mazé

This in-depth, intermediate-level session is for yoga teachers looking to dive deeper and gain a more sophisticated understanding of pose-based and theme-based sequencing.

We will concern ourselves with alignment specifics and details in yoga pose applications: pose shape, applied anatomy and kinesiology, key actions, difficulties and common misalignments, pose improvement strategies and the use of props as teaching tools. We will consider sequencing in multiple ways – not just a sequence of poses to effectively reach the desired outcome, but also accuracy and order of instructions within any given pose, as well as the sequence of lessons within the arc of a class. This session doesn’t so much focus on sequencing intermediate or advanced poses, but rather is aimed at giving you a more sophisticated understanding of sequencing and the tools to create intelligent and effective sequences. Additionally, we will explore sequencing from a thematic perspective.

Each pose tells a story, and each pose is rich with symbolic interpretive meaning. We will sequence to physicalize and practice the teachings as the practice of yoga asana, and more deeply facilitate an embodied spiritual practice. As experiential educators, yoga teachers facilitate the theatre of mind, body and heart. We have the opportunity to teach to every learning style and to explore the analytic and creative sides of our brains.


Fri   10/03/2017   12:00 pm

4hrs $150+GST Avenida

Noah Mazé - Improve Your Practice: A Master Class

With Noah Mazé

Expand your understanding of yoga asana, evolve your practice and gain new tools and skills to implement immediately into your practice.

In this asana class (for all levels), Noah has designed a workshop to assist in your clear understanding and performance of fundamental (not easy) and important poses. You will learn a ton. You will make progress. You will have much to incorporate into your regular classes and home practice. Expect strong work in fundamental poses, clear instructions, step-by-step sequencing, progressive stages, use of props, key actions and refinements for ALL LEVELS of students.

Ground yourself in the fundamentals of asana, bridge into intermediate and advanced poses, and build upon and refine your skills


Fri   10/03/2017   6:00 pm

2.5hrs $75+GST Avenida

Noah Mazé - Weekend Workshop Series

With Noah Mazé

Join us for this weekend of yoga where Noah will lead three asana sessions, weaving teachings and ideas from the Bhagavad Gita into empowering and inspiring asana-based workshops. Expect story time at the beginning of each session and focused alignment-based workshops to bring the teachings into practice. The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient text containing wisdom around spiritual enlightenment and living an authentic and fulfilled life. Characters and ideas from the Gita will be referenced throughout the workshops. Whether you are new to this beloved text of India or know it well, Noah will share his wisdom and passion of the text like no one else can.

Session 1: Yoga is Skill in Action
Inspired by the teachings of Karma Yoga, this session will build strength and opening in a steady creative sequence from standing poses to backbends. Krishna will tell us that we are always acting but the question is whether or not we are doing it well.

Session 2: On the Field of Dharma
Inspired by the opening verse of the Gita, we gather to experience the story embodied in forward bends, hip openers, twists and inversions. Step onto the “field” of mind, body and heart, where dharma must be brought to bear on the circumstances of life.

Session 3: Evenness of Mind is Yoga
Inspired by teachings of Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, this session will challenge your evenness in standing and arm balancing poses. We will seek progress in expansion and truth in limitation with progressive sequencing, stages, the use of props and the application of achievable modifications will be provided for all levels of yogi. In the whirlwind of life, the yogi must create a deeper residing steadiness, a presence of mind and engagement of heart.


Sat   11/03/2017   10:00 amSat   11/03/2017   2:30 pmSun   12/03/2017   10:00 am

2.5hrs $95+GST OR $250+GST for all 3 sessions Avenida

Chakra Balance Guided Meditation with Reiki

With Jill Thomas

Chakra Balance Guided Meditation with Reiki is a 2 hour offering of love energy healing. Students enjoy gentle supported yoga postures and a guided meditation through the chakras (created by inspiration of Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 Day Meditation) led by Jill Thomas -- it is really beautiful! Participants receive hands on healing including the use of reiki, crystals and aromatherapy. The healing is amplified during the entire workshop by the use of candle light in the room. This workshop is accessible to all levels of yoga and meditation practitioners.

Here's what past participants of the workshop have to say:

"I feel like I am suspended in a cloud of love and light during your class. It's really amazing." Julie R.

"I've had the best sleep after your class that I've ever had in many many years." Heather B.

"A true gift, and blessing. Amazing. Thank-you." Arlis O.

"I feel more calm, more centred, clearer and able to manage my work days with much more ease." Becky N.

"I feel like I can breathe." Deb K. *Please note that this workshop will be warm


Sat   18/03/2017   2:00 pm

2hrs $40+GST Nolan Hill

*All workshops are non-refundable and credits will not be issued for missed classes. A minimum number of registrants is required to run these workshops. If workshop is cancelled due lack of registrations, a full refund will be provided.

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