Karma Class this Friday, November 22nd, for the McComb Family, at Heritage Community Fitness Centre in CP

Join us this Friday at Heritage Fitness Community Center in CP for a fundraiser for the McComb family.

Many of you will remember the fundraiser we hosted earlier this year for Lilly, a young girl in our community fighting cancer. We partnered with Heritage and held two classes for the family.  That fundraiser made a world of difference for Lilly and her family, and we are so grateful that Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place is holding another event to help support them through this incredibly challenging time.

Led by Gillian White, this 75-minute Yin and Massage class will pamper you as you are guided through a yin yoga practice and there will be extra supports (teachers and RMT’s) in the class gently providing massage and adjustments that encourage you to sink deeper into the poses and release layers of tension.

Expand into relaxation as you end your week and give back to a family in need in your community.

Instructor: Gillian White
Date: Friday, November 22nd
Time: 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Donation Options: $5, $20, $35, or $35

The money raised during the event helps ensure Lilly is continued to be supported by her mother full-time without making the additional sacrifices that become necessary with an illness of this magnitude.  We are also collecting donations on behalf of this event at our studio in Almonte.  100% of all money raised will be going directly to the family.

Register in person at Heritage Fitness at 2 Costello Drive, Carlton Place, 613-253-2112, or online using the heritage fitness app
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Mandala Painting + Yoga For Kids

We are soooooo excited to announce our Mandala Painting + Yoga for kids workshop.


Local artist Lily Swain and Yoga teacher Amber Young are teaming up to offer this beautiful afternoon for kids and a caregiver.

Our afternoon will begin with a  yoga and breathwork practice designed to release stress and tension, get your energy moving and connect with your creativity.  Setting intentions  together for creating your own mandala painting.

In this child-led workshop the caregiver will work with their child to create a colourful, freehand mandala painting using mixed media materials (pencil, oil pastel & acrylic paints on canvas). This fun bonding activity requires no experience and strengthens connection through collaboration as creative equals.

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Karma Class for Movember

Yoga for Movember

Movember is a foundation that supports the ongoing research, programming and education for issues that affect men. Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.

Movember is uniquely placed to address this crisis on a global scale. They fund groundbreaking projects all over the world, engaging men where they are to understand what works best and accelerate change.

We hope you’ll come out and help us support this incredible organization and the work they’re doing.

Our class will be held on Friday, November 29th, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Amber and Jay Young will be leading this class together.  We’ll have some time for a brief discussion to start our class, as Amber slowly guides you into an accessible gentle yoga class suitable for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners, and we’ll end with an extended gong relaxation.  This class is for everyone, remember we’re all in this together.

Jay is growing his annual Movember mustache. Please check out his link below, or come out on the 29th.  This class is by donation,and no donation is to small – perhaps your donation is simply coming out and dedicating your practice to someone in your life who needs a little extra support.

Jay’s Movember link

Link to Movember

Lest We Forget

Honoring those we have lost to war, and those that continue to fight for peace on earth.  May the fighting stop, and may we remember to be kinder to one another.  Please take time today to reflect, honor, and remember, so many have been taken, so many lives lost.

Our studio will be open today for regular classes, taking time in our own ways in silence at the 11th hour this morning.

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Karma class for the Lanark County Food Bank, Sunday, December 8th

Please join us Sunday, November December 8th, for our next soothing Sunday afternoon karma class for The Hunger Stop – Lanark County Food Bank.

Mark your calender’s for an afternoon of relaxation and community.  These classes are held monthly on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.   You will be guided through a gentle movement stretch followed by an extended gong relaxation.  A blissful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and at the same time helping your community.

We invite you to bring a non-perishable food item for our food basket, or we also accept monetary donations for the food bank.  100% of all proceeds collected goes directly to The Hunger Stop

We want to support our community to thrive and to ensure no one goes without food.  We hope to see you there.

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Community news

Sat Naam and Namaste

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

We wanted to say a big huge thank you to everyone who came out for our Sunday afternoon karma class for the Lanark County Food Bank.  We managed to gather more food for the families and individuals who would otherwise go with out, as well as some financial support to help the food bank to keep doing the important work in our community that they do, I am very grateful.  We are all in this together, and everyday I think I realize that a little more.  Our next nourishing gong relaxation class for the food bank will be Sunday, December 8th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Winter Solstice Relaxation and Renewal Workshop

Our next Relaxation and Renewal Workshop with Margie and Amber will be Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Honoring the darkest day of the year, a time of deep introspection and self nourishment, we will lead you through a beautiful afternoon of yin and restorative yoga practices, pranayama, connection, tea and snacks, an extended relaxation with the gong and the crystal bowls, and perhaps a little foot massage.

This workshop will help to set a beautiful peaceful rhythm for the holidays, and support you to gain clarity for the new year ahead.

Space is limited and these afternoons tend to fill fast, we keep these workshops very sacred and cozy with smaller numbers.

If you’d like to attend give us a call or send us a message, please note payment is necessary to reserve your spot.

To reserve your spot please click here

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Hatha Flow practice to celebrate the Scorpio New Moon, Sunday October 27th

We invite you to join Vichardeep for a Hatha Flow practice to celebrate the Scorpio New Moon this Sunday. During this practice you will:

~ Set intentions for the New Moon

~ Learn about the astrology of this New Moon

~ Pull Oracle cards

~ Enjoy Chaga Yogi Tea and discussion with others in our community

~ Share in a yoga practice with Moon Salutations to honour the New Moon

When: Sunday, October 27th

Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: $20 (Includes HST)

To register and pay click here

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A New Era Workshop, facilitated by Kathleen FitzPatrick and Henry Cretella

A New Era

The Re-emergence and Integration of the Feminine

Saturday, October 19th  –  Sunday, October 20th
I see as clear as daylight that the hour is coming when women will lead humanity to a higher evolution.
– Inayat Khan
The energy of the feminine focuses on creativity and nurturing, intuition, relationships, collaboration, feeling, and connection. At this time, there is a return to the body, nature and immanence, and a need for balance. While feminine energy has been largely suppressed for centuries, there will eventually be an integration of a more natural and holistic balance of perspectives and energy. This shift has the potential to heal the world and usher in a new era.
This workshop will explore how we can help manifest this change. Participants will:
• Explore cutting-edge concepts of the feminine and its integration into a more holistic perspective.
• Discuss the changing sex and gender roles in our current world, and understand how feminine and masculine energy exists in each of us.
• Learn of major impediments to the emergence of the feminine and how these issues can be overcome.
• Engage in a variety of spiritual practices from various traditions.
• Use chanting, meditation, and sacred movement to aid in transformation and healing.
• Consider how we all—however we identify—can participate meaningfully in manifesting this new era.The patriarchalists’ world view, shared by women as well as men, is battling the emerging egalitarian world view, which is also shared by people of both sexes.
– Naomi Wolf

About our presenters
Kathleen FitzPatrick is a retired psychiatric social worker who enjoyed a long career working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings and consulting with people who serve them. A long time martial artist, she continues to study karate and two forms of Japanese sword arts, as well as yoga. Kathleen has studied mysticism in Sufi and Buddhist traditions for over 30 years, with a particular interest in healing. In partnership with Henry, she continues to work with herself and others to integrate spirituality into daily life.
Henry Cretella, M.D., graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and completed his psychiatric training at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. His professional career spanned over 40 years as a general and child and adolescent psychiatrist and included teaching, administration, clinical practice, and consultation in the greater Rochester and western NY areas. This, along with his spiritual and especially mystical interests, lead him to certification as a mind body practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. James Gordon. He retired several years ago from active psychiatric practice, but continues to incorporate what he has learned into his spiritual practices and offerings.
Henry studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for several years along with training in martial arts. He then immersed himself in the universal Sufism of Inayat Khan, an Indian mystic, for close to twenty years. He functioned as a senior teacher in the Inayati Order and the Sufi Healing Order before pursuing his independent practice and study of mysticism. He now integrates what he has learned and experienced over these many years.
Henry and Kathleen co-direct Amber Light International, a non-profit educational initiative through which they offer spiritual guidance, individual and group retreats, workshops, intensive book studies, celebrations and other related experiences. These are designed to integrate a greater mystical spiritual awareness with modern influences from psychology/psychiatry, science, philosophy and other disciplines. A new era is dawning which is much less patriarchal and much more feminine, nurturing, collaborative and holistic. Kathleen and Henry are committed to empowering individuals and groups to find their spiritual purpose and help this new era manifest. For more information, visit: their website here
Workshop details
Surya Daya Yoga & Wellness
# 7 – 14 Mill Street
Almonte, ON
K0A 1A0
Saturday, 19 October: 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, 20 October: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
$60.00* (includes both days)Also available on Zoom online video conferencing

* A recording of the weekend will be available for registered attendees.

For any questions and to register please contact the organizer directly:
Louise Richardson