Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation Session

As a follow-up to Amber’s mindfulness meditation and movement series she will be holding monthly meet-ups to support you to stay inspired in your practice. You don’t have to have completed the series to attend these sessions, they are for anyone wanting to sit in stillness and be supported in community to explore these practices.   The next session will be held on Wednesday, April 24th, from 6:00 – 7:15 pm.

These sessions are by donation, and will be in support of our SEVA fund, which helps to support local families and organizations we believe in. No donation is to small, our priority is making this space to come together to practice, accessible for everyone.

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.


Karma Yoga for Lilly

Karma yoga with Amber Young

Sunday, March 31st, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Almonte United Church 

 This special Karma class will be hosted by Amber Young, owner of Surya Daya yoga studio in Almonte. Amber will lead the class with some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and then join together for a meditation, followed by some nourishing relaxation. 

Note: In anticipation of a large group, the class will take place in the Social Hall at Almonte United Church. Kids welcome!

 Slow flow, yin & massage with Gillian White

Friday, April 26th, 7:30-8:45pm

Carleton Place Heritage Fitness, To the Mat yoga studio

 This slow-moving class will take place in a warm room at the brand new Heritage Fitness yoga studio. Come and unwind at the end of the week with a series of postures designed to help you release tension and relax. This class will include some gentle assists and massage. Space is limited – reserve your spot by calling 613-253-2112.


Both classes are by donation, and all money raised will go directly to Lilly and her family.  No donation is too small.  


We want to extend a warm welcome to Gillian White, as a new member of our teaching family

We would like to introduce you to another new member of our teaching family at Surya Daya.  Please help us to welcome Gillian White to our studio.

Gillian first started practicing yoga over ten years ago to help with ongoing back pain, but as the back pain lessened she discovered other benefits as well – everything from dealing with small injuries, all the way to working through the challenges like anxiety and depression. Like so many of us, Gillian balances a busy home life and career, and yoga helps her find the calm inside the storm. She designs her yoga classes to help her students do the same.

You will see Gillian supporting our teachers over the next few months and we are incredibly grateful!  We hope  to have her holding space for a regular weekly class in the fall.  Gillian also teaches in the phenomenal new hot yoga space at Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place, where she will also be teaching the karma yoga class later in April for Lilly.

Gillian brings passion, wisdom, and an open heart to her teaching.  She is a beautiful and trusted guide on your path to wellness, and we feel so very blessed to have her and her sweet family in our community.



Let us introduce you to Vichardeep Kaur

We would love for you to meet one of the newest members of our teaching team……we have a few incredible new additions this spring.

Vichardeep Kaur came to yoga to find deeper meaning in life and a deeper connection to herself. She knew from her first yoga class that she had found exactly what she was looking for and that she was meant to be a teacher of yoga. Since 2013, she studied many different styles such as Hatha and Yin and it was when she came to Kundalini Yoga that she felt the awakening of her heart.  In 2016, she followed her interest in pregnancy and birth and started her doula training. She chose to combine her training to support women through yoga and her life’s work. Her teaching style matches the energy of the room. She senses the room while also bringing humour, lightness and encouragement of being present in the practice. She is always learning more about yoga and in turn learning more about herself. Experience her classes and you will feel her passion and love for this practice through her teachings.

Starting April 1st, join Vichardeep Kaur for a 1 hour Yin Yoga practice Monday evenings in our space, from 7:30-8:30pm. Each week, we will focus on a different theme or part of the body. The postures in Yin Yoga are held for longer periods of time (around 3-5 minutes) to help target the deeper tissues of the body, the connective tissue such as the joints and ligaments and the fascia. Our society is structured in a very ” Yang” fasion, encouraging busyness and productivity. This creates an imbalance in our life and is the reason why Yin Yoga makes for a supportive practice to bring balance back to your life.

Vichardeep will also be a new addition to our Friday morning Kundalini rotation schedule, as well starting in May she will be offering a 4 week prenatal yoga series.  More details to come!  

Please help us to welcome Vichardeep to our community, she has moved to a very special town.  We feel very blessed to have her in Almonte.

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Karma class for a local family

Recently I was honoured and privileged to co-facilitate the fit club for girls for 9 – 12 year olds at Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place.  Every time a new session of this amazing program begins, I can’t help but feel emotional as I prepare for the weeks ahead – understanding what this program is truly all about.  It’s giving girls a safe space to share their ideas, talk about their problems, explore themselves through cooperative games, yoga, mindfulness techniques, creative expression, self-esteem activities and activities that challenge their bodies and their minds.  The foundation of this program is helping to support the understanding that these girls matter – everything about them matters.  As the weeks unfold, the bonds that are created are beautiful to watch and I’m always sad when we enter our last session of the 9 weeks.  This past program was especially sad, as a little girl shared with the group about another little girl in her class was going through a serious illness.  That little girl goes to school with my son.  Tears were shared in the sacred circle of these exceptional young women and we talked about that experience, as well as empathy.  We also shared a beautiful meditation, imagining that sweet little 10 year old healthy and happy and whole.  Please join us at Surya Daya, on Sunday March 31st, from 2:30 – 3:30 for our next karma class for this little girl and her family.  We will do some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and join together for that same meditation, followed with a nourishing relaxation.  The class will be by donation (suggested amount is $10) and 100% of proceeds will go to Lilly and her family to help support them through this time.  We hope you can join us.  It hurts my heart when  I learn  of the number of cases of childhood illness in our own little community.  This class will be child friendly.  Our Karma Yoga donation box will be out, on the shelf above the props, if you would like to contribute but are unable to attend the class, as we are accepting donations on the family’s behalf.

Yours in kindness, and with much love and gratitude




From Amber’s Mat

Good morning.

Thank you so much for those of you who came out last night to our first monthly mindfulness meet up and relaxation session.  It was a peaceful evening coming back to our breath, our hearts and in that process, back home.  I apologize it wasn’t well posted!  I realized last night it was on facebook but not on our website, sorry for any confusion.  When I set next months date it will be found on our website and facebook page.  All in the learning…….which ideally the learning never ends!

It was an honour holding space last night and I look forward to holding these circles into  the future to support you in your meditation practice.

Please note the date for our Because You Matter workshop with Amber has changed to Saturday, April 27th, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

This beautiful afternoon honouring a woman’s body will have a strong focus on breast health and the interconnections of a woman’s body.  Coming together in community as women sharing in a sacred yoga practice, discussing breast health and breast concerns, you’ll learn self care techniques and have the opportunity to deeply relax and recharge.  We hope you can join us for a restorative and nourishing afternoon. Please let us know if you have any questions.

We are excited to have Simonne LaRonde, one of the members of our teaching family starting our next Wednesday night series starting next week (March 20th).  She will be doing a series focusing on digestion and our organs of elimination.  The foundation of these teachings will be rooted in the kundalini tradition as  taught by Yogi Bhajan.  This series will be suitable for beginners it will be a gentle kundalini practice, as well as those with an established practice to come back to the basics.  Simonne brings a gentle heart to her teaching and is excited to share these tools and techniques with you to support your body to function optimally.  Spring is an important time to cleanse and detoxify our bodies.  Kundalini yoga is invaluable in helping us to move stagnation physically, energetically and emotionally.  Staying with this focus on cleansing, lifting our energy after the winter months and releasing, in April we will be offering a Wednesday night series focused on the lymphatic system.  Stay tuned for more details.

Our spring schedule will be posted soon, just finalizing a few details! It starts April 1st and runs through to the end of June.   We are excited to be adding a new class to our new schedule.  Our newest member of our teaching family, Vichardeep Kaur, will be offering a later Monday night Yin class, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  Vichardeep has been teaching hatha, kundalini, yin, restorative and prenatal.  She is a phenomenal teacher and we feel so blessed to welcome her into our community.  Vichardeep is also  a  doula, and will be offering prenatal yoga series out of our space.  Our first session will be on our calender later in May.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week!  We still have space for our yoga and spiritual ecology workshop with Anna and Jessie later this month.  Give us a call or send us an email if you’d like to register or have any questions.

We are grateful to each of you!  Please remember what an amazing person you are.  It takes courage to let your light shine, and we are so honoured to  witness your journey!

Much love

Amber and your yoga family at Surya Dayaspecial-events-workshops

On becoming fearless

When we know who we are, we can overcome our fears and insecurities.  We surpass our smaller selves who suffer the slings and arrows of our conditioned reality, and we move to the unconditional truth of our larger selves.  The answers to the questions of what to say, what to do, whom to let in, and whom to keep out become a clear and simple matter of listening to our hearts.  That inner voice helps us align with our purpose, because each of us has a purpose, even if we judge it to be insignificant. 

The voice is there, we just need to listen to it.

When we do, we live in fearlessness

Arianna Huffington (On becoming fearless)

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A Focus on Breast Health

I’m writing this article in an attempt to help empower women in their bodies and educate our community about respecting and helping to fully care for a woman’s whole body.  Statistics show that most women experience breast discomfort at some point in their lifetimes, and that the number of women that will report this pain to their primary care giver, or to anyone, is quite low…why?  Perhaps because breasts don’t receive the proper attention as an important consideration in a woman’s overall care that they require.  Breasts are often seen as a “taboo” topic, especially in our society where breasts are often sexualized rather than respected, which gives many women a decreased sense of confidence in voicing any concerns they may have about their breasts.   I want to very gently remind you that your breasts matter, that you matter; every inch of your body matters and is deserving of care and attention.

 Breasts are body tissues which are an incredibly important part of a woman’s anatomy.  They feed and nurture life for our infants, have an extensive role in our lymphatic system and individualize our beautiful feminine bodies.  When we look specifically at our breasts, they have a simple anatomical design and quite straightforward needs; however they are much too often neglected in the overall care of our bodies which can create pain, discomfort, lowered self-confidence and often fear.

Breasts don’t have muscles to facilitate movement; therefore they require aid to support ongoing circulation which helps to maintain tissue health and to prevent dis-ease and possible pain syndromes. Breasts are also susceptible to various changes including:

  • The menstrual cycle
  • The natural process of aging and associated changes
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy (both during and after)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Dietary changes
  • Environmental stressors

These changes can often create discomfort through a woman’s entire lifespan.

Breasts can also undergo various surgeries, diagnostic procedures, trauma, as well as the diagnosis of both benign and malignant conditions.  We can’t ignore the fact that breast cancer is also becoming more and more common for women in our society.  It is vitally important for us to respect the needs of our breasts and to become more comfortable in caring for them and touching them in a healthy and therapeutic way. This can help women to recognize as well as to understand changes in their early stages.

What can you, as a women, do for yourself? It is important to take ownership of this very important part of you and to incorporate some daily self-care techniques into your regime, as well as gain education about:

  • Self-massage
  • Drainage techniques
  • Oils and creams to support your breast tissue
  • Contrast showers and dry brushing
  • Dietary support
  • Yoga and stretching specifically for your breasts.

Your breasts are a part of your body, a life nourishing part, that are as deserving of care as every other part of you; it’s never too early or too late to establish healthy breast practices.

Tomorrow morning (March 10th) I’ll be speaking at the Women’s Health and Wellness Conference in Perth creating a safe space for women to come together to talk about breast health, later in April, on the 13th, I’ll be facilitating an afternoon workshop at our studio focusing on breast health and the interconnections with your whole body wellness.   Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Written by Amber Young ( Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor and Breast Health Educator)

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