Where Are Your Roots?

I am so grateful you are here as we explore this weeks Wednesday Wellness Reflection.

As I ponder our practice today the snow glistens on the tree branches and the sun is shining, nourishing the earth and the trees that take root upon her sacred ground.   Personally I love the snow (for brief windows that is),  gazing upon the magical white flakes – each so precious and so incredibly unique, hmmmm like each of us.   I consider the winter as  an invitation for a little deeper introspection, a time to cocoon so we are clear when the spring arrives.

Today I offer you the exploration of tree.  Take a few moments to connect with your breath, feeling into the rhythm you arrive with – in this moment.  Notice how you feel today, are there parts of you that need a little extra care?  Take as much time as you need here, and then when you feel ready we’ll explore this powerful posture.

In Sanskrit tree pose is translated as Vrikshasana, Vriksha means “tree”.  In this posture we explore balance, steady and rooted as we bring one foot against the lower leg or inner thigh of the other.  Your arms may raise from prayer pose at the heart and slowly stretch over head just as the limbs of a tree stretch up towards the sunlight. You will wend  your own way into your perfect tree today.   Some days my tree is found lying on the ground covered in moss, somedays I embody a brilliant Charlie Brown Tree, and others I rise into my favorite majestic white pine.

As you approach your practice today, I suggest you also call on the support of a chair, a tree, or wall if you’re working with your balance, being gentle with wherever you are.

To come into tree feel your feet grounded, sensing your own roots traveling from the soles of your feet down deep into the earth.  We steady ourselves on one leg, engaging the muscles so our trunk is strong – but our knee remains soft.  Our opposite leg slowly lifts either resting toes on the ground with your heel against your lower leg or ankle, or perhaps it raises up from the ground resting against the inner aspect of your calf, or it may go even higher pressed against your inner thigh.  We create stability by counter balancing our lifted leg and our sturdy trunk.  As we find strength here, our hands come up to rest at heart center in prayer pose or they may lift up towards the sky, stretching your branches out exploring.  Keep your gaze at a steady point, and don’t forget to breathe.

 I offer you some reflections to ponder in tree pose:

Where are my roots, are they solid or just skimming the surface?

Have my roots spread?  Do they continue to deepen?

When the wind blows do I stand tall, or am I blown out of the ground?

Where do my roots get their nourishment? Am I feeding my roots, or depriving them of that nourishment? 

Which roots are mine, and where have my roots become tangled with something or someone else’s?  

Am I willing to prune my tree, releasing that which stands in my way for optimal growth?  

There is a lot of medicine in the tree.  I recommend coming into the posture 2 times on each side if that resonates for you, stay focused on your roots, feel your breath, invite ease into your body as you stand strong.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama

What are you grateful for today?  Take some time, and feel your gratitude right in your heart, send it out into the world.

I am grateful for the trees; they provide shelter, oxygen to help nourish, homes for so many, medicine in it’s bark, needles, leaves, flowers and for all the bounty they offer us in numerous ways.

I am grateful for the history of my own roots, and all the rocks along the way.

With so much love from ME to YOU

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A morning walks reflection

Online Offerings To Support You

Hello Beautiful YOU!

Just sending some information on our online offerings, as many have reached out over the last while with a few questions, I always love hearing from our amazing community.

Thank you for your continued support of Surya Daya.  We have so much to be grateful for; those of you joining us for our online offerings – it is such a gift to be able to stay connected with each of you, those of you who periodically check in with emails, those of you who came out and donated to our Interval House karma class on Christmas eve, where we managed to raise $350 for this incredibly important resource and service in our community, and to all of you generous souls who who have donated your old passes during these challenging times.

We have a few online offerings which continue as we ease into 2021.

I continue to offer a few anchors for you;

Tuesday afternoon Mindful Movement and Meditation from 2 – 3:00 pm  – We move through a mindfulness based practice of breathwork, gentle movement, and meditation.  You will be guided through some very gentle postures and somatic based movement reconnecting you with your body and encouraging easeful movement.  The meditation practice is often a seated guided practice drawing on  various mindfulness based techniques to bring you deeper into the calm oasis that lives inside of you – it is there, it just gets hidden sometimes.  We begin to understand the patterns of our mind through practice, and invite a less reactive way of being in the world.  The class ends with a few restorative postures and an extended  relaxation to help you integrate the session and deepen your relaxation.

Saturday morning Integrative Kundalini Yoga class from 9 – 10:15 am – This more energizing holistic class integrates pranayama, meditation, toning and mantra practice, asana (postures), functional stretching, and  deep relaxation.  Each class has a particular focus to support you to feel the best you can in body, mind and spirit.  Rooted in a Kundalini foundation, we integrate various other practices and lots of space to explore the movements to help to support you in evolving your own yoga.

We are also excited to offer you a new online offering. 

Margie is facilitating a 5 week  session Monday mornings from  10:00 – 11:00 am, starting  Monday, January 25th : YIN YOGA AND QI GONG.   Combining Qi Gong, Yin Yoga and energy medicine, this class hopes to help you feel more balanced, nourished and vibrant.   

The ancient practice of Qi Gong gets energy flowing in your energetic body through the meridian system.  Qi Gong practice combines gentle movements, meditation, breath practice  and gentle self massage of the ears, hands, feet and neck.   All of these self care practices encourage the harmonious flow of energy throughout the body, supporting the organ systems, the nervous system, the immune system and the emotional body.   

Yin Yoga is also a gentle practice of longer held seated or lying down yoga postures, which stretch the connective tissue that unifies the entire body.  This system is intimately intertwined with the meridian or energy system, supporting the flow of Chi through our meridian channels.  

Yogic theory tells us that we have 72, 000 energy lines flowing in our bodies. Think of these lines as rivers of Chi.  The easeful movement of this Chi is the secret to feeling energized and healthy.

This class is for all levels.  You will learn techniques that you can use everyday, and for many years to come to enhance, nourish and sustain your vital energy, the key to your health

We will keep you updated if any new classes become available.

Amber has also created a video subscription, now available in Canadian dollars (I’m so excited to announce that!!), where you recieve exclusive practices in varying lengths from 5 minutes to 20 mintues, as well recordings from all my live classes.  This project was inspired by all of you, born out of requests over the past 11 months, and I am honoured to offer you this extra support.  It is a pay what you can model with varying options, and you get practices emailed directly to your inbox Mondays – Thursdays.  White pine members also get unlimited free access to live classes, as well as a bonus weekly pranayama practice.

Contemplating this next chapter for Surya Daya and wellness support in our town, every day it becomes even more apparent that we have a responsibility to share these teachings with our community.  My priority is to deepen the way we can be of service, and to support you the best way we can in our new way of being in this world.

We need stress management practices, yoga and meditation now, more than ever.

Please know, through closed windows and from a distance, I am here holding safe space for you, and there is a group of us planting seeds.

It is important for us to continue to make our support and our yoga resources accessible and available to YOU, regardless of your present situation.  This is a time like no other where we need these tools and techniques, and the healing that happens when we dive a little deeper into our practice.

We invite you to sign up for the classes you’d like to attend in the following way.

  • To sign up for the Live Stream Class first go to our class schedule
  • Second, just click on the class (es) you’d like to attend that week (or the weeks ahead) and the system will walk you through the registration process.   It’s easy, and only requires your name and email address to reserve your spot.
  • 24 hours before the classes you have registered for,  you will receive an email with the Zoom access link and password for the class.  Click on the link to join the class via Zoom.
  • If you’re unable to attend, or find on that day you have “zoom fatigue”, no worries. We won’t use your passes for classes you haven’t physically attended or logged in for.

Payment options

We do have several different tiers of consideration for payment that we are offering.  If you are able to contribute a little, we would ask you to consider our pay what you can model – where you can simply send us an etransfer in the amount that you’re able, either class by class, or as a lump sum amount.  As I mentioned, our primary intent is to help support you right now, whatever that needs to look like with your present situation.

  • If you have an existing Class Pass in our system, we will be using those passes automatically. Once you’re registered we can better keep track of your attendance and more efficiently use your pass.

 

  • We have created a new Online live class option – with a drop – in fee of $9.00 to purchase click here or a 5 class live on-line pass package for $40 to purchase click here.  These new online passes can be purchased through our website or you can send an e-transfer to info@suryadaya.ca.  These passes do not expire and are only available for use  for our online offerings.

 

  • If you don’t have a studio pass, no worries and no stress – remember we’re a yoga studio, the last thing we want to create for you is stress.  We have our pay what you can option  (these payments can be sent via e-transfer to info@suryadaya.ca or you can mail a cheque (send us an email and we’ll send you our mailing address). no amount is to small, here you get to choose.  Please just send us an email to let us know your situation.

 

AGAIN:

  • 24 hours before before the classes you have registered for,  you will receive an email with the Zoom access link and password for the class.  Click on the link to join the class via Zoom.
  • You will not be prompted to make a payment in the registration process, that is done either by etransfer, sending an email if you are mailing us a cheque, or by credit card on our website
  • If you have subscribed to Amber’s video subsciption you will recieve the recordings from only her live classes  24 – 48 hours following the class.  White Pine members also recieve free unlimited access to Amber’s zoom classes.

If ANY of this is confusing, then please take a deep breath and take your time reading over all this information a second time. If it is still confusing, then please give me us a call at 613-451-2891 or send me an email at amber@suryadaya.ca

We are here to support you, through this time and beyond.  We are excited at what the future holds for all of us.  It may look different, but hopefully we are all being given this time of uncertainty to clarify what is truly important as we move forward in our lives.

Take good care, always,

With so much love, Amber

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This Month With Mary

Kundalini Yoga With Mary 

Welcome to 2021!

Kundalini numerology tells us that 2021 in a number 5 year, marking the beginning of a powerful global shift. A number 5 year is all about transformation, change, possibility and building momentum for personal breakthrough and growth. 

Number 5 also represents endurance, and to have endurance we need energy! We also need a strong navel point and a steady emotional centre to get us through the challenging months ahead. 

If you are just starting back to yoga after the holidays, be patient and gentle with yourself! What is important is to get on the mat!

In the words of the Bhagavad Gita, “ Yoga is the journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self.”

Pranayam:

To build immunity- this is my go-to pranayam for the winter months. Try to practice this powerful breath every day!! (A sure way to build endurance!)

Inner Sun Breath:  

Come to a comfortable seated position. 

With left hand, the thumb holds down the ring (sun) finger and the remaining 3 fingers are straight up. Elbow bends and hand comes near shoulder, as if in a salute.

Make a fist with the right hand, index finger (Jupiter) is straight up.

With Index finger, block off Right nostril and begin Breath of Fire through the Left nostril, the sun nostril. 

With each breath move the diaphragm up and down, the navel comes in and up on the exhale. 

Keep the breath very powerful and create heat!

Standing Warm ups: Try to work up to 2 minutes

Standing Torso Rolls– begin slowly, gradually increase the range of motion. Feet can be comfortably apart, hands on hips, begin circling the body around the hips. Go in both directions.  Excellent for the liver and digestive organs.

Standing Spinal Twist– Cross hands over heart, or bring arms up to 60 with palms facing and gently twist left to right, inhaling left, exhaling right. To finish take a big inhale with hands crossed over the heart. Hold that energy in the heart centre. Exhale.

Forward Bends: Inhale and reach up, add a backbend if available, exhale and reach forward towards the ground. Try to keep the legs straight to stretch the sciatic nerve. Inhale back up and continue with full, deep breaths.

Standing Cross Crawls: Imagine you are marching like a soldier. Inhale and raise right knee and left arm together, smoothly change sides lifting left knee and right arm. Helps to balance the brain and emotions. Keep a strong, steady pace.

Kriya for Energy & Rejuvenation 

This kriya is short but powerful. It helps us to strengthen our capacity to endure. It builds stamina, courage and strength, physically, mentally and spiritually so that we can meet the current challenges  with grace and vitality.

This set is to be done  with a chair, ledge, or support to hold on to. If you have a partner, even better. Try to hold each posture for 3 minutes or more.

  1. Grab the edge of a sink, stable chair, or your partner, and walk the feet back until you are holding your body at a 45 degree slope from heels to head. You will feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Begin raising and lowering alternate heels, walking in place without lifting the toes off the ground. 

Arms and legs are fully extended and the body bends slightly in the middle. As you walk, you may lower your head; it does not have to be held up. Walk vigorously and work up a sweat. 

  1. Stand with the feet shoulder width apart and extend the arms above your head with the palms facing forward, the elbows slightly bent, and the fingers spread wide apart. 

Swing your arms from side to side, keeping the hands above shoulder level. The momentum of the arm swing will cause the hips to swing if you are doing the movement with enough force.  (Put on some great music and move!)

  1. Once again grab the edge of the sink, stable chair, or a partner. Bend at the waist with your head down between your arms. 

You will feel a stretch in your lower back and in the backs of your legs. Relax and stretch for several minutes.

Come on your back and relax for several minutes. Begin by taking a big inhale, hold and tense every muscle of the body, exhale cannon breath and let go. Repeat 3 times.

To end your practice, come back to easy pose, close down the eyes, hands comfortably in your lap.

Repeat out loud, or in a silent prayer:

Peace Begins With Me

Sat Nam – and peace to each of you.

Much love,

Mary

Breaking Out Of Boxes To Be Who You Truly Are

Welcome To Your Wednesday Wellness Reflection

Flowers don’t open and close according to who walks by. They embrace all of what they are and show it to the world around them. The peony doesn’t try to compete with the cherry blossom, and the cherry blossom doesn’t try to compete with the tulip – they own what they are and trust the timing of their true nature. You’re being called to do the same.

Rebecca Campbell

Do you own the truth of who you are?

Or do you change depending on whose company you keep?

Regardless of past patterns, or how others sometimes like to put you in a box – it’s important at this stage of our lives to break out of any boxes.

In yogic anatomy we think about this being human in terms of having 10 bodies that comprise components of our unified self. We consider all these precious aspects; the good stuff and the stuff we often try to hide away, understanding that there are many elements to living a balanced life. On our practice mats we have the opportunity to remember that we are more than just a body, or just a mind, we have the opportunity to reconnect with all these amazing elements that make us whole.

In last week’s reflection, I mentioned taking just 3 minutes in your day – is it that hard to find for your self care.

Well it definitely can be, I understand. Being in another round of lockdown with my boys home, I am juggling the responsibilities of not only my own care, my professional responsibilities, but also the new territory of having us all home yet again, establishing a new rhythm with school, work and hmmmm self-care.

Finding 3 minutes is not always that simple, but it is essential to maintaining peace of mind and moving from a place of wholeness and truth, especially when we’re being challenged. Believe me, I understand.

If that window becomes blurry, be gentle with yourself as tomorrow is yet another opportunity to find at least those 3 minutes.

The place we’ve been finding most of our deep breaths together has been in our backyard forest classroom, where we’ve also been greeted by many friends whom we share this land with. A beautiful buck, many white tailed deer, our friend the wise owl, all the winged beings, the voles, and our constant companion and new friend the woodshed bat. Breathing in the healing that the forest offers us, I find my 10 bodies and all the aspects that come together within me, seem to easefully weave together as one.

From a yogic lens, what are your 10 bodies??

This is a very brief snapshot, simply intended if you’d like to keep reading, to give you a little more insight and a consideration in supporting these elements within yourself. Which might I add, spending time in nature is the best medicine to help you integrate all these beautiful aspects of yourself.  Perhaps this isn’t of interest, but I thought you would like the choice to read on or not.

I realize, this is a bit of a longer piece, some food for thought.

1) The Soul Body – your inner light and foundation, where you connect with feelings of safety. When strong and balanced you easefully live from your heart and there exists a gentle flow with the ups and downs of life. We accept easier, and we find comfort and stability in our inner guidedance. To support : Singing, dancing, heart opening postures and practices, truthfully anything that helps you feel alive and inner joy.

2) The Negative Mind – provides you with discernment and protection.  Important as it helps to warn you of danger, helping to keep you safe, strengthens your trust in your own intuition and personal judgement. To support: Commit to yourself care, no matter what –  commit and value that time for you. Quiet time in meditation is very supportive, practicing saying no when something doesn’t feel supportive.

3) The Positive Mind – allows you to see all possibilities and opportunities in front of you. The positive mind creates an expansive worldview within, it supports an inner framework of hope and trust. To support: Use positive affirmations, doing postures to strengthen and support your naval point, open around your heart centre, waking up the energy inside of your body every day.

4) The Neutral Mind – This aspect of yourself corresponds to your heart centre, allows you to weigh in the positive and the negative coming to a neutral and equanimous place. To support: adopt a daily silent meditation practice, working with breath practices where we allow a pause after our inhale and again after our exhale, tuning into your heart centre when making decisions. Increased awareness of breath patterns.

5) The Physical Body – This is your sacred body temple, it requires your consistent and dedicated care. When your physical body is at ease you’re able to more fully participate in life. This also represents our teacher aspect and gives us confidence when we feel strong physically. To support: move your body daily, nourish yourself with water and foods that support you, ensure a balance between exercise and healing rest.

6) The Arcline –An aspect of your energy body. This gives you the ability to clearly project your truth out to the world, and supports you to feel stable and centered.  This corresponds physically with your heart center and your pituitary gland. To support: spend time in meditation with your eye focus at the point between your eyebrows, and explore movements that move the arms across the front of the body and over the head.

7) The Aura – The protective energy around your body. A strong aura supports you to attract what you need to thrive, and to repel anything that drains you or negatively affects your life force. Helps you to feel confident and secure. To support: hot and cold showers, dry brushing, practices that help you to clear negative energy and create healthy boundaries, meditation, singing, cleansing pranayama.

8) The Praanic Body: Life giving force, the flow of energy through you. Helps you to feel awake and alive, and often more trusting that you are exactly where you need to be and have clarity in steps you need to take to move forward in your life. To support: Any pranayama (breathwork) practices.

9) Subtle Body: Your sensitivity, your patience, and your calmness in whatever life hands you. Your ability to respond to your intuitive knowing. To support: Quiet listening meditation, and committing – with an open heart – to a spiritual practice for an extended amount of time.

10) The Radiant Body: This is your radiance, your courage, your personal power and presence. When this is strong you feel you are the flow of life, and attract what you need to do what you’re here to do in this lifetime. To support: daily exercise, pranayama, dancing and singing, surrounding yourself with people that uplift you, committing to your daily self-care.

Sending you love as you travel on your path, holding you in my heart

Till next week,
Amber
xo

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Wednesday Wellness Reflections

Hello Beautiful YOU!

Perhaps today is a good day to think about a few simple things you can do on a daily basis to nurture yourself.  Keep them simple, we often think we have to carve out an hour and do grand things for our self care, but truthfully it’s the consistent practice of the simple things that help us the most.

I want you to feel the best you possibly can as you move through your life, today and every day!

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa

You are integral to the whole, remember that, and no one can bring forward your amazing energy and what you are here to do – in the way you can.  It’s important to take care of yourself so that your drop in the ocean keeps flowing, unobstructed.

Did you know that your nervous system functions optimally when you take little periodic breaks throughout the day, breaks to restore equilibrium which  is easily thrown off from the constant stimulation and busyness of our external world.

Those breaks can be simple; 3 minutes to take some long deep breaths, singing something you love, walking with a clear intention to slow down – paying attention to your feet as they make contact with the earth beneath you – offering gratitude with each step, mindfully having a glass of water or tea, or if you’re able lay down for a few minutes in a restorative resting place and simply follow the rise and the fall of your belly with your breath.

Sometimes we don’t think we have enough time in our day to take even a 3 minute break, but I ask you, what is 3 minutes in a 24 hour cycle?  I have a sense as you prioritize your own self care, those 3 minute breaks will easefully make thier way into your daily routine.

Life is fragile and did you know that for every break not taken you are taking away from your own life force – from your own longevity.

The ocean would be less because of that missing drop that is you, remember that.

With so much love

Amber

xo

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Wednesday Wellness Reflections

Wow, 2020,  this has been a year a year of passionate reflection, understanding my own guiding principles and a continuous recommitment to being and doing my best.  This has been a year of accepting, doing what can be done out of service to one another and our community, as well as a year of learning, definitely unlearning and relearning in an effort to try and make sense of it all.  I know this continues.

Like many of you, I am exhausted and tired, looking forward to the pause between 2020 and 2021.  I am grateful to my family, my friends, my inspirations and strong anchors who have encouraged me to keep going with courage, and to all of the people who helped us get through this year – from health professionals and essential workers to anti-racism organizers, and the pillars in our community that kept showing up because they knew it was important.

I’m grateful to our community, deep in my heart, I am grateful.

I sincerely hope you’re doing well.

Taking lots of time for introspection these days, reflecting on all that has happened and allowing time for healthy integration.

A few things to ponder:

What was your biggest learning from 2020?

What is important for you to repattern in your own life as we enter this next chapter in our lives?

What brings you joy, and how can you cultivate more of that in 2021?

Surya Daya was definitely not immune to the effects of Covid – 19.  Looking back at this past year, I can’t help but take a big deep breath as I too process all the change.

Many of our teachers stepped away from teaching to focus on their families and personal lives, after paying overhead for 3 months with the initial forced closure the reality of our lived experience amidst the pandemic hit and I realized we needed to vacate our sacred little studio space with rising costs and an uncertain future – creating an online yoga hub in this little pocket of the internet.

A few of us shifted gears to offer some zoom classes, which a few classes continue as an anchor for students.  I am surprised how comforting it is to be able to come together and practice in this way.

A collective of us came together during the summer and offered a special outdoor series called Under The Oak Yoga, at a dear friends sacred outdoor space.  Ahhh still breathing in the medicine from that wise old Oak.

I was able to offer some free community outdoor summer classes in partnership with Carebridge, The Mississippi Mills Youth Centre, and Ocean Bridge, as well as some small forest classes.  We offered a few karma classes; supporting local families, our local Food Bank and most recently, holding an online restorative yoga class on Christmas eve for Interval House (where we were able to raise $350 for this very needed resource).  Thank YOU, beyond words, thank YOU.

I am grateful for all of these opportunities to come together in community, through outdoor classes, online offerings, videos, and back doing my massage work.   I am repeatedly reminded that we live in such a special town.

As I think back over the past year, I am also reminded of the quote by Theodore Roosevelt, which Brene Brown often refers to

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…..”

Perhaps we could all bring this appreciation into 2021.  We’re all just doing our best, remember that, be gentle with yourself and those around you, we’re all just doing our best in new territory and during  this confusing chapter in our lives.

The future is so uncertain but I know in my heart that something beautiful and strong will be born from all of this.

Life has changed for each of us, please know I hold that in my heart for each of you.

Due to the impact of COVID 19 all passes can be used towards our online zoom classes, or email me and  I can send you links in lieu of classes for access to recorded yoga sessions.  I think the need for creativity is definitely needed here.

We’re unable to carry passes forward from Rising Sun as that was a very different chapter in the history of yoga in Almonte, one we’re unable to carry forward.

We’re also unable to offer refunds for passes, due to the financial impact of COVID on our studio.  For this we are grateful for your understanding.  Your passes will remain in our system and our support continues to be here for you,  and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Things are continually changing, for us too.

I too am learning to truly live and focus on the now of my life.

We hope you can find it in your hearts to understand our situation amongst this global crises, 11 months later.

I wish for each of you a peaceful winter, and a new year filled with ease, health, vitality and prosperity. 

I miss our in studio class sessions, so much, and look forward to holding that space again one day.

With so much love, and respect for each of you,

Amber

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Photo credits to Jasmin Mori

Karma Yoga Class For Interval House

For the past 2 years, since transitioning into Surya Daya, we’ve held a karma class for Interval House on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.  I can’t imagine this year going by without holding that safe container to help support a very needed resource in our community – as well to offer you a peaceful practice of self care to nurture YOU during the holiday season.
There are so many things I miss most about our studio space.  Seeing all of your beautiful faces, holding safe space for you to explore yourself in body and mind while offering a more personal in person support, and our monthly karma classes in support of our community.
We know this year is a different year in so many ways, but the strength within our community has only grown, and the realization of how important it is to reach out when help is needed.
 I will still be holding this special class, but this year you can practice in the comfort of your own home as we move through a nourishing restorative practice together – online.
The class will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursdsay, December 24th, and the cost to register is free, but we encourage you to take some time to reflect on the importance of Interval House in our community.
In years past we have collected items for Interval House, but this year we’ll be holding this sacred space inviting you to hold the women and children, and all the supports and services at Interval House in your heart. This special class will also give you the space to compassionately take some time in silence to hold all the people in your own circle of care that perhaps need a little extra support this year (that may include you).
If you’re able we would like you to consider making a donation directly to Interval House, or you can send an e-transfer to info@suryadaya.ca with Interval House in the message and once all donations are in we’ll get it to them to help support their work and the people they offer respite to.
Sadly, this year domestic violence numbers have increased and funding for these needed resources in our community have decreased.
100% of all proceeds will go directly to Interval House.
We hope you’ll carve out this time to recieve the nourishment of our practice together, taking time to be still and connect with the peace within your heart.
To register click here (preregistration is required)
Remember, we’re all in this together,
With so much love
Amber

On The Day Before Christmas

On this Christmas eve, I offer you this gift, from my family to yours.
We hope you’ll join us for our practice today, our full 12 posture sequence for the holidays! click here to join us for our special offering 
Thank you so much for being on this wild journey this past year, alongside me, as I offer you these teachings and hold you in my heart.  I want you to know how much YOUR support means to me.
Wishing you a peaceful holiday season, and please know I join you in the great exhale as we near the end of 2020.
Take good care of you,
With so much love,
Amber, Jay, Noah and Lucas

On The 2nd Day Before Christmas

Today I offer this to you: A reminder that you’re beautiful.  A reminder that you’re important. A reminder  that you’re very loved.  A reminder to laugh, and to move, and to give yourself some time to nourish your body and your soul.

To join me for today’s addition and see the video click here

Sending you love today, tomorrow we have a very special offering planned.  
Amber
xo

Wednesday Wellness Reflections

Welcome to our Wednesday Wellness Reflection, I’m so grateful you’re here.
Today  I offer you a little food for thought. 
I find this a powerful reminder to enjoy the journey, and all the paths along the way.
 
That we are where we need to be in this moment, not always “ideal” or comfortable – but the only place we can be at this precise moment in our lives.   I know this is especially hard right now.  
If we can release our attachment and clinging, to things being a certain way – or the way they used to be, we often find we can find peace and surrender into our life as it is now – Acceptance.  
It’s important to keep dreaming (especially right now), and to not ever give up on those dreams while you take steps forward, but also to feel deep gratitude for the life you’re living in this moment – sometimes messy, confusing, often hard, but part of the whole hidden picture.  
 The true gift of arriving in each and every breath.  
 I read this quote in class on Tuesday, written by Meggan Watterson, as I felt into today, it felt important to share again here. 

“The guru, the saint, the magi, the “perfected” ideal of yourself that can radiate beams of light like Princess Fiona after Shrek’s true love kiss, and remain that way, is an illusion.  This is often used as a way for us to feel inadequate.  To constantly compare ourselves.  To constantly suggest to ourselves that we’re not there yet.  We haven’t arrived.

The good news is we never arrive.  None of us.  Not even the holiest person you can think of in this moment…… We never get there.  That’s the whole point of being human.  The point is to constantly arrive.  For some of us with each breath.  We constantly return to love.  This is the good news; that we can.  That it’s set up that way.  That no matter who we are or how long we’ve been seperated from feeling the presence of love, it’s actually right here.

Within.” 

Take a few moments and simply notice what arises inside of you after reading these thoughts, perhaps take some time with your journal.

I wonder as you move through the next few weeks if you can offer yourself the invitation to arrive in every breath.  With all of your senses can you feel the complete cycle of each breath – inhale and exhale.

Can you be fully present in this moment – this one, right now, you will never be here again.

Can you give yourself permission to connect with the very beat of your heart.  Your center of compassion and kindness, bringing you back to that deep well of love – with every breath.

Sending you love today, from deep within,

Amber
xo
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Thursday, December 24th) is a live online Karma class for Interval House from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  I’ll be leading you through a nourishing and restorative gentle practice, offering you a little nurturing self care before the holidays.  If you’d like to find out more click here
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