Sun Salutations at Gemmill Park

Join us tomorrow morning, Friday, June 21st, as we kick off summer solstice with 108 sun salutations! We look forward to sharing this practice with you at Gemmill Park! Join us and the birds, at 5:30 am, for some gentle warm – ups and then in your own time we’ll move through 108 sun salutations (or as many as your body wisdom guides you to cycle through). Come for the whole practice, or just come and do a few rounds with us and head off as you need. 
 
Where in the park will we be?   at the end of the gravel road into the park ( the entrance by the skatepark and the soccer pitch, we’ll be at the end of that road, beside the canteen.)
 
We practice surya namaskar, or sun salutations, to welcome in positive energy and new beginnings. We move and breathe to release old patterns of stress and tension so we can feel our best and be open to opportunities. This is a powerful practice to do at summer solstice, setting intentions.
We hope you can join us!
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Why 108?  If you’d like to delve deeper into this question, then please read on!
108 has long been thought of as a sacred number, it represents the number of beads in a meditation mala, when we move through the whole cycle of 108 with mantra repetition and the movement of the beads, we come to a place of balance in our endocrine system, sustained concentration and determination, greater clarity and calm, and we raise our vibration to attract what we need to come realize our potential.
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In yoga we are often reminded that “as above, so below,” and when we start to drill down into our human form we continue to find the number 108 over and over again. Were we to draw a five-pointed star (representing a human being) inside a circle (a planet) and we would find 108 degrees staring back at us from every angle. Deeper into the microcosm of the human being, it is said there are 108 energy lines, or nadis, converging to form the heart chakra,  and there are 108 marmas (pressure points), or  sacred parts of the body.
The number 108 is significant across different cultures and disciplines. The number 108 is the form of the architecture of sacred texts that are central to eastern philosophy and to yoga. As pointed out by the yoga scholar Shiva Rea, the Rig Veda is composed of 108 chapters. The primary Tantras are 108, while the Upanishads are also 108. Their texts are written in Sanskrit that is comprised of 54 letters, each letter having both the masculine and feminine forms. When we multiply 54 by 2, we arrive at the number 108.
Throughout spiritual teachings beyond the traditional yogic texts, we are reminded of this number in our search for liberation. Hindu deities have 108 names, and India is said to have 108 sacred sites. In Jainism there are believed to be 108 virtues. In China, some forms of Tai Chi have 108 moves. While in Tibetan Buddhism there are 108 delusions. Many Buddhist temples have 108 steps representing the 108 steps to enlightenment, and in Japan, at Zen Buddhist temples, a bell is chimed 108 times at the end of the year closing a cycle to serve as a reminder of the 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.
Like the mantra Aum, 108 seems to have an essence that connects us to the whole.

Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation – A Karma Class

Please join us on Wednesday, June 26th, from 7:30 – 8:45 pm for our next karma class.

This session is by donation, and will be in support of our SEVA fund, which helps to support local families and organizations we believe in. This month our SEVA fund donations will be going directly towards families in our community who are going through childhood cancer. No donation is to small, our priority is making this space to come together to practice, accessible for everyone, and helping our community.

We get really caught up in the busyness of life. We are living in an overstimulated world and if we don’t take time to stop, decompress and process then we start to fall apart. What does mindfulness even mean? In simple terms, it means to pay attention to your present moment. It’s a practice that brings us back home to ourselves, underneath all the distractions life presents to us. In this class we are gently reintroducing ourselves back to our breath and finding a path underneath the incessant merry-go-round of our thoughts. When we don’t give ourselves a chance to be quiet and integrate the experiences of our life then we begin to live in a chronic state of stress, we can move through our lives on auto-pilot, and the effects are profound. We see it in our relationships, in the way we communicate, in our health, in our sleep, in our overall energy levels. By simply slowing down we start to reverse these effects and become healthier, happier and calmer. Please join us as we journey back into the simple experience of a deep full breath, some quiet time in stillness, and gentle slow mindful movement.

We are excited to share with you that we will be adding this as a regular offering to our weekly schedule starting in August.  We also have 6 –  week mindful movement, meditation and relaxation series (based on the teachings by Jon Kabat-Zinn) starting on Friday afternoons in September.  Stay tuned for more details!

Sending you love, love and more love from our studio to your hearts……..

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Summer Solstice Celebrations

June  21st marks Summer solstice, the longest day of light of the whole year, it is a  celebration of our own inner light and the ways we are all connected. The summer months are when we honour our own power to bring things to fulfillment, we allow ourselves to expand and welcome brightness into our lives.  We take our seeds and nourish them through the spring, as the summer approaches we allow the growth of those seeds to flourish and be seen in the world!

Summer also teaches us patience.  Our gardens need time and attention for the fruit to ripen, just like our own journey.  We can’t rush our process, if we learn to relax and enjoy the light energy of the summer months things reach their fullness with little effort or ego’s striving on our part.   It is a time of  joy

This year we have several opportunities to celebrate summer solstice with YOU.  On Friday, June 21st, we kick off summer solstice with 108 sun salutations!  We look forward to sharing this practice with you at Gemmill Park!  Join us and the birds, at 5:30 am, for some gentle warm – ups and then in your own time we’ll move through 108 sun salutations (or as many as your body wisdom guides you to cycle through).  Come for the whole practice, or just come and do a few rounds with us and head off as you need.  We’ll be doing this practice at the end of the gravel road  into the park  ( the entrance by the skatepark and the soccer pitch, we’ll be beside the canteen.)  The class is free, but the practice is priceless!  We practice surya namaskar, or sun salutations, to welcome in positive energy and new beginnings.  We move and breathe to release old patterns of stress and tension so we can feel our best and be open to opportunities.  We hope you can join us!  If the rain if falling, we’ll meet at the studio instead – we’ll post it on our blog the night before.

Margie Hill from our studio is also performing that evening, at the Mill of Kintail, with her musical collective Harmonic Fusion.  We can connect you with Margie directly,  just send us a message if you’d like more information.

Then on Saturday, June 22nd we have a special 9:00 am Kundalini Class, which will be an extended class from 9:00 – 10:30,  we’ll be doing a special Kriya  followed by a powerful meditation to align us with our purpose and open us to our potential!  Noah and I will be making some extra special lemonade for after class that morning!

Sunday morning from 4:45 – 7:00 am we’ll be joining in the early hours for our Sadhana Practice, join us for meditation, yoga and chanting.

July 13th we have a powerful workshop on creating vision boards and manifestation…….truly believing in the seeds you plant and allowing them to grow to fruition.

If you have questions about any of these offerings, please don’t hesitate to reach out, we LOVE  to hear from you!!

Here’s to an amazing summer ahead!  With lots of love from our studio to each of you!!

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Prenatal Series starting Wednesday June 26th

Prenatal June to July 2019We are excited to announce upcoming dates for our next Prenatal Series with Vichardeep.  Join us Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, June 26th – July 17th, during this transformational time in your life.  We look so forward to supporting you physically, mentally, and emotionally on your journey to motherhood.  We encourage you to sign up for the whole series, but for this session we also welcome you to drop-in ($15)  for any of the sessions.  The summer is busy, and we honour the changing rhythms.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve your spot just give us a call or send us an email.

For all of this I honour you

As promised from our restorative yoga last Tuesday, here’s the full piece I shared in class.  Thank you for showing up, wholeheartedly, each of you.  I invite you to make a cup of tea and savor these words, let them reach into your heart as words written filled with truth, just for you.

By Jeanette LeBlanc

For the endings, and the beginnings and all the spaces in between

For boldly speaking your truth and for all that you still hold inside

For falling over and over and rising again and again

For life lessons that left you in stunned disbelief and the gentle eyes of an unexpected teacher who lifted you up and carried you

For being willing to break in order to become

For moments of faith when there is no light to be found

For quiet resolve and for wailing in confusion

For claiming what is rightfully yours and for releasing what can no longer be

For loving what you don’t understand and questioning what you thought you knew for sure

For letting go and holding on tight

For learning your truth and for forgetting it all in order to start over again

For blind faith in something you cannot see, touch or feel

For the beauty in contradiction, the bitterness in the compromise and the brilliance of the mystery

For dancing with ache and longing, and for making peace with what you have

For the buckets of salty tears and the kindness that dried them all up

For pleasure and for pain and for the ability to hold both in one body

For releasing the wild spirit within and for holding yourself in quiet dignity

For the ease found in comfort zones and for the bravery of smashing down walls

For boundaries crossed and limits held firm

For the sweet bliss of forgiveness

For painstaking attention and determination and for wasting hours on beautifully impossible daydreams

For  all the simple earthly pleasures that ground you here

For celebration and for mourning and for surrounding both in the ritual of spirit

For believing and for questioning and for the unsteady ground that bridges the two

For thinking you might never get what you want and for knowing you’ll always have what you need and for the bittersweet edge that this acceptance brings

For companionship and solitude and for the spaces you can have both at once

For growing older in body and staying young in spirit

For the times you thought you couldn’t go on, and the moment you realized that nothing could stop you

For knowing that you are divinity personified, beautiful beyond comprehension and powerful beyond measure

For all of this I honor you.

For all of this we honor you……..each and every one of you that walks through our door and is willing to be vulnerable and open.  Much love, your yoga family at Surya Daya

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Heartfelt Gratitude

Earlier this week we received a beautiful and pretty emotional little card in the mail, and we wanted to share it with all of you.  We hope you know that it is because of all of you that we were able to help Lilly and her family.  (A Kleenex might be helpful before you read the card).  Everyday I realize a little more why we’re here in our community, and this note from Lilly was such an incredibly powerful reminder of exactly why we’re here.  Supporting one another with an open pure heart is the greatest gift we can give in this lifetime.  A huge thank you to all of you for your generous gift of your open hearts and your willingness to dive a little deeper into yourself so you can truly show up in the world and sense what is needed.  Our prayers and our hearts are with you Lilly, every single day.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out this past Wednesday for our Lanark County Food Bank karma class.  We managed to almost fill our food basket and we raised just over a hundred dollars to help support the food bank in getting our community food where it is desperately needed.  To find out more about the Hunger Stop and ways to help, please check out their website

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Our Karma Yoga Donation box will be out on the shelf at the studio throughout the month of June, 100% of proceeds raised will go directly into our seva fund towards Lilly and her family, as well as other families in our community going through the emotional journey of childhood illness.  Stay tuned for our next karma class date later this month.

Big love to each of you, all of us collectively are what creates a hub of healing and helping in our community.

Meditation + Mala bracelet making workshop

Join us on September 28th from 1:30 – 3:30 as we welcome MalaRae back  to our space for a very special meditation +  mala bracelet making workshop.

What is a Mala Bracelet?  Mala bracelets can help carry a sense of peace, mindfulness, and focus throughout the day. They can be worn as intention pieces or used for the healing benefits of the gemstones. Before putting on your bracelet, set an intention. Every time you catch yourself playing with it or hear it jingle, it can be a beautiful reminder to come back to your intention or to simply take a deep breath. Although mala bracelets are not traditionally used for formal meditation (because there is no knot in-between each bead), we are all about resonance. If meditating with your mala bracelet feels good, then honour this!

The bracelet will be made with:
  • Picture Jasper {for balance and peace}
  • With your option to add:
    • Rose quartz {loved}
    • Rutilated quartz {joyful}
    • Onyx {grounded}
    • Sodalite {free}
    • Amethyst {peaceful}

Included in the workshop:

~ all materials needed for your full bracelet

~ bracelet making guidance + guided meditation

~ tea, snacks + connection

The cost for this workshop is $56 (HST inclusive)

** There are no refunds for this workshop. Once registered, if you can’t make it, you will simply receive the stones/material to make on your own.**

Maximum participants is 16. Sign up early to ensure your space!

What to Bring:

~ a yoga mat, blanket, or something to sit on for comfort during the meditation (we do have mats and supports at the studio free for you to use if you don’t have your own)
~ eye glasses (if you require them)
Stay tuned for more information about an intention setting Mala Making workshop at our space early in 2020.

About MalaRae:

MalaRae is a unique mala company based in the Ottawa region of Canada. The owner, Kyla Rae, designs and makes each piece herself with care, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. As the process of making malas influences the energy of mala beads, each piece is made with love and only during a positive and peaceful state of mind. All malas are made with top quality semi-precious gemstones and crystals, as well as seeds and lava rock. The number of stones is specific to the spiritual number of 108, with a knot in between each. Once complete, each piece is sage cleansed and moonlit charged.

Learn more at: http://malarae.com/

Kundalini Yoga + Vision Board Workshop

Using the Power of the 3 Year – Vision Board Workshop

In yogic numerology, 2019 is a 3 year. This year is associated with the aspect of ourselves we relate to our positive mind and the solar plexus chakra (the 3rd chakra).

2019 represents positive action in the direction of your destiny.

During this year, we may find we are being pulled into new directions, or called to change things in our lives in a way that truly nurtures and supports us for exactly where we are on our own unique path. It is also a year we find the power of collaboration and co-creation.  In this workshop, we will be using the technology of Kundalini Yoga exploring different yogic pranayama and meditation techniques, as well you will be led through a powerful kundalini kriya (posture practice) to open you up to manifestation and creativity.  We will create our own vision boards to map out our wishes and goals for the rest of the year, perhaps even planting seeds for 2020.

Vision boards create an impression on our subconscious minds.   Through the law of attraction they allow us to manifest what we desire in our lives.

We are excited to share in this afternoon with you!

Vichardeep Kaur will be leading you through this workshop, supporting your practice and holding space for you as you create your own vision board!

Date:  Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Time:  1:00 – 4:00 pm (time may vary based on vision board creation time)

Cost:  $65 HST inclusive  – includes Yoga instruction, discussion, all vision board supplies,  tea, connection

We invite you to also bring any pictures or visioning images from home to add to your board.

We encourage you to dress for yoga as we will be doing a physical practice.

Preregistration is necessary as space is limited.  Give us a call (613-451-2891) or send us an email (info@suryadaya.ca) to reserve your spot.

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Reflections

It’s hard to believe it’s almost June 1st, I wonder if anyone else is wondering where May disappeared to, especially as we still often have to  pull on warm sweaters as we emerge to the outdoors.  We can honour the rhythms of nature and also heed the wisdom of perhaps slowly easing into the transition of spring this year, preparing for what the summer holds for us.

Last weekend we welcomed Kathleen Burr from Ottawa to our studio for a teachers workshop, allowing us to dive into the teachings of resilience and giving us the opportunity to understand what resilience even means for each of us.

The ability to have the internal resources to cope with the challenges and struggles life presents to us.  The thing is you see, we have to commit wholeheartedly to engage in a self care practice everyday to maintain a healthy level of internal resources.   If this isn’t something you already do it’s a good idea to start with a simple practice, set aside even just 3 minutes a day to breathe, to do nothing else but be mindful and aware of your  rhythm as you breathe, filling yourself with fresh energy and exhaling out even just a little bit of stress – see if you can lengthen the exhale phase of your breath.  Can you give yourself permission to honour yourself for even 3 minutes a day, gradually making more windows of time to fill your cup back up instead of giving so much of yourself away.

Many of us are really good at holding space and caring for others, but what does the idea and act of self love and self compassion look like for you?  Do you have healthy boundaries when it comes to sharing space with others?  What do YOU do on a daily basis to make sure you are okay first. Very Important things to consider.

I loved Kathleen’s analogy, that we should never set ourselves on fire to provide someone else warmth.  I think many of us do for many reasons, but it’s certainly not sustainable and provides the optimal environment for mental, physical and emotional decline.

We are excited to put these teachings into practice for ourselves, and to be able over time to share these techniques and tools with all of you.

Tonight we are looking forward to our prenatal class from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, an incredible and sacred time in a woman’s life, so beautiful having this special series in our space, bringing so much love and light with each class.  If you missed last week and would like to join in, drop – ins are welcome ($16/class).  The series will be running Wednesday nights through to June 12th.  Contact us if you’d like more information, or would like to find out about future prenatal offerings.

Tonight is a special evening at our studio, not only do we have these beautiful women coming to practice, but following our prenatal class we have a karma class from 7:30 – 8:30 pm for The Hunger Stop – Lanark County Food Bank.  This class will be a very gentle movement sequence (led by Amber), bringing in some practices  from our rituals of resilience workshop.  The second half of the class will be an extended relaxation with the gong, sending you off for a peaceful sleep.  100% of all proceeds will be going  towards the Food Bank.  We are accepting monetary donations (no donation is too small) on their behalf, as well as non-perishable food items.  We also welcome the donation of your practice, the power of setting an intention that no one should go hungry.  We hope to see you there!

This Saturday, June 1st, we have a wonderful workshop about the Chakras.  Bringing us into a deeper understanding of all the aspects of this human experience.  Simonne LaRonde and Barbara Long (from Ottawa) will be co-facilitating this workshop.  We do still have spaces, simply give us a call or send us an email if you’d like more information.  Details about the workshop are posted on our facebook page and website under the blog workshops and events section.

We will be sending out our summer newsletter as we near Summer Solstice later in June.  We have some special classes planned, stay tuned!

Wishing you well on your journey, please know how very much you are loved

In health and wellness

Amber and your yoga family at Surya Daya

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