Under The Oak Yoga

20200805_162819We have been feeling so grateful for our time spent under this most magical oak tree with YOU.  Our Outdoor Yoga sessions have been a highlight for us this summer.

This all-level class, from beginners to advanced students, consists of a gentler, flow combination of simple accessible poses to stretch and strengthen your body, mind & spirit as well as a soul nourishing relaxation supported by the birds, crickets and the winds softly flowing over us. Practicing with our feet on the earth and the trees as our practice companions gives us an extra boost in our mental emotional state, and a lift for our immune system.  There is no greater medicine than nature.

All you need is a water bottle, your own practice mat/blanket, and a willingness to release stress!

Our lead teacher for this class will be rotating weekly, you can check our  schedule to see whose teaching each week

WHEN: Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

September 2, September 9th ( we will be continuing into the fall – stay tuned for more dates)

WHERE: A private outdoor space close to downtown Almonte,
Exact Location will be disclosed to registrants through email 24 hours before scheduled class.

COST: $12 (HST Inclusive)

Maximum of 16 participants, with social distancing measures in place.

** pre-registration and payment are required due to maximum number (based on health regulations) 💚  Book soon as spaces will fill fast

20200805_162641Please click here to look at our calender and decide when you’d like to join us.

Search for the dates you’d like to attend and our handy system will walk you through the registration process.  Please double check the date before you complete your registration.  If you don’t receive a confirmation email, just send us an email and we’ll make sure you’re registered for the night’s you’d like to attend.

If you have any problems, or would prefer to pay through e-transfer, just send us an email at info@suryadaya.ca and we can answer any questions and help you with the process.

 

These classes are weather dependent, if there is rain or inclement weather you will be notified by email (a minimum of one hour before the class start time) if the class needs to be cancelled, in which case we’ll transfer your credit to another outdoor yoga session of your choice, we can offer you a refund, or it will be available on your account for an in studio class when we can safely practice indoors again.

We require a minimum of 48 hours cancellation notice, and no shows will still be charged for the class registered for, due to limited space.

Just a reminder: Mats and supports will not be available, you will need to bring your own mat or practice blanket

Bringing People Together Through Yoga

Thanks to our community partners, we have FREE yoga this afternoon, Wednesday, August 26th,  from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Gemmill Park (by the baseball diamond), brought to you by Carebridge Community Support and The Mississippi Mills Youth Centre, we are so honoured to be partnering up with these incredible and invaluable organizations in our community.

This program is supported by the Forever Young Foundation, and it is our hopes programs such as this one will help to bridge the gap between generations, working to build stronger communities.  These classes are intended to bring people of all ages together through an accessible yoga based movement practice; connecting, cultivating understanding and building resilience together.

Amber will be leading this all levels yoga class, to support you to invite a sense of calm into your body, and release any stress and tension as we prepare for the upcoming fall.

We hope to see you there!!

Did someone say SELF CARE???

I am so grateful you are here, honouring the journey and savouring every step along the way (yes, even the uncomfortable steps – it’s often when we learn the most).

Today I share with you a sweet little practice, the last recording from our cozy home in Almonte.  I have so much gratitude for this space that has nourished and nurtured my family, and has supported all the  live online classes and community yoga projects over the past few months.  So much gratitude.

Please join me for this precious little window of self care, and time together,  (to join in the practice click here)

A new chapter begins, and an opportunity to deepen my own practice, surrounded by the healing medicine of nature.   So much of my inspiration as a lifelong student, a teacher and as a massage therapist, comes from the lessons I learn from connecting with the collective energy found in the elements we are all a part of; the earth, the sacred forests, our precious waters, the air, the rhythms of the moon.

Taking time to simply sit, in awe of the miracles of life that surround us.

Our journey is many journeys, because everything we do affects something or someone else.  Learning to travel with dignity, with humility, and with respect for the creative energy in all things………..

There is life force in everything.  Everything is alive, animate, moving and, even if we can’t see that, we can learn to feel it.  When we do, we come to true awareness of our ongoing state of relationship.  That awareness lies beyond the brain.  We feel it in our spirits, our hearts.  It is there that the teachings live and learning occurs.

– Richard Wagamese (from One Native Life)

As we ponder our next steps as a studio and centre for well living in our community, we know in our hearts this next iteration will include a beautiful breadth of practices that reconnect us with our natural world and support us to simply sit, listen, and feel inwards.

A gentle reminder that I will be taking a 2 week break from my live online zoom classes from August 15th – August 28th while we transition, integrate and settle into our new nest.  I will be back offering live online classes August 29th (and into the fall), you can check our studio schedule here

We also have a few outdoor yoga offerings on Wednesdays through the summer!  Thank you to our community partners, we have FREE yoga on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Gemmill Park (by the baseball diamond), brought to you by Carebridge Community Support and The Mississippi Mills Youth Centre, we are so honoured to be partnering up with these incredible and invaluable organizations in our community.  This program is supported by the Forever Young Foundation, and it is our hopes programs such as this one will help to bridge the gap between generations, working to build stronger communities.  These classes are intended to bring people of all ages together through an accessible yoga based movement practice; connecting, cultivating understanding and building resilience together.

As well we have our Under The Oak Yoga  back Wednesday August 26th (Please note there is no class this week Wed. Aug 19th).  A magical practice set on a private residence under the most majestic oak tree.  Join us for this opportunity to practice in community, come back home to your breath, and release stress and tension.  We will be offering these classes into the fall, weather dependent.  We limit our numbers for these sessions to offer them in a responsible way, and to help deepen the experience for you. preregistration is necessary.

Jenny and Simonne also continue to offer their amazing teachings through our adapted online live platform, you can register for their classes here.

If you have any questions, concerns,thoughts or feedback, we are always here, holding you in our hearts.

Everyday take some time to honour and give thanks to our true home – the earth, take time to nourish and nurture yourself – there is only one of you and you are pretty amazing, treat others with kindness – and remember to start with yourself.

Commit to your self care and see your light ripple out into the world.

So much love Amber, and all of us at Surya Daya

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Non – Negotiable Time For YOU

Sat Naam and Namaste Beautiful You

Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions.

– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatoso

This is not always that easy to attain.  We all have a history and our own unique story that brought us here, to this moment in time.  I want to offer you a very gentle reminder to take some time for YOU.  We need to carve out windows for our self care, to access that state of happiness that lives inside of each of us, it just gets lost sometimes.  Did you know that your nervous system gets overwhelmed by the constant stimulation of our present day world; we start to break down if we don’t take time to restore equilibrium.  It is vital to our health to take the needed breaks in our day to re-calibrate, reconnect with our breath, and give ourselves space to let go of the stress we accumulate over time.  This can be as short as a 3 minute breath practice.

To join Amber for a simple little practice and a check in click here

The majority of individuals use only 1/3 of their lung capacity; we have forgotten how to breathe fully.  People are often unconscious to their breath, letting the chaotic external rhythm of life dictate their internal rhythm.  When our bodies are under a lot of stress, or we’re deeply concentrating we often hold our breath, or revert to rapid shallow breathing, which in turn creates more internal stress on the body and the mind.  Only when you’re breathing fully is your body actually capable of responding positively to stress.  Taking a simple full deep breath helps a person to relax, decrease their stress, and calm their mind.

HOW TO BREATHE FOR RELAXATION:  THE FULL RESTING BREATH – TECHNIQUE

  1. Sit in a comfortable position, with your back as straight as supports you (using support if needed) – this allows for a greater ease in your breathing.
  2. Inhale slowly, through your nose – breathing deeply and consciously
  3. Take 5 seconds  – first fill the lower part of your lungs, feeling your abdomen push out as you inhale making space for your diaphragm, bring the breath to the middle of your lungs feeling your ribs expanding, now into your upper chest – the upper part of your lungs
  4. Slowly begin your exhale to a count of 5, allowing the air to leave from your upper chest, your rib cage, and now slowly pulling your abdomen back and in towards your spine – allowing your body to rid itself of any stale O2 and stagnation in the bottom of your lungs
  5. Briefly pause after the exhale, and allow the next inhalation to begin
  6. Repeat steps A to E at least 5 times in repetition, 3 times a day
  7. If it helps, while introducing this breath into your body, do so with your eyes closed and simply concentrate and feel the inflow and outflow of your breath, if your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to your breath.

Did you know that a seemingly simple resting breath, as described above, provides your body with the following benefits:

  • Purification of the blood stream
  • Relaxes the chest and diaphragm
  • Allows a more relaxed state in the muscles of the chest wall
  • Strengthens the lungs, thorax and abdomen
  • Increases resistance to colds
  • Calms the nervous system, calms the mind
  • Aids digestion, massages your internal organs
  • Increases confidence
  • Clears phlegm
  • Helps to lift depression

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With so much love

Amber

 

Release and Energize – Yoga with Lindsey

Greetings fellow and (hopefully) future yoga-doers.
 As with so many things these days, recording a Yoga class and having it “out there” for all to see is new to me, unfamiliar and somewhat scary.
  We all get used to doing things one way, over and over, so that it becomes routine and comfortable.  For me, that comfortable and routine world was teaching Hatha on Tuesday evenings….at the studio…”in person”….nestled snuggly amongst many familiar faces I’d grown to know and love.
However, we are now exploring uncharted waters…and most, if not all of us, have had to bravely dive into something totally unknown.
In person, we can joke and laugh together.
In person, I can quickly and easily modify the class depending on the students, the energy level, the mood.
In person, I can witness human connection and a beautiful feeling of togetherness.
At this point, nobody quite knows exactly when we’ll be able to gather and practice “in person”…. I KNOW that time will come again, but for now, let’s embrace what IS available to us…. even if it’s not what we’re used to.
This class was recorded with love and with all of my fellow yoga students in mind and heart.  It focuses on RELEASING stress, tension and, in particular, expectations.
Enjoy with curiosity & compassion!
Perhaps we’ll meet again for a second video?
To practice with Lindsey click here
Missing you….
Lindsey
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Day 30, Celebrating Your Commitment, Honoring Beautiful YOU!

Big beautiful blessings to YOU!  Welcome to day 30 of our 30 days of yoga support, such a celebration of your commitment to YOUR self care!!

What a journey this has been.  On April 1st, when I decided to commit to this project for our community, I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me (and my family).

For the past 30 days, this little window in my day has been a gift to come back to my own centre, supported by my family, holding space with compassion and kindness for myself and for each of you – each time you have opened the link to these daily writing reflections and practice videos you are supporting the collective of our global community, you are helping to hold one another up.

Yoga can serve as an anchor, especially during unstable and confusing times in our lives.  Our practice can serve us with guidance, refuge, and perspective in periods of uncertainty.

We are in this together, and I have faith we are going to emerge so much stronger and solid on the other side of this – please just keep leading with your heart.  Let yourself feel whatever is coming up for you, let it move through you, that’s important.

I sincerely hope you’re doing okay, on all levels.  The primary intention of this project was to help to offer support from my heart in the only way I know how with our present day circumstances – I hope it has given you that; physical, mental and soul support.

“Even the most exalted states and the most exceptional spiritual accomplishments are unimportant if we cannot be happy in the most basic and ordinary ways, if we cannot touch one another and the life we have been given with our hearts.”

Jack Kornfield

Now that we’re here, on day 30, I feel such deep gratitude to YOU for keeping me inspired to keep going.   These videos will stay up, so if you’d like to start back at day 1 that invitation is there.

Today we’ll be exploring a gentle and very accessible yoga and movement sequence for the whole body.  Our practice will be a little longer, sharing this time together.

To view the practice click here

If yoga has been a support for you during this time, I would love to hear from you.  If you would like to send me an email at info@suryadaya.ca outlining your experience through this challenge, or perhaps even a simple reflection on how yoga in general is helping you right now,  it would really mean a lot to me.  Please type Yoga Challenge into your subject line, and everyone that sends a reflection will be entered into a draw to win your choice of either a 5 class pass for when we are able to practice together again, or a personal one – on – one session with me (in person when we’re able or online).  A winner will be drawn on May 16th and will be notified by email.

I leave you now with the words of Arianna Huffington from her work 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”

Thank you for showing up during this time and I hope you continue to while we find ourselves here, for yourself, please keep showing up.  Practice a little bit of time in stillness everyday – it’s when we make space to hear our hearts wisdom.

You are an amazing human, and I am honored to be connected to you.  I am grateful beyond words that your path and my path have traveled alongside one another.  May you keep approaching your practice with curiosity and an open heart, may you continue to listen to the wisdom of your body and your soul, and  may you know how very loved you are.

Till we meet again

With so much respect and gratitude, for the seeds you plant in your practice, nurturing yourself with kindness and compassion.  I see you shining so brightly

Much love,

Amber

 

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Day 5 Yoga Challenge with Amber

Namaste and Welcome to Day 5!

I’m so grateful you’re here!  

In today’s  practice we’re going to be exploring one of the primary muscles (the iliopsoas)  that crosses through our pelvic girdle.   Opening up the hips and helping to create ease in the low back as we explore our breath and movement to open space across  our pelvis.  This muscle is intimately connected with our breathing patterns, our organs of elimination, our low back, as well this muscle and the surrounding muscles often react by tensing when we experience emotional stress.

I invite you to really take your time with these movements, explore your body and the sensations you experience in the postures.  Notice how you feel emotionally as the muscles soften and release.

To view the practice click here

I’m here, holding space for YOU.

On your next breath in, please send gratitude into every cell in your physical body, gratitude for showing up for YOU today.  You are amazing!

With so much love, Till tomorrow

Amber

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Karma Class 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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From Amber’s Mat

We want to thank all of you for your incredible gifts of donations, energy and time a few weeks back at our gentle yoga and gong relaxation class earlier this month.  We held a special karma class for Hub Hospice, an amazing local organization that helps to support individuals with life threatening illness’s and the preparation for their death to be supported in their homes.  Hub Hospice also provides support to the families and caregivers who assist in the care of their loved ones.  Every life should be lived with dignity until the very last breath.  So many of you came out to support this important cause and between community donations and our SEVA fund we raised $310 dollars for Hub Hospice.  We want to extend a huge thank you to all of you in our community.  The afternoon was especially powerful thanks to your openness.  The photo’s attached to this post are from a special meditation we did in honor of those we’ve lost.  These little hearts, combined with the hearts created at our Interval House fundraiser, will remain here wrapped in light and our prayers.    If you would like to find out more about Hub Hospice you can find them at http://www.hubhospice.com

This past weekend we welcomed Anna Karuna Egan back to our space for a profound afternoon engaged in the exploration of meditation as self care.  Anna also allowed us the opportunity to dive into Buddhist philosophy and lead us masterfully through some very beautiful practices.  It was a truly sacred afternoon with a focus on opening the heart and nourishing ourselves in the simple awareness of our breath and our bodies.  Anna reminded us of our impermanence in these beautiful human bodies, we are here for a brief time to experience the world in this form.  Allow yourself the invitation to embrace your experience in all of it’s layers.  Reach out to those who truly support you, breathe a little deeper, take time everyday for your practice – whatever practice resonates with your heart, explore and experience different ways of caring for yourself, and first and foremost be kind to yourself – it’s all a journey and an exploration – you deserve as much kindness and compassion as you so freely share with others.   If you missed Anna’s workshop, she is offering this powerful afternoon in our space again in March.  Contact the studio directly if you’d like to sign up for this second offering, space is limited and preregistration is necessary.  She will be joining us Saturday, March 16th, from 2 – 5 pm, and the cost for the workshop is $55 (HST inclusive).

Somebody asked me about my vision, why I get up in the morning and do the work I do.  My vision is a world where we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves and others, where things aren’t so  complicated between our species, and where people are more comfortable and at ease in their bodies and their minds.  If one person breathed a little deeper, found a moment of peace between their thoughts or moved with a little more comfort as a result of the work we do at the studio, then I know I have succeeded in this lifetime.

Yours in health and wellness, and my heart full of love

Amber